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VOL. 128 | NO. 177 | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bigger Joins TriMetis as Business Development Specialist

By Kate Simone

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Lauren Bigger has joined preclinical services company TriMetis, a subsidiary of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, as a business development specialist. In her new role, Bigger will work with the operations and scientific teams to drive new projects for the TriMetis specialized laboratory and manage the sales and protocol review processes.


Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.

Experience: Bachelor of Arts, communication of science and technology, Vanderbilt University. Previously, I managed industry relations and supported marketing and communications at Memphis Bioworks Foundation.

Family: My husband, Matt Bigger

Favorite movie: Any movie with Audrey Hepburn

The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies, Melrose Golden Wildcats and Vanderbilt Commodores – Go Dores!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Mat Kearney

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I am a board member of The Memphis Mobile Market and an active member of Downtown Church. I enjoy hiking, cooking and eating good food, and exploring Memphis.

What talent do you wish you had? I would love to be able to play the piano or guitar.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents have had the strongest influence on me. I am grateful for the lessons they have taught me in walking through life joyfully, one day at a time, regardless of circumstances.

What is the relationship between TriMetis and Bioworks? TriMetis was created by Memphis Bioworks Foundation in response to local and national medical device and pharmaceutical industry needs for a preclinical research company that meets the requirements outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. TriMetis and Bioworks will continue to work together to assist local entrepreneurs and small businesses in bringing their companies to the next phase in the approval pathway through specialty laboratory and consulting services.

What are your goals in your new position? My efforts are focused around developing processes that will support the growth of the business.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? During my time at Bioworks, I was privileged to be part of creating an environment for collaboration in the local bioscience ecosystem.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I really enjoy the bioscience industry and working with companies who are developing innovative products. It is a bonus to be part of a team of people who work hard and enjoy what they do.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Find and invest in a community of people who will challenge and encourage you mentally, spiritually and socially.


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