John Berriman was appointed to the Board in July 2011 and became Chairman in March 2015. He is the Chairman of Autifony Therapeutics Ltd and past Chairman of Heptares Therapeutics Ltd (sold to Sosei in February 2015) and Algeta ASA (sold to Bayer AG in 2014 and previously listed on the Oslo stock exchange). He is also a non-executive director of Cytos AG (listed on the SIX Swiss exchange). Until its sale to Amgen in the spring of 2012 he was a director of Micromet Inc. (listed on NASDAQ). Previously he was a director of Abingworth Management, an international healthcare venture capital firm, where he was involved in founding, financing and serving as a director of several biotechnology companies in Europe and the USA – many of which obtained listings on public stock exchanges. Prior to that, he spent 14 years with Celltech Group plc and was a member of its Board when it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1994. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree from the London Business School. In addition to the positions mentioned above, he has in the last five years been a non-executive director of Pronota BV.
Olav Hellebo was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2014. A highly experienced, international pharmaceutical executive he has broad commercial experience gained at both major pharmaceutical and small biotechnology companies. He has particular experience of the clinical development, out-licensing, commercialisation and marketing of new therapeutics.
Prior to ReNeuron, Olav held the role of CEO at Clavis Pharma ASA, a Norwegian, oncology focused, listed biotechnology company. At Clavis, Olav built a multi-national leadership team, taking the company’s lead programme through Phase III clinical development as well as completing substantial fundraising and out-licensing transactions for the business. Prior to Clavis, Olav headed up the global biologics franchise at UCB Pharma and was head of the UK commercial operations of Novartis. Olav started his pharmaceutical career in 1992 at Schering-Plough, where he held a number of senior commercial roles in Europe and the US, including leading its US commercial operations in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular and hepatitis-C, representing annual sales in excess of $2 billion. Olav has an MBA from the IESE Business School in Spain and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University, USA.
Michael Hunt joined ReNeuron in 2001. Between 2005 and 2014 he served as its CEO, leading the business through its early development to its current position as one of the global, clinical-stage leaders in the regenerative medicine field. Prior to ReNeuron, he spent six years at Biocompatibles International plc (sold to BTG plc) where he held a number of senior financial and general management positions. His early industrial career was spent at Bunzl plc. He is a founding member and co-chair of the European Section of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) and sits on ARM’s Finance Committee. He also sits on the BioIndustry Association’s Cell & Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and its Finance and Tax Advisory Committee. He currently sits as a member of the Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult’s Advisory Panel. He read economics at University College London and qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.
Simon Cartmell OBE was appointed to the Board in July 2011. He was, until June 2010, Chief Executive Officer of ApaTech Ltd, which he built into a world leader in orthobiologics. Its sale to Baxter International Inc was completed in March 2010. Prior to ApaTech he was Chief Executive Officer of Celltech Pharmaceuticals and a director of Celltech Group plc before which he was Chief Operating Officer of Vanguard Medica plc. His early career was spent at Glaxo plc in multiple senior UK and global commercial strategy, product development, supply chain, marketing, sales and business development roles. He is a Medical Microbiology graduate from Manchester University and an alumnus of the London Business School Sloan Fellowship Programme. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Calon Cardio-Technologies Ltd and has non-executive or advisory roles as a Venture Partner with Imperial Innovations plc, as a non-executive director of Phase4 Ventures, as an adviser to Mercia Fund Management Ltd and as an advisor to several emerging life science and medical technology companies in the UK and internationally.
Dr Tim Corn was appointed to the Board in June 2012. He is Chief Medical Officer at EUSA Pharma International, a division of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and was formally Chief Medical Officer at EUSA Pharma Inc., until its acquisition by Jazz in 2012, and Chief Medical Officer at Zeneus Pharma, which was acquired by Cephalon Inc in 2006. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Neuro Foundation, and Non- executive Director on the Board of Circassia Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Corn qualified in medicine at King’s College Hospital, London after gaining a Master’s degree in biochemistry from Imperial College. He became consultant and senior lecturer in neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and is author of more than forty scientific publications. Dr. Corn has held senior clinical and regulatory positions at GlaxoWellcome, MSD Research Laboratories, Athena Neuroscience and Elan as well as in the UK regulatory agency. He has played a key role in twenty regulatory approvals in USA and Europe for products in the fields of neurology and oncology, the most recent being the approval by FDA of the BLA for Erwinaze™. He was elected Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in 1996 and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1998.
Professor Sir Chris Evans OBE was appointed to the Board in August 2013. Sir Chris is the Founder and Chairman of Excalibur Group, and is a highly successful scientist and entrepreneur, having built over 50 medical companies and created over $5 billion of value for investors with $3 billion of cash exits. He is the Founder of Chiroscience, Celsis, Biovex, Merlin, Vectura and Piramed. He has also raised $2 billion for cancer research projects. More recently, he has established Arthurian Life Sciences Ltd to provide management services to the Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund, a £100 million fund and a key part of the Welsh Government’s Life Sciences initiative.
Dr Paul Harper was appointed to the Board in August 2005. He is a graduate of Leeds University Microbiology/Virology). He initially pursued a career in drug discovery and development with Glaxo Group Research as Head of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Johnson & Johnson Limited as Director of Research & Development and with Unipath plc. This was followed by work in a number of start-up companies and SMEs as Chief Executive Officer or adviser. These included, as Chief Executive Officer, preparing Cambridge Antibody Technology Ltd for flotation on the London Stock Exchange and founding Provensis Limited to develop a drug device product. Currently Chairman of Physiomics plc, Sareum Holdings plc and three other private biotechnology/devices businesses.
Dr Mike Owen was appointed to the Board in December 2015. His career in biotech, the pharmaceutical industry and academia spans almost 40 years. He was formerly Senior Vice President for Biopharmaceuticals Research at GlaxoSmithKline where he was responsible for the discovery and development of antibody drugs in multiple therapeutic areas through to successful clinical proof of concept. He was also a Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Kymab Ltd, an antibody-based biotech company, and for many years held a research position at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CR-UK). He currently serves as a director of Zealand Pharma, Ossianix Inc, BliNK Biomedical SAS and Avacta plc and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of Kymab Ltd and the CRT Pioneer Fund LP, and the investor advisory board of HS Lifesciences gmbh. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation.