Spotlight on - Alan Thomson

Alan is Director of Diagnostics Development at MIP Diagnostics


What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The alarm clock going off with Chris Hawkins on the radio!!

How would you describe your day job to a child?

Nowadays it’s as much about helping great people do amazing things in the laboratory as it is about attempting those things myself!

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

Taking an idea from invention in the lab to a patent and ultimately to the marketplace or starting and building a new company from employee number one.

What does a typical day look like for you?

No two days are quite the same, but there’s always plenty of coffee involved! Sometimes it’s the easiest job in the world: when we have great team members who are amazingly talented and motivated, any challenge seems possible. Other times it’s the most frustrating: science rarely runs exactly to plan, especially first time…

What three words would you use to describe your role?

Varied, challenging, rewarding

If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be?

Simon Gallup!!

What is on your wish list for your next five years here?

To see MIP-Dx grow into a significant player in supplying the diagnostics and sensors industry with unique, world-class, binding molecules – ultimately that will be achieved by ensuring our team grow and develop.

What do you like most about your job?

Seeing our team deliver successful projects to customers

What is your motto or personal mantra?

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes…

What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?

BBC Sounds

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Geraint Thomas on a Tour de France stage

What’s your favourite line from a film?

"What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So, you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. . . well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men." Cool Hand Luke, 1967

What is your guilty pleasure?

Star Wars in all forms (films, cartoons, toys, books, graphic novels etc.)