Managing Director, Alderley Park
Kath joined Alderley Park in 2019 from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, which is part of UK Research & Innovation, the £7bn body tasked with creating the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. In her most recent role there, Kath was Director for Ageing Society, Health and Nutrition, and part of the executive management team. Kath led a team of PhD educated Innovation Leads and was responsible for growing and scaling businesses working in the biomedical, health, agriculture and food sectors, including development of new challenges under the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Previously she was on the senior management team leading initiatives in biomedical innovation, and was Innovation Lead for Advanced Therapies where led delivery of investment into the UK’s growing cell and gene therapy industry. Kath’s earlier career included Business Development Director with Epistem, then an AIM listed, VC backed personalised medicine company
Kath has extensive experience in kick-starting initiatives that grow companies, enabling businesses to achieve traction, commercial viability and economic value through investment, high-level business support and a network of connections. She has expertise in dealing with investment houses, SME Boards; government departments and bodies such as Office for Life Sciences and DHSC; multinationals and their advisors. Her in-depth understanding of the healthcare funding and innovation process, strategic planning, negotiation, commercial operations and marketing spans the USA, UK and Europe.
Kath has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester. She is an experienced public speaker and internal and external industry events. Additionally, she has a keen interest and been actively involved in mentoring and developing employees. She has been a mentor with MassChallenge UK, (part of a global not-for-profit start up accelerator for entrepreneurs) and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association..
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