November 18th 2019 — Cambridge and Newcastle, UK – Atelerix, pioneers in the storage and transport of cells at room temperature, announced today that it has significantly expanded and strengthened the commercialisation of its innovative product range by hiring industry expert Sanj Kumar as its Chief Business Officer.
Sanj is a highly accomplished life science executive and sales and marketing leader, and also brings extensive international experience. Perhaps best known for setting up Axol Bioscience’s entire commercial operation and establishing DiscoveRx’s European business, his most recent roles were as Commercial Manager for Cell Guidance Systems and General Manager for ELRIG.
Mick McLean, CEO for Atelerix commented “We are delighted to welcome Sanj to join the Atelerix team at this pivotal time for the commercialisation of our technology and products. We’re reaching out across the world, and Sanj’s experience in building international commercial operations from scratch is crucial for our success.”
Atelerix’s patented technology enables the storage and transport of human cells at temperatures between 4°C and 25°C, preserving and extending their functional viability from days to weeks. The technology encapsulates cells in a natural hydrogel for safe shipment and storage. The cells can be recovered when needed by the addition of a gentle, cell-friendly buffer. Atelerix sells its products and services to customers in the cell therapy sector, as well as those developing cells, organoids and assays for use in drug discovery and development.
Sanj Kumar, the newly appointed Chief Business Officer for the company said “I am excited and thrilled to join Atelerix. Having supplied cell-based products to the global life science community for over twenty years, I understand the need for the paradigm change that is represented by Atelerix’s encapsulation technology. The ability to ship biological material at room temperature is revolutionary and I am eager to apply my commercial experience to help Atelerix grow!“.