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Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

Aptamer Group plc, the developer of novel Optimer® binders to enable innovation in the life sciences industry, today announces the appointment of Rob Quinn as Chief Financial Officer and as an Executive Director of the Board, effective from 1 March 2023.

Rob brings a wealth of both scientific and financial experience with particular expertise in publicly listed biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. From 2019-2021 he was CFO of Silence Therapeutics, an AIM-listed biotech company developing siRNA oligonucleotide technology to treat disease, where he oversaw the growth of the company from a $50m to $500m market capitalisation and a dual listing on Nasdaq. Rob was subsequently CFO at BenevolentAI until January 2022, an AI-driven drug discovery engine, where he played a key role in the company’s European reverse merger into a SPAC listed on Euronext Amsterdam. Most recently, Rob was CFO at Pharnext, a biotech company listed on Euronext Paris.

Rob has a BSc in Cell and Molecular Biology from University College Dublin and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester. He is an Associate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

“I am very pleased to welcome Rob to the team at Aptamer as permanent CFO. Rob’s background in the oligonucleotide space and experience as a CFO of AIM listed companies made him an ideal fit for this role. I look forward to working closely with him as we look to meet the rapidly expanding demand for antibody alternatives, deliver the next generation of our Optimer platform, and win global contracts across the life sciences sector.
“It has been a pleasure working with Jenny Cutler, who has served as interim CFO over the past six months. On behalf of the entire team and Board at Aptamer, I’d like to express our thanks for her guidance and efforts during an important period for the business.”

Dr Arron Tolley, Chief Executive Officer, Aptamer Group


“I am delighted to join Aptamer at this exciting phase in the Company’s development. The range of applications for the Optimer platform is impressive, and I look forward to working with Arron and the rest of the team as we look to drive growth, maintain commercial momentum and further develop the Company’s technology.”

Dr Rob Quinn, Chief Financial Officer

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