About Front Line Genomics

At Front Line Genomics our mission is to help deliver the benefits of genomics faster.

Through our website, our magazine, our Special Interest Groups, and the Festivals of Genomics, we support scientists, clinicians, business/research leaders and officials, from academia, research institutes, industry, healthcare and government organisations to realise the true potential of genomic medicine. 

You can find out more about the Front Line Genomics story from our CEO, Richard Lumb.

Richard Lumb PhD, CEO and Founder

“In 2009 I lost my father to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. A year or so later, looking for answers, I started to read about growing evidence that a person’s genetic makeup can increase susceptibility to mesothelioma. That got me interested in the potential of translational genomics in both healthcare and society. It also got me thinking about the role I could play in accelerating the impact of genomic knowledge on people’s lives.” Read the full story →


Who are we?

Carl Smith. Ph.D.
Managing Editor

Carl heads up the publishing team and has been with the company since day one. He sets the editorial direction and works on establishing non-commercial partnerships.
He was awarded his Ph.D. in Genetics by University College London, where he became one of the world’s leading experts in the incredibly niche subject ‘Sexual Selection in Yeast’.  


Caolán Howe
Head of Marketing

Caolán runs all of our digital channels and marketing. He works tirelessly to make sure our audience always have something fresh to read either through our website and weekly newsletter.
He was awarded his BSc in International Management by The University of Manchester. Having previously worked with media and consultancy giants, he wants to put this experience in to good use through accelerating the use and benefits of genomics.


Frances Addison
Staff Writer

Frances writes our 101 e-book series, with occasional forays into article writing for our website. Most days she’s either knee deep in journals to familiarise herself with a new topic or making sure all our sponsors are where they want to be. 
She received her M.Sc. in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry from the University of Nottingham before leaving the laboratory lifestyle to devote herself to writing.


Frances Shaw
Event Producer and Webinar Host

Fran is responsible for carrying out research to identify the industry legends, market leaders, disruptors, and innovators, to secure their involvement with our events and our wider community. When she’s not speaking to industry experts, she’s putting together our next educational webinar.
She was awarded her B.Sc. in Genetics by The University of Manchester, including a year working at QIAGEN as part of the In Vitro Diagnostic New Technology Office.


Andrew Johnson
Commercial Manager

Andrew looks after our advertisers and commercial partners. His previous experience in life sciences publishing has made him an expert in finding the right solution for just about any requirement.
He received his B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from Salford University. He is streamlined and efficient in everything he does.


Will Murtagh
Commercial Manager

Will is our event specialist looking after sponsors and exhibitors. He’s spent the last four years helping clients of all sizes find their perfect solutions.
He graduated from the university of life with a degree in hard knocks. He makes it his business to go the extra mile and deliver personal satisfaction.


Get in touch 

If you have a story or point of view to share, we would love to hear from you. We accept pieces on various topics and are always open to new ideas. If you’re already blogging, or have something you’d like to share/write/talk about, we’d love to hear from you. The idea here is to help showcase the great stuff that’s out there at the moment, and bring out some of the personalities and debates that make genomics so engaging. 

Email: contact@frontlinegenomics.com


Snail Mail

Front Line Genomics
Studio 202, Building J 
The Biscuit Factory,
Drummond Road, 
SE16 4DG 
London, UK.