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Search Scientific were delighted to sponsor Promising Technologist of the year at  last month’s 2014 Biomedical Awards hosted by Bionow. This prestigious accolade is awarded to an exceptional individual who works for a biomedical company or research institution.

Bruce Swan, Divisional Manager of Search Scientific was involved in the judging process and was there to present our winner with her award on the night. The entries received were of an extremely high standard and demonstrated the strength and innovation of the Biomedical sector in the North of England.

The award was won by Keighley Campbell, Research & Development Manager at Hart Medical. Keighley was successful in the development of a range of coagulation reagents for use in hospital pathology laboratory testing products - these are now on sale around the world. She is currently working on product design and development that covers Hart Biologicals’ own-label products and development activities for contract manufacturing opportunities.

We took the opportunity to ask Keighley a few questions:

What is your favourite question in an interview?

What do you do outside work? This gives me a chance to get to know the person inside and whether they will be able to fit within our company.

What are the 3 most important tools in an R&D managers kit bag?

To be a good people person, ability to innovate and solve problems and finally planning projects and setting timescales.

Who has been your biggest influence on your career to date?

My parents, they inspired me to be successful and independent.

What advice would you give to graduates starting out in there career in science?

Get experience through industrial placement, or even volunteer to work in a lab.

If you weren’t an R&D manager what would you be?

Own a charity to help the local community and disabled children.

Congratulations Kayleigh and all the best for your future projects!

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