Dr. Jane Osbourn OBE - CHAIR

Dr. Jane Osbourn OBE


Jane has over 30 years of experience in biologics discovery and development. Most recently, she was Vice President for R&D and Site Leader at MedImmune (AstraZeneca), formerly Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), where she contributed to the development of phage display technology.

Jane is a scientific leader in the field of antibody engineering and has made a significant contribution to the discovery and development of eight marketed drugs and over 40 clinical candidates. Jane is passionate about science education and the development of the UK biotech sector and served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the BioIndustry Association for four years before taking on a Corporate Board Member role earlier this year. She is currently a Director of Babraham Bioscience Technologies, and also a Director of Cambridge Enterprise. She was awarded Scrip’s Lifetime Achievement Award and an OBE in 2019 for services to drug discovery, development and biotechnology.

Antibodies and Beyond: Sitting Down With… Jane Osbourn – The Medicine Maker featuring Dr. Jane Osbourn

Dr. Darrin M. Disley OBE - CEO

Dr. Darrin M. Disley OBE


Darrin is a renowned scientist, entrepreneur, angel investor and enterprise champion who has started, grown, or invested in over 40 start-up life science, technology and social enterprises, raising $525 million USD in business financing and closing $650 million USD in commercial deals. He was CEO of Horizon Discovery Group plc for 11 years, during which he led the Company from start-up through a $113 million USD IPO, and rapid scale-up powered by multiple acquisitions of US peer companies to become a global market leader in gene editing and gene modulation technologies. He was awarded a lifetime Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2016 for his work in promoting enterprise across the UK and appointed OBE in 2018 for his services to business and enterprise in the healthcare sector.

Chasing the Holy Grail of Cell Therapy  Labiotech featuring Dr. Darrin M. Disley 

Dr. Karin Schmitt - CBO

Dr. Karin Schmitt


Karin is a globally experienced science and business executive with more than 25 years of diverse experience in biotech drug discovery, platform development and medical device companies. With a recent emphasis on cell and gene therapy, her career spans the Boston area, Silicon Valley and the Cambridge cluster. Karin has been an early employee in several successful start-ups, including Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Exelixis and Horizon Discovery making significant contributions to the rapid growth of these companies to IPO and beyond. Karin obtained her PhD in molecular biology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, followed by three years of post-doctoral research in genetics at the University of Cambridge.

Becoming a Successful Leader in the Life Sciences – Technology Networks featuring Dr. Karin Schmitt 

Dr. Louise Modis - CSO

Dr. Louise Modis


Louise is an accomplished scientific leader with over 20 years’ experience in pre-clinical and clinical therapeutic research across various modalities and therapeutic areas. Formerly Vice President of Immunology Research at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), she led the generation and advancement of a pipeline of assets from target identification through to clinical proof-of-concept studies. In her career, Louise has led research teams at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda), as well as represented GSK on the board of Sitryx.

Louise completed her PhD in Developmental Hematology at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany and postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, Boston.

Joe Foster - COO

Joe Foster


Joe began his career at Horizon Discovery Group plc working within the corporate development team gaining experience in business planning, licensing, technology evaluation and M&A analysis, before becoming Dr. Jonathan Milner’s (Co-founder of Abcam plc) Portfolio Manager where he built and managed a complex portfolio of more than 40 early-stage life science companies. Joe holds a degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Bath and an MPhil in business management from the University of Cambridge.

Leading the Movement Towards Direct Cell Conversion – Technology Networks featuring Joe Foster. 

Prof. Julian Gough - CSO (Co-founder)

Prof. Julian Gough

CTO & Co-founder

Julian is a biotech entrepreneur and world expert in bioinformatics. He graduated his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge and was a research fellow at Stanford University. He is now a Programme Leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Bristol. He has successfully started a number of biotech companies.

Pierre-Louis Joffrin - CDO

Pierre-Louis Joffrin

Corporate Development Officer

Pierre-Louis has a background in biochemistry and pharmacology from the University of St Andrews and the University of Oxford. He previously worked in early stage venture development and investment at Oxford Sciences Innovations (OSI) and Deep Science Ventures (DSV) before becoming the first employee at Mogrify.

Cell Therapy – Falling short of its potential? – Drug Discovery World featuring Pierre-Louis Joffrin

Prof. Owen Rackham - CTO (Co-founder)

Prof. Owen Rackham


Owen is world expert in the application of machine learning and complex systems in cell reprogramming. He was a career development fellow at the Medical Research Council, UK and was the recipient of a Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowship to work at the RIKEN Omics Science Centre in Yokohama. He is now an Assistant Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.

Prof. Jose Polo - CMO (Co-founder)

Prof. Jose Polo


Jose has worked at the cutting-edge of cell reprogramming for over a decade. He graduated his PhD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York before becoming a research fellow at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. He was awarded a NHMRC career development fellowship, a Charles Viertel Senior Medical Research fellowship as well as an ARC future fellowship and is now a Professor at Monash University.

Dr. Jane Osbourn OBE - CHAIR
Dr. Darrin M. Disley OBE - CEO
Dr. Karin Schmitt - CBO
Dr. Louise Modis - CSO
Joe Foster - COO
Prof. Julian Gough - CTO (Co-founder)
Pierre-Louis Joffrin - Corporate Development Officer
Prof. Owen Rackham - CTO (Co-founder)
Prof. Jose Polo - CMO (Co-founder)


Leadership Team