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February is no longer just about Valentine’s day, it’s a whole month dedicated to appreciation, wellness, loyalty and spreading the love… not just in a romantic way! Why shouldn’t we celebrate February in the science world?

As pioneers of products that assist in ground-breaking discoveries in science and clinical care, we have a strong network of academic and industry partners. Collaboration is a crucial part of our day to day roles and underpins the tools we develop as well as the content we produce. That’s why, we’re not letting February pass us by without celebrating our very own ‘valentines’!

More and more, we are seeing skill sets become extremely specialized and as a result, collaboration as a practice becomes more important than ever. In science, there are hundreds of benefits when it comes to sharing knowledge with other researchers’ even if they have a different mission or objective. Just because you reach a roadblock in a certain project, it doesn’t mean that it’s wasted knowledge… this could be the breakthrough that somebody else is struggling to find and a simple collaboration can make time and energy in the lab more efficient.

Meet some of the pioneering scientists that we work with around the world. These individuals devote their lives to advancing knowledge and understanding of specific research subjects including cell & molecular biology, cancer biology, clinical research, pharma & biotech, immunology and much more.

Adam Case Ph.D.

Mike Rutkowski

Professor Giovanni E. Mann Ph.D

Tom Keeley Ph.D.

Professor Nicholas Forsyth Ph.D

Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe

Ester Hammond Ph.D

Professor Andrew W McCaskie

Professor (Assistant)

Adam Case Ph.D.


Institute / Company: University of Nebraska Medical Center | UNMC · Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

The Case laboratory examines the interplay of redox, metabolic, and epigenetic changes in regards to the nervous and immune systems during psychological stress.

Vice President

Mike Rutkowski


Institute / Company: QuVa Pharma Inc

Professor of vascular physiology

Professor Giovanni E. Mann Ph.D


Institute / Company: King’s College London
Info: Redox signalling; diabetes; cardiovascular; stroke; defining physiological normoxia

Postdoctoral Researcher

Tom Keeley Ph.D.

Health Faculty Dean of Research, Professor of Stem Cell Biology

Professor Nicholas Forsyth Ph.D


Institute / Company: Keele University 
Info: Research theme: Regenerative Medicine

Director of Clinical Research

Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe


Institute / Company: The Francis Crick Institute 
Info: Peter's current research aims to understand the biological roles of signalling through protein hydroxylation and related oxidations. In 2019, Peter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine.

Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology

Ester Hammond Ph.D


Institute / Company: Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology
Info: Ester investigates how tumours survive in conditions which include low oxygen (hypoxia). The goal is to target the hypoxic parts of tumours to improve cancer therapy.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery, Research Director, Division of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor Andrew W McCaskie


Institute / Company: University of Cambridge
Info: Professor McCaskie is an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in lower limb surgery e.g. hip arthroscopy and related research. His research aims to develop innovative solutions, particularly regenerative, for patient benefit in musculoskeletal disease. One focus is Osteoarthritis (OA), which affects around 8 million people in the UK alone. The research encompasses a greater understanding of the causes of musculoskeletal disease and the mechanisms of action of therapy.

Image source: http://arthritistissueengineering.org.uk/our-team/prof-andrew-w-mccaskie/

The global community United Science


Over the last 15 years, the global community United Science, has made a huge effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. At Baker, we are extremely proud to have two fantastic women scientists that do not let gender get in the way!

Kara Held Ph.D.

Krista Rantanen Ph.D.

Baker Science Director

Kara Held Ph.D.


Info: At Baker, Kara helps the company continue to pioneer the industry it serves and also champion science. Her job is challenging and multi-faceted, from advising internal product development, to leading external seminars with academic collaborators. She determines the yearly research plan for the company and also works closely with key Baker and Baker Ruskinn customers.

Read Kara's day in the life

Baker Director of Scientific Applications

Krista Rantanen Ph.D.


Info: Krista’s main responsibility is to support the distribution network especially in Europe but also in other continents, providing material for application notes, delivering webinars and representing the Baker brands at key events.

Read Krista's day in the life

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