“I am extremely honoured to have been invited to act as one of the judges for this prestigious award. I am a great believer in encouraging the development of the new and exciting talent we need to face the bioanalytical challenges of the future and for them to bring forwards the novel approaches and ideas that will be the lifeblood of our discipline in the years to come.”
Neil Spooner (Ph.D., C.Chem., F.R.S.C.) is the Founder and Director of Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions, a consultancy based in Hertford, UK. In this role, Neil helps companies to integrate microsampling of biological fluids into pre-clinical, clinical and bioanalytical workflows. He also works with innovator companies to help them develop novel microsampling and microanalytical technologies and introduce them to the market. Neil is also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire (Hertfordshire, UK), the Senior Editor of Bioanalysis Journal and the Deputy-Chair and Secretary of the Reid Bioanalytical Forum. He has published extensively, with over 60 peer reviewed manuscripts and more than 40 podium presentations at international Conferences and Symposia.
Neil has extensive experience in the quantitative bioanalysis of drugs, metabolites and biomarkers in the pharmaceutical industry and contract research organisations in the UK and USA. In over 20 years of industrial practice at GlaxoSmithKline, he has led groups operating in the discovery and regulated arenas of clinical and pre-clinical quantitative bioanalysis and metabolite identification. Neil has extensive experience of successfully leading inter departmental and cross functional initiatives, including implementation of new technologies and workflows (such as microsampling), outsourcing quantitative bioanalysis, development and implementation of automation approaches and design of new scientific facilities.
Neil is the proud Husband and Father of two teenage daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling with his family, skiing, walking the dog, growing his own produce and making his own wine, cheese and preserves.