Commercial Director, Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Louise joined Eastern AHSN as Commercial Director in February 2019. By understanding the challenges and healthcare landscape of the Eastern region we connect industry, academia, third sector and health and social care services to identify and support ideas that meet the needs of the NHS. Louise joined Eastern AHSN from the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre in London where, as Senior Director of Immunology Scientific Innovation, her main responsibilities were to identify the best opportunities for value-generating collaborations, and support development of an industry-leading Immunology portfolio of investment opportunities across Europe.

Prior to this Louise held a number of positions at Janssen within the commercial business in the Medical Affairs function of the Immunology Therapy Area in the UK and Europe.

Louise joined Janssen in May 2008 following a successful research career in both academia and industry. After completing her PhD in Immunology (Imperial College London), Louise undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School (Boston). From there Louise worked at Celltech/UCB in Cambridge for 6 years as a senior pharmacologist, leading a team responsible for developing preclinical models of inflammation to support small molecule discovery research, whilst also leading the psoriasis research strategy.