BBI Group appoints new CEO

The BBI Group has appointed a new CEO as it moves to its global headquarters in Crumlin, South Wales.

Mario Gualano, previously BBI’s Global Head of Commercial, took up the role of CEO following the departure of former CEO Lyn Rees.

Having completed his PhD in Microbiology and Immunodiagnostics at Cardiff University and his MBA at Henley, Mario brings over twenty years’ experience within the microbiology / diagnostics sector within Thermo-Fisher Scientific, most recently as President of the microbiology division.

Chairman Alan Peterson said: “I’m delighted that Mario Gualano will be taking up the helm as BBI moves to a world-class facility. Mario has a wealth of commercial, technical and operational experience which will be invaluable as BBI continues its growth journey.

“The Board would like to thank Lyn for his hard work, energy and enthusiasm over the past 17 years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Maine Biotechnology Services

BBI Group acquires Maine Biotechnology Services

The BBI Group, partner to the world’s leading diagnostic and healthcare organisations, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Maine Biotechnology Services, Inc. (MBS) located in Portland, Maine (USA).

The acquisition of MBS will expand BBI’s portfolio during a period of expansion and growth. The company provides a range of products to the diagnostic, healthcare, research food sectors globally. MBS will add antibody development to its capability and product range.

The acquisition of MBS perfectly complements the company’s current product portfolio and coincides with its commercial team expansion, giving the company important new technology and products.

Dr Joseph Chandler, Founder and President of MBS, said: “The BBI Group was aware of our reputation in the market for high quality antibody products services. They currently have no capacity for antibody development and manufacture and, with a waiting customer base for this, MBS is a logical addition to their business. They are on an ambitious growth plan and I know that MBS will be a key part of their future plans.”

Cyber Essentials Plus

BBI awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification

BBI Group is delighted to have been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification, the UK Government scheme that helps protect businesses from cyber-attacks.A copy of our certificate can be found here

BBI Group – Cyber Essentials Plus Certificate

The scheme has been designed to help protect UK businesses by preventing the most common forms of cyber-attacks and to make the UK a safer place to do business online.The Cyber Essentials Plus scheme provides a higher level of assurance, tested by a qualified and independent assessor who simulates hacking and phishing attacks.

BBI Group CEO Lyn Rees, said: “This achievement is a culmination of efforts over the last six months, involving many improvements to our IT processes and software security.

“The accreditation not only demonstrates the robustness of BBI’s IT infrastructure, but as Cyber Essentials is a mandatory requirement for government contracts this ensures our BBI Detection division can continue working with our MOD partners.”

To learn more about the Cyber Essentials scheme, visit their page on the UK Government website.

BBI Group Global Headquarters

BBI Group announce £14m investment to boost capacity and long-term growth

BBI Group today (February 7th, 2017) announced a new £14m investment plan for 2017 which will include a new global HQ and manufacturing centre of excellence for the company in South Wales.

The announcement takes the company’s overall investment to approximately £20m across 2016 and 2017.

The plans – supported by a £1.8m grant from the Welsh Government – will see BBI Group move to a new 120,000 sq ft headquarters at Crumlin, Caerphilly with excellent links to the M4 corridor and Cardiff International Airport.

The investment will aim, following consultation and internal business review, to consolidate BBI Group’s existing operations in Blaenavon, Cardiff and Dundee, providing improved manufacturing and enzyme production facilities to serve the global diagnostics and healthcare marketplace.

It will also give the company the pedigree to compete more effectively in the expanding markets in Europe, USA and China.

With Welsh Government and local authority backing, the investment also aims to create around 50 new positions up to 2020. This will provide excellent career opportunities in the South Wales Valleys region, foster closer links to the scientific and academic community, and provide a significant boost for the local economy.

Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates welcomed the news today and said:

“BBI Group is a made-in-Wales success story; a highly successful company and a strategically important player in the life science sector globally.

“I am particularly pleased WG support helped secure this significant investment for Wales. Founded in 1986 as a Cardiff University spin out, BBI Group has grown to become a £60m turnover company and this expansion project will secure the company’s long term sustainable future in Wales.

“It will not only create and safeguard a significant number of high quality jobs but will also support the local economy through an annual spend of more than £1m with supply chain companies. In addition, the fit out and alterations of the building will support around 75 FTE jobs in the construction industry.”