Management team

The management team is responsible for the day to day running of the charity.

Dave Tapolczay
Chief Executive Officer

Dave Tapolczay

Chief Executive Officer

Dave is LifeArc’s CEO. He has 28 years experience in R&D management and has been involved in the start-up of five companies, all of which are still trading.

+44 (0)20 7391 2700

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Edward Bliss
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Edward Bliss

General Counsel & Company Secretary

General Counsel and Company Secretary. Edward also manages our Licensing team.

+ 44 (0) 207 391 2794

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Justin Bryans
Executive Director, Drug Discovery

Justin Bryans

Executive Director, Drug Discovery

Justin runs our drug discovery and antibody engineering groups at the Centre for Therapeutics Discovery who work on small molecule and antibody projects.

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Amanda Cowley
Executive Director, Human Resources

Amanda Cowley

Executive Director, Human Resources

As the Head of HR,  Amanda  is responsible for leading the people agenda within Life Arc.

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Michael Dalrymple
Executive Director, Diagnostics & Science Foresight

Michael Dalrymple

Executive Director, Diagnostics & Science Foresight

Mike heads up the Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD), LifeArc’s translational activity seeking to develop novel diagnostic tests from cutting edge basic research. In addition, Mike is leading the creation of a scientific foresighting function at LifeArc to identify future charitable investment areas in translation and runs a small scientific due diligence team that assists the company in new project assessment and acquisition.

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Andrew Farquharson
Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development

Andrew Farquharson

Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development

Andrew leads the team responsible for identifying, protecting and progressing promising life science research to improve human health.

+44 (0) 207 391 2779

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Andrew Mercieca
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Mercieca

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew manages our Finance department, and also oversees our ICT service.

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Funding

David Holbrook
Head of Seed Funds

David Holbrook

Head of Seed Funds

David Holbrook is Head of Seed Funds at Lifearc. 

0207 391 2722

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Pauline Stasiak
Associate Director, Technology Transfer

Pauline Stasiak

Associate Director, Technology Transfer

Pauline is Associate Director, Technology Transfer, at LifeArc

0207 391 2774

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Business Development (BD)

Identifies and acquires projects and seeks commercial partners.

Andrew Farquharson
Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development

Andrew Farquharson

Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development

Andrew leads the team responsible for identifying, protecting and progressing promising life science research to improve human health.

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John Kelly
Head of BD, Therapeutics & Diagnostics

John Kelly

Head of BD, Therapeutics & Diagnostics

John heads a team responsible for identifying early stage targets, small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for our drug discovery group and the licensing of mature programmes to industry.

+ 44(0) 143 854 4965

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Kevin Buchan
Business Development Manager

Kevin Buchan

Business Development Manager

Kevin is responsible for identifying early stage targets, small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for our drug discovery group and the licensing of mature programmes to industry.

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Derek Sheader
Business Development Manager

Derek Sheader

Business Development Manager

Derek is responsible for identifying early stage targets, small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for our drug discovery group and the licensing of mature programmes to industry.

+ 44 (0) 143 854 4560

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Zhi Zhang
Business Development Manager

Zhi Zhang

Business Development Manager

Zhang is responsible for identifying early stage targets, small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for our drug discovery group and the licensing of mature programmes to industry, particularly in China.

+ 44 (0)20 7391 4096

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Opportunity Assessment Group

Researches and analyses the potential of new and existing biomedical opportunities.

Nicole Mathon
Principal, Opportunity Assessment Group

Nicole Mathon

Principal, Opportunity Assessment Group

Nicole co-manages the Opportunity Assessment Group which has responsibility for reviewing and assessing new and existing opportunities for LifeArc. The team assesses scientific/technical potential as well as undertaking competitive and market analysis.

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Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD)

Improves commercial readiness of early stage diagnostics from academic research.

Michael Dalrymple
Executive Director, Diagnostics & Science Foresight

Michael Dalrymple

Executive Director, Diagnostics & Science Foresight

Mike heads up the Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD), LifeArc’s translational activity seeking to develop novel diagnostic tests from cutting edge basic research. In addition, Mike is leading the creation of a scientific foresighting function at LifeArc to identify future charitable investment areas in translation and runs a small scientific due diligence team that assists the company in new project assessment and acquisition.

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Lorraine Anderson
Associate Director, Centre for Diagnostic Development

Lorraine Anderson

Associate Director, Centre for Diagnostic Development

Lorraine heads a team the Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD), LifeArc’s translational activity seeking to develop novel diagnostic tests from cutting edge basic research.

+44 (0) 131 311 7011

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Centre for Therapeutics Discovery (CTD)

Moving early stage molecular targets originating from academic research towards clinical benefit.

Justin Bryans
Executive Director, Drug Discovery

Justin Bryans

Executive Director, Drug Discovery

Justin runs our drug discovery and antibody engineering groups at the Centre for Therapeutics Discovery who work on small molecule and antibody projects.

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Katy Kettleborough
Associate Director, Biology

Katy Kettleborough

Associate Director, Biology

Katy is an Associate Director in LifeArc’s Centre for Therapeutics Discovery. She manages a team of biologists carrying out assay development and screening.

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David Matthews
Associate Director, BioTherapeutics

David Matthews

Associate Director, BioTherapeutics

David heads up the BioTherapeutics team. The group develops therapeutic antibodies, this includes antibody generation, humanisation, affinity maturation and biophysical characterisation of candidates.

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David Pardoe
CTD Associate Director, Technology Development

David Pardoe

CTD Associate Director, Technology Development
+ 44 (0) 143 8544 084

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Andy Merritt
Associate Director, Chemistry

Andy Merritt

Associate Director, Chemistry

Andy manages a team of medicinal, analytical and computational chemists who carry out early stage drug discovery, including hit-to-lead development at our Centre for Therapeutics Discovery.

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Technology Transfer (TT)

Identify, protect, develop and license research.

Andrew Farquharson
Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development

Andrew Farquharson

Executive Director, Technology Transfer and Business Development

Andrew leads the team responsible for identifying, protecting and progressing promising life science research to improve human health.

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Mike Bond
Business Manager

Mike Bond

Business Manager

Mike covers the MRC LMB (PNAC and Neurobiology – shared), MRC The Gambia, MRC Uganda and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (shared).

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Rachael Brooker
Business Manager

Rachael Brooker

Business Manager

Rachael covers LMB PNAC (shared) and IGMM – ECRC.

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Georgia Gliki
Senior Business Manager

Georgia Gliki

Senior Business Manager

Georgia covers LMB Cell Biology, LMB PNAC (shared), LMB Neurobiology (shared) and MRC Mitchondrial Biology Unit (shared).

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Sam Goldsmith
Business Manager

Sam Goldsmith

Business Manager

Sam covers LMB Neurobiology Division, Mammalian Genetics Unit,  Mary Lyons Centre (MRC Harwell).

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Karen Law
Business Manager

Karen Law

Business Manager

Karen covers LMB Structural Studies, Human Nutrition Research unit (shared), LMB NMR Facility and MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (shared).

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Amanda Lehmann
Business Manager

Amanda Lehmann

Business Manager

Amanda works for the London School and Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (shared), the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (shared) and the MRC Reagents Catalogue.

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Madhu Madhusudhan
Charity Sector Business Manager

Madhu Madhusudhan

Charity Sector Business Manager

Madhu looks after IP issues for our charity partners.

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Anji Miller
Senior Business Manager

Anji Miller

Senior Business Manager

Anji manages all IP, contractual and technology transfer matters arising from the MRC Prion Unit.

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Francois-Xavier Robert
Business Manager

Francois-Xavier Robert

Business Manager

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Steven Tait
Senior Business Manager

Steven Tait

Senior Business Manager

Steven covers Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (MMC & HGU) and MRC Clincal Sciences Centre (shared).

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Legal and Governance

Negotiate and concludes all commercialisation and other agreements for LifeArc and its technology transfer partners, general legal governance support for LifeArc business and its Board of Trustees.

Edward Bliss
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Edward Bliss

General Counsel & Company Secretary

General Counsel and Company Secretary. Edward also manages our Licensing team.

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Marketing and Communications

Coordinates the organisation's marketing and communications.

Finance

Manages the organisation's long-term and day-to-day monetary operations and strategy.

Andrew Mercieca
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Mercieca

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew manages our Finance department, and also oversees our ICT service.

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Mimi Ray
Finance

Mimi Ray

Finance

For any finance enquiries please contact Mimi Ray at accountsenquiries@lifearc.org

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ICT

The organisation's information technology department plans, operates and supports IT infrastructure.

Paul Clutten
Associate Director, ICT

Paul Clutten

Associate Director, ICT

Paul heads ICT team.

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