The BIA’s Board is drawn from a wide range of member companies. The Board currently comprises 11 Members, each of whom has been elected for a three-year term, after which they are invited to put themselves forward for re-election.
Dr Jane Osbourn
Jane joined MedImmune, formerly Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), now the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, in 1993. An expert in antibody engineering, she has authored many key publications and patents, and made a significant contribution to the discovery and development of marketed drugs (Humira and Benlysta) and more than 40 clinical candidates. She has worked across many therapy areas and currently also leads a global team focused on the development of biosuperior antibody therapies.
Jane obtained a First Class degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD at the John Innes Centre for Plant Science Research in Norwich. This was followed by a Post-Doctoral position at Rutgers University, New Jersey before moving into medical research through a British Heart Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Department of Medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Jane is passionate about the development of the UK biotechnology sector and was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the BioIndustry Association in 2015. She is also a Director of Babraham Bioscience Technologies and a Director of Cambridge Enterprise. She has presented at a number of parliamentary Select Committees and has previously served as a Member of the UK Medical Research Council Industry Grant Award Assessment Panel. In 2016 she was recognised in the PharmaVoice 100, and also in Fierce Pharma’s “Fierce Women in Biopharma”.
Lisa Anson is Chief Executive Officer of Redx Pharma plc, appointed 1 June 2018.
Lisa has been President of AstraZeneca UK since 2012 and has significant leadership experience in pharmaceuticals. Over a 20 year career at AstraZeneca plc, Lisa has held a number of senior management roles in both the US and the UK including Global Vice President, Oncology and as Vice President of emerging brands where she worked closely with the Research and Development teams.
Lisa holds an MBA (awarded with distinction) from INSEAD, France and a First Class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK. Upon graduating she joined KPMG in London as a management consultant and then moved to California where she worked for Salick Health Care (now Aptium), a California based cancer disease management company, prior to joining Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (USA) in 1998 as a business development manager.
Lisa was President of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) a position from which she will stepped down in July 2018. She has been a Board member of the ABPI since 2012 where she has chaired a number of UK industry committees and worked closely with Government and a wide range of industry stakeholders.
Charlotte Casebourne is the CEO and Co-founder of Theolytics, leading the development of viral therapies for cancer. Theolytics platform technology enables the development of drugs that selectively infect and destroy cancer cells. The company is backed by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), and is committed to harnessing viruses to fight disease.
Focused on the translation of innovative bioscience technologies to improve patients’ lives, Charlotte is also the founder of Yarvie.com, an online system designed to help scientist entrepreneurs commercialise their discoveries. Previously a Director of New Medicine Partners - a strategic consulting firm - she worked with international clients spanning 3 continents to translate novel life science technologies to the point of commercial viability. Her personal interests have previously led her to take leadership roles within a number of communities, 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.
Dr Jane Dancer
Jane has over 15 years’ experience in business development gained from roles in both biotech and pharma. Since joining F-star in late 2011 Jane has led a series of significant and innovative transactions with BMS, AbbVie, Denali and Merck (EMD Serono) raising almost $200M in non-dilutive financing and advancing F-star’s drug pipeline. By establishing asset-centric-vehicles as well as more traditional licensing, F-star has been able to realise the value of its individual assets through flexible deal structuring. As well as business development, Jane is responsible for transactional legal matters, IP and Communications at F-star. Earlier this year she was identified by Labiotech as one of the 15 Women Leading in European Biotech.
Prior to F-star, she held business development positions at Cellzome and Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT). At Cellzome she led two significant transactions with GSK; Cellzome was subsequently acquired by GSK in 2012. During her time at CAT she led negotiations on multiple significant transactions, subsequently continuing this work within AstraZeneca following the acquisition of CAT.
She has a first class degree, a PhD and an MBA from the University of Cambridge and spent the first part of her career within the agrochemical industry. She is Vice-Chair of the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, a member of the University of Cambridge Careers Service Syndicate and an Associate of Newnham College.
Dr Oliver Hardick
In 2013 I founded Puridify, a venture backed company based at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst that was acquired by GE Healthcare. Through GE Healthcare, Puridify is continuing to develop and commercialise novel bioprocessing platform technologies allowing for the cost effective manufacture of a wide range of existing and new biomolecule products including viral vectors.
I completed my Engineering doctorate at UCL in the department of Biochemical Engineering headed up by Prof Nigel Titchener-Hooker where the initial purification technology, Fibro, was developed under the supervision of Prof Dan Bracewell. I continue to represent UCL as an honorary lecturer and regard industry-academia links as critical for the development of our industry.
My academic expertise is in the field of novel purification approaches in bioprocessing while vocationally, taking a company from inception to exit has allowed me to gain experience from a large range of talented advisors, building skills in business development, finance, project management, and growing teams.
As a Director of Puridify and Business Leader at GE Healthcare I continue to support the innovation, strategic development and commercialisation of technology, regularly interacting with biotherapeutic manufacturers globally through an extensive network.
I joined Immunocore as Chief Commercial Officer in October 2017 to bring the innovative and transformational science at Immunocore to market. Having stepped into the role of CEO in February 2018, I am delighted to lead the vision for one of the UK’s top biotechnology companies. With more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, I have held numerous cross-functional roles spanning sales, marketing, commercial strategy, country management and regional leadership with Eli Lilly & Co. Additionally, having worked in roles that encompass corporate strategy and business development, I can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the BIA Board and continue to help move the BIA in its forward trajectory.
At Lilly, I served in a number of global leadership positions across multiple therapeutic areas and geographies including as Vice President International Business Unit Leader Oncology, President Biomedicines Business Unit, Australia, Canada and Europe and Snr VP Digital Ventures as regional head and country head of a company with commercial, manufacturing and research presence. I represented the company directly with governments across multiple countries so I have a deep understanding of the policy and operational challenges faced by the industry. I have also served as Chairman of the European Markets Committee at EFPIA. I was on the Board of the ABPI for over 6 years and was also Chair of the American Pharma Group.
Professor Jackie Hunter
Benevolent Bio and BenevolentAI use AI to augment the research capabilities of drug scientists, radically changing the way R&D is done. She has over thirty years of experience in the bioscience research sector, working across academia and industry including leading neurology and gastrointestinal drug discovery and early clinical development for GlaxoSmithKline. In that role she oversaw the entry of over 20 compounds into clinical studies and the conduct of 17 Proofs of Concept. She has served on numerous academic, industry and government Boards and panels in both Europe and America e.g. in the establishment of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a 2B euro public-private partnership between the pharmaceutical industry and the European Commission. She served on the IMI Board and was Chair of the EFPIA Research Directors Group.
She founded OI Pharma Partners in 2010 to support the life science sector in harnessing the power of open innovation working with a variety of organizations, including the establishment of an Open Innovation Strategy for the Cyprus Presidency of the EU. For 3 years she was the CEO of the BBSRC which distributes approximately £500M p.a for bioscience research and its translation. She holds a personal chair from St George's Hospital Medical School, which was awarded in recognition of her contribution to bioscience research. She was also awarded a CBE in 2010 for Services to the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Dr Kyriacos Mitrophanous
Oxford BioMedica is a leading Gene and Cell therapy company that focuses on developing novel treatments in the areas of CNS, Ocular and Oncology. Kyriacos’ focus has been the research and development of lentiviral vectors for clinical applications including neurological disorders comprising Parkinson’s disease and Motor neuron disease; ophthalmic disorders including wet-AMD, Usher syndrome and Stargardt disease; and in oncology. This work has been extensively published in leading peer reviewed journals. He was appointed Chief Scientific Officer at Oxford BioMedica in 2014 and is a member of the British, European and American gene therapy associations (BSGCT, ESGCT, ASGCT) and of the BIA Cell Therapy and Regen Med Advisory Committee.
Kyriacos obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of London in 1996. Following this he moved to the Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University where he conducted postdoctoral research into the development of viral based vectors for gene therapy. He joined Oxford BioMedica in 1997, following its spinout from Oxford University.
In the last few years a number of such therapies have received market authorisation with the latest being Novartis’ Kymriah™ (CTL019) for the treatment of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia approved by the FDA in August 2017. Oxford BioMedica is sole manufacturer of the vector for this product.
Brenda is currently CEO of Calchan, a Biotech company specialising in new medicines for pain and inflammation. Calchan operates according to a virtual model using a network of consultants, advisors and CRO’s. Prior to this she was a founder of Convergence, a pain company acquired by Biogen, and a founder and COO of Powdermed, managing its inception through to its sale in 2006 and subsequent integration into Pfizer.
She has advised a number of life science companies along the way as both a consultant or NED. In parallel she has mentored and continues to mentor some early spin-outs. She originally qualified as a Toxicologist and has subsequently become a Chartered Director and Fellow of the IOD.
Much of her earlier career was spent managing global projects for large Pharmaceutical companies. This has given her a good insight into the complexities and challenges of translational medicine across a number of therapeutic areas. It has also given her an appreciation of the importance of getting people onside for successful project delivery. Whoever said “People are your greatest asset” were absolutely right and she has always tried to create an environment in which they flourish.
She is keen to put some of her knowledge and skills to good use in supporting the development of potential new young leaders. She feels it is critical that we expand the pool of potential CEO’s and other senior executives to underpin growth in the Biotech sector.
Dedicated to building the Cell and Gene Therapy industry in the UK, he has established a team of over 140 cell and gene therapy experts, in state-of-the-art laboratories in London, and a unique large-scale manufacturing Centre in Stevenage, to accelerate industry growth.
Starting out in the new field of monoclonal antibodies in 1979, he soon moved into the new Bio-industry at GD Searle. He was Managing Director of Bioscot, Scotland’s first Biotechnology company, manufacturing monoclonal antibodies for transfusion medicine and, in 1993 received the Queen’s Award for export; at NASDAQ-listed Serologicals he was Vice President of Diagnostics Operations where he grew the business to over $100m sales of reagents and cell culture media components before becoming Vice President of Global Manufacturing. Serologicals sold to Millipore for $1.4bn in 2006. He was the National Director of the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service, where he focused on modernising the blood supply and expanding into cell therapy. During that period, he formed and privatised the NHS diagnostics company Alba Bioscience, now NASDAQ-listed Quotient. He also steered SNBTS through the challenge of vCJD in the blood supply, and a public inquiry into historical HIV and Hepatitis C infections.
He has brought significant manufacturing and commercial experience to the BIA Board. In addition, experience of running a part of the NHS and working with the highest levels of Government.
Dr Will West
Will is Executive Chairman of CellCentric Ltd, an epigenetic-based cancer drug discovery and development company, originally spun out of Cambridge University. The lead product is a small molecule inhibitor of p300/CBP for prostate cancer (CRPC), as well as other tumours with specific p300 or CBP mutations (bladder, lung, haem). Additionally, Will is President & CEO of CTS Inc., a non-viral gene product, cancer imaging and treatment business founded out of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore.
Will gained a PhD in Immunology and Virology sponsored by Unilever (UniPath), before holding a post-doctoral position at the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC). He went on to Procter & Gamble Healthcare, where he was responsible for clinical development in a number of therapeutic areas, including respiratory and GI. Will holds a Masters degree in Clinical Research as well as an MBA from London Business School.
Will is on the Board and Executive Committee of the BIA. Previously he was on the Council of the BBSRC, which distributes £500m a year on bioscience research on behalf of the Government. He is a co-founder of Angels 4 Life Sciences, an investor forum which works closely with Angels in MedCity.
Sue leads the global Life Sciences practice of Instinctif Partners, a leading business communications consultancy.
Having been actively involved with the biotech sector for some three decades, Sue is passionate about helping the UK’s strengths in bioscience innovation translate into commercial and investor success. Her global experience spans advising early stage private to large multinational companies, seeing clients through periods of celebration and challenge, and supporting successful financings both privately and on public markets. She has also provided communications counsel to academic and not-for-profit organisations as well as numerous venture funds. She has contributed to initiatives to encourage the development of talent including as a supporter of BiotechYES and as founder of the ‘Career Alternatives for Scientists’ initiative.
A current member of the BIA Board, Sue is an entrepreneur and business leader who has founded and sold three communications consultancies, an experienced CEO of a biotech spin-out and holder of non-executive positions. Sue was named as one of most inspirational women working in Life Sciences in in 2016 and again in 2017.
Sue has a first class degree in Biochemistry from Oxford and an MBA from Cranfield Business School.
Dr Dan Mahony
Daniel Mahony is a portfolio manager 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.
Diana is a patent litigator with particular expertise in biotechnology patents.
As well as acting in all UK courts, she advises on international disputes and coordinate and assist with actions in other jurisdictions and patent offices. Her patent career began with the land mark case of Biogen against Medeva and in 2015 and she chaired a Reunion of the people involved to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Since that case she has acted in many significant cases, in particular, in the life sciences sector.
She is an active participant in the BIA and has been a member of the Board since 2011, she is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board assisting in the operational oversight of the Association. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and an accredited mediator.
Clare has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, including 15 as a specialist healthcare and life sciences corporate financier in London. She is joining Syncona, a leading healthcare company focused on investing in and building global leaders in life science, as Head of Corporate Development in early October 2018. Most recently, Clare was a Managing Director in Healthcare & Life Sciences at Numis Securities. She focused on advising London Stock Exchange Main Market and AIM-listed healthcare and life sciences companies, specialising in ECM corporate advisory and broking, M&A, and private placements. Clare joined Numis in 2015, previously working at Nomura Code and Peel Hunt. Before that she was an orthopaedic physiotherapist treating patients for acute sport and trauma injuries.
Clare understands the importance of access to capital and the value of long-term investment for the UK's high quality and valuable life sciences sector. Her history of working in the City will bring informed thinking to the BIA Board in regards to expanding and broadening the communication between the City and the Industry.
Since his appointment as Chief Executive of the BioIndustry Association in 2012, Steve has led major BIA campaigns for, amongst other things, improved access to finance, the refilling of the Biomedical Catalyst, anti-microbial resistance and the opportunity the sector presents to generalist long term investors. Steve champions the adaptive pathway approach to the licensing of new drugs, the need for Early Access and is particularly proud of the working relationship the BIA has established with the UK’s leading medical research charities.
A founder member of United Life Sciences, a strategic partnership representing over 1000 life science and healthcare member companies across the UK and internationally, Steve attends the UK’s Ministerial Industry Strategy Group, and sits on The Royal Society's Science, Industry and Translation Committee.
Beyond the UK Steve is a member of EuropaBio’s Board and its National Association Council and is a founder member of the International Confederation of Biotech Associations. An expert and regular commentator on the sector in the media and at industry-leading conferences Steve has worked both in biotech (as Senior Director at Genzyme UK and Ireland) and at the highest levels of UK government (as Special Advisor to John Reid, MP, during his time in Tony Blair’s government) for over 15 years. Steve was awarded the OBE in January 2017.
Nick is responsible for overseeing the BIA’s operations, ensuring that all activities are professionally delivered to the highest standard. He will be providing an organisation-wide operational perspective to, and support for, activities and projects.
He has specific responsibility for office management/facilities, financial systems/processes and credit control, company secretariat, human resources and IT/telecoms. Nick joined the BIA in October 2014, bringing with him extensive industry and not-for-profit management experience.
Prior to this role he ran the Clinical Laboratory Division of Lab21. This involved providing specialist laboratory services to the healthcare, pharmaceutical and clinical trials markets. He had management responsibility for all operations, income, laboratory and customer services and client liaison across the Group. He also has specific experience of diagnostic testing within the HIV and HCV disease areas. This was gained through building Delphic Diagnostics into a one-stop-shop for clinicians, enabling more effective patient monitoring and subsequent treatment options.
Nick also has extensive management experience within the not-for-profit sector, working for a trade body representing and building the profile of the business communication industry.