The Company of Biologists: who we are and what we do


The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publisher that exists to support biologists and inspire biology.

Intern – Anna Bobrowska

In 2015 I spent nine months working as an Editorial Intern at Journal of Cell Science. Coming from a postdoc, this was my first foray into the non-academic world, which I undertook to gain experience to help me start a career in science publishing.

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Anna Bobrowska (Intern) and Sharon Ahmad (Executive Editor, Journal of Cell Science)

My primary project was to help start and run “Cell Scientists To Watch”, a new interview series with up-and-coming cell biologists. It involved coming up with questions, selecting and inviting candidates, as well as conducting, transcribing and editing the interviews.

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle (image from the MBA Archive)

George Parker Bidder III, the founder of The Company of Biologists, was an eminent marine biologist. While working at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth in the early 1900s, Bidder released over 1,000 bottles into the North Sea as part of his investigations into water movements (in comparison with the direction of plaice migration). The majority were trawled up by fishermen, but some of the bottles were presumed to be lost for ever.

Paresh Vyas

Today Paresh Vyas is Professor of Haematology and Honorary Consultant Haematologist as well as Group Leader at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit in Oxford, UK. He runs a clinical practice in myeloid disorders (especially Acute Myeloid Leukaemia) and has research interests including haematological defect in MDS and AML, in adults and children with Down Syndrome.

He first studied medicine at Cambridge University, before moving on

Promoting global knowledge

The Japanese Society for Developmental Biologists (JSDB) has long understood the importance of global exchange of ideas and learnings and has been increasing its internationalisation efforts as a result. Today all of the talks at its annual meeting are held in English and incorporate a joint symposium with an overseas developmental biology society.

In 2008, JSDB co-organized its annual meeting with the International Society of Developmental Biologists (ISDB). Since 2010, the JSDB has been co-hosting its annual meeting with the

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The company seal designed by Bidder features two Egyptian symbols.

Camille Viaut, a PIPS intern from the University of East Anglia

“This internship was a great introduction to the Publishing world. I worked in a nice and stimulating environment, as part of a team, and was supervised by two mentors who helped me to complete my projects and answered all my questions. I think that was a very good experience for me, as a PhD student, working in a completely different but still science-related field.”

Intern – Rebekah Tillotson

In summer 2015, I carried out my PIPS at The Company of Biologists, a not-for-profit publisher producing five well regarded life science journals. I wanted to gain insight into scientific publishing to give me an advantaged position when thinking about how to publish my own research as an academic, and to gain experience in this sector as a possible career option.

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Sharon Ahmad (Journal of Cell Science), Rebekah Tillotson (intern), Katherine Brown (Development) and Rachel Hackett (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open).

The benefits of global collaboration

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Mirana Ramialison has been able set up her own lab at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute in Melbourne – thanks in part to Development.

Mirana had been a bioinformatician post-doc in the laboratory of Prof. Richard Harvey, at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. Her project consisted of deciphering the regulatory network that controls heart development and how this network might be perturbed in disease conditions, such as congenital heart disease. This involved genome-wide information obtained using a mouse cell line (HL-1 cells). Mirana wanted to

Inspiring regeneration


A Travelling Fellowship from Development gave Alice Accorsi the inspiration and the means to collaborate in her research into the freshwater gastropod, Pomacea canaliculata. It brought her the opportunity to spend three months at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, USA where she could develop her thinking, learn new techniques, exchange ideas and be inspired by leading scientists.

A final year graduate student at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, Alice had been studying the immune functions in this invasive and dangerous pest. She was looking for characteristics of the immune system that may make it vulnerable – and so enable control or eradication of the species. In 2013, she attended

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