Who we are
Chief Executive Officer & Board Director
Bill brings a breadth of experiences in a variety of positions within the life science/biotech industry, including time as a consultant, a bench scientist and 12 years with Life Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Thermo-Fisher), working in various senior level licensing, business management, manufacturing and research roles.
Bill received a Master of Arts in Molecular Biology from SUNY at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Nadège Pelletier
Dr. Nadège Pelletier holds a Ph.D. in immunology from Claude Bernard University, ENS-Lyon, in Lyon, France and a Master of Science in Genetics and Immunology from ENS-Lyon.
Dr. Pelletier joined Barinthus Biotherapeutics as CSO at the beginning of 2023, leading Barinthus Biotherapeutics’s scientific teams in all phases of drug discovery and platform development, as well as building and overseeing the strategic technical direction of the company.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Ellis obtained both his Registered General Nurse and Registered Mental Nurse qualifications before spending several years working within the National Health Service.
Chief Business Officer
Graham qualified as a solicitor in London in 2005, before moving to co-found technology company MET, which was subsequently sold to a group of private investors. He was an investment fund manager at Matrix Securities and then worked for 9 years as an operator and investor to develop a portfolio of life sciences companies held by Animatrix Capital LLP. Graham’s focus has been on operating and developing early stage products and companies targeting the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. One of these was Agalimmune, where Graham led the licensing, funding and development of a novel cancer immunotherapy and played a lead role in the company’s successful sale to NASDAQ-listed BioLineRx in 2017. Graham holds a BA Hons degree in Law with French from Newcastle University.
Chief Financial Officer
While at EY, Gemma worked with clients across the US and UK capital markets and was responsible for servicing several emerging biopharmaceutical companies who achieved listings on Nasdaq, either through IPO or M&A transaction. She has a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Co-Founder & Scientific Advisor
Adrian Hill KBE
Professor Adrian Hill is the Director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, Professor of Human Genetics and a NIHR Senior Investigator.
He heads a leading malaria vaccine development programme and also regularly consults nationally on pandemic threats. His group led the first clinical vaccine trial against the Ebola virus outbreak strain in the major West African emergency in 2014. Professor Hill’s immunogenetics programme focuses on genome-wide and exome-wide association studies of bacterial diseases, particularly tuberculosis and pneumococcal disease, in African and European populations.
Dame Sarah Gilbert
Professor Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford and leads programmes on the development of vaccines against multiple emerging viral pathogens as well as research into vaccine manufacturing. She is the Oxford Project Lead for the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine project.
She is an acknowledged expert in the preclinical and clinical development of viral vectored vaccines. Professor Gilbert’s chief research interest is the development of vaccines that work by inducing strong and protective T cell responses, in addition to working on the development of the viral vector platform technology and its application in rapid vaccine development for emerging pathogens.
Board of Directors
Robin Wright has extensive senior level experience as a CFO of public companies in both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He is a qualified accountant and most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of the biopharmaceutical company Pharming Group NV in the Netherlands.
Robin joined Pharming from Sweden-based Karolinska Development AB (publ.) (KDEV: SS), where he was CFO and Head of Business Development. Mr. Wright was CFO and Head of Business Development at Orexo AB (publ.) (ORX: SS) in Sweden prior to this. Before going to Sweden, he worked in private equity and corporate finance advisory roles, including long periods at Citibank Salomon Smith Barney and Barclays de Zoete Wedd. Mr. Wright holds a BA degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in the UK.
Karen Dawes has held senior executive and commercial positions at key biopharmaceutical companies and was responsible for the successful launch and marketing of a number of drugs.
Karen is President and founder of Knowledgeable Decisions, LLC, a biopharma pharmaceutical consulting firm focusing on development and commercial/corporate strategy. She previously served as Business Group Head for Bayer Corporation’s U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing for Wyeth LLC, and Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer for Genetics Institute, Inc.. Karen began her pharmaceutical career at Pfizer, Inc. where she held numerous positions including Vice President, Marketing for the Pratt Division. She is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Repligen Corporation and serves as a Board Director for Medicenna Therapeutics, PaxMedica Therapeutics, and Medicines 360. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard University and her B.A. and M.A. in English from Simmons College.
Dr. Anne Phillips
Pierre A Morgon
Pierre has over 30 years of experience in the global life science industry, especially with specialty care, vaccines and immunotherapy, at the helm of international operations, in C-level positions at global level in multinational corporations and as CEO of start-up companies. He is a lecturer in several MBA programs and in life science conferences, and at the Mass Challenge incubator in Switzerland where he is also a mentor for start-up life sciences companies. He holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy, a Master in Business Law and an MBA. He is also an alumnus of INSEAD and IMD.
Dr. Joseph Scheeren
Joseph Scheeren has been a member of our board of directors since March 2021. Dr. Scheeren most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Critical Path Institute (C-Path), a non-profit organization that validates tools to speed up drug development in the pre-competitive space.
Prior to joining C-Path, Dr. Scheeren served in various senior roles at Bayer AG, a global pharmaceutical company, including serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, bringing a significant number of novel products to the global market in various therapeutic areas. Dr. Scheeren held numerous executive positions, including at Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Roussel UCLAF, The Ares-Serono Group and Les Laboratoires Servier. He is the current Chairman of the Fellows of the Drug Information Association and serves on several non-profit boards of directors. Dr. Scheeren is a lecturer at Yale University and an adjunct Professor at Peking University. He is also a member of the Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the “Academie Nationale de Pharmacie” in France. Dr. Scheeren received a Pharm.D. from the University of Leiden.
Scientific Advisory Board
Steve Dewhurst PhD
Benoit Van den Eynde
Benoit Van den Eynde (MD, PhD) is an expert in tumor immunology. He is currently Director of Ludwig Cancer Research in Brussels and co-director of the de Duve Institute in Brussels.
Patricia Fast, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Fast, an immunologist and pediatrician worked in biotech on influenza vaccine and both at the US NIH and, currently at the nonprofit International AIDS Vaccine Initiative to help test preventive HIV vaccine candidates the US, Africa and Europe.
During the Ebolavirus epidemic, she helped the World Health Organization organize the first trials of the successful vaccine. She is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Jerome H. Kim, MD
Dr. Jerome H. Kim is currently the Director General of the International Vaccine Institute, which works to discover, develop and deliver safe effective and affordable vaccines for Global Health.
Drew Pardoll, MD, PhD
Dr. Pardoll is an Abeloff Professor of Oncology, Medicine, Pathology and Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.
Mark Tuthill, MD, PhD
Dr Tuthill is a consultant oncologist at the Churchill Hospital which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
He treats cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, germ cell tumours and breast cancer. Dr Tuthill qualified from University College London (University of London) in 2002. He was awarded BSc Honours (Immunology and Cell Pathology, University College London) in 2001. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 2005. He trained in Medical Oncology in London at the Hammersmith Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He graduated with a post graduate diploma in Oncology from the Institute of Cancer Research in 2009. He was awarded a MRC Clinical Research Fellowship (2009) and studied for PhD in tumour immunology (2014) at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and Imperial College (London). He was appointed Consultant Medical Oncologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2015.