About Us

NewGene is an ISO 15189 accredited provider of molecular diagnostics using high throughput sequencing and genotyping technologies.

The demand for testing of genetic variation in patients is growing rapidly. This is being driven by advances in medical genetics coupled with the growth in personalised medicine which involves the determination of a patient’s biological characteristics in order to select the most effective therapy regime.

Established through a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, NewGene is a pioneer in developing, validating and delivering molecular diagnostics using the latest high throughput sequencing and genotyping technologies.

NewGene’s core team has a background in molecular genetics within the NHS. By combining this clinical and laboratory expertise with the use of high throughput sequencing platforms, NewGene is able to deliver a high quality, fast turnaround service at an attractive price.

NewGene works in collaboration with clinicians and scientists to deliver optimal services to regional and national NHS Trusts and overseas healthcare providers. Critical to the service are the NewGene HCPC registered Clinical Scientists who are qualified to approve clinical reports.

The Team

Angela Silmon BSc PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Angela began her career in the laboratory with a PhD in molecular neuroscience and postdoctoral research in the disease Cystic Fibrosis, moving to business development at Newcastle University with a focus on the development of point of care diagnostics, lab on a chip and sensor platforms for a range of commercial companies.

Following two successful years in the Business Development Director role, her progression to Chief Executive will see the continued growth of NewGene in the delivery of molecular genetic testing and diagnostics services to clinical specialists and the establishment of research and development programmes with clinicians, academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Ann Curtis BSc, PhD, DipRCPath
Scientific Director

Ann began her scientific career as a researcher with the Medical Research Council and then entered the clinical genetics diagnostic field. She was instrumental in developing such services for the NHS in both Edinburgh and Newcastle, and worked as head of the highly regarded NHS Molecular Genetics Laboratory in Newcastle for 16 years.

She is an HCPC registered Clinical Scientist, a former chair of the Clinical Molecular Genetics Society and a former member of the UK Genetics Testing Network.

Jane Lisgo
Laboratory Manager

Jane has many years of laboratory management experience in the NHS setting and came to NewGene from the position of Laboratory Manager (Senior Genetic Technologist) for the Northern Molecular Genetics Service. She demonstrates a wide range of skills; excellent technical knowledge, resource and staff management, training, strategic planning, that all work towards the delivery of a high level of clinical service.

Contact us

NewGene Limited
Bioscience Building
International Centre for Life
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 242 1923
Fax: +44 (0)191 241 8799
Email: info@newgene.org.uk

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Mon – Fri 08:30 to 17:00, closed Bank Holidays

An ISO 15189 accredited Medical Laboratory company

NewGene Limited | Company Number: 06735445

Technology Partners

Agilent Technologies

Agena Bioscience


Sophia Genetics



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