Meet Stewart – our Reagent Product Specialist

Having previously worked for Appleton Woods as an Account Manager, we were all incredibly happy when Stewart rejoined us as our new Reagent Product Specialist. He is now celebrating his one year anniversary with us!

Learn more about Stewart below:

  1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Active, hard-working, driven.

  1. How does it feel to be back at AW and reunited with the team?!

Really good – Appleton Woods is a family-owned business with a close-knit team all working together. No one is ever too busy to have a catch-up and discussion and to help when needed. Also, there were many familiar faces when I returned so it was easy to settle in and get straight into the role. I’ve always been made to feel welcome. 

  1. What kind of things do you like to do in your spare time? 

I am exceedingly active so will often be found out running, biking or on walks with my family.  

  1. As reagents specialist, what is your fav reagent and why! 

I like the Peptigels – one of the new range of products I have introduced into our reagent portfolio. If people are looking to move from 2D into 3D cell culture and set up a new cell culture model, then they need to look at this product. They are ready-to-use fully synthetic peptide hydrogels that are biologically relevant and formulated to meet your cells’ needs. They can be fine-tuned mechanically and functionally, allowing the creation of an in-vitro environment that mimics the in-vivo, and essentially any human tissue. Sorry, that turned into a bit of a sales pitch, but they are a great product. 

  1. How has Covid-19 impacted your new role here at AW? 

I have had to adapt quickly to working at home, introducing new products into our reagent portfolio and then reach out to new customers that previously we may not have engaged with. It has been a very exciting 12 months with no two days being the same. Working at a frantic pace to try and please as many customers as possible – both existing ones and new.

  1. As we all know you are a major speedy Gonzales! – what is the longest distance you have run and where?

Certainly not speedy!!!! I am a keen ultra-marathon runner so have taken part in plenty of events including 7 x 24hr ultra runs. The longest distance I’ve covered was 100 miles in 24hrs at Equinox24 – which is held in the grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.

  1. What was your PhD in and what made you want to pursue this?

My PhD was looking at diet derived compounds and their ability to inhibit colorectal cancer. Research into cancer had always been of interest to me whilst doing my undergraduate degree. Then whilst doing maternity cover as a research technician over the summer after finishing my degree was offered a PhD project within the same group. could not turn it down – great project in a great lab – one of the best experiences of my life. 

  1. Are you binging any interesting TV series at the moment?

Not really – I must admit I am more of a sports fan – so any live sport that can be found on Sky Sports, BT Sports etc I will be watching. Helps my wife is a huge sports fan too so can get away with watching all the football, rugby, cricket, American football, etc………………..

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years at the company?

Who knows, very happy doing what I am doing now – a mix of everything – sales, marketing, product development – I suppose one of the advantages of working for an SME you get the experience of all these roles and opportunities.

  1. Lastly, if you could give some advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Invest more time in yourself, do not doubt your ability and take every opportunity offered to you to be successful. 

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