Ayokunmi Ajetunmop

Leader Venture Development Activities, We are Pioneer Group

AJ leads venture development activities at We are Pioneer Group (formerly BioCity) and is responsible for the strategic direction and active management of WAPG Accelerator Programmes across the UK and Ireland. He works alongside visionary founders and corporate partners to build breakthrough companies solving global health challenges.

AJ was previously Head of Sequencing at Desktop Genetics, a venture-backed genomics startup, enabling therapeutic applications of genome editing technologies. He built the next generation sequencing (NGS) service from the ground-up, securing partnering deals with biopharma clients developing IND-stage CAR-T cell therapies.

Other roles have included business development for OneStart, a corporate-backed biotech accelerator and co-founder of Evolve Biomed, a biomedical innovation consultancy.

AJ holds a BSc. in Neuroscience from University College Dublin as well as an MSc. in Molecular Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Medicine from Trinity College Dublin.