BioClavis is a Scottish spin-out from California-based molecular profiling company BioSpyder Technologies. Harper VanSteenhouse, President, talks about the company’s vision to solve a global problem.

Harper Van Steenhouse Harper VanSteenhouse, President, BioClavis

What we do

Our business is all about using more efficient molecular profiling methods to make a difference to patient health. In Glasgow, we’re focused on adapting BioSpyder’s TempO-Seq platform technology into a precision medicine diagnostic tool, in close collaboration with the health service and university researchers around Scotland and globally. The company is still relatively new to Scotland, but we are finding that it’s a great place to be based and as we hoped the ideal place to recruit the ambitious and talented team members we need. We expect to grow across international boundaries, and Scotland gives us the launching pad that we need.

What’s it like to work for BioClavis?

I honestly believe that if people feel that coming to work is fun then they’ll automatically be more productive. So that’s how we try to run things here. Yes, I know, it’s my California start-up culture roots showing, but our flexible, collaborative approach to getting the work done means that we’re a team that works hard and then plays hard. It’s an exciting place to work, with a creative atmosphere and plenty of potential to get involved in some genuinely interesting science and the other disciplines that support that. We have been steadily growing over the past year, with 7 new team members in the last 6 months alone. We are always keen to hear from talented people to contribute to our mission.

Why Scotland?

Scotland is the right location for our new and growing company because we have great access to the clinical samples we need for our work here. Right now, we are a team of thirteen, based at our facility at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. We are actively recruiting and expect our numbers to double over the next year. Being based on one of the largest hospital campuses in Europe gives us a close link with clinicians and the University of Glasgow researchers - both vital for our work here at BioClavis. Scotland’s vibrant life sciences community and supportive government help us too.

It’s a great place to live

Scotland is an amazing place to live and work, with vibrant cities and beautiful landscapes. Glasgow offers the best of both worlds: it’s a modern city with many exciting things to do, but even in the centre of Glasgow, which is where we are based, the countryside and the coast aren’t far away. You can get outdoors to beaches and hills easily. It’s also a great place to bring up a family with good schools nearby.

We’re always interested in talented individuals that are eager to join our team. Check out our vacancies.