In our latest coffee chat, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Rhamiya Mahendran, an Application Scientist at ImmuONE. Rhamiya shared her inspiring journey within the company, her passion for cell culture and toxicology, and spoke about the up-and-coming webinar on ImmuONE’s tools.
Q: Can you tell us about your journey at ImmuONE? How did you start, and how has your role evolved into being an Application Scientist?
A: I began my journey with ImmuONE after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Hertfordshire in in vitro toxicology. I had the privilege of working under Prof. Victoria Hutter, as my supervisor. Witnessing the company’s growth and after participating in an 8-week market validation programme which was based on acquiring information on in vitro respiratory models and for respiratory diseases, I developed a strong passion for cell culture and animal-free approaches. This led to my current role as an Application Scientist, where I bridge scientific expertise with practical applications to assist clients in achieving their goals efficiently. As part of my role, I am actively engaged in providing comprehensive customer service support to clients.
Q: Could you share some of the exciting projects you’ve been involved in at ImmuONE, particularly in the realms of in vitro toxicology and animal-free approaches?
A: In terms of animal-free approaches, I have spearheaded projects comparing animal-based antibodies with animal-free ones, aiming to contribute to the animal-free movement. Additionally, I have worked on optimising phagocytosis assay methodologies.
Q: What is the reason behind your extensive work in animal-free approaches?
I am excited about the rapid advancements in technology and scientific innovation that have enabled us to develop more accurate and reliable methods for research and testing. These approaches not only align with my ethical beliefs but also offer the potential for more robust and relevant results, which can significantly benefit human health and the environment. By working in this field, I aim to contribute to this shift in the industry toward more responsible and sustainable practices.
Q: What motivates your work at ImmuONE, especially concerning product development and validation?
A: My passion for cell culture and toxicology drives my work by focusing on seeking animal-free solutions for toxicity testing. This alignment enables me to actively contribute to the evolving field. The research and development dimension in this domain continually inspires me, helping bridge the gap between academic research and the commercial world, thanks to my Ph.D. experience.
Q: Could you tell us about the upcoming ImmuONE webinar series and what attendees can expect?
A: Certainly! ImmuONE is hosting an introductory webinar on November 8th titled “Unveiling next-generation tools for inhalation risk assessment.” During this webinar, we will showcase ImmuONE’s diverse product and service portfolios. The goal is to attract a wide audience, including those from CROs, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, highlighting how our solutions address their pain points and market gaps.
Q: What do you hope attendees will gain from participating in the webinar?
A: We hope attendees gain insights into how ImmuONE’s solutions can inform better safety decisions, particularly in the pre-clinical stages. By sharing our expertise, we aim to help scientists expedite their drug discovery pipelines and improve safety-related decision-making through the use of human-relevant tools.
Can you name the services and products that you will cover in the webinar?
The upcoming webinar will be presented by Prof. Victoria Hutter and Dr. Louis Scott. They will talk about products and services via a case study based informative webinar. Here they will discuss our high content analysis cell painting assay will be brought forward to showcase its potential to customers and how it can be used to provide solutions in safety assessments in inhalation field.
Q: Can you elaborate on how ImmuONE’s solutions address challenges encountered in safety assessments of products?
A: ImmuONE excels in providing human-relevant tools, serving as a reliable and ethical alternative to traditional animal testing methods. Our assays and cell culture techniques focus on lower airway immune responses, empowering clients to make informed safety decisions.
Q: What are ImmuONE’s services best known for?
A: ImmuONE is best known for its exceptional cell painting capabilities. Our cell painting tool offers informative insights into whether a substance triggers adaptive or adverse reactions, providing a more informed readout for various sectors and their safety-related decisions.
Q: How can readers learn more about ImmuONE’s services and products?
A: Readers can stay updated on ImmuONE’s services and products through our active presence on social media platforms like LinkedIn (tag), and by regularly visiting our website where we continually update and provide information about our offerings. Feel free to also reach out via email to learn more!
Q: Lastly, what motivates you to work at ImmuONE?
A: My passion is fuelled by the remarkable team and the supportive environment at ImmuONE. Being part of a team that shares the same dedication and drive in advancing the field of toxicology and cell culture is truly inspiring and motivates me to make a meaningful impact.