Meet Our Team

Charles F. Saller, Ph.D., President & CEO

Prior to founding ABS, Dr. Saller led the biochemical team at what is now AstraZeneca that worked on the discovery of Seroquel®, one of the most successful drugs of all time both in respect to therapeutic efficacy for psychiatric disorders and market value. Dr. Saller is a serial entrepreneur, having founded Saller Rental Properties in the 1980s, which provided the capital for founding ABS in January 1990. He continues to lead ABS operations and direct its strategy. Dr. Saller has also served as the Principal Investigator or has administered more than $5 million in government grants and contracts as a founder of one other bioscience company and as advisor to others.

Linda Carlini, Vice President of Laboratory Operations

Linda supervises all Laboratory Operations at ABS. She has worked at ABS for more than 18 years and has overall responsibility for all ABS Laboratories, Biospecimen Operations, and ABS’ Biorepository. She is also accustomed and highly skilled at working with cross-functional teams and changing client specifications and priorities, having worked closely on many large multi-disciplinary projects. All Laboratory, Biorepository, and Biospecimen Operations personnel report to Linda. She is an ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor, Six Sigma Green Belt, and trained in Lean, HIPAA regulations, and GLP/GMP.

Cheri Miller, Vice President of Business Development & Operations

Cheri is the Vice President of Business Development & Operations at ABS. She has more than 23 years’ experience managing all aspects of Business Operations at ABS. This includes Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Quality Assurance, Logistics, Facilities Infrastructure, and Business Development. Cheri is qualified in ISO 9001:2015 Management and Internal Auditing. She is also a Six Sigma Green Belt, and is trained in Lean, IATA/ICAO regulations, HIPAA regulations, and GLP/GMP.

Heidi Williams, M.S., Director of Client Services

Before joining ABS, Heidi obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and her Master’s degree from the College of Charleston. After graduation, she joined ABS’ sales team in 2009 as a Project Manager. She continues to provide excellent customer service as Director of Client Services.

Heidi Shoulders, Senior Business Development Manager

Heidi consults with current and prospective clients in the Mid-Atlantic to identify and provide customized solutions that allow clients to get ahead of deadlines and spend more time focusing on their core competencies. Her love of science initially led to a career teaching middle school science before returning to graduate school to pursue a Master of Science in Biotechnology. During her graduate experience, she realized her expertise was best utilized outside of laboratory research. She believes in her clients’ research, and her goal is to provide them a better pathway to success.

Dania Hoq, Senior Business Development Manager

Dania joined ABS in 2012 as a Scientific Liaison before growing to take on more responsibility as a Project Manager the same year. She has a degree in Biology from the University of Delaware and extensive sales experience. Her passion for science, ability to build strong relationships, and commitment to helping people find solutions for their needs makes her role at ABS a natural fit.

Sarah Basehore, Ph.D., Business Development Manager

Sarah joined ABS as a Business Development Associate in 2019. She provides clients from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with custom, quality-guaranteed solutions that help streamline their discovery process and accelerate their pipelines. Her passion for science led her to achieve her Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University prior to joining ABS. Her research expertise, problem-solving mindset, and ability to build strong relationships provides the foundation required to develop successful collaborations with clients in the New England territory. 

Gabrielle Angel, Business Development Manager

Gabrielle (Bella) joined ABS in 2019 as a Business Development Administrator before growing into her current role as Business Development Manager. Bella earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Southern College. She is currently completing her MBA at the same institution. Bella’s enthusiasm for science and her passion for helping clients allow her to make meaningful connections with clients in pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies in the Midwestern territory. Through these connections she is able to understand needs of clients to provide solutions which improve workflows, expedite timelines, and enhance processes. In doing this, she knows she is making an impact which enables her clients’ research to succeed.

Our Values

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Quality

Our focus is to provide the high-quality cells and tissues that are the prerequisites for research. As such, we are ISO 9001:2015-certified for all production activities; plus we regularly undergo internal and external quality audits to ensure continuous improvements in our processes.

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Transparency

We maintain complete documentation of every aspect of our collaboration with you, including contacts, project management, and cell culture data entry. Clients may request a report of your project, plus copies of the ABS Quality Manual, our ISO 9001:2015 certification, and relevant procedures. Clients are welcome to visit and inspect our facilities.

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Efficiency

We get it done right the first time, with turnaround times that are similar to what you would experience in your own laboratories. Our lab personnel have decades of experience meeting strict standards, and our responsive, dedicated business development and service teams ensure on-time delivery.

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Collaboration

We pride ourselves on serving as an extension of your laboratory, meaning we work with you like members of your internal team. This allows us to fully understand and remain responsive to your needs to drive your desired results.

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Responsiveness

We believe effective communication is a key to driving success. We respond to any inquiry in less than one business day and take a proactive, personalized approach to customer service.

Achievements

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ISO 9001:2015

ABS is ISO 9001:2015 certified for all production activities. We will provide a copy of our certification upon request.

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Biobanking Best Practices

ABS adheres to NCI and ISBER biobanking best practices.

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Experienced Staff

ABS has a very low staff turnover rate. Consequently, we have a consistently high level of experience serving our clients. Although our focus is pre-clinical research, our staff is GMP- and GLP-trained and have earned Six Sigma certification.

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99.9% Shipping Success Rate

ABS has a near-perfect success rate of shipments arriving intact at the proper temperature.

Facilities and Infrastructure

Cryostorage Tanks
Protect your most valuable samples and ensure your cell lines are safe in case of disaster at your site with secure offsite storage.
Freezers - Storage
Our cryogenic storage systems are alarmed, monitored, and backed up by a direct connection to liquid nitrogen containers.
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Relying on our team to provide essential services or specialized expertise is like expanding your facilities and staff.
Incubators - Cell Culture
Large numbers of incubators in multiple laboratories mean that your order doesn't have to wait.
Media Frig - Cell Culture 1
Our large capacity ensures that we are ready when you are.
Centrifuges - Cell and Tissue Preparations (2)
Over twenty low, high, and ultra-speed centrifuges provide you with the capacity to produce large quantities of membranes and other cell fractions.
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From tissue arrays to RT-qPCR, ABS has the infrastructure and expertise to prepare and analyze your samples.

Career Opportunities at ABS

Click the following link to apply for any open positions with ABS.

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/2717/Analytical-Biological-Services

 

Biorepository Technologist

Wilmington, DE

Description

Job Duties:

  • The position involves tracking for a large number of human biospecimen samples
  • Samples types for storing and processing include serum, plasma, whole blood and tissue biopsy.
  • Communication with shipping and receiving department personnel is necessary to ensure packages are tracked
  • Monitoring of documentation from collection sites and other contracted research organization for sample analysis
  • Samples are entered and tracked in electronic data management system
  • Quality control of data and samples is required
  • Lead and organize the process of archiving laboratory notebooks and records from start to finish, including processing requests, maintaining onsite archive, preparing for shipment offsite and recording proper documentation 
  • Add to and maintain inventory of GLP and non-GLP laboratory notebooks and records 
  • Create and update records of GLP and non-GLP notebooks in the EDMS and other additional databases 
  • Manage all forms throughout archival process including requests, shipment and chain of custody forms 
  • Oversee and conduct the archival of digital data and associated forms 
  • Perform QC proofreading and accuracy checks of scientific reports as needed 
  • Assist with documentation and provide supporting information for related SOP and GLP deviations, if necessary 
  • Accession appropriate data into Watson and receive biospecimens when necessary 
  • Pull samples from inventory when requested by scientists in the department for internal or external assay work 
  • The qualified individual will be working in a regulated environment within our client's facility in Wilmington, Delaware.
Requirements

Founded in 1990, ABS is an established bioscience company (www.absbio.com) with headquarters in Wilmington, DE. ABS provides preclinical cell culture and biomarker services for nearly all major pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

 

We are looking for individuals to work in our biorepository and for clients with insourcing arrangements primarily for sample management.

  •     A minimum of an Bachlors Degree in a medical curriculum or biological sciences is required.
  •     Experience (e.g. as medical technologist or at a blood bank) or histology is a plus.
  •     The position requires attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and good computer skills.
  •     All candidates should be able to work independently and in a team environment.
  •     Good communications skills and client service are critical.
  •     GLP and/or quality assurance experience is preferred.

 

Benefits:

  •     The job is full time
  •     Full medical insurance
  •     Short and long term disability insurance
  •     401K plan
  •     Currently with 4% matching contributions are provided by ABS

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Business Development - Bioscience Sales

Wilmington, DE

ABS is looking for unique individuals seeking a challenging and fulfilling career. This is a sales position where you can contribute to biomedical research. We work with our clients in pharma and biotech companies to understand their needs and make their research faster, easier, and more reliable. Because of this, our services are highly customized. You must be inquisitive and have a good general knowledge of drug discovery research as well as strong desire to help our clients succeed.


Compensation and benefits are highly competitive.


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ABS is a successful and growing bioscience company founded in 1990. We are looking for exceptional individuals who have strong sales skills and a good background in biological sciences for business development positions in the US and Europe. Our products and services are highly customized to meet client needs. This is not a catalogue type sales position, which is why both excellent sales skills and scientific knowledge are important.


Ideally, the right candidates will have a proven track record of accomplishments in life science sales. However, we are willing to train exceptional candidates with a strong desire to learn. For the European position, work experience in Europe is advantageous, and fluency in German and/or French is desirable but are not essential. 


Candidates must work out of our Wilmington, DE headquarters because of the high level of product and service knowledge that we require. Extensive travel and frequent interactions with clients are required. There are different entry level points based on candidate qualifications.

 

We offer a competitive base salary with significant commission upside for new business. Benefits include full medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability insurances along with a 401K plan with matching contributions. Please apply if you are person who is goal driven and meet the qualifications listed here.


Responsibilities and Required Duties

  • Consistently prospect for new business opportunities via phone, email, networking and social media
  • Interpret prospect and client needs and collaborate to determine best solution
  • Communicate with internal personnel and relay prospect and client needs
  • Provide accurate pricing to prospects and clients
  • Ensure client satisfaction through direct communication with client
  • Record all communication with clients and appropriate internal personnel in CRM System
  • Present quotes
  • Log all opportunities and assign to the appropriate sales stage in CRM System
  • Extensive Travel to client sites, trade shows, and conferences
  • Conduct face to face and virtual sales meetings with prospects and clients
  • Trade show participation including booth setup and disassembly, and representing ABS to prospects and clients in a professional manner
  • Create and execute a professional development plan
  • Maintain an accurate and complete sales pipeline
  • Create and execute account plans for key accounts
  • Create and execute sales plans for assigned territory

 

Sales Skills and Experience (Preferred, not Required)

  • Knowledge of Pharma and Biotech Industries
  • Ability to credibly discuss issues and opportunities with Senior Level Clients and Prospects
  • Confidence in presenting new ideas and opportunities and the business value they create
  • Ability to proactively identify target prospects and initiate direct contact
  • Ability to effectively execute a structured sales process from qualifying to closing
  • Ability to effectively present solutions to individuals or groups of stakeholders
  • Effective use of social networks such as LinkedIn or Twitter for research and prospecting
  • Effective sales call planning and execution
  • Ability to articulate value and avoid selling on price
  • Ability to build strong business relationships with clients

 

Education

A BS/BA or higher degree in biological sciences is required.


Language Skills

  • Fluent in English
  • Fluent in German and/or French is a plus, but not essential for the European position.
  • Strong Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Excellent Grammatical Skills
  • Good questioning and listening skills

 

Mathematical and Analytical Skills

  • A basic understanding of arithmetic and elementary algebra
  • Ability to calculate percentages and create and interpret simple graph
  • Strong problem-solving ability

 

Computer Skills

  • Effective use of the internet for research
  • Basic proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint


Organizational Skills

  • Ability to prioritize and manage details of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Effective time management and scheduling (calendar)
  • Effectively manage email without compromising key responsibilities

Cell Culture Scientist

Wilmington, DE

Description

Cell Culture Scientist position is currently available in Wilmington, DE. ABS Inc. is a successful bioscience company with over 29 years’ experience providing cell culture and other services for R&D to pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients worldwide.

 

Duties

  • The position involves maintenance of cell culture lines to include thawing, expanding, harvesting and freezing lines.
  • Strict quality control guidelines of all products coming from cell culture must be monitored and adhered to.
  • Proper and aseptic maintenance of cell culture and production laboratory is required. 
  • The Scientist must be able to effectively communicate with team members and clients of our progress with products and services and be able to respond quickly and accurately to client inquiries and requests.
  • Record keeping, excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask are a must. 
Requirements
  • Education: BS or BA or higher degree in biological sciences. 
  • Knowledge of cell and molecular biology is required. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral, and written communication skills are required. 
  • The position requires a highly collaborative candidate with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. 

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Client Services Associate

Wilmington, DE

Description

Assist with client needs and collaborate with the client, Director of Client Services, and the Laboratory, to determine ideal solutions while they have active projects at ABS.  

  • Assist with the management and updates for production jobs and long term projects.  
  • Attend weekly Biospecimen Update Meetings. 
  • Assist with vendor PO questions and updates. , such as VWR
  • Manage and track jobs requiring client materials to be sent to ABS
  • Assist with requests and BSRF/Service form entries within Netsuite
  • Perform Satisfaction checks on jobs after they have been shipped
  • Work directly with Director of Client Services on various improvement projects for the Client Service area
  • Potential to help assist in other departments, including Business Development, or Laboratory Production
  • Adhere to all SOPs and Work Instructions

 

Requirements

Education: A BS/BA or higher degree in biological sciences or related work experience. 

Language Skills:  

  • Fluent in English 
  • Strong Oral and Written Communication Skills 
  • Excellent Grammatical Skills 
  •  Good questioning and listening skills  

Mathematical and Analytical Skills:   

  • A basic understanding of arithmetic and elementary algebra 
  • Ability to calculate percentages and create and interpret simple graphs 
  • Strong problem-solving ability 

Team Work Skills:

  • Willing to work with others within all departments, to ensure a teamwork environment for ABS. 

Computer Skills:

  • Effective use of the internet for research 
  •  8 Basic proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint
Organizational Skills: 
  • Ability to prioritize and manage details of multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Effective time management and scheduling (calendar) 
  • Effectively manage a high volume of email without compromising key responsibilities 

 

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Laboratory Assistant (Part Time)/Intern

Wilmington, DE

Description

Summary:  The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will work on specific Lab projects as designated and directed, and they are an assistant to the lab staff. Good organizational skills are essential because this position requires handling multiple projects at the same.  All relevant information must be accurately recorded when working with the database, FreezerPro. 

Required Duties:  (This list is not comprehensive, but it should be used to provide general guidance.  Other duties may be required.) 

  • The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will help the lab with the equipment maintenance duties. 
  • Maintenance of: Incubators, water baths, refrigerators, and others as requested by other employees. 
  • The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will help with organizing the storage areas, and helping put away supplies as they are delivered.  
  • The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will help with inventories, chemical, antibody, cell vials, and tissues.
  • The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will help with large cell culture projects, as a runner. 
  • Unpacking flasks and helping stock up each work station. 
  • The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will work with NetSuite to help keep maintenance on equipment that is within the database, as well helping to add on other equipment types into the system  
  • The Laboratory Assistant/ Intern will follow all SOPs while learning about ABS production processes
Requirements

Education: A high school diploma is required. Pursuing or having a BA/BS degree in the biological field is highly recommended. 

Language Skills: The lab Intern must be fluent in English and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.  All written communications should be grammatically correct without spelling errors.

Mathematics skills:  A basic understanding of arithmetic and elementary algebra, such as calculation of percentages and the creation and interpretation of simple graphs, is required.

Computer Skills:  The lab Intern must be able to search the Internet independently to find necessary information.  Basic proficiency in MS Outlook, MS Word, and MS Excel is also required.


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