Management team

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

Melanie Lee
Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Lee

Chief Executive Officer

LifeArc’s CEO Dr Melanie Lee, PhD, CBE. Prior to joining LifeArc Melanie pursued a 30 year career in healthcare R&D and gained leadership experience both from the biopharmaceutical industry and from the medical research charity sector.  Melanie’s previous roles have included Chief Scientific Officer at BTG (most recently) as well as senior positions at GSK, Celltech and UCB.  She has previously held Trustee appointments at Cancer Research Technology and Cancer Research UK and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sanofi.

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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.

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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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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.

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Fiona French
Executive Director, Human Resources (interim)

Fiona French

Executive Director, Human Resources (interim)

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Andrew Mercieca
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Mercieca

Chief Financial Officer

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

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Funding

Catriona Crombie
Philanthropic Fund Manager

Catriona Crombie

Philanthropic Fund Manager

Philanthropic Fund Manager

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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
Investment Principal, LifeArc Seed Fund

Pauline Stasiak

Investment Principal, LifeArc Seed Fund

Pauline is Investment Principal, LifeArc Seed Fund 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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Roberto Zanchi
Business Development Manager

Roberto Zanchi

Business Development Manager

Roberto 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) 1438 544 080

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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.

+ 44 (0) 1438 544565

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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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Centre for Diagnostics Development (CDD)

Improves commercial readiness of early stage diagnostics from academic research.

Ciaran Fulton
Head of Diagnostics, Centre for Diagnostics Development

Ciaran Fulton

Head of Diagnostics, Centre for Diagnostics Development

Ciaran manages the diagnostics group which helps develop early stage diagnostic tests at our Centre for Diagnostics Development based in Edinburgh.

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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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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.

+ 44 (0) 1438 544966

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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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Rachael Brooker
Senior Business Manager

Rachael Brooker

Senior Business Manager

Rachael works as part of the team delivering the LifeArc Philanthropic Fund, is Development Gap Fund Manager and provides technology transfer services to the LMB PNAC (shared).

+ 44 (0)131 460 3425

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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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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

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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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Alex Templar
Business Manager

Alex Templar

Business Manager

Alex works with researchers in the Neurobiology and Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry divisions of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

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