Professor, The University of Cambridge
Currently at University of Cambridge where I am the Professor of Innate Immunity in the Departments of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
I have a unique blend of both industrial and academic experience. During a 10 month sabbatical from my academic role in 2016/2018 I worked in the Department of Physiological Chemistry with Dr Vishva Dixit, at Genentech at their south San Francisco site. During this period, I gained experience of working within Target Discovery in a large, and successful, Biotech. I was also mentored by Dr James Sabry (Global Head of Pharma Partnering (Genentech and Roche), Roche Basel, Switzerland) resulting in my being well versed in the process of, and due diligence involved in, developing external partnerships to bring in molecules or technology to the company. Further to this I spent three years on secondment at the GSK Immunology Catalyst at the GSK Stevenage (UK) site, running a small internal research group (in addition to my University research group). My time in both Biopharma and large Pharma has provided a broad insight into the challenges of drug discovery and the different approaches one may use to overcome them. This experience has allowed me to understand the best way to provide value to several scientific advisory boards and encouraged me to establish a start-up company