Arran input to vaccine

Andrew Proudfoot

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A computer scientist from Arran played an important role in the development of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Andrew Proudfoot worked for Sartorius Stedim Biotech, overseeing the research and development teams at the Royston and Guxhagen sites in England and Germany.

They created the bioreactor used in the production of the vaccine in Belgium and successfully delivered systems to not just Pfizer but also GSK, Merck, NovoNordisk and others.

Andrew, 57, also personally repaired the bioreactor when it failed to function properly.

The former Arran High School dux studied at Strathclyde University and has travelled the world as a senior manager/director within high-technology businesses leading international teams during his career but now lives in Hertfordshire.

He is taking a break before returning to university in Nottingham to prepare to undertake research at the interface between science and religion.