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Who Are We?

At Front Line Genomics our mission is to deliver the benefits of genomics to patients faster.

Through this website, publications/reports, events and the Festival of Genomics, we support clinicians, scientists and researchers from research institutions, industry, healthcare and government organisations to realise the true potential of genomics and genomic medicine.

We’re passionate about the impact we can have on the lives of patients who could benefit from genomics and related technologies. Our social mission drives everything we do.

Backstory

From our founder, Richard Lumb:

In 2009 I lost my father to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.

Shortly after he died, and still struggling to come to terms with his death, I started to read up more about mesothelioma and how a person’s genetic make-up can increase susceptibility. This led to an interest in the growing role of genomics in healthcare and society. I decided that I wanted to play a role in accelerating the impact of genomics knowledge on people’s lives, to make a difference for people like my dad.

In 2013, I made a leap of faith to leave my previous role, and develop the concept for Front Line Genomics, a business where the main focus is social impact – not profit. The business launched in 2014 and, after launching the website and our first publications, within weeks we’d set upon a mission to build ‘Woodstock for genomics’, a completely unique event for the genomics community that subsequently became the Festival of Genomics.

Jump to 2020 and we now operate as a proudly independent business out of an office at the Biscuit Factory (we still have to buy our own biscuits) a few minutes walk from the Thames in central/southeast London. The Festival of Genomics in London is now the largest annual genomics event in the UK (and among the fastest growing life sciences events globally), the website is a thriving content and publications hub for the genomics community, and we’ve also launched a new business – D4 (Data-Driven Drug Development).

Team

Richard Lumb Richard Lumb, Founder & CEO,

Rich is a scientist and social entrepreneur with a passion for improving the positive impact of science on society. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry/Protein folding from the University of Manchester, a Master’s Degree in Management from Lancaster University and an undergrad degree in Physiology from the University of Liverpool. In 2009, Rich founded and led the life sciences division at Hanson Wade until 2013. He then founded Front Line Genomics in 2014 and led the buyout of the company from Clarion Events in 2018. He also acts as an Advisor for Personal Genetics Education Program (pgEd), run out of Harvard Medical School. Rich lives in London with his wife and three children.

Sylvester Gabriel Sylvester Gabriel, Chief Commercial Officer,

Sylvester started in the Events industry in 1997 and spent time working in South East Asia before moving to Europe and spending a few years in the Middle East. In the last 2 decades, he has been training sales individuals in the publishing, conferences and exhibition sector. Sylvester has run events across a range of industries including banking and finance, oil & gas, solar & renewables, life sciences and healthcare. In his free time, he enjoys quizzes, thought provoking books and family time in Surrey.

Diana Georgi Diana Georgi, Content Manager,

Diana graduated with a degree in Biomedicine from the University of East Anglia, and worked for 18 months in life science conference production before joining Front Line Genomics as a content manager in early 2020. She most enjoys the social aspects of her role and is always on the lookout for interesting content to share with the genomics community.

Megan Hickland Megan Hickland, Producer and Content Manager,

Megan graduated with a Biological Sciences degree from Queen's University Belfast, after spending a year working in a molecular biology lab in Barcelona. Having always been fascinated by genetics, she joined Front Line Genomics as a conference producer last year. Since then Megan has launched the new D4 (Data-Driven Drug Development) community, which seeks to support those in drug R&D through sharing peer-led content.

Rebecca Kettridge Rebecca Kettridge, Marketing Analyst and Data Manager,

Rebecca has always had a passion for genetics, especially epigenetics, and science in general. She has an MSci from University of Birmingham in Human Biology and a master’s degree in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London. In between she took a break from academia and worked at the R&D department of Gillette for 3 years, helping test products and organising how data was gathered, stored, and presented. Rebecca lives in London with her partner and her cat Bubbles. In her spare time, she likes playing video games, clay pigeon shooting, and cross-stitching.

Bethan Lumb Bethan Lumb, Head of Operations,

Beth holds a 2.1 LLB Law degree and a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course. She is a qualified solicitor and practised for several years before becoming a stay at home mum. She joined Front Line Genomics in 2018 and has worked in several roles across the business.

Join our Team

Following a period of exciting growth, we’re planning to hire again, and are regularly on the lookout for talented, passionate and socially-motivated people to join our close-knit, friendly team.

For our production/editorial/internship roles, we’re interested in talking to you if you’re passionate about genomics, medicine or life sciences in general, and have experience in writing, scientific communications, event/digital content production and/or scientific research.

For our sales/marketing roles, we’re looking for high-performing people with experience in the events/media industry who are looking for a much more meaningful role.

We’re always interested in hearing from new (or soon to be) graduates with a demonstrable passion for genomics.

Our culture is our most important asset, and it’s something we’ve recently worked hard to develop and strengthen. Many of the team have a personal motive for working here, and all of us are attached to our social mission. Everyone is supported by personal coaching, weekly team training, a professional book allowance and a small library, duvet days, away days and a generous holiday allowance. However, the perks are one thing. It’s the impact that we can have for patients that drives our culture most.

Get in touch with Rich Lumb if you’re interested in finding out more about joining our team.

Write for Us

Have something to say relating to genomics? Whether you’re a student, recent graduate or a seasoned pro with years of experience under your belt, if you’re interested in writing for us, please contact Diana.

We also act as aggregators of some of the best genomics-related content out there, so if you run a genomics-related podcast, have a blog or write your own content, reach out to us to chat about how we can help you reach your audience.

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from anyone interested in supporting our social mission, partnering with us to improve patient lives or extend the social impact of genomics

Address: J202, The Biscuit Factory, Drummond Rd, London, SE16 4DG.

Telephone: +44 (0)208 191 8810

Email: contact@frontlinegenomics.com