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Meet our Advisors

Our expert advisors are available to assist our clients with general business and specific project needs.

Dr Xavier Luria

Medical & Regulatory ExperT

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    Dr. Xavier Luria is a consultant on drug development and drug regulation. He was Head of Safety and Efficacy at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) during 2005-2012, and previously held leadership positions in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than eighteen years, covering international clinical development, pharmacovigilance, biostatistics and medical affairs. At EMA, Xavier worked closely with CHMP, the highest regulatory committee in EU, and other regulatory bodies and committees. In addition to Dr. Luria’s specialties in internal medicine, pharmaceutical medicine and biostatistics (Autonomous University, Barcelona), he has developed expertise in several specific therapeutic areas. Xavier has also completed a postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacology, drug development and regulation (Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston). He is a recognized expert on regulatory systems and benefit-risk assessment (modelling, development and methodologies).

Prof. Peter O’Shaughnessy

Preclinical Expert

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    Prof O’Shaughnessy graduated with a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Glasgow in 1976 and a PhD from the University of Bristol in 1979. After a post-doctoral period at the University of Michigan he became a Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of London before moving to the University of Glasgow in 1993 to take up a Lectureship in Physiology and Pharmacology at the Veterinary School. He was awarded a Personal Chair in 1998 and until recently was the Head of Department of Preclinical Sciences at the Veterinary School. Peter maintains a highly active research group and in the past five years has been awarded grants worth over £2 million from the BBSRC and Wellcome Trust. His particular areas of research expertise are in Reproductive and Developmental Biology with an emphasis on the mechanisms of gonadal development. He sits on the Editorial Board of 3 journals. During the past ten years Peter has been Head of a commercial GLP-status laboratory at the University of Glasgow and has prepared expert reports in both human and veterinary medicine. He has assisted pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with strategic and technical preclinical advice for regulatory submissions.

Dr Leon
Hooftman

Medical Expert

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    Leon is currently Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Synthon Holdings, an innovative Dutch biotechnology company, and was previously CMO at Chroma Therapeutics in the UK. Before joining Chroma he was Head of Clinical Development at Celltech Group plc, a FTSE 250 biopharmaceutical company. Prior to this he was Director of Clinical Science for Oncology/ Immunology at F.Hoffmann La Roche, where he built up extensive experience of biotechnology development programmes, including Rituxan (lymphoma), and CellCept (transplantation). Dr Hooftman qualified in medicine in 1984, from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He trained in surgery and transplant medicine in Holland, the UK and USA and holds a MD and BSc in medical sciences of Utrecht University. He joined the industry in 1991. [/

Tao Toni Chen

Asian Market
Advisor

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      Tao (Toni) started his professional career in China and continued it in Germany, where he lived and worked for 20 years with Henning Berlin GmbH/Brahms AG. He was in charge of different processes in development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals (such as cell line development, upstream/downstream process, formulation development, scale-up) and immune-diagnostics products. In Germany, he earned the Dipl.-Ing. in Bioengineering and the MSc. in International Technology Transfer Management. In China, he was 7 years as VP at the Chinese biopharma company, Pacific Meinuoke, and then 2 years as VP Business Development China at the German healthcare company, AMP Biosimilars AG/Biosilu Healthcare AG.”

Gillian Watson

Management Consultancy & Finance Advisor

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    Gillian has an impressive pedigree in corporate finance, strategy and business development. Her career began with Morgan Stanley in London and later in Hong Kong. She then worked for Standard Chartered Asia Limited before leaving to attend business school. Thereafter she joined the power and energy sector in the UK and continental Europe where she held senior management positions relating to management, company strategy and business development. She was Director of Corporate Strategy for Endesa SA, one of Spain’s leading utility businesses, before returning to Scotland from Madrid in late 2006. In 2007, she was appointed CEO of Giltech Ltd, a privately-owned life sciences company, where she developed a focused strategy, steered a board reorganisation and raised both equity and grant financing for product development. She is currently leading projects in the renewables sector for ES Noble. Gillian also serves on the Boards of Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s economic development agency, and Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust. She was previously Vice Chair of the Board of Ayrshire & Arran NHS. Gillian has an honours degree in Mathematics from Edinburgh University and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Esteban Guardia Santisteban

Founder and CEO of PLASMIA

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    Esteban is the Founder and CEO of PLASMIA, a Biotech company based in Barcelona (Spain). PLASMIA is focused on development of novel and generic pharmaceutical products through industrial bio-catalytic procedures. A practising physician, Esteban gained his degree at the University of Navarra, He also holds a MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. Esteban has significant experience in Licensing and Business Development with various companies, notably including Almirall. He was the founder and CEO of the start-up company FARMATEC, a pharmaceutical company based in Barcelona, and is currently assessor and Board Member for Pharmaceutical and Medical companies.

Neil Johnson

Biotechnology CMC Expert

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      PhD Biochemist with 20 years industry experience covering all areas of CMC now working as a freelance consultant servicing multiple large and small biopharma clients. Proven track record in developing and implementing global regulatory strategies for biologics (vaccines, biosimilars, mAbs, ATMP's) from early stage development to post approval lifecycle management. High quality scientific / regulatory writer and strategist. Proven management record based on accomplishment, increasing responsibility, leadership, and implementation.