Board of Directors


John Berriman BSc MSc


John Berriman was appointed to the Board in July 2011 and became Chairman in March 2015.

He is currently also chairman of Confo Therapeutics NV, Autifony Therapeutics Ltd and Depixus SAS, and a Deputy Charmain (non-executive) of Autolus Therapeutics Limited.

He is past Chairman of Heptares Therapeutics Ltd (sold to Sosei in February 2015) and Algeta ASA (sold to Bayer AG in 2014) and was a director of Micromet Inc. until its sale to Amgen in 2012. 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. Previously he was a director of Abingworth Management, an international healthcare venture capital firm. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree from the London Business School.


Olav Hellebo

Chief Executive Officer

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

Michael Hunt BSc ACA

Chief Financial Officer

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. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2014.

He is a founding member and co-chair of the European Section of the US-based Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) and is a main board member of ARM. 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.

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 read economics at University College London and qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young

Simon Cartmell

Simon Cartmell OBE

Non-executive Director

Simon Cartmell OBE was appointed to the Board in July 2011.

He is an experienced non-executive director, currently chairing three early-stage medical device businesses, largely in his role as Operating Partner for IP Group plc, an established UK venture capital firm. AS CEO of ApaTech Ltd, he built into a world leader in orthobiologics and led its sale to Baxter International Inc. in March 2010. Prior to ApaTech he was CEO 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.


Dr Tim Corn MSc FFPM FRCPsych

Non-executive Director

Dr Tim Corn was appointed to the Board in June 2012.

He serves as a non-executive director on the Board of Neurocentrx Pharma Ltd, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Neuro Foundation and as Chief Medical Officer of Izanza Bioscience.

He was formerly Chief Medical Officer at EUSA Pharma International, a division of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, at EUSA Pharmaceuticals Inc. and at Zeneus Pharma, as well as non-executive director at Cicassia Pharmaceuticals plc and HRA Pharma. He has held senior medical, clinical and regulatory positions in both big and small pharma as well as the UK regulatory agency and 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™.

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.

He is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in 1996 and the Royal College of Psychiatrists


Dr Claudia D'Augusta

Non-executive Director

Dr Claudia D’Augusta was appointed to the Board in September 2017.

She is the Chief Financial Officer of Therachon AG, a clinical-stage biotechnology company that focusses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of innovative treatments for serious rare conditions.

She has over twenty years’ experience in corporate finance functions, 14 of which have been in the life sciences sector. She recently served as CFO at TiGenix before it was acquired by Takeda in 2018 where she led the company through critical milestones, including a successful IPO on the NASDAQ in 2016. Prior to that, she served as CFO of Cellerix, leading its merger with TiGenix, and was finance director of Aquanima (Santander Group). Previous experience includes roles in corporate finance and M&A at Deloitte & Touche in Milan and Apax Partners in Madrid.  Dr D’Augusta holds a degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Bocconi, Italy.

Sir Chris Evens OBE

Professor Sir Chris Evans OBE

Non-executive Director

Professor Sir Chris Evans OBE was appointed to the Board in August 2013.

Sir Chris is the Founder and Chairman of Excalibur Group, and founder of Arthurian Life Sciences, he is a highly successful scientist and entrepreneur with numerous prestigious awards and medals for his work. He is the Founder of Chiroscience, Celsis, Biovex, Merlin, Vectura and Piramed. Arix Bioscience was founded in January 2016 by Sir Chris. Arix is an international company and will back opportunities across the spectrum of medical sciences and healthcare.

He has built over 50 medical companies from scratch, many from his own ideas and inventions and floated 20 new medical businesses on stock markets in six different countries. He has created companies worthy over $7 billion employing over 4,000 scientists, built hundreds of complex medical laboratories and facilities around the world and positively impacted many millions of lives with his work. He has also raised $2 billion for cancer research projects.

Dr Mike Owen

Dr Mike Owen Ph.D

Non-executive Director

Dr Mike Owen was appointed to the Board in December 2015.

He currently serves as a director of Zealand Pharma, Ossianix Inc., Avacta plc, GammaDelta Therapeutics and is a member of the scientific advisory board at Avacta.

His career in biotech, the pharmaceutical industry and academia spans almost 40 years.  He was formerly Senior Vice President for Biopharmaceuticals Research at GlaxoSmithKline and was also a founder and chief scientific officer of Kymab Ltd, an antibody based biotech company. He has previously served as a director for BliNK Biomedical SAS. For many years held a research position at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CR-UK) and he has previously served on the scientific advisory board of the CRT Pioneer Fund LP. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation.