Sara Stead

Principal Scientist, MS Technologies

Waters Corporation


Sara was recruited to the position of Strategic Market Development Manager within the worldwide food and environment team at Waters Corporation in 2011 has over five years experience of working with the internal global organization, customers and key opinion leaders to develop and execute marketing strategies, inform the marketing road map, formulate customer insights, competitive positioning and has a keen understanding of the current and future analytical requirements within food and environmental testing sector. Sara maintains an excellent network of senior level key opinion leaders and collaborators within the international food and environmental analytical and industrial sectors. In her current position, Sara is a Principal Scientist within MS Technology team within the Scientific Operations group. Sara has a number of research and application interests including the development of both multi-residue HRMS screening and targeted analytical methods for chemical residues and natural contaminants. Sara is currently involved in the development and positioning of innovative solutions aligned with the food sector requirements using MS based techniques including REIMS and HRMS, DART-QDa, Acoustic Wave Mist Ionisation technology and multivariate statistics.

Prior to joining Waters in 2011, Sara was employed as a senior scientist at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA, Defra, UK) for 13 years and was responsible for leading a group of scientists focused on the development and validation of methods for analysis of food and feedstuffs and providing advice to the industry. Sara has participated in EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) audit inspections acting as the independent laboratory expert; a short term expert delivering training on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is a member of the EuroResidue conference scientific committee. Sara has acted at Work Leader and Deputy Work Package Leader level responsible for the delivery and reporting of various EU funded (FP7) collaborative projects including ISOSTER, BioCop and Conffidence.

Sara has worked in the area of food and environmental analysis focusing on the detection of chemical residues and natural contaminants for the past 18 years in both the government and private sectors. Throughout the course of her career to date, she has developed skills in leadership, resource management and marketing and is passionate about the advancement of technology and solutions fit for purpose for the food industry.

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