Dr Philippe Cotrel, a protein chemist by training, has over twenty years’ commercial experience in sales, marketing and customer support in the life sciences sector having held senior positions in Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, Oxford Glycosciences, Affymetrix and Abcam. Whilst at Affymetrix, at that time the inventor and market leader of commercial microarrays, Philippe was appointed General Manager and Vice President of Commercial Operations in Europe with responsibility for European commercial operations, generating approximately £65m in sales made up of capital equipment, consumables and services. Philippe joined Abcam in 2008 as Commercial Director and has been responsible for sales and marketing activities, successfully growing revenue from £36.7m to £144m over a 7-year period. He managed regional offices in Boston, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai and was responsible for all global customer facing functions, as well as business development activities for the service and in vitro diagnostics divisions of the business. Philippe joined Avacta from Abcam, where he held the role of Commercial Operations Director. Philippe leads Avacta’s commercial strategy and business development activities, and drives the commercialisation of Affimer technology, as both research reagents and biotherapeutics.