PULSE 2020 - Speaker Biographies
Barbara has worked on the commercial side of life sciences for thirty years, first in a large organisation (ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca), before transitioning to the entrepreneurial world of biotech.
Barbara joined the Francis Crick Institute in January 2018 as Entrepreneur-in-residence, where amongst other things, she helps to run an accelerator called KQ Labs, which is focused on start-ups making use of data/AI applied to health. She is also Chief Business officer of Autifony, where she is responsible for strategic partnering, fundraising and commercial aspects of drug development for CNS disorders. In December 2017 Autifony signed a major collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim. Barbara was also Chair of Puridify, a UCL spin-out with a breakthrough biotherapeutics purification technology, which was acquired by GE in November 2017. She chairs the LifeArc Seed Fund investment committee, and is on the Cambridge Enterprise Seed Fund Investment Committee.
Previously, Barbara was CEO of Stabilitech, and she was Commercial Director at Arrow Therapeutics until the company was acquired by AstraZeneca. Barbara was also Senior Business Development Manager at Celltech.
Barbara has a BA and D Phil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, and is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School.
Steve Bates has been the CEO of the UK Bioindustry Association since 2012. He currently chairs the International Council of Biotech Associations and has been a Board member of Europabio since 2015. Steve is the visible face of the vibrant UK life sciences industry to government and media. He sits on the UK’s Life Sciences Council and Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Implementation Board. Steve has championed with government effective industrial incentives like the Biomedical Cataylst which have crowded-in private sector investment into UK SMES. He has forged links for the sector across the USA, Europe and in China. In his time at the BIA Steve has developed new member groups focused on cell and gene therapy, genomics and engineered biology. A strong advocate of partnership working, Steve champions sector collaboration with research charities and academia. Proud to lead an organisation with a diverse Board with over 40% female representation, Steve is committed to next generation talent and developing the skills needed for the sector to flourish. Before the BIA, Steve worked for Genzyme and as an advisor to the UK Government of Tony Blair. He was made OBE for services to innovation in 2017.
Charlotte believes in equitable access to effective therapies. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Theolytics, a pre-clinical biotechnology company harnessing viruses to combat disease and a Board Member of the UK Bioindustry Association.
Previously Co-Founder of New Medicine Partners, Charlotte has worked with organisations spanning three continents to translate novel life science technologies to the point of commercial viability; clients included government ministries, national funding bodies and world leading research institutes. Her personal interests have led her to take leadership roles within a number of organisations, including: as curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers network; Managing Director of HealthTech Women London; and HelloTomorrow’s London Chair for Healthcare and Medical Technologies.
Charlotte graduated as a University of Cambridge Bioscience Enterprise M.Phil Scholar and was a shortlisted finalist for Cambridge Entrepreneur of the Year. She was the youngest listed 2016 nominee for MT’s 35 under 35 Award.
Dom co-founded Deep Science Ventures (DSV) in order to provide funding to support scientists and engineers to come up with new ideas for high impact science companies in Pharmaceuticals (in particular cancer in partnership with Cancer Research UK), Energy (in particular, carbon), Computing and Agriculture. Previously, Dom launched a start-up and social enterprise consultancy and went on to advise more than 100 early stage science-based companies whilst running Imperial College London's pre-accelerator, the Venture Catalyst Challenge.
Dr Nicola Baker-Munton
Nicola Baker-Munton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stratagem IPM. She is a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney with a joint honours degree in biology and biochemistry. During her nine years as an industrial practitioner at the Wellcome Foundation Limited, and four years in the private sector, Nicola recognised the need for much greater assistance with management of intellectual property earlier in the development of technologies, and advice and assistance with commercialisation throughout the technology/product life-cycle.
Nicola founded Stratagem IPM in 1999. With Steady growth it has become the leading specialist company providing active strategic management of intellectual property portfolios from inception through development to market, and from academia through startup to stock market listing.
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Dr Nick Medcalf
Nick Medcalf is currently Deputy Challenge Director for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (Medicines Manufacturing) at UK Research and Innovation with responsibility for the delivery of a portfolio of capital and R&D funding competitions as well as generating new proposals for grant investment.
Prior to this appointment Nick was Professor of Regenerative Medicine Manufacture at Loughborough University from 2013 to 2017 under an EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowship Scheme following 36 years in the healthcare industry. He has a particular interest in improving the options for manufacture and supply of advanced therapeutics by making available appropriate technology for novel and effective models of business and operation. He is an active member of the Enterprise Hub at the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Dr Terry O’Neill is the Head of Health at KTN Ltd. Previous roles include Industry Sector Manager at TWI Ltd with responsibility for the medical sector. Before TWI Terry worked as a business development manager at the Norwich based technology transfer and intellectual property development company PBL. He has a background in project management in the biotechnology industry. Terry was a member of the Management Team at the physics start-up company Antenova where he managed the process of raising over £6m worth of private equity during the companies’ series B funding round. Terry has also worked in the NHS.
Within the KTN Terry is the Head of Health responsible for managing the Health Team with priority activities in medicines development and manufacture, medical technologies and digital health.
Charles is a corporate partner in Pinsent Masons' Tier 1 ranked life sciences practice. His main focus is on VC financings, IPOs and M&A in the biotech and medtech sector.
Ed is founder and CSO of Myricx Pharma Ltd, Professor of Chemical Biology at Imperial College London, and a satellite Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute. Ed started as a chemist, finishing his PhD in 2000 followed by a series of research fellowships in biology and chemical biology. He started his lab at Imperial in 2006, and now runs a research group of around 50 scientists across the institutions focused on the applications of chemistry to biomedicine, including therapeutics discovery.
He consults for a range of big pharma and biotech organisations, and with colleagues at the Crick was awarded the 2019 Sir David Cooksey Prize for Translation for their work leading to the founding of Myricx Pharma. Myricx was spun out of Imperial College and the Crick Institute in 2019 by Roberto Solari (Myricx CEO) and Ed with the support of tech transfer teams at both institutions, and is focussed on preclinical development of proprietary drug leads and novel biological insights gained through their academic research. Myricx attracted substantial seed funding in late 2019, and currently employs over a dozen scientists and staff across the spectrum of drug discovery science, from medicinal chemistry to in vivo DMPK.
Roberto is a Visiting Professor at NHLI and chairs the Imperial College Confidence in Concept programme. Roberto is a cell biologist and before joining Imperial he was Vice President and head of Biology in the respiratory therapy area at GSK. He also spent 4 years as CEO of MRCT, the technology transfer arm of the MRC, where he was involved in the commercial translation of MRC research and helped the creation of spinout companies such as Heptares. He has served as an advisor to a number of venture capital companies and is currently a Venture Partner with Brandon Capital Partners, an Australian life sciences venture capital investor. He has served on the board of several biotechnology companies and he is currently CEO of Myricx Pharma Ltd, a spinout from Imperial College and the Francis Crick Institute. Roberto obtained a PhD from Nottingham University in 1981 and went on to do two post-docs at the University of Lausanne and the University of Liverpool before joining Glaxo in 1986.
Margaret Duffy is co-founder and CSO at Theolytics, a preclinical biotech company developing oncolytic viruses for solid and haematological cancers. She leads the scientific team at the company, harnessing Dawarian selection to identify ‘cancer killing’ viruses, and is committed to the translation of innovative biological approaches into patient care.
Prior to spinning out the Theolytics in 2017, Margaret was a Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund Research Fellow at the Dept of Oncology, University of Oxford. Before this she spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher in Scotland, and the Netherlands as part of the Marie Curie Industry Academia programme. Margaret has a PhD from the University of Glasgow and recently she was listed as one of BioBeats ‘Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2019’.
Trained in biochemistry with a PhD in molecular virology, Adrian Hayday took up immunology at MIT where he and his colleagues described the unexpected T cell receptor gamma chain genes. He has since shown gamma-delta T cell biology to differ from conventional T cell biology, and that gamma-delta T cells protect against carcinogens. He has identified mechanisms by which gamma-delta T cells tell tumours from normal tissue, and is committed to their clinical application.
He is first or corresponding author on 120 publications out of a total of 220, and co-authored many patents. His awards include the William Clyde deVane Medal, Yale’s highest scholarship and teaching honour, the UK Business of Science Award, and election as Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He led the British Society of Immunology and has organized major meetings including the Gordon Conference in Immunochemistry and Immunobiology and the European Congress of Immunology.
He has chaired Wellcome, CRUK, and ACS funding committees, and served on many advisory boards, including the Pasteur Institute and the University of Kyoto. In the private sector he was on the SAB of MedImmune and has co-founded three extant biotech companies.
Heather is a post graduate who has worked as an HR practitioner for over 25 years in industries ranging from North Sea Oil, through Technology, Space and Imaging before landing in Pharma and Biotech with key roles in Roche/Genentech and GSK, over eight years, as a global HR business partner, supporting leadership teams in Research and Development divisions. She relocated to both San Francisco and Switzerland to give her a better understanding of diverse cultures and best working practices throughout her Pharma years. Her journey in Biotech started in 2015 when she joined Horizon Discovery, and learnt to move faster, work more creatively and with a focus on cost. She was able to evolve the people strategy to create imaginative and diverse solutions that fit the uniqueness of Horizon; avoided creating an internal HR industry; and ensure that Horizon’s culture continued to focus on its diversity to deliver the same exciting future for its people, that its science creates for its customers.
She moved in 2019 to another innovative, founder lead organisation, LightsourceBP to deliver their global growth agenda with a mission to tackle another of the big challenges facing our environment - how to create an economic alternate to carbon that will offer continual power to all communities and industries around the world.
Dr Claire Button is Founder of Fusion Biomed, a specialist search and investment partner for early stage, high-growth life science and healthtech companies.
She founded Fusion Biomed to address challenges facing early stage life science and healthtech ventures as they grow from interesting technology or science into a fully formed company, through to exit.
After her PhD in Immunopharmacology, Claire spent over 10 years working with entrepreneurs, stakeholders, and boards of ventures like this. She brings deep sector and commercial understanding, and a global network; partnering with ventures to build boards, secure investment, find commercial leaders, design business plans and other elements required for company success.
Claire has co-founded life sciences ventures in many fields, and understands the value of data-driven platforms and AI to healthcare.
Claire actively supports initiatives to encourage and support entrepreneurialism. She is an Advisory Board Member, Mentor and Judge with the GAP Summit, a world-class biotech competition. She participates in Venture Camps, bringing commercial perspectives to start-up ventures, including the Go to China Venture Camps, enabling access to Chinese markets.
She is also passionate about empowering women in STEM careers and actively supports the work of AWiSE.
Claire is a member of the Tech London Advocates Health Working Group; an Advisory Board Member of Cambridge Innovation Academy and a Fellow of the RSA.
Oliver invests from UKI2S, an early stage seed/series A fund that backs companies developing complex science and engineering led solutions to global challenges. Specialising in life science investments Oliver joined UKI2S in 2014. He has therapeutic, med tech, agritech and industrial biotech companies in the portfolio.
Prior to joining UKI2S Oliver managed commercialisation of bioengineering and medical technologies at Imperial Innovations and worked at Ark Therapeutics as well as managing a team of biotech buy-side analysts.
Pam Garside has her own management consultancy, Newhealth, specialising in organisational strategy and development in health care, and is a Fellow of the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge. She advises new entrants to the UK health market including digital and start up companies and is an angel investor.
Pam founded and co-chairs The Cambridge Health Network, a membership group of senior players in UK health,both private and public sector. She sits on the Investment Committee of Cambridge Enterprise, the technology transfer company of the University of Cambridge and is a member of Cambridge Angels.She is a board member of Whizz-Kidz charity, ZPB Ltd and a senior adviser to Smith Square Partners. In 2016 Pam was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in Health Tech by Hot Topics.
Pam began her professional life in management in the NHS and subsequently spent many years studying and working internationally based in the USA. She holds a BSc from the University of Durham and a Masters Degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School.
Dr Rowley is an Investor Director at BioScience Managers and leads their UK investment activities. As an international healthcare investment firm that finances and enables innovative science and technology with the potential to transform healthcare, she has a team with the ambition and experience to deliver impressive investment returns. Bioscience Managers have a partnership with Downing in the UK and their own international funds for investment into a broad range of bioscience technologies and therapies.
Kate has a history of Life Sciences investment having worked at IP Group where she was responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, due diligence and management of investment deals for IP Group’s healthcare portfolio. She represented the interests of IP Group on the Boards of five portfolio companies as an Investment. Before joining IP Group Dr Rowley held a number of roles at Quotient Clinical, now Quotient Sciences and several positions in Business Development, including at Nexxus, the West of Scotland Bioscience Network.
Prior to her career in business, Dr Rowley was the Honorary Research Fellow of Glasgow University, where she managed a team to successfully develop and implement independent research projects. She has a first class BSc. (Hons.) degree in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Sunderland, a PhD in Molecular Virology from the University of Reading and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Glasgow.
Elisa is a Director on the Board of Quell Therapeutics, a company developing engineered T regulatory cell therapies and is an Observer on the Board of Achilles Therapeutics, a company developing T cell therapies directed at clonal neoantigens. Previously she was a Director on the Board of Blue Earth Diagnostics, a commercial-stage diagnostic imaging business recently acquired by Bracco Imaging S.p.A. She was closely involved in the foundation of these companies, including their operational and strategic set-up.
Previously, she was a Senior Associate at Michel Dyens & Co. working on transactions covering the healthcare space, and a member of the Life Sciences team at L.E.K. Consulting based in London. While at L.E.K. she worked on projects for biotech, pharma and private equity clients. Elisa has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Imperial College and an MBA from London Business School.
Rick is Senior Director, New Ventures and Transactions, Oncology at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, London . In this role, Rick leverages his experience and knowledge of the scientific and biotech landscape to identify and evaluate external opportunities and deliver transformative innovation into the pipeline.
Rick has over 17 years of experience in the life sciences sector. Before joining Johnson & Johnson he was the Chief Executive Officer of a European clinical stage biotech company, Trino Therapeutics. Previously, he held a number of key positions at the Wellcome Trust. He was responsible for maximising financial returns on direct healthcare investments in both private and public equities and venture capital funds in their Investment Division. During this time he was on the board of directors of a number of biotech companies and worked closely with management teams on strategy, financing and exits via M&A and public listings.
Prior to this role, Rick was in Business Development where he established and managed a large corporate venture fund, building an extensive external pipeline of preclinical pharmaceutical assets sourced from EU and US academic and biotech labs. After a obtaining a PhD in pharmacology, he started his career in the biotechnology industry at Pharmagene where he helped to establish their therapeutics division and led multi-disciplinary teams in drug development and contract research.
Dr Steinhagen co-founded Epidarex Exeed Ltd, and is both CEO and on the Board of Directors. He has 20 years experience in the Pharma, Biotech and CRO/CDMO industries. Prior to Epidarex, Dr Steinhagen was President of R&D at Aptuit. He led significant growth and transformation of the ex-GSK site in Verona. He was a key player in the $300 million sale of Aptuit to Evotec.
Prior to Aptuit, Dr Steinhagen was Senior VP and Head of Global Drug Discovery at Grünenthal. His successes include the build-up of the immuno-inflammation area and advancing Grünenthal’s CNS portfolio, including several R&D and licensing deals. Before joining Grünenthal, Dr Steinhagen served as Director of Medicinal Chemistry at Sanofi-Aventis. He started his career at Bayer Pharma and his experience spans multiple therapeutic areas and R&D phases.
Dr Steinhagen has developed strong business acumen through P&L oversight, M&A and Biotech licensing and fundraising. In 2018 he completed an MBA program at the IMD in Lausanne.
Apart from Epidarex Exeed Ltd. Dr Steinhagen is also on the Board of Directors of Caldan Therapeutics as well as advisor for several organizations. He is a member and former chair of the board of MedLife.
Dr Steinhagen has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg with a degree in Molecular Genetics. His academic experiences include a post-doctoral stay with Nobel laureate Prof. E.J. Corey at Harvard as well as an Adjunct Professorship at Trinity College Dublin.
Houman joined SV in 2016 as a Venture Partner; he became a Partner in 2017 and a Managing Partner in 2018.He has founded four SV companies, attracting strategic investment into three within 12 months at valuation uplifts. Houman serves on the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) Investment Committee.
Previously, Houman co-founded the services company Cardiac Report in 2003, as well as Heart Metabolics in 2008. Heart Metabolics successfully repositioned perhexiline, as a treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Perhexiline is now in advanced clinical trials and has orphan drug designation. Houman went on to become Vice President and head of the Clinical Science Group at UCB Pharma before becoming an SV Venture Partner.
He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Following completion of his cardiology training, Houman was appointed as an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist in 2011 at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He is Visiting Professor and head of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Oxford.He is cofounder and Chairman of Weatherden, a boutique clinical development company, and cofounder of Cinpovium.
Dr Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi
As Venture Development Manager at BioCity, Dr Ayokunmi Ajetunmobi works with scientific founders and clinical entrepreneurs to build venture-backed businesses solving the biggest health and environmental challenges.
He previously led the next-generation sequencing division at Desktop Genetics, a VC-backed startup partnered with Illumina, where he negotiated projects with global biopharma clients that led to successful regulatory filings of genome-edited CAR-T cell therapies. This activity contributed to the acquisition of Desktop Genetics.
Other roles have included business development for OneStart, a global biotech and healthcare startup accelerator, and co-founder of Evolve Biomed, a national biomedical innovation conference. His academic qualifications include a bachelor’s in neuroscience, master’s in molecular medicine and doctorate in clinical medicine.
As Director of the Alderley Park Accelerator, Ned is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the Accelerator, helping to build the ecosystem and cluster, supporting all aspects of company development from start-up to scale-up. Ned is also the founding director of an ophthalmic drug delivery company at Alderley Park, sits on the advisory board of Alderley Park Ventures, is on the General Committee of ELRIG, and has been significantly involved in the development of 7 start-ups. With proven sector expertise and awareness of market dynamics, he has been involved in excess of $500m of equity fund raisings for North American and European companies, which have a market value of over $2b today. Previously, Ned conducted primary research in neuropsychopharmacology, psychoneuroimmunology, and neuroscience at Yale Medical School and the University of Oxford.
Dr Jason Mellad
Jason is a scientist entrepreneur passionate about translating innovative technologies into better patient outcomes. As CEO and co-founder of Start Codon, a Cambridge based accelerator, he aims to identify and recruit the most disruptive healthcare startups worldwide, seed fund them and leverage the exceptional resources of the Cambridge cluster to de-risk and drive their success. Previously he was CEO of Cambridge Epigenetix and Business Development Manager for Horizon Discovery’s diagnostics division. He also served as an associate at Cambridge Enterprise, the technology transfer office of the University of Cambridge.
Dr Toby Basey-Fisher is the CEO and founder of Entia, a medical technology company enabling life-changing health conditions such as cancer to be treated and managed in the home. Toby is also an honorary lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London and sits on the Executive Board of the British In-Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA).
Prior to founding Entia, Toby received a PhD in Biomedical Physics from Imperial College London and was presented with the Blavatnik Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Dr Zuzanna Brzosko is the co-founder and CEO of Sixfold Bioscience, a Y Combinator and venture-backed biotechnology company focused on developing drug delivery systems for Cell and Gene therapeutics.
Zuzanna completed her PhD and postdoctoral training at Cambridge University and her undergraduate degree at Oxford University. Following her academic work, she worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs before founding Sixfold. Zuzanna has been recognized by the Forbes 30U30 in Science/Healthcare, the Maserati’s Top 100 British Entrepreneurs and Aviva’s Women of the Future in Science, amongst others.
Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in co-founding, building and leading biotechnology companies in Europe and the USA. He has served in CXO and board positions in 15 companies including Cantab, Signature, Ionix, Hexagen, Syntaxin, Synosia, Kymab, Bicycle, PredictImmune, PolyProx and LoQus23. He also has 7 years’ experience in venture capital with Abingworth and Syncona. He has worked with investors to create shareholder liquidity through mergers, acquisitions and public offerings. Andrew has a BSc in Chemistry, University of East Anglia and Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Dr Dan Mahony
Daniel Mahony is Co-Head of Healthcare at Polar Capital. He studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Daniel moved to California to work as a research scientist at Schering Plough Corporation (now Merck & Co.) in 1995 and made the transition into financial services in 1998, working for ING Barings in New York and Morgan Stanley in London as head of the European healthcare research team. In 2007, he set up Polar Capital’s healthcare team. He has over 23 years of experience within global healthcare covering sectors including biotechnology, medical technology and healthcare services.
David Holbrook is a qualified physician who has spent thirty-five years in medicine and medical innovation, and the last twenty in life sciences spinout investing, principally from academia. After senior business development roles in Glaxo and Roche he headed up Imperial College’s spinout activities, led the life science practice of UK venture capital manager MTI (who raised and managed a fund with The University of Manchester), and most recently was Director of Life Science Seed Funds at Cambridge University Enterprise. David holds degrees from King’s College London, Oxford University, and Harvard University.
Dr Andy Richards
Andy is an entrepreneur and investor with an established track record in founding and scaling up innovative Life-science, Biotechnology and Digital Health companies in the UK. He is currently Chairman of Congenica, Abcodia, Closed Loop Medicine, Arecor and the Babraham Research Campus and is a Director of Ieso Digital Health, Owlstone Medical, and Cancer Research Technology (the commercial board of CR-UK). He is an advisor to several investment funds, including Cambridge Innovation Capital and the UCL Technology Fund, and is Chair of the CRUK Seed Fund and a Director of the Scale-Up Institute.
Andy is a Cambridge Graduate with a PhD in Chemistry and an early career spanning positions with ICI (now AstraZeneca) and PA Technology. He was a founder and executive director of Chiroscience plc until its merger with Celltech in 1999 and since that time he has founded, invested in and helped to scale more than 30 innovative ventures including companies such as Vectura, Arakis, Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd and Geneservice. Andy is also a founder member of the Cambridge Angels.
Andy is passionate about science and the translation of science to do good for society. The Life-sciences and Healthcare sectors provide the perfect arena for translating science into technology that can help people around the world. He received a CBE for services to investment in life-sciences in 2015.
Rebecca began venture investing in 2006 while at Oxford Capital, where she took responsibility for the Oxford Gateway Funds’ investments into healthcare and life science companies, and went on to become Director, Healthcare Ventures at Imperial Innovations (now part of IP Group). Her earlier career was as a marketing consultant to pharmaceutical and life science technology companies. Rebecca has a PhD in Genetics from Nottingham University and an MBA from Oxford University. She joined Longwall Ventures after a couple of years sabbatical break spent exploring South America in a VW camper van and focuses predominantly on medical technology opportunities.
Daria Donati is focused on driving innovation, bringing forward-looking technology into the everyday lives of GE Healthcare customers and employees by overseeing global collaborations, alliances and technology intake.
Daria’s roots are in academia and public health. She has worked with the MIM-TDR (WHO) supporting capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa as International Liaison manager, leading global collaborations and funding management to support sustainable development projects in healthcare.
She has over 20 years of management and technology solution experience within biotech and biomanufacturing. She joined GE Healthcare in 2008, and has been in her current role since 2018.
She has led key endeavors within vaccine manufacturing solutions and biomanufacturing, developing biopharma manufacturing solutions, providing the tools to enable rapid response and increase access to life saving drugs.
Daria was instrumental in developing KUBio, the first off-the-shelf biomanufacturing facility, now used to enable production of precision medicines in 13 countries.
In 2017 Daria was named European Businesswoman of the Year 2017 in Life Sciences.
She has worked on public health and medicine development in Africa, Europe and North America. She earned a PhD as principal investigator working on malaria, infectious diseases, immunology and vaccines at Karolinka Institute, and a second in Biotech and Transplant Immunology from the University of Pisa.
Dr Fiona Kellas
Fiona is a UK and European Patent Attorney. Fiona graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Biochemistry in 1998 and was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2003. During her PhD, Fiona carried out research in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge. In addition to working in private practice, Fiona has experience of working in-house in the intellectual property department of an antibody technology company. Fiona has experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications, preparing and filing design applications, as well as prior art and freedom to operate searching and assessment. Fiona has worked in a wide range of technologies. In particular, she has experience in the areas of biochemistry, antibody technology, industrial biotechnology, in vitro diagnostics, bioenergetics, synthetic biology and medical technologies and devices.
Dr Karolina Zapadka
Karolina joined the Babraham Research Campus in 2018 where she co-founded and successfully delivered the Accelerate@Babraham initiative. As part of this, Karolina launched the first life science acceleration programme for early stage ventures combining access to lab space, mentoring from business and scientific experts and access to investors in the Cambridge Cluster.
Karolina’s strong interest in life science entrepreneurship and expediting treatment to patients led her to join the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable in 2013 where she launched the OneStart competition. She then co-founded and became Chief of Staff at the Global Innovation Forum and IMAGINE IF! accelerator in 2014. This experience gave her strong relationships with various partners regionally, nationally and internationally – including investors, academic leaders and CEO’s of biotech and big pharmaceutical companies.
Karolina has over 7 years experience in building healthcare companies within the Cambridge Cluster. She was pivotal in securing over £7.5 million for a number of British early stage ventures (pre-seed and seed stage) from a stellar syndicate of investors (business angels and VCs). She started her career as a scientist in protein and peptide therapeutics at a leading biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of products to enable improved treatments for diabetes care. Karolina completed a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Cambridge and carried out her Postdoctoral work at AstraZeneca.