We’re launching a new ‘Staff Spotlight’ feature: a Q&A with members of Team QuantuMDx to gain an insight into their role, career highlights and ambitions.
This month we’ve interviewed Jennifer Hannant, Head of our Chemistry team.
When did you start working at QuantuMDx?
What does your role involve?
I have to understand the company objectives, recognise how Chemistry can assist in the research & development challenges and then discuss and disseminate tasks to my team. Most of these tasks involve being interactive with the other science and engineering disciplines so communication is of high importance, to make sure we can work together effectively to problem solve.
What excites you the most about your role at QuantuMDx?
I am luckily in a position that has oversight of how the science and technology is developing across the whole company. What I really enjoy is understanding the strengths of my team and distributing tasks accordingly. Some are excellent at the theoretical side of chemistry, whereas others show a flair for the practical side and bringing these together can be very effective to overcome challenges.
What are the biggest challenges working at QuantuMDx/working in this field?
We are developing a technologically complex system, bringing many areas of science and engineering together to create a device that will be incredibly simple to use. Over the last 5 years that I’ve worked at QuantuMDx, we have had to push through so many challenges, but we’ve always got through it as a result of exceptional teamwork.
Why is QuantuMDx such a great place to work?
It’s had an evolving family ethos since the day I joined. Jono (CSO) and Elaine (CEO) have worked so hard to maintain this, even now at almost 100 employees. We are continually being reminded with the realism of why we’re developing our technology, which is so motivating when struggling with a scientific problem.
What are you looking forward to achieving with QuantuMDx over the coming year?
Over the next year we will push our technology out of the door for trials which is an exciting stage to get to, particularly after seeing the technology in its infancy.
What advice would you give to young women and girls considering a career in science?
Don’t hesitate to move into a career in science and seize every opportunity put your way. I genuinely didn’t ever consider a PhD or working with globally renowned companies when I was sitting in my Chemistry class at GCSE level, but if the opportunity came my way I took it. I have expanded my scientific knowledge considerably in my career and love communicating how amazing it is to be developing this technology at QuantuMDx.
As a scientist, what are your hopes for the future?
There are so many areas that need a scientific focus, from climate change to curing cancers. I think a lot of this is possible in my lifetime, but we need to keep people interested in developing science and technology to drive the solutions forwards. I really do have high hopes for our Q-POC in eradicating diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. These diseases are infecting billions of people but we are so unaware of the problem, globally. We have a real chance to make a difference with point-of-care diagnostics.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love outdoor sports! Whether that’s rowing on the many glorious rivers in the UK, or cycling through the countryside of Northumberland. Being outside is a great way to clear your mind and stay fit.
If you’re interested in joining Team QuantuMDx, we currently have a range of career opportunities available.