Automata Appoints New Chief Financial & Operations Officer

Written by: Editor
Published on: 23 Nov 2022

Appointment [square]Pete Shea’s strategic expertise will help accelerate Automata’s next chapter of growth

London, 23rd November 2022 – Automata, the leading robotics and automation company that enables sciences labs to fully automate their workflows, today announces the appointment of Pete Shea to the position of Chief Financial & Operations Officer. Pete joins the fast-growing automation leader from Skyscanner, and brings experience from other global brands including Amazon, Babylon Health and Sony.

Automata transforms the way scientists work and innovate by driving the adoption of automation at scale across the fields of molecular biology, synthetic biology and drug discovery. At a time when laboratory space, time and talent are at a premium, automation can unlock the potential of labs, by eliminating repetitive tasks and empowering scientists to focus on accelerating science. Pete joins the company at an exciting time of growth following successful Series B funding earlier this year, as well as partnerships with leading NHS trusts to automate laboratory spaces.

“Automata is on a mission to help our customers transform how they work, deliver faster results and empower their scientists”, said Automata CEO Mostafa ElSayed. “Over the past year, we’ve worked with exciting customers, including a leading cancer research and treatment facility in the UK and prominent biomedical research and clinical trial institutes, and we’re delighted to welcome Pete to the team as we look to scale our solutions further and support more labs to do exciting work”.

“I’m incredibly excited to join Automata during this stage in its journey,” explains Pete. “The lab environment within biotech is a huge unaddressed growth opportunity for the industry. But achieving that potential will be slow without innovation, and that’s where Automata has a significant role to play. My focus will be on guiding our next stage of growth with financial rigor and operational excellence, drawing on experience working with companies across numerous industries as they scale”.

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Automata is the leading robotics and automation company powering the laboratories of the future. Our automated technology enables new and improved processes, empowers scientists with transformed ways of working and delivers faster translation of results from ‘bench to bedside’. Our Lab Automation Platform meets labs where they are on their automation journey, and we are the trusted partner to improving efficiencies and freeing scientists to work on new and innovative discoveries.  

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