Your Searchlight for Microbiome
Drug Development Success

Our purpose

Our mission is to help Searchlight members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with the most engaged stakeholders in key scientific communities. 



Searchlight gives life science leaders clarify to see where opportunity lies. Helping companies to move forward faster is at the heart of the network. 

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We are the custodians of the Microbiome Drug Development: Searchlight communities on behalf of our members; engaged in the constant pursuit of added value. 

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The quality of information is the difference between success and failure. Searchlight is the destination to find the latest information, trends and solutions impacting the Microbiome Drug Development industry. 

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Building strong relationships creates an environment of trust and support that yields opportunity, progress, partnership and meaning. 

Meet our team

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Gareth Pearce

Managing Director

Gareth established and is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Searchlight business within Hanson Wade, ensuring continues to add demonstrable value to every member as it scales. Gareth has successfully built and grown information businesses in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East during a 20 year entrepreneurial career. He holds a first class degree in Politics and earned a postgraduate Certificate in International Business Practice from the Mountbatten Institute in New York.

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Charlotte Harrison

Senior Marketing Manager

Biography coming soon...

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Matthew Bray

Portfolio Development Director

Matt is responsible for delivering and developing current Searchlight Networks, in line with the goals of member companies and scientific communities at large. Matt’s commercially focused background includes experience in academic publishing as well as a Master’s degree in Bio-Business and undergraduate degree in Bioveterinary Science. Matt is passionate about the business of science and is also a keen Chicago Bulls fan.

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Jamie Redmond

Business Development Manager

Jamie is responsible for the expansion of networks in the life sciences sector, by engaging new members and portraying the multi-faceted layers of value that Searchlight has to offer. Through learning the challenges and frustrations individuals are dealing with in the industry, Jamie discovers the critical need of leaders in the field for this forum and assists them in the process of joining the Searchlight community. Jamie studied English Literature at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2022. He joined Searchlight after working as a Delegate Sales Executive for five months at Hanson Wade - Conferences.

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James Milburn

Senior Community Development Director

James’s life sciences experience begin by helping key opinion leaders network and share ideas around the application of cutting-edge technology, the pursuit of novel pharmacochemical pathways and the development of new drug modalities. Prior to Hanson Wade, James completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and followed this up with an MSc in Human Nutrition. In his free time, he enjoys endurance running and all types of outdoor activities.

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Caylee Donaldson

Business Development Manager

Caylee joined Hanson Wade in 2022 to lead the new divisions marketing team responsible for Searchlight by Hanson Wade, Hanson Wade Intelligence, and free-to-attend events. Caylee is passionate about responsible marketing and creating strategic tactical plans designed to deliver real value to our communities, customers, and clients. Caylee graduated from the Institute of Data and Marketing with a level 7 post graduate diploma in data driven marketing.

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George Nelson

Marketing Assistant

George graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2023 with an MA in Creative Writing, following an undergraduate degree in English Literature. She is excited to develop her strategic and analytical abilities as she assists in marketing the Searchlight networks. She practices taekwondo and enjoys reading about natural history in her free time.

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