Dr Chris Kirton
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Kirton is a senior operations leader with over 15 years of operational management experience in both industry and academia. Chris began his operational management career by establishing and growing the Cell Biology and Immunology business unit at a global CRO from a small local team to an international business, offering a full range of GxP services with multi-million pound revenues. Chris then went on to collaborate with Ludovic Vallier to establish the world’s largest stem cell core facility at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which delivered the HiPSCi iPSC banking project. Chris then joined Axol Bioscience as their COO where he successfully lead a raft of business transformation and scale up projects before joining DefiniGEN. Chris is passionate about leadership, teambuilding and staff development, and has trained as a leader with the Judge Business School and recently qualified as both a mentor and coach with the Coaching Supervision Academy. In his spare time Chris is a cub scout leader and aspiring glider pilot.