John is the Chairman of Confo Therapeutics, Depixus, Autifony Therapeutics and Deputy Chairman of Autolus. He also served as Chairman of ReNeuron Group, Heptares Therapeutics (sold to Sosei in 2015), and Algeta (sold to Bayer in 2014) and was a Director of Micromet until its sale to Amgen in 2012.
Previously, John was a Director of Abingworth Management, an international healthcare venture capital firm, where he was involved in founding, financing and serving as a director of several biotechnology companies in Europe and the United States, many of which obtained listings on public stock exchanges. Prior to his time at Abingworth Management, John spent 14 years with Celltech Group and was a member of its Board when it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1994.
John holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) and an MBA from the London Business School (UK).
Marianne joined Wellington Partners in 2018 as a Principal in the Life Science Team.
Prior to joining Wellington, Marianne was an Investment Manager in the Life Science Team of High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF). In this role, Marianne managed a portfolio of seven companies and concluded the initial investments in Cardior Pharmaceuticals and Verovaccines. She represented the fund on the Boards of preOmics and coramaze technologies. Prior to HTGF, Marianne worked as a management consultant and supported pharmaceutical and medical device companies with strategy, portfolio and business unit development.
Marianne obtained a BSc and MSc in Biotechnology from the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Scripps Research Institute (San Diego, USA). She conducted her PhD research in Molecular Imaging at the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University Hospital Aachen (Germany). Her thesis resulted in several publications in prestigious journals and was recognized by the German Society of Biomedical Engineering through the VDE PhD Award.
Rob Scott, MD, a trained physician, has held leadership positions in global pharmaceutical companies for thirty years. He has managed drug development teams responsible for highly successful pharmaceutical brands such as Norvasc, Lipitor, Repatha, Humira, Skyrizi and Rinvoq. His most recent position was Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development at AbbVie. Before that, he was Vice President, Global Development TA Head and Head of Development Design Center at Amgen. From 2012 - 2016 he was a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drug Advisory Committee where he built strong relationships with senior FDA staff. Before Amgen, he held several leadership positions with emerging pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Dr. Scott is a graduate from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and started his career at Janssen as a Medical Advisor. He has been a board member of TransCelerate and a member of the PhRMA R&D Leadership Forum.
Katya has served on the Board of Directors for Confo Therapeutics since 2015. She is a Partner at Capricorn Partners.
Formerly a Venture Partner with Alta Partners, her current and past board memberships include Adocia, iStar Medical, Nexstim Oy, Ablynx, Cerenis Therapeutics, Innate Pharma and Kiadis Pharma.
Katya obtained a postdoctoral position in Microbiology & Immunology from the Stanford University School of Medicine (San Francisco, USA) and a PhD in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin, USA).
Christina Takke is co-founder and Managing Director of V-Bio Ventures.
Christina has more than 15 years of investment experience in European Venture Capital. Before launching V-Bio Ventures, Christina was a partner at Forbion Capital Partners (previously ABN AMRO Capital), where she led and managed a series of successful investments in biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical companies.
Christina has a scientific background, holding a PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Cologne (Germany) and an MSc in Biology from the University of Darmstadt (Germany).
Alexandra is a partner at Fund+. She has previously led investments in private and public companies at PMV and Hunza Ventures, where she built strong Life Science portfolios in Europe and the United States. Alexandra is the author of high-impact publications in the fields of neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease and has served as a board member in several companies active in biotech, diagnostics and medical technologies.
Alexandra holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from KU Leuven (Belgium), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California, San Francisco (US), and an executive degree in General Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium).
Edward currently serves on the supervisory boards of Azafaros, Escalier BioSciences, Genase Therapeutics, Scenic Biotech, Staten Biotechnology, Synaffix and TigaTx. He served on the supervisory boards of Progentix Orthobiology (acquired by Nuvasive ), Noviogendix (acquired by MDxHealth) and was founding investor and supervisory board member of Acerta Pharma (acquired by Astra Zeneca). Edward is also on the board of Mibiton.
Edward started his career as process engineer for Chiron Inc.. He subsequently worked in product development and corporate licensing at Johnson & Johnson. Since 2000 he expanded his experience as CEO of several life sciences companies in the Netherlands.
Edward holds a M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Utrecht and a M.Sc in Biochemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.
Roderick is a member of the Board of Directors of Confo Therapeutics, Flamingo Therapeutics, miDiagnostics, Bluebee and GST.
Roderick is a Senior Investment Manager at Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen (PMV), with investment interests related to early-stage therapeutics and diagnostics. Prior to joining PMV, Roderick worked as an investment banker (equity research) at Degroof Petercam, where he was responsible for the life science franchise and was involved in – among others – the IPOs of argenx, Biocartis, Curetis and Probiodrug (now Vivoryon).
Roderick obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from KU Leuven (Belgium) and an MBA from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management (Belgium).
Cedric joined Confo Therapeutics as CEO and Director in 2016.
He previously served as Vice President of Business Development at Ablynx and played a key role in landmark deals. Prior to moving to business development, Cedric worked through various R&D functions at Ablynx, first as a scientist in the pharmacology group and later as project manager, leading cross-functional project teams from discovery up to Phase II clinical studies.
Cedric has a PhD in bioscience engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium).
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