David Chiswell has more than 30 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry. He co-founded Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT) in 1990 where he served as CEO for six years. During his tenure he oversaw the company’s float on both the London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq in April 1997 and June 2001, respectively. Most recently David Chiswell was Chairman, then CEO of Kymab Ltd from 2015 to 2018. He is a past chairman of the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and his contributions to the field were recognised in 2006 when he was awarded an OBE for services to the biotechnology industry.
Tim’s career in the life sciences has encompassed start ups, venture capital, investment banking and equity research. He has held senior positions at a number of firms including NM Rothschild, Hambrecht and Quist, UBS, SG Cowen and Pacific Growth Equities. In 2013 he founded Longcross Advisers, a life science-focused corporate finance firm. He gained his PhD from the MRC’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry from Imperial College, London.
Vivienne’s career in the biotech industry includes research management roles at Wellcome Biotech and SmithKline Beecham. She was co-founder of Adprotech Ltd, a company developing novel proteins therapeutics and vaccines. In 2001 she founded UK Bioscience Consultants and has provided life science commercialization consultancy to many of the UK’s leading universities and medical institutes. She holds a PhD from Imperial College, London.
Pete joined Epidarex Capital as a Venture Partner in 2014. He has more than twenty years of experience in drug discovery within the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Epidarex, he was Global Head of the Respiratory Disease Area and Site Head for the Novartis Institute of BioMedical Research in the United Kingdom. In this role, Peter had strategic and operational oversight for the respiratory portfolio from target discovery through to proof-of-concept trials in the clinic. He is a former Executive Director of the Novartis Developmental and Molecular Pathways Platform based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Peter holds a BSc and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds.
Alek Safarian is the CEO of venture investment firm, ALSA Holdings Ltd. Alek has a diverse background in drug development spanning some 30 years. Trained as a pharmacist, he worked in regulatory affairs and clinical research roles for European and US based multinational pharmaceutical companies in Australia, with responsibility across the Asia-Pacific. He subsequently founded Novotech, a Sydney based contract research organisation working with hundreds of clinical stage biotech companies over a 21 year period. Alek holds a B. Pharm and MBA from the University of Sydney.