Story of Front Line Genomics

Message from the Founder and CEO of Front Line Genomics, Richard Lumb:

Richard Lumb, Founder & CEO, Front Line Genomics

Richard Lumb, Founder & CEO, Front Line Genomics

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.

I’m a trained scientist, but at the time I was working as the head of a life sciences division at a company organizing commercial conferences. I developed an idea for an events and media business that puts the genomics community, and indirectly, the patient, at the very heart of its decision making processes. An organization that helps deliver the benefits of genomics right to the ‘front line’ of healthcare as quickly as possible. At the centre of this idea is that our products would be accessible to the entire genomics community.

In September 2013 I started work on developing the concept. I spoke to countless people in the genomics community to refine the concept. Front Line Genomics launched on September 1st, 2014.

Front Line Genomics is very different to a typical events or media company. Those businesses typically sit on the outside of an industry, looking for opportunities to cash in. 

By working day-to-day with experienced genomics professionals, and focusing 100% on genomics, we sit very much within the genomics community. Our priority is not profit. We prioritize patients, and we work with the genomics community to get the benefits of genomics to patients faster. Our role is to support everyone associated with genomic science and technology in their ongoing endeavour to improve the lives of patients, and society in general.

We’re actively seeking to work with people within the genomics community to help us do the best job we can. I’d love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved. You can reach me at or on +44 (0)20 8191 8810.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading our magazine and find your reason to get excited about our events!