Andrew Ellis – Technical Director
Andy was awarded a 1st class (hons) degree in Microbiology from the University of Leeds, UK. This was followed by a Unilever sponsored PhD in enzymology at Cardiff University.
Andy joined Biocatalysts in 2002 shortly after finishing his PhD. He was recruited as senior research scientist within the new product development department. Andy’s role was orientated around the dairy, egg and bakery industries. His key responsibilities were development of new enzyme products and providing technical advice to Biocatalysts’ customers. Andy worked in this role for 4 years; during the later 2 years the commercial responsibilities increased and he seized the opportunity to take on an addition sales support function including travelling to new and existing customers worldwide to develop new project ideas.
Andy left Biocatalysts to join Fayrefield Foods, a food ingredients supplier based in Cheshire, UK. His role of Technical Sales Manager involved account management, business development, and project management. After 18 months in this role he joined the Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis at the University of Manchester, UK as Project Manager. This industry- and public- funded organisation developed new enzymes for clients in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical, biofuels and fragrance industries.
After 4 years at the University of Manchester, Andy re-joined Biocatalysts Ltd as Product Development Manager, later to be promoted to Technical Director. Andy is now responsible for new product development, innovation, business development for customer projects and development of the company’s capabilities. In addition, Andy is a key member of the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors.