Director, Advanced Therapies Facility

Jane obtained her PhD from the University of Bath and worked as a Research Fellow in the University of Birmingham CRUK Institute of Cancer Studies for many years before moving to the Research & Knowledge Transfer office in January 2009.

She is now responsible for the Advanced Therapies Facility, which houses the Human Biomaterials Resource Centre (HBRC), an HTA licensed human sample biorepository, and the GMP Manufacturing Facility which produces cellular therapies for participants in clinical trials. A key part of her role is to oversee and contribute to developing research programmes within, or connected to, the ATF, and to ensure the facility is at the forefront of technical advances in the field.

The HBRC plays a key role in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project acting as the central sample collection centre for the West Midlands GMC. All extracted DNA samples are collated in the HBRC prior to being transferred to the GMC repository. Jane has been involved in sample collection and transfer logistics since the start of the programme. She also chairs the WMGMC Sample Logistics Working Group which meets monthly, and is a member of the WMGMC Management Group.