Simon Selwood, PhD

Director, Business Development, BioScience

Simon leads business development for SoBran’s BioScience practice area. He is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, fostering client relationships and conducting scientific analysis to guide business decisions.

Simon has experience in a wide range of molecular biology techniques and supporting laboratory methods. Prior to joining SoBran in 2012 he held a variety of technical and business development roles in biotechnology companies including Epitomics, Millipore, Asuragen, and Gene Logic.

Simon earned a bachelor’s of science degree (Hons) in Biochemistry, a master’s of science degree in Biosensors and a PhD in Clinical Neurology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University Medical School, winning a Dean's fellowship award for research. During his Post Doc. he worked with multiple transgenic mouse models using Laser Capture Microdissection and multiple genotyping and expression microarray analyses. Simon has published over 15 papers and book chapters.

Simon is an ex-Royal Marine reservist and a member of the team holding the world record for the London to Paris triathlon.

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Melissa Marrah

Business Development, Federal Government Operations

Melissa has over 20 years of experience in the biomedical field, and has been a member of the SoBran BioScience team since 2002.

As her primary role, Melissa is the Program Manager for SoBran’s NIH/NIAID contract.  In this role, she provides daily program and personnel management in support of ABSL1-3 animal facilities and program services.  The level of effort includes facility management, husbandry, technical, research support, veterinary pathology and cryopreservation services, logistics, administrative, training and standard operating procedure development.

Additionally, Melissa is the point of contact for business development efforts, focusing on operations management and support for federal government and biocontainment opportunities.

Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is a Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR), and a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG).  She also holds certificates in Program Management and Human Resources Management.

In addition to membership in AALAS, ICPM and LAMA, she has served on the NCAB/AALAS council as an Ad Hoc member and has participated yearly on the NCAB/AALAS seminar committee since 2008. Melissa regularly publishes and presents on bioscience industry topics.

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