kdm communications is a full service business-to-business marketing agency with international reach, specialising in life science, technical and medical marketing.
With 20 years of experience in B2B marketing, Annabel brings both strategic and creative thinking to the table. Surrounding herself with PhD scientists and marketing experts, she has strengthened kdm's offering over the last 12 years: an energetic agency with international reach that combines scientific understanding with marketing nouse, delivering integrated campaigns to clients across life sciences, medical and technical industries all over the world. Annabel doesn't really 'do' spare time – two children, the dog, ducks, chickens, cats, bees and pigs keep her pretty busy at home, as does 'Sedgwick's Charcuterie', Annabel and Andrew's newly launched British charcuterie business making air dried hams, salamis and chorizo in the heart of Cambridgeshire!
Sarah left the world of lab research back in 2004, with a PhD in immunology from Imperial College tucked firmly under her belt, in the search of something more dynamic and exciting. Now an account director with almost ten years of experience in B2B scientific, medical and technical marketing communications, she marries together a wealth of scientific experience and knowledge with a wide range of marketing expertise in order to understand each clients’ specific requirements. She has a love of sports (most), food (lots of it), dancing (anytime) and her Disney-loving children (all the time)!
Sarah’s background is in embryology, having gained a PhD in London and then several years' experience as a post doc in Sydney. After returning to the UK, she quickly realised that she was more interested in the communication of science rather than working in the lab herself. Sarah has been at kdm for nine years, first as account manager then account director, so she understands her clients’ needs and knows their markets extremely well. She has built strong relationships, handling whatever her clients throw at her to deliver projects on time and within budget, and exceeding expectations wherever possible. She has also got married, had two children and moved house twice in that time.
Sophie has been with kdm for seven years and is affectionately known as the 'kdm glue' bringing all these masterminds together and doing everything in between, from looking after everything and everyone in the office, to supporting our impressive marketing team with absolutely anything. She can normally be found behind a heater, under a desk, talking, telephoning, typing, tweeting, texting and 'twerking' to BBC Radio 2.
Since Anna was a child her passion has always been travelling around the world, meeting new people and talking (and talking and talking and talking....) to them to find out more about their culture. And what’s the world’s common language? English. Especially in science and marketing. So, voilà! That’s how all my passions came together. If English is not your first language and you don’t feel comfortable with it, Anna is more than happy to talk to you and reply to your emails in your own language. She’s an Italian native speaker from the beautiful Alps in the North-west of Italy, lived in France for almost two years, is currently living in the UK, and speaks Spanish every day with friends and housemates, thanks to the great international environment that Cambridge offers. And her next challenge? German is already underway and....who knows what might be next!
Nearly 20 years of copywriting at kdm means Jane can no longer read books, look in shop windows, watch television credits and ads, or even open her post without proof-reading the world. Her burgeoning OCD extends to hobbies too, planting tulips in a row and getting quite cross when stray wild flowers of the WRONG colour invade her garden borders. She attributes her varied workload, talking daily to fellow scientists whether they’re clients or customers (in English and German), and our close-knit kdm family to keeping her sane. Jane is a bit of a mad cat woman, loves chocolate and rugby, and is planning to move house quickly without a forwarding address once her third child goes to university – two down, one to go!
Hailing from the land of milk and potatoes (Jersey, in case you were wondering), Jan is the sole male presence in the office, and is only kept around for heavy lifting. Combining a background in biochemistry and biotechnology with an (un)healthy obsession with taking things apart to find out how they work, he is equally at home talking to our clients and their customers about automotive design or educational toys as he is about molecular biology or clinical diagnostics. Outside of the office, Jan’s interest in horsepower (engines and, indeed, horses), means that he spends far more time outdoors than is advisable in the British climate.
Having grown up in Newmarket, it was perhaps inevitable that Annette would adopt a career connected with the racing industry – putting science into practice to develop new drug screening methods to help beat potential horse dopers! After 28 years in the laboratory, acquiring a chemistry degree and a pharmacy PhD along the way, a change of career beckoned and, today, this combination of in-depth knowledge and practical experience is put to good use writing technical and marketing material for clients across a broad spectrum of scientific fields. Away from the office, any spare time is likely to involve playing sport, country walks with the dog or pottering in the garden – ground elder will be eliminated somehow!