A COMPANY that has seen demand for its at-home allergy. intolerance and health tests escalate dramatically has increased its workforce by 25 per cent, including the appointment of two experienced scientists.
Test Your Intolerance has become one of the country’s largest suppliers of self-testing kits which are used by customers in 40 different countries and processed in its state-of-the -art laboratory in Castle Donington.
It comes as TYI has experienced unprecedented growth: in the past 12 months its tests showed an almost 400% year on year growth. Staff were processing 5,052 tests a month in 2022 and throughout 2023 it has been providing results for 13,430 tests a month.
New recruit Joseph Bentley has been taken on as laboratory manager after previously working at Source BioScience, in Nottingham. More recently Joseph worked as a senior scientist for The Rosalind Franklin Laboratory In Leamington Spa, the Government’s flagship testing site, at the height of the pandemic between 2020 and 2022.
Joseph will be responsible for managing the laboratory, creating processes and documenting procedures, overseeing staff as well as calibration and quality control.
Michelle Wakefield, meanwhile, has been employed as a laboratory and compliance director after six years working for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a specialist biomedical scientist.
She has over 15 years’ experience in clinical biochemistry, toxicology and point of care testing within NHS laboratories and will ensure the laboratory operates to the highest standards.
Cris Wootton, who runs Test Your intolerance, said: “Joseph and Michelle have a wealth of experience between them and their work for the NHS means they are used to working in a fast-paced environment in compliance with strict working guidelines.
“With appointments like this the company is ready to take the next step in expanding our global network and furthering our research to support more people in overcoming debilitating allergies and intolerances.”