Under the spotlight this month it’s Jonathan Peat, VP Business Development, giving us an insight into his role and career highlights.
When did you know you wanted to be a scientist and why?
As with many people, my love of science was born-out of an excellent Biology teacher when I was around 12 years old. He made the subject entertaining so it never felt like learning. To understand how everything worked, from the smallest microbe to the largest animals. This started my fascination with DNA and Genetics in general. How four simple letters could code for an entire human just blew my mind! Oh and Jurassic Park!
When did you start working at QuantuMDx?
I began working at QuantuMDx in April 2013, so although I wasn’t one of the true originals I felt very privileged and excited to be working in the most innovative company in Newcastle. I’d known Elaine Warburton and Sam Whitehouse for a few years, when I worked in my previous job and I jumped at the chance when offered a role.
What does your role involve?
My role as VP Business Development is very diverse but, in its purest form, I am responsible for identifying and developing relationships with external organisations, such as companies, academic institutions or NGO’s. I travel extensively in my role and am proud to represent the company around the world. I am also involved in the identification of grant opportunities and keep sight of the application process and subsequent project development. This is an area in which QuantuMDx has been very successful in the past.
What excites you the most about your role at QuantuMDx?
I love introducing new people to our technology and see the look of amazement on their faces. When you work in a company it is easy to lose sight of the excitement you first felt when seeing the QuantuMDx vision. However, I am lucky to see that replayed out when I present to others.
What has been your favourite moment here?
The move to the Lugano building in Newcastle. We had massively outgrown our old office, which seemed unthinkable when I started at the company. It showed me that we had the vision to take the Q-POC™ to reality. The fact that we’d built the first commercial private labs in Newcastle for over 20 years, also demonstrated that we were a shining light in the Newcastle scientific scene. It makes me very proud that I work for such a company in the North East of England.
What are you looking forward to achieving with QuantuMDx over the coming year?
I am looking forward to achieving the commercial reality of Q-POC™ and then the next challenge of getting it taken up in the market.
As a scientist, what are your hopes for the future?
I hope that science releases the potential for everyone in the world to have the same basic access to diagnostics and treatment regardless of where they live. I am also heartened by the work that environmental scientists are undertaking to change the public’s perception of sustainability and the damage that our activities can have on the planet. As a father, I hope that science makes the world a better place for my daughter but also for her children.
What are your interests outside of work?
I love film and am a proud film geek across a number of different genres. It doesn’t necessarily have to be high-brow (in fact it rarely is) and if you asked me my favourite film of all time, it’s not 2001, it’s not Citizen Kane, it’s not The Godfather…it is in fact Cool Running’s starring the late, great John Candy.
I am also a reluctant runner and those who know me know that I am not built for sport. But I have surprised myself with running. I’m not the fastest, nor the strongest but surprisingly I can run and have completed the Great North Run four times. I like to think that if I can run, anyone can and if I can be a motivation for someone to try it thinking ‘well if he can do it’ then that makes me happy.
If you’re interested in joining Team QuantuMDx, we currently have a range of career opportunities available.