Durham spin-out Magnitude Biosciences announces new hires to support continued growth

Magnitude Biosciences, the leading contract lab services provider in using the nematode worm C. elegans to accelerate drug discovery and other research in the areas of the gut microbiome, ageing, and neurodegeneration, today announced the addition of two members to its growing team: Mira Nair, and Holly Winskell.

Magnitude Biosciences is a Northern Accelerator supported spin-out from Durham University. These additions bolster the company’s commercial expansion, as they take on new clients in the biotechnology, health product and agri-manufacturing industries.

Mira, Head of Marketing, brings extensive experience in helping innovative technology companies in the life science and healthcare markets. At Magnitude Biosciences, she will lead projects to raise awareness of the utility of C. elegans to de-risk the infamously long and costly drug discovery process.

Magnitude Biosciences’ automated Healthspan experiments enable acute and chronic drug effect testing much faster than mouse or other mammalian in-vivo models, getting clear and reproducible data in a matter of weeks, not months, which allows biotechs to reach their next milestone faster and with confidence. This approach is especially relevant in a world reshaped by COVID-19, where scientists are under increasing pressure to accelerate their research and the development of novel therapies to tackle ageing-related diseases and chronic conditions which make humans more vulnerable to coronaviruses.

Magnitude Biosciences Chief Executive David Weinkove commented: “I am delighted to welcome Mira and Holly to the team. We have been fortunate to be able to continue and even scale up our lab operations during the pandemic, and are taking on many new clients seeking to get the in-vivo data they need to answer their research questions faster than they could with rodent studies. Our new marketing team will help us to raise awareness of the benefits our tailored approach brings to the biotechnology and health products industries.”