Olav Hellebø was appointed to the Board in September 2014.
Prior to ReNeuron, he held the role of CEO at Clavis Pharma ASA, a Norwegian, oncology-focused, listed biotechnology company. He joined Clavis from UCB where he built the global organisation responsible for the successful registration and launch of the anti-TNF Cimzia®. Mr Hellebø was COO of Novartis UK and prior to that held a series of senior roles at Schering Plough, including US marketing director for Claritin and head of the Biotech Oncology Business Unit in the USA.
Olav has an MBA from the IESE Business School in Spain and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University, USA.
Currently serves as a Non-executive Director of Antev Ltd.
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 sits on the Board and Executive Committee of the US-based Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) and is a founding member and co-chair of ARM’s European Section. He sits on the UK BioIndustry Association’s Cell & Gene Therapy Advisory Committee and its Finance and Tax Advisory Committee and is 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.
Dr Richard Beckman was appointed Chief Medical Officer in April 2018.
Prior to joining ReNeuron, Dr Beckman was the Chief Medical Officer of several innovative biotech and device firms, including Clearside, Ophthotech and Neurotech. Prior to that, he had leadership roles at Alcon, Lux Bio, Becton Dickinson and Allergan.
Dr Beckman received his MD from the University of Michigan, completed a residency in ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital, and a glaucoma fellowship at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard University. Prior to joining the industry, he practised in academic medicine for three years at Cornell University Medical College and was in private practice for 10 years.
Suzanne Hancock was appointed Head of Operations in July 2020, having joined ReNeuron as a Programme Manager in 2017.
Suzanne has broad experience of both leadership and technical scientific roles. She joined ReNeuron from GE Healthcare, where she spent almost twelve years and held a number of managerial roles forming and leading global cross functional teams engaged in the development and delivery of new products in the Life Sciences and Cell Therapy industry. Suzanne began her career as a scientist with Amersham International where she was involved in developing cell based assays and high content image analysis platforms for drug development.
She holds a BSc in Applied Biological Sciences and in 2019 successfully completed an MSP Practitioner qualification at Cardiff University.
Shaun Stapleton was appointed Head of Regulatory Affairs in June 2015.
He joined ReNeuron from Voisin Consulting Life Sciences where he was a Director and Vice President of Regulatory Science. He supported clients on a number of global development and registration projects, including advanced therapies and orphan drugs.
Having graduated in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London, he began his career in research with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, before moving into the pharmaceutical industry.
He held positions of increasing responsibility in regulatory affairs at Sterling Winthrop, Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim before becoming Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Ipsen, where he managed regulatory input into development programmes globally, securing new product approvals in the US, EU and internationally in the neurology, endocrinology and oncology therapeutic areas.