Lorna Cuddon, Managing Director
Lorna founded Zyme Communications in July 2010, and has grown the business into a successful agency with offices in Cambridge and Manchester in the UK, providing strategic and specialist advice to over 50 life science organisations across Europe and the US.
With 20 years’ experience in PR and marketing in the life science sector, Lorna was previously Associate Partner at international communications agency College Hill Life Sciences (now Instinctif Partners), where she was responsible for the company’s largest portfolio of clients. She also gained in-house experience as Marketing Manager at NextGen Sciences and Consultant at Sagentia (formerly Scientific Generics) and TTP Plc.
Lorna has a degree in Natural Sciences, majoring in Biology and Biochemistry and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Katie Odgaard, Account Director
Katie has over ten years’ experience in life science PR and marketing, including project management, technical copywriting, media outreach, conference and event planning and support, and strategic communications planning. Clients have included Horizon Discovery, Abcam, Avacta, GATC Biotech, BioFocus (now part of Charles River), GE Healthcare, Illumina, Cancer Research Technology, Oxitec, Promega, Gyros AB (now Gyros Protein Technology), and MRC Technology (now LifeArc).
Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Liverpool.
Sarah Jeffery, Project Director
As a marketing and communications specialist, Sarah Jeffery has over 20 years’ experience leading growth, brand awareness and strategic initiatives for healthcare companies – from life sciences through to clinical practice. As Head of Public Relations & Communications for The Practice PLC, Account Director for Northbank Communications (now part of College Hill Life Sciences) and Marketing Communications Manager for GE Healthcare, she has proven success in directing product launches, marketing campaigns, PR, corporate and employee communication programmes. Sarah has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from UCL, where she stayed to complete two years post graduate research in biochemical engineering.
Michelle Ricketts, Senior Account Manager
Michelle has several years’ life science communication experience and has acquired skills in press release and content writing, marketing, advertising, branding, event management and social media through her work in the charity sector, agency and in-house marketing teams. Previously Michelle was Science Marketing Specialist and Content Writer at Axol Bioscience.
Michelle has a PhD in Genetics from the University of Edinburgh during which she was actively involved in a variety of public engagement activities. She has also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Cancer Research and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Rebecca Down, Science Writer
Rebecca, is an accomplished health and science communicator with 17 years’ experience gained through in-house pharmaceutical, creative agency and NHS roles. As Communications Manager at Napp Pharmaceuticals, Rebecca was responsible for delivery of strategic corporate and brand communication programmes across the UK business. She has also held senior/Director positions within agency settings, focusing on provision of high quality, engaging editorial content for UK and global pharmaceutical clients. Rebecca has a PhD in biochemistry from Kings College London and a diploma in Crisis Communications from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
Ellen Pammenter-Fry, Account Executive
Ellen has a degree in Environmental Science and Geology and has over 15 years of industry experience.
Ellen currently provides client support for companies including Avacta, Cambridge Epigenetix, Innova Biosciences, Metrion Biosciences, LifeArc, Optibrium and Owlstone Medical.
Lily Jeffery, Senior Account Executive
Lily graduated in 2017 with a first class degree in Biomedical Sciences from Newcastle University. As part of her final year she completed a research placement in type 2 diabetes reversibility through diet and lifestyle management.
Lily has previous marketing experience working with a start-up company researching the science behind beauty products, in particular using social media to research the latest and upcoming products to review.
Grace Holland, Account Executive
Grace graduated in 2018 with a first class Integrated Masters degree in Biology from the University of Sheffield. During her time at university she was involved in a variety of research projects, with a particular focus on ancient DNA and the development of genetic tools to map ancient human populations.
Whilst in Sheffield, Grace volunteered at the local Children’s Hospital as a clinical trial assistant where she was involved with the development of a non-invasive short Synacthen test which monitored adrenal suppression in asthmatic patients, and a study which aimed to understand more precisely how children with achondroplasia grow.
Rachel Cliffe, PR and Marketing Executive
Rachel graduated with a first class Integrated Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Leicester where she received the Dunlop Polymer Engineering Division Prize as the highest graduating MChem student. As part of her degree Rachel completed a year in industry working on the use of stabilised emulsions in laundry detergents.
Most recently, Rachel has been studying for a Chemistry PhD at the University of Cambridge where she has investigated the clearance of neuronal protein aggregates in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically looking at tau protein, a primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease. Rachel’s discovery of a novel function for a cellular protein-regulation complex, and the potential role it plays in neuronal toxicity, resulted in a publication in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Reports.
Sam Willstead, PR and Marketing Executive
Sam has experience in science communications from his previous role at a life science marketing agency, including raising awareness via social media, press releases and placement of feature articles in trade journals.
He has an Integrated Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Southampton, and during his final year undertook a biochemistry-based research project placement at the University of Colorado Denver, USA, where he was using spectroscopic techniques to investigate the structure and activity of a membrane-binding protein. Through a science communications internship at the University of Southampton, Sam played an active role in helping to promote the chemistry department’s adoption of sustainable technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of research.