SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Jason Valentine

CEO

Qualifications

As the CEO of Agilex Biolabs, and previously the founding CEO of CPR Pharma Services, Jason’s passion for scientific excellence ensured that Agilex Biolab’s exacting scientific standards are maintained.

Jason is the driving force behind Agilex Biolab’s ethos of excellence in customer service and Quality Assurance, and he maintains close relationships with existing and potential customers. With over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company.

Winner of the 2008 BioInnovation SA Young Achiever of the Year Award, Jason is highly skilled in the management of service provision facilities. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Julia Jones

VP Business Development

 

Qualifications

With 30 years of industry experience, Julia is a highly respected specialist in the business of drug development, across clinical trials and associated bioanalytical services.

Julia has specialised in global CRO clinical trials business development, and has extensive knowledge around the success requirements of biotechs and pharma in the US, Asia and EU.

Julia is committed to driving excellence in bionanalytical services, and is a regular attendee at international conferences and events.

Kim Stephens

Director, Quality Assurance

Qualifications

Kim has over 20 years of specialised experience in bioanalysis in roles in the UK and Australia.

At Agilex Biolabs, Kim applies her expertise to the oversight of the quality management system, along with her team of Quality Auditors. She hosted a successful FDA laboratory inspection and routinely hosts NATA and Sponsor inspections assessing compliance with OECD GLP and ISO17025 and internal procedures. In recognition of Kim’s contributions to the Quality Assurance system, she was awarded BioSA’s 2011 Young Achiever of the Year Award.

As a highly regarded expert in GLP in Australia, Kim offers GLP consultancy and training to new or existing organisations. She has a passion for ongoing learning and regularly attends international conferences and is an active member of global quality professional groups. Kim has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours.

Kurt Sales

Director, Immunoassay

Qualifications

Dr Kurt Sales has over 20 years of experience in a career spanning research and development, research management and business development in the UK and South Africa. At Agilex Biolabs, Kurt is responsible for management and oversight of the Agilex Biolabs Immunoassay division.

Kurt has extensive expertise in pre-clinical and clinical assay development, cellular and molecular biology, molecular signaling, flow cytometry, cell-based models and biomarkers, notably in the areas of inflammation and immunology. He also has extensive experience ensuring strict GLP compliance for bioanalytical assays and preclinical safety testing through PK/PD/Biomarker assays.

Widely published with 45 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high impact journals, a book chapter and presentations at over 30 conferences, Kurt also received the prestigious Society for Reproduction and Fertility New Investigator Award.

Kurt has a Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry, a Masters in Biochemistry, and Bachelors of Science in Medicine with Honours in Pharmacology and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Physiology. He has a Diploma in Business Organisation and Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management.

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