Peter Allen ACA
Chairman of the Board
Peter Allen joined the board of Oxford Nanopore in 2011, bringing broad, senior experience in the life sciences industries. He currently serves as Chairman on the Boards of Clinigen Group (AIM listed), AMS (AIM listed), Diurnal (AIM listed) and Non-Executive Chairman on the Board of Istesso.
Previously, Peter was Chief Financial Officer of the electronics company Abacus Group plc from April 2005 until the company was sold to Avnet Inc in January 2009. Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of Celltech Group plc between 1992 and 2004. In addition to managing Celltech's flotation process in 1993, Peter played a key role in several strategic acquisitions, including Chiroscience Group plc, Medeva plc and Oxford Glycosciences plc. In 2003 Peter was also appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Celltech until the company was sold to UCB in 2004.
Sarah Gordon Wild
Sarah Gordon Wild worked on Wall Street from 1986-2003, where her roles included being a biotechnology analyst at Greig Middleton, Kleinwort Grieveson,Hambrecht and Quist and Amerindo Investment Advisors. She was subsequently an analyst and portfolio manager at Lone Pine Capital where she focused on biotechnology, device and pharmaceutical companies. Sarah has a lifelong interest in how technology and healthcare products progress through research & development to commercialisation, and differences between the UK and US.
She now lives in the UK and has consulted in the Hedge Fund business. Sarah also serves on the Board of Lone Pine Capital Offshore Funds, Duke’s Auctioneers Ltd and Leweston School Board of Governors.
Alan is the Chief Executive Officer of IP Group plc, a company that invests in and builds technology businesses based on intellectual property, primarily from its research intensive partner universities. IP Group offers more than traditional venture capital, providing its companies with access to business building expertise, capital, networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in early-stage to mature businesses across four main sectors -- Biotech, Cleantech, Healthcare and Technology. The Company is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.
Alan was the joint founder and Chief Executive of Techtran Group Ltd, the first company in Europe to offer a complete outsourced technology transfer function to universities. Techtran was acquired by IP Group in 2005. Alan is also Non-Executive Chairman of Proactis, an AIM-listed software company based in York and Non-executive Director of Oxford Sciences Innovation plc. From 1995-2002 Alan was a partner in KPMG where he specialised in providing advice to fast growing technology businesses. Alan holds a BA in Economics from the University of Leeds and a MBA with Distinction from the University of Bradford. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Dr Gordon Sanghera
Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Sanghera was co-founder of Oxford Nanopore, together with Hagan Bayley and IP Group. He was appointed CEO in June 2005. He brings over 20 years' experience in the design, development and global launch of disruptive platform sensor technologies.
Dr Sanghera’s PhD in bioelectronics sensing was followed by a career at MediSense an Oxford spin-out that delivered a new generation glucose technology to the market. Following the acquisition of MediSense by Abbott Laboratories Dr Sanghera held both UK and US VP and Director-level positions, including VP World Wide Marketing, Research Director and Manufacturing Process Development Director. Before its acquisition by Abbott, Gordon led the R&D of Medisense Inc. where he was instrumental in the launch of several generations of blood glucose bio-electronic systems for the consumer and hospital medical markets. He has also developed and validated production processes to meet with the regulatory requirements for USA and Europe.
Gordon has a PhD in bio-electronic technology and a degree in Chemistry.
Read the article about Dr Sanghera in the Financial Times.
Dr Spike Willcocks
Chief BD Officer
After completing an MA in Chemistry and a DPhil in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, Dr Willcocks became one of the initial members of IPGroup Plc following its landmark deal with the Chemistry Department at Oxford. Ultimately leading the Life Science team, Dr Willcocks' role encompassed all aspects of technology commercialisation, including spin-out company formation and business and corporate development, as well as private and public equity financings.
Dr Willcocks was a key player in the creation of 14 life science businesses based on technology from three universities, leading proposals for the investment of £4m in seed financing from IPGroup and holding positions of Director and Chairman for 6 portfolio companies. Working alongside the executive teams of the portfolio companies, Dr Willcocks played an integral role in out-licensing transactions, co-development deals and acquisitions. As well as supporting fundraisings for portfolio biotechnology companies, raising an aggregate of £20m, Dr Willcocks also assisted with IPGroup's own IPO in October 2003 on the LSE, raising £30m and capitalising the company at over £100m. Dr Willcocks was actively involved in the establishment of ONL whilst at IPGroup before joining full time in January 2006.
He is also a leading real tennis player, and regularly competes in international tournaments.
Chief Technology Officer
Clive is Chief Technology Officer at Oxford Nanopore. On the Executive team, he is responsible for all of the Company’s product-development activities. Clive leads the specification and design of the Company’s nanopore-based sensing platform, including strand DNA/RNA sequencing and protein-sensing applications with a strong focus on scientific excellence and successful adoption by the scientific community.
Clive joined Oxford Nanopore from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK) where he played a key role in the adoption and exploitation of 'next generation' DNA sequencing platforms. This involved helping to set up the world’s largest single installation of Illumina (formerly Solexa) Genome Analyzers in a production sequencing environment, initially used to pioneer the 1000 genomes project.
From early 2003 he was Director of Computational Biology and IT at Solexa Ltd, where he was central to the development and commercialisation of the Genome Analyzer (GA). Solexa was sold to Illumina for $650m in early 2007 after the successful placement and adoption of 12 instruments. The Solexa technology, now commercialised by Illumina, is the market-leading DNA sequencing technology driving the renaissance in DNA-based discovery.
He has a strong background in computer science and genetics/molecular biology and manages interdisciplinary teams including mechanical engineering, electronics, physics, surface chemistry, electrophysiology, software engineering and applications (of the technology). Clive applies modern agile management techniques to the entire product-development lifecycle.
Clive has also held various management and consulting positions at GlaxoWellcome, Oxford Glycosciences and other EU- and US-based organisations. He has worked at the interface between computing and science, ranging from genetics to proteomics. He holds degrees in Genetics and Computational Biology from the University of York.
Tim Cowper is a Chartered Accountant and Operations specialist who has worked across a range of life science/healthcare companies in the UK and US, both private and public companies. These include Celltech, Vernalis/British Biotech, Bioventix and Sterilox. Qualified as an Accountant at Ernst & Young (Ernst & Whinney), Tim has directed companies in their financial management and also through transactions including M&A, reorganisations and IPOs. Tim joined Oxford Nanopore in a financial and operations role in 2012 and oversees the financial team as well as strategic supply chain operations. Tim is a keen sailor and was also Finance Director of Clipper Ventures.
John O’Higgins was previously CEO of Spectris, the international productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, where he led rapid global growth and evolution of the company as it pursued multiple market applications from a broad technology platform.
John holds several non-executive roles including at the global science and chemicals company Johnson Matthey plc, whose solutions are designed to enable cleaner air, improved health and the more efficient use of natural resources. He also served as a non-executive Director of Exide Technologies, the US-based supplier of battery technology to automotive and industrial users.
John is also a Member of the Corporate Advisory Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity in the UK.