Sigma opens Cambridge office focusing on health and life sciences sector

By Shaun Gomm | 12/02/2016

We're opening our new office in Cambridge in April this year, delivering the full range of Sigma UX, research, design, development and support services to clients, but with a particular remit around the health and life sciences industry, which is so strong in the region.


Sigma has a long standing client relationship with AstraZeneca, both in the UK and internationally. One of the reasons we've chosen Duxford, just outside of Cambridge, is because it is located very close to AstraZeneca's primary R&D centres in the UK. Cambridge also provides a strategic base from which we can serve other organisations in the growing, dynamic health and life sciences industry locally, as well existing and prospective clients in London and the South East.

The new team will be led by Francis Rowland, who joins us from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). Francis is a prominent and highly respected user experience designer with a background in design and innovation across a range of complex scientific domains. He's also a very well-known member of the UX community and co-organiser of the Cambridge Usability Group. 

Francis explains "Cambridge is a great place to be right now. There are cutting edge life sciences centres, both commercial and non-profit, and there is massive expertise and growth in clinical and healthcare areas. Being in a position to look at how we can apply design to the challenges in those areas, especially where they begin to overlap, is a hugely exciting prospect, and one that I cannot wait to get my teeth into."

Francis Rowland


Francis is joined by two further new team members in the Grade II listed Officer's Mess building, part of the historic Duxford Airfield, situated opposite the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, South Cambridgeshire. 

Antony Quinn joins us in a senior consulting role, bringing with him more than 20 years experience in software development, innovation facilitation, UX, design thinking and informatics, principally in the life sciences space. Antony will be identifying opportunities, forging new relationships, shaping and delivering projects with both new and existing clients. 

Jennifer Fuller joins us in a business development role, with responsibility for marketing and campaigning to prospective clients, identifying and securing new business, and managing client accounts. In her short career, Jennifer has worked in digital, marketing and communications roles for The International Criminal Court, the Economist, a tech start-up in NYC, and a large timber merchant. We're confident that this varied experience will provide new perspectives on our business development strategy!

Sigma Cambridge officially opens at the beginning of April 2016, but we're already having conversations and shaping potential projects, so if you'd like to know more please contact Hilary Stephenson, UK Managing Director, on 01625 427718. Watch this space for news of an official office opening event in the coming months!