Bioinformatics scientist specialised in genome analysis with 15 years of experience in software development and project management. Fiona left her job at Illumina Cambridge in 2013 to pursue her vision of enabling efficient genomic data sharing and founded the charity DNAdigest. In August 2014 she founded Repositive as a spin out of DNADigest.
- social enterprise and social impact
- business model development
- software products
- selling to biopharma and CROs
- raising funding
- strategic partnerships
Doctor in Behavioral Sciences, coach-trainer and professional musician.
Eija is currently the CEO and co-founder of an awarded applied games start up called Altogame. Altogame is a game-changing virtual multiplayer environment for innovation, collaboration and training simulations.
Prior to founding Altogame, Eija developed an internationally unique face-to-face coaching method integrating musicians ́ professional top performance and well-being. She wrote the first Finnish coaching related doctoral thesis on the subject, and the first white paper on how to transform organizations by using arts-derived interventions. Eija has created and run programs on how to integrate agility, innovation and top performance in numerous organizations including Nokia, Kone, UCL, Aalto University, and Anglia-Ruskin University. She is very experienced as public speaker, coach and trainer. The first part of her professional career Eija was an internationally performing musician.
In regard to start-up scenes and communities, Eija has been a start-up member of numerous accelerators/hubs and participated various programs. She has herself acted as a mentor and delivered training to start-ups e.g. in Aalto University and University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland). In addition to the business subjects, her training has included also Human Factor themes such as working with customers (e.g. to understand the real problem), pitching to different audiences (e.g. from academic to corporate, customer or investor viewpoint and language), top performing (multi-cultural, cross-disciplinary etc.) teams, creativity at work, self-leadership, persuasion skills and performing under pressure.
I have a scientific background (Physical Chemistry, PhD), having worked for 10 years in the UK (Cambridge) and the USA (Los Angeles). Later, I worked for 20 years in a Technology Centre (Tecnalia), mostly in international projects with USA partners (Otis, Carrier, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Boeing, Praxair). Some of those projects led to the creation of spin-off companies with proprietary (patented) technologies. I was involved in the management of a few of them and, after achieving market success, in negotiating their sale to larger companies. Through this activity, I gained knowledge and experience in technology transfer transactions, with a particular focus on creating business value by negotiations and by managing intellectual property (IP) as a key element of the business strategy.
Now, I work mainly with entrepreneurs, start-ups and technology based SMEs, helping them to find routes from ideas, to market success and, eventually, to lead market segments. As a business coach, my work is mostly about asking challenging questions to gain insight. My scientific background has trained me to search for evidence, to be sceptical in absence of data, but also to find ways through. In many cases my work deals with helping the entrepreneurs to transition from “uninformed optimism”, through “informed pessimism”, to reach an “informed optimism” position.
In recent years I have been active as a Business Angels, seeking for opportunities to invest and participate in the management of technology based start-ups with strong IP positions.
Tony Hart is the Head of Smart Oxford, Oxford’s smart city project.
Tony has been working with technology innovation companies and start-ups across Oxfordshire and the UK for the past 15 years, having worked for and with major technology companies in the US, Europe, India and China. Recently he was the Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of Holley Technology, the leading Chinese smart meter manufacturer based in Hangzhou.
He has a strong focus and ability at identifying and bringing to market (commercialising) technology solutions within both corporate and entrepreneurial (start-up) environments.
Tony has an MA in Engineering & Economics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Management School.
Chief Scientist and Innovation Seeker, Sean O Sullivan Ventures [SOSV]
Dr John Carrigan has a strange job of Chief scientist and innovation (investment opportunity) seeker for SOSV (Sean O Sullivan Ventures), one of the worlds most active early stage investors. His principal interests within the firm are bioscience investments which are developed in RebelBio, a dedicated investment program recently established by Dr Carrigan and his team at Imperial College White City. Dr Carrigan began his career as an academic biochemist where he published papers concerning protein chemistry and metabolomics. Subsequently he into the world of start ups with Dublin based AERBIO, which was acquired by green biochemical company Cellulac ltd in 2013. Away from his work with SOSV, he acts as an expert advisor for the European Innovation Council's SME (Small Medium Enterprise) instrument. An initiative to fund the most promising start up bioscience companies across Europe.
In a school essay entitled “What do you want to be when you grow up” – I explained why I wanted to be a Judge, things don’t always turn out the way we want them to – sometimes the exceed our imagination. Many years later, I received an invitation to join the Design Council as a Judge on the Tech Spark competition. Reviewing amazing pitches from innovative start-ups and helping to select those with the qualities to succeed. It was a privilege to be involved and fuelled my long time ambition!
As Managing Director of Triteq, a product design consultancy, I am continuously connected to new ideas, creative talent and amazing people. I learn every day.
As a NED, I work with Intelligent Horsemanship, a company that helps horses and their humans to get the most out of their relationships. Kelly Marks, the Founder, taught me to ride racehorses and trained me to deal with the challenges of a horse riding trip across the Mongolian Steppes.
I am currently planning my next adventure.
Paul Rous has over fifteen years’ experience as an entrepreneur, investor and active supporter of early stage businesses. His professional background spans the military, tourism, hospitality, finance, asset management and technology. He has worked with Goldman Sachs, Freeman, Imperial Innovations, and Generation Asset Management a $1.4billion asset management business. Paul co-founded Fuel Ventures, a London-based seed venture capital fund and active accelerator focusing on early stage digital businesses, which he exited in 2016.
IBM Watson Health Innovation and AI Lead Europe and Co-Founder of UK Children’s Charity Thinking of Oscar
David is a social entrepreneur and experienced technologist with a passion for innovation in healthcare and specifically paediatrics. He has had a career with IBM spanning nearly 20 years and has spent the last three years working within IBM’s artificial intelligence arm, Watson. David began the role of Innovation and AI Lead at the beginning of 2018 with the remit of exploring new ways for healthcare organisations to embrace IBM’s healthcare and Cognitive technologies.
Outside of IBM, David runs a UK based children’s charity, Thinking of Oscar, which supports children and their families whilst in hospital care, funding innovation and technology over and above that provided by the UK health services. Thinking of Oscar was set up following the sudden death of his son Oscar in 2014 and has raised over £200,000. David and his wife Hannah work closely with UK Children’s hospitals to identify projects where they can make a difference. David is a member of The International Society for Paediatric Innovation (iSPI) which has been formed to address the unmet needs of an open global network, enabling unique opportunities for paediatric leaders to be at the cutting edge of technological innovations. His ultimate goal is to see artificial intelligence technologies, such as Watson, pervasively used in paediatric healthcare to assist with knowledge share, decision making and ultimately save lives.
David is a ‘Digital Health Expert in Residence’ at the University of Oxford supporting it’s healthcare start-up incubator, The Hill. David is also an advisor to a number of boards and faculties looking at health technology, child health and the future of medicine. David lives in rural Oxfordshire in the UK, with his wife and 3 young children. David is a keen triathlete, cricketer and wine enthusiast, holding an Advanced Level 3 qualification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. He is building up to compete in his first full Ironman in July 2019.
Sarah has inspired others to achieve leadership performance through theatre teaching, psychotherapy, coaching and training for the past 40 years. She has worked with teenagers, adults, ex-prisoners and senior executives.
These days, as well as being co-founder of STEMM Commercial, Sarah trains and coaches leaders with a STEMM background to win influence, advancement and stakeholder buy-in. She works in not-for-profit organisations such as the Stockholm Environment Institute as well as in commercial organisations such as Cisco, Skanska and Astrium (EADS) and SMEs. In partnership with Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, she has designed and delivered programmes for STEMM doctoral researchers to attract engagement and buy-in at conferences, develop business awareness and improve their interview skills to advance their innovation.
As a Computer Engineer from Deusto University, I have developed my professional career working for different software companies.
In May 2008 I joined the Init Group as a Project Director.
Currently, I am the Technical and Commercial Director of Init Health and partnership program manager of our Init Health Affinity and Wellness Corporate platforms.
Since May 2017 I have been a teaching team member of the Expert Course in Management of Healthy Companies organized by Sánchez-Toledo & Asociados.
In September 2016, I founded Health 2.0 Basque, a community with the objective of leading the e-Health ecosystem in Euskadi, within the international Health 2.0 movement, which emerged in 2007 in San Francisco, to promote entrepreneurship and the use of new technologies in health.
Head of Technology Transfer, CIC bioGUNE - Mentor Euskadi
Dr. Castellana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Lecce, IT and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Strasbourg, FR. His scientific specialities span from oncology, inflammation and immunology in animal systems, and stem cell regeneration in mouse skin. He has been awarded with competitive grants for research projects (AECC, ES and Ligue Contre le Cancér, FR). He has published original articles and reviews in international journals with high impact in the press and acted as evaluator of original articles in pathology and cancer fields.
Dr. Castellana has been the founder and spokesperson of the PostDoc Association at CNIO, Madrid, ES. He also holds an MBA from Aliter International Business School, Madrid, ES, and specialized courses in marketing and valorisation of academic breakthroughs from INSEAD, FR and IE Business
School, Madrid. He collaborates in medtech projects (oncology and neurology from MIT Boston and UPM, Madrid) dragging academic knowledge and ideas to commercial value. Since 2016 he has been Life Science specialist Collaborator at Ventac Partners - a Venture Builder and VC private fund. From
February to September 2017 was appointed as Head of Operations at mVision Foundation, Madrid. He is also an independent new business strategy consultant and participates in presenting SME’s projects to European Commission funding for SMEs instruments (H2020).
Since October 2017 he has been Head of Technology Transfer at CIC bioGUNE, Bilbao to scout for viable business projects and develop valuable business development activity and launch of new entrepreneurial biomedical projects.
Tontxu Campos holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Business Science. Thesis Title: “Cultura empresarial en los libros de texto” Cum laude at the University of Deusto. Master in Advanced Management and a Bachelor in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Deusto.
Jose Antonio Campos Granados combines his responsibilities as the Director of Deusto Entrepreneurship Centre, and as a Professor of Deusto Business School in the Faculty of Engineering. His work has been linked to education, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has work experience in the public sector, private companies, NGOs and education. Particularly noteworthy is his work as the Minister of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government for four years. As part of his responsibilities he developed and introduced the integrated curriculum in the Basque Country, focusing on students’ competency development from 0 to 18 years and in vocational training.
As part of his knowledge in the field of the transition from the educational to the labour market, it should be noted that Dr. Campos held the position of Provincial Minister of Innovation and Economic Development, where he developed entrepreneurship policies to foster innovative start-ups creation as part of the economic recovery process.
Coordinator of Orkestra's Crecer+ Investor Network - Mentor Euskadi
Coordinator of Orkestra's Crecer+ Investor Network, Mentor on the GAZTENPRESA mentoring programme with the YBI methodology.
An entrepreneur and CEO of a bio-science firm that she founded in 2004, she previously worked as an Executive Assistant for 10 years in a firm focusing on financial intermediation with high political risk countries.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Law, from the University of Deusto. She also completed an Advanced Management Programme at IE and a holds a Master's degree in International Business Management at EOI (industrial organisation school).
Director of Business Development, Init Health - Mentor Euskadi
With an experience of more than 25 years in commercial positions (20 of them in the insurance sector), since 2011 I have been Director of Business Development at Init Health, the health area of Init Group. Our main asset is the health and wellness platform Inithealth, established in different national and international companies that can associate their brand with concepts such as health, technology and innovation.
Since May 2017 I have taken part in the teaching team of the Expert Course in Management of Healthy Companies organized by Sánchez-Toledo & Asociados.
In September 2016, with Gonzalo López, Commercial Technical Director of Init Health and Blanca Usoz, specialist in Occupational Medicine, I founded Health 2.0 Basque, a community the aim of which is leading the eHealh ecosystem in Basque Country. We are within the international Health 2.0 movement, created in 2007 in San Francisco, to promote entrepreneurship and the use of new technologies in health.