Redag Crop Protection creates seven new life sciences jobs at Alderley Park

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Agrochemicals firm Redag Crop Protection has more than doubled its Alderley Park-based team after completing a successful fundraising earlier this year and taking on seven new members of staff.

Redag now employs a team of 12 at the Cheshire life sciences hub and expects to finish putting together its full senior team in the coming months.

The company recently welcomed Dr Andy Jones on board in the role of commercial director.

Prior to joining Redag, Andy held senior roles in the crop protection business of pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca and the life sciences practice of consultants CapGemini Ernst & Young.

Andy also served as the head of global marketing and R&D with crop protection firm Arysta Lifesciences and established a business providing business development advice for the life sciences industry.

Now, Redag is working on bolstering its team further with the appointment of a general manager and head of biology, and a non-executive director.

The company’s chief executive, Bill Thompson, said there was a strong demand from scientists across Europe when Redag first advertised the seven available positions, with over 50 people applying.

He said: “We believe Redag is unique in the agrochemicals sector – there are lots of nimble, innovative biomedical companies of our size, but we don’t know of any other businesses doing what we do in crop protection.

“We have some good momentum in terms of the pipeline and are eagerly looking forward to the remainder of 2016. There is significant need for new product innovation in the agrochemicals sector amid changing food requirements and a stringent regulatory environment.“

All seven of the newcomers, Bill said, hold PhDs.

He continued: “Out of our total team of 12, seven are from the UK and five from European countries.

“We’ve recruited from as far afield as Germany and Spain and I believe our presence here at this superb facility for science research has been a real lure for us.“