Press Release: Leaf Expression Systems appoints Simon Saxby as new Chief Executive Officer


15th August 2018

Leaf Expression Systems appoints Simon Saxby as new Chief Executive Officer

Norwich, UK: Leaf Expression Systems, a contract biopharmaceutical development business specialising in plant-based expression of proteins, metabolites and complex natural products, announced today that life sciences veteran Simon J.Y Saxby has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. The appointment comes as Leaf Expression System’s multi-million pound purpose-built facility on the Norwich Research Park becomes fully operational amidst growing interest worldwide in its potentially game-changing plant transient expression technology, Hypertrans®.

Simon has over thirty years of international experience in the global life science industry, including his recent roles as CEO of Stratophase Ltd and as Project Director for the design and build of the UK Government’s Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult commercial scale GMP Manufacturing Centre in Stevenage.

Dr Steven Powell, Executive Director of Leaf Expression Systems, Commented: “We are pleased to be able to attract someone with as extensive and deep experience as Simon to drive Leaf Expression Systems to the next stage in its scientific and commercial development. Leaf is a unique and innovative addition to the biopharmaceutical landscape and we look forward to a period of rapid growth.”

Simon Saxby added: “I am delighted to be joining the Leaf Expression Systems team at such an important time in the growth of the business. Leaf’s revolutionary Hypertrans® technology offers a solution to the significant financial pressures being experienced by the global life sciences industry to lower the costs of new diagnostics and therapeutics, by providing an innovative way of rapidly and cost effectively producing proteins, vaccines and complex biomolecules. Our goal is now to establish Leaf Expression Systems as a partner of choice by adding real value to the research and development programmes of our clients across the globe.”


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About Leaf Expression Systems
Leaf Expression Systems is a new contract development business specialising in the plant-based expression and production of proteins, metabolites and complex natural products for research and biomedical applications using a proprietary, transient expression technology, Hypertrans®.

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