Board members

Tim Edwards

Chairman

In addition to being non-executive Chair of STORM Therapeutics Limited, Tim Edwards is a member of the Governing Board of Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, sponsored by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Previously, Tim was Executive Chair of Atopix Therapeutics Limited, acquired by Chiesi Farmaceutici SPA in 2016, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cellzome Inc, acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc in 2012, Non-Executive Director of the Cell Therapy Catapult, Chair of the BioIndustry Association, and member of the Department of Health ‘Ministerial Industry Strategy Group (Life Sciences)’.

In addition, Tim is currently Chair of Governors of Magdalen College School, Oxford, a day school for pupils aged 7–18 with a co-educational sixth form, and a Fellow of the RSA, a charity founded in 1754, which drives ideas, innovation and social change.

Robert Tansley

Investor Director, Cambridge Innovation Capital

Robert is Investment Director at Cambridge Innovation Capital, a venture fund actively investing in IP-rich healthcare companies in the Cambridge (UK) cluster. His portfolio of investee companies includes Congenica, Inivata, STORM Therapeutics, Morphogen-IX, Cambridge Medical Robotics and Carrick Therapeutics. After seven years working in hospital medicine, Robert joined the pharma industry gaining broad experience in development, regulatory and commercialisation at Sanofi, MHRA and Roche. He has subsequently worked for a number of UK, European and US biotech companies including Arakis (Medical Director, sold to Sosei), Treague (Founder, CEO), Avilex Pharma (founding CEO) and KalVista (part of founding management team, listed on NASDAQ, November 2016). Robert qualified in medicine from University College London, and is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. He holds an MBA from London Business School (distinction) and an M.Phil in Biostatistics from the University of Cambridge.

Hakan Goker, PhD

Investor Director, Merck Ventures

Hakan is a senior investment director at Merck Ventures, corporate venture arm of the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Hakan joined Merck Ventures in 2013 and previously was investing as a partner at Aescap Venture and, prior to that, at Atlas Venture. Since 2006, Hakan was instrumental in the creation, financing, and strategy of multiple biotechnology companies globally including Asceneuron (CH), Orphazyme (DK), Nimbus Discovery (US), F Star (NL), Bicycle Therapeutics (UK) and Nitec, now Horizon Pharma (CH/US).

Hakan received his PhD in cancer biology from the Institute of Cancer Research / University of London and continued his scientific career with post-doctoral work at the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Centre / Royal Marsden Hospital. He gained his BSc Honours from University College London.

Hakan is a board member of Asceneuron, Artios Pharma, Forendo, Raze Therapeutics, Tocopherx, Synaffix, and STORM Therapeutics.

Elaine V Jones, PhD

Investor Director, Pfizer Ventures

Elaine joined Pfizer Venture Investments as Executive Director, Venture Capital in 2008. She is responsible for making and managing venture investments for Pfizer and currently oversees the PVI investments in Autifony Therapeutics Ltd (London, UK), Blade Therapeutics (South San Francisco, CA), Mersana Therapeutics (Cambridge, MA), Mission Therapeutics (Cambridge, UK), Nimbus Therapeutics LLC (Cambridge, MA), Quartet Medicine (Cambridge, MA), Second Genome (San Francisco, CA), STORM Therapeutics (Cambridge, UK), and Ziarco Pharma (Canterbury, UK). Elaine brings 17 years of venture capital experience and a strong background in research and product assessment, built on her significant experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery and business development to the PVI team.

Most recently, Elaine was a General Partner with the venture fund EuclidSR Partners. There, she was responsible for the fund’s investments in Acurian, Fluidigm, InnaPhase and Targacept.

Prior to joining ESR, Elaine began her private equity career in 1999 at SR One, GlaxoSmithKline’s venture fund, where she managed investments including Adolor, Avantium, Nucleonics, Scynexis and Vicuron. Previously, she served as Director of Scientific Licensing for SmithKline Beecham and was a research scientist in SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceutical R&D.

Elaine is a graduate of Juniata College and received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rob Woodman, PhD

Investor Director, Touchstone Innovations

Rob is Director of Healthcare Investments at Touchstone Innovations, and currently serves on the board of STORM Therapeutics, Mission Therapeutics, Crescendo Biologics, Inivata Ltd, Enterprise Therapeutics and Nascient Therapeutics.

Rob joined Touchstone in 2012 and was previously Principal in the life science team at Sofinnova Partners, a leading European venture capital firm. Whilst at Sofinnova, Rob was actively involved in numerous investments throughout Europe. Rob’s experience ranges from technology transfer with Cancer Research Technology (CRUK) through to pharmaceutical consultancy with IMS Health.

Rob holds an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Oncology from the University of Cambridge.

Bradley Hardiman

Observer, Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds

Bradley is Investment Manager (Life Sciences) at Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds. Bradley started his career as a life scientist working for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. He then moved into technology transfer and business incubation, commercialising university research. Prior to joining Cambridge Enterprise, Bradley was Head of Business Incubation at Design London, a partnership between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art. It was here that he gained experience of a wide range of industrial sectors including heavy manufacturing, fire suppression, electrical engineering and fashion.

Bradley has a BSc in Medical Biochemistry from Brunel University, a Research Master’s degree in Molecular Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, and an Executive MBA from Cass Business School. He is a Visiting Fellow at InnovationRCA, the commercialisation arm of the Royal College of Art.

Professor Tony Kouzarides, PhD, FMedSci, FRS

Founder & Director

Tony is Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Cambridge, Deputy Director of the Gurdon Institute and Director of the Milner Therapeutics Institute.

Tony serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Cancer Centre and on the Scientific Advisory Board of two institutes in Spain (CRG in Barcelona and CABIMER in Seville). He is the founder and director of Vencer el Cancer (Conquer Cancer), a cancer research charity in Spain.

Tony is a co-founder of Abcam plc, and a co-founder of Chroma Therapeutics.

Tony has been elected member of the European Molecular Biology organisation, is a Fellow of the British Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), and is a Cancer Research UK Gibbs Fellow. He has been awarded the Wellcome Trust medal for research in biochemistry related to medicine (UK), the Tenovus Medal (UK), the Bodossaki Foundation prize in Biology (Greece), the Bijvoet Medal (Holland), the Biochemical Society Award Novartis Medal and Prize (UK) and the Heinrich Wieland Prize (Germany).

Professor Eric Miska, PhD

Founder & Director

Eric is the Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics and a Senior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge. He has an appointment as associated faculty at the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute. Eric was an EMBO Young Investigator and is a full member of EMBO since 2012. Eric is the 2013 recipient of the Hooke Medal awarded by the British Society of Cell Biology. He joined the faculty of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton in 2014 and is a Senior Investigator of the Wellcome Trust.

Eric studied mathematics, physics and biology at Heidelberg, Berlin, and Mainz, and holds a BA in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin. He received his PhD in Pathology from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2000, working with Professor Tony Kouzarides, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Bob Horvitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA from 2000 to 2004. He started his own research group at the Gurdon Institute in 2005.

Keith Blundy

Chief Executive Officer

Keith joined STORM Therapeutics as CEO in January 2017. Prior to STORM (from 2007), Keith was Chief Executive of Cancer Research Technology Ltd, the commercial arm of Cancer Research UK (CRT), where he drove the development of CRT to become a global leader in the commercialisation of cancer discoveries. He was instrumental in the launch of the £70m Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund in partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF) and BACIT, developed risk sharing drug discovery alliances with AstraZeneca, Teva (formerly Cephalon), Forma, Merck, and MRCT, negotiated the formation of the CRUK – Medimmune antibody therapeutics laboratory and developed CRT’s geographical reach through establishment of CRT Inc. in Boston (USA) and partnership with Cancer Therapeutics Pty in Melbourne, Australia.

After completing a PhD at the John Innes Institute and a post-doctoral Fulbright scholarship in the US on the regulation of plant gene expression, Keith spent ten years managing and commercialising agricultural biotechnology programmes before transitioning to healthcare through business development at CRT. Keith has a BSc and PhD in genetics and an MBA from the London Business School. He was formerly a director of KuDOS Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Mission Therapeutics and Cancer Therapeutics Pty and is currently on the board of Inivata Ltd and chairman of Cizzle Biotech.

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