Our Team

Clare Russell BSc PhD

Clare Russell BSc PhD

Managing Director

Combining strategy, creativity and scientific knowledge, Clare’s passion for marketing life science shines through each and every programme.

With a physiology, immunology and medical research background, coupled with many years in agency, Clare dovetails in-depth scientific understanding with extensive commercial insight to provide targeted and effective campaigns. She truly understands the challenges and needs of the sector from the bench scientist and PI, to the pharmaceutical executive and investor. This allows her to create informed marketing strategies that communicate the ‘true’ benefits, directly to the decision makers. Clare brings with her significant knowledge of strategy development, branding and creative development, public relations, advertising and lead generation programmes on a global level. Ultimately though, Clare is a networker and a people person whose wholehearted approach excites others. Her smile, energy, and drive make things happen for her clients, whatever their needs.

With experience across a multitude of CRO/CMO, healthcare and pharmaceutical technology clients, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, WIL Research, Olympus Diagnostics (now part of Beckman Coulter), Regent Medical (now part of Molnlycke Healthcare), Dow Microbial Control, ATCC, Bioquell and Axis Shield, to name just a few, Clare is well equipped to lead winning marketing strategies across a broad range of sectors.

Paul Avery BSc PhD

Paul Avery BSc PhD

Managing Director

As an ex-geneticist, Paul claims that life science marketing is in his genes. He’s passionate about applying the latest content marketing tools and tactics for our clients, helping them to stand out from the crowd in a way that demands attention and drive sales.

With over 10 years of biology experience spanning a degree in Genetics, a PhD from Cambridge University in molecular biology, medical research into the pathology of arthritis and the study of gene regulation during fruit fly development, Paul truly understands the research environment. After turning his attention to marketing, he quickly developed an in-depth understanding of what it takes to help make a success of products and services in the areas of life science and biotech. Molecular biology is one of his sweet spots, having worked with companies such as Oxford Gene Technology, Toray Inc, Plexpress and Illumina. However, that hasn’t stopped him from getting excited about other areas of life science and biotech, delving into communications programmes with the likes of BioFocus (research services), Stratophase (testing and measurement), Link Technologies (speciality chemicals), Arcadia Biosciences (agri-tech), Bio-Rad (life science tools) and many more.

Paul lives and breathes marketing strategy. That’s great for both BioStrata and our clients, as we can tap into his dedication to learning about the latest tactics and use it to help drive cutting-edge programmes for our clients. When it comes to creating interesting and engaging stories, delivered in novel ways that truly capture audience attention, he’s your man. His goal is to make the expertise and value you offer so well known and respected in your industry that your customers start seeking you out… not the other way around.

Helen Stewart-Miller BSc MCIPR, Accredited Practitioner

Helen Stewart-Miller BSc MCIPR, Accredited Practitioner

Director of PR Services

Helen helps clients to achieve commercial success through the telling of scientific and technical stories designed to resonate and engage with specialists and non-specialists alike.

Armed with a molecular biology degree, Helen started out in drug discovery for a pharmaceutical company, researching diseases of the central nervous system. During this time she also managed the company’s cell culture facilities. She then stepped over the great laboratory divide to join the commercial side – and discovered a passion for translating science to a wider audience. Helen now has more than a decade of experience providing PR and marketing communications to the scientific, technical and healthcare markets. She has developed and delivered programmes for clients ranging from biotechnology start-ups communicating the findings of their EU-funded research to top global pharmaceutical companies launching new products. This has seen her working in the fields of clinical diagnostics, drug discovery/delivery, microbiology and life science equipment and reagents (among many others), where she enjoys uncovering and creating media opportunities for clients.

Janice Foley

Janice Foley

PR Director, Boston, U.S.

There are not many you will find with the energy, passion and client engagement as Janice Foley. She’s a master storyteller that will deliver significant business results as a collaborative and thoughtful partner.

As the Boston-based leader, Janice provides senior counsel by leveraging more than 20 years of public relations and marketing expertise to support a diverse client portfolio achieve their business objectives with creativity, business savvy and meaningful results. Before partnering with BioStrata, Janice managed her own successful, referral-based consultancy for more than a decade specialising in communications strategy, public relations and marketing communications. She has experience in a wide range of sectors, and has worked with corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits — working both as an internal senior leader and entrepreneurial agency partner. Diverse industry experience allows for an understanding of the business climate along with public relations expertise within the trade, corporate and financial media.

Janice has experience with a range of life sciences and healthcare clients including Thermo Fisher, Gen9, Novella, Evaluate, Siemens Healthcare USA, EMD Serono and others. Janice is well-skilled in the creation of meaningful strategies as well as tactical execution. Janice is a communicator and writer at heart, and has spent years building narratives that align to business goals, sales targets and product support. Janice is experienced in grounding strategy with research — both qualitative and quantitative — to gain a deeper understanding of the company positioning and for best decision-making. Janice’s creative execution allows for maximising budgets and best impact with re purposing deliverables and targeting communications.

Kat Steer

Kat Steer

PR Account Director

A creative and goal-oriented PR professional, Kat is passionate about publicising the benefits of new life science discoveries and innovations to key audiences.

After graduating with a first class degree from the University of York, Kat developed and delivered successful programmes over seven years at agencies Axon Communications and Virgo HEALTH on behalf of major pharmaceutical companies, including GSK, Novartis and Roche. Most recently, Kat was Head of Communications & Membership at the British Pharmacological Society. Over five years, she led the charity’s cost-effective and diverse PR, public affairs, digital and marketing initiatives, in order to enhance its reputation and engage thousands of research scientists worldwide. Kat brings an acute understanding of the priorities and preferences of life scientists, as well as how the synergies between PR and broader marketing activities can amplify the reach of her client’s key messages.

Mira Nair

Mira Nair

Inbound Account Director

A passionate digital marketer, Mira is driven to make technology work better to meet human needs. In seven years of global B2B experience, she has helped clients develop winning customer-centric marketing strategies. 

Working across the US and UK, Mira has managed global marketing campaigns and transformation projects. Most recently, Mira led digital transformation and Customer Experience (CX) efforts for a major cross-sector B2B consultancy. Before that, she managed marketing for the global leader in big data analytics software for the life sciences, working with customers such as AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Merck.

Mira regularly presents at workshops focused on data, customer success and marketing best practice—including Using Storytelling for Business, Data Visualization 101, and How to Engage Customers in a post-GDPR World. She has advised companies in their early stages on their go-to-market and service design strategies. Mira holds a BA, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude honours from The College of William and Mary (USA), and an MPhil in Management (first class honours) from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Abby Edwards

Abby Edwards

Inbound Content Editor

Abby is a passionate account manager who uses her scientific background and industry knowledge to develop and deliver effective PR and marketing programmes and engaging content.

Abby began her career in PR and marketing working with clients across the science and technology field, from start-ups to global companies alike, developing and delivering programmes. She also has experience working in a leading NHS organisation, building relationships with national press and managing crisis communications. Abby is a determined, enthusiastic and eager individual who has a passion for working as part of her clients’ teams and establishing long-term relationships through excellent account management. Abby thrives in the busy, varied atmosphere of agency life and loves getting her teeth into all aspects of her work.

Oliver Anscombe BSc MRes DIC

Oliver Anscombe BSc MRes DIC

Inbound Account Manager

Having known he wanted to be involved in science from a very early age, Ol has always envisioned himself in the midst of research. These days he is more at home when holding a pen than a pipette, and loves nothing more than learning, talking, and writing about scientific research and technologies.

Having graduated from Imperial College London, where he studied for a master’s degree in cancer biology, Ol first ignited his interest within the laboratory studying the mechanisms that underpin metastatic spread in cancer, including the roles played by microRNAs and transmembrane proteins such as E-cadherin and claudins in the cascade. Having conducted a trio of lab-based research projects at different institutions, his repertoire is diverse, spanning a range of wet laboratory techniques (e.g. cell culture, transfections and transductions, confocal immunofluorescence, FRAP, RT-qPCR, clinical immunostaining etc.). While conducting bench research, Ol realised that his real passion lay in talking about science. This prompted him to start his own blog, where he features articles and posts on the science that inspires him. Ol’s experiences allow him to truly speak the language of science, crafting stories that show an instinctive appreciation for the joys and challenges of being a researcher.

Ronan Muir BSc PhD

Ronan Muir BSc PhD

PR Account Manager

Having completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham, Ronan is excited about applying his life-long passion for science in the pursuit of a career in life science marketing and communication.

With detailed knowledge on obesity and female health, Ronan has developed an excellent broad-ranging knowledge on whole-body physiology to molecular biology over the course of his university career.  During the course of his PhD, Ronan examined the mechanisms that are responsible for the poor outcomes of labour in obese women through a novel animal model. This was achieved by developing technical expertise in managing small-animal trials, recoverable small-animal surgery, organ bath study, and characterising the expression of proteins and lipids within a range of tissues. Ronan has also been fortunate to carry out placements with the polymer research team at Controlled Therapeutics Scotland Ltd and the research team at the National Childbirth Charity, giving him a broad view of how his scientific and technical knowledge can be applied across the board. Building on this, Ronan is also a highly motivated individual, with excellent organisational skills and a keen eye for detail, which will help life science companies meet their marketing needs within a competitive environment.

Aimi Papanastasiou

Aimi Papanastasiou

PR Junior Account Manager

Aimi is a creative and enthusiastic account manager and writer with a proven ability to understand client objectives, technologies and commercial  applications, to create strategic marketing communications plans that attract attention, get client core messages across, and enable competitive differentiation.

Aimi brings 9 years of B2B agency experience to the BioStrata team, designing and implementing public relations campaigns for companies that lead the way in industries across the technology spectrum, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Novozymes, ERT, Shimadzu, Synergy Health, and Xylem Analytics. However, she is most intrigued by the pharmaceutical and life science sector, as it is dedicated to making a difference in patients’ lives, while tackling the challenges of a complex business environment, growing competition and strict regulations.

Rachael Young BA

Rachael Young BA

Inbound Account Executive

Having recently graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Biochemistry, Rachael is passionate about the fast-paced world of life science marketing and helping to bring new scientific innovations to the people that need them.

Rachael wrote her dissertation on personalised cancer therapies and is particularly interested in health care and the regulatory environment of the pharmaceutical industry. While studying for her degree, Rachael developed a love for communicating science to a wide audience, involving herself in science outreach projects in schools around the UK. After graduating, she taught science as a teaching assistant and tutor, inspiring her students with her enthusiasm and passion. With her broad background in biochemistry, diverse experience in talking about complex science in an engaging way, and drive to get to the heart of the technologies and solutions advancing the industry, Rachael is excited to utilize her skills to help life science companies communicate their work and make an impact in their field.

Tom Hope BSc

Tom Hope BSc

PR Account Executive

After completing his degree in Neuroscience at King’s College London, Tom worked as a research assistant at the University’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Now, with his experience of scientific research and a keen interest in all things science communications, Tom is driven to make a difference in life science marketing.

During his dissertation, Tom explored the efficacy of delayed responses to Single Pulse Electrical Stimulation (SPES) as a biomarker of the epileptogenic zone and published a short research abstract on the topic. His research poster was also presented at the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress in Barcelona. As a research assistant, Tom gained a deeper insight into the world of academic research and its associated challenges. Tom now brings his analytical mindset and natural flair for communications to BioStrata to ensure that innovators in the life science sector are engaging with their audiences in the most impactful way.

Leigh Dilley

Leigh Dilley

Media Manager

Leigh is a highly motivated marketer with a strong background and a passion for delivering effective, creative and thoughtful marketing campaigns.

With over 11 years’ marketing experience, including eight dedicated to the Life Science arena, Leigh prides herself on building strong professional relationships with clients and suppliers alike to successfully fulfil objectives and deliver quality results every time. Dedicated and meticulous; from campaign planning, creative development and studio management, through to advertising, sponsorship and events, Leigh is always seeking new innovations to help drive and improve business practices and procedures whilst maintaining a tight focus on requirements.

Andy Sharp

Andy Sharp

Senior Graphic Design Consultant

Andy has worked with members of the BioStrata team for close to a decade and is known for his creative approach and eye for detail.

Andy’s approach to design is a strategic one, always considering goals and objectives. Whether working on presentations, POS or marketing collateral, Andy identifies the target audience, creating something stylish and effective, which communicates a clear brand message. An expert in both B2C and B2B Andy has an extensive life science portfolio with clients including Pentax Medical, TTP Labtech, Laminar Medica and Thermo Fisher Scientific helping to deliver complex messaging through exceptional B2B design.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Senior Graphic Design Consultant

Steve is a versatile designer who excels at creating eye-catching, engaging and effective design work for the B2B market.

Whether it’s for digital, mobile or print, Steve believes that good design goes beyond just looking great – although that’s important too! It’s also something that has been considered, explored, nurtured and most of all lovingly crafted. And always with the audience at front of mind.

Steve’s extensive experience has included working with and running full-service studios that produce cutting edge work for the some of the biggest and most exciting B2B brands. And one of the most important things he has learned in this time is that great design begins with creative collaboration.

Mike Young

Mike Young

Senior Graphic Design Consultant

Mike brings over 25 years design experience to the Biostrata creative team, having worked with some of the top design and marketing agencies in London and overseas.

Mike has extensive pharmaceutical experience, producing award-winning marketing campaigns for clients such as Kimberly-Clark Professional. He has also worked extensively with the healthcare sector, providing marketing and website design to over 30 NHS Trusts around the UK. He has a real eye for detail and style and brings his wealth of experience to every digital, print or marketing design project.

Our services

Our Services

We offer everything from strategy development to tactical execution, whether it’s PR, social media, creative, digital or content development.

Our Approach

In our experience, marketing works best when it’s based on knowledge and research. We use this to craft you a unique position in the market. We then help you effectively communicate this to your targets.

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