Our dynamic team

ILC Therapeutics has a world-class scientific and commercial team lead by industry veterans who have started and grown multiple life sciences businesses.

Our executive team

Dr Alan Walker

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Alan is an experienced CEO with 51 years’ experience in big and small pharma and biotech. He spent 28 years in Warner Lambert and eight years as commercial head of ProStrakan before becoming joint (co-founder) CEO Internis until exit. Recently Alan was CEO of Ryboquin, the gene engineering company, and Nanogenics, which was acquired by Ryboquin.

Prof. W. H. Stimson FRSB, FRSE

Chief Scientific Officer

Bill is the founder of the Department of Immunology at The University of Strathclyde. He has been involved in eight start-up/spin-out biotech companies. He has also been a long-term consultant to five multinational companies including Akzo Nobel (Organon), Rhone-Poulenc, Johnson & Johnson and Viragen Inc. Bill has published 216 scientific papers and 75 patents. He was involved in the use of the first human monoclonal antibodies for cancer therapy.

Allan Watson

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Allan has over 15 years of experience working globally as a CFO for pharmaceutical and med-tech companies with extensive M&A experience as well as having helped deliver a successful IPO. Former CFO roles include those at ProStrakan plc and Optos plc, both of which were listed on the main market in London. A pharmacy graduate, he has held a number of finance positions with companies both within and outside the healthcare sector since qualifying as an accountant.

Hazel Allen

Finance Director & Company Secretary

Hazel is a chartered accountant, business performance coach and financial engineer with over 20 years’ board-level experience across a range of sectors in start-up and SMEs. She has strong commercial and strategic experience, including roles at the University of the Highlands and Islands, National Semiconductor Corp and PwC, and she holds non-executive director roles in research and commercial organisations.

Dr Dawn Firmin​

Head of Technical Operations

Dawn has over a decade of experience in managing the various phases of the drug development process, including pre-clinical, CMC, primary pharmacology, GLP toxicology and safety pharmacology, as well as clinical trials and regulatory involvement. Prior to joining ILC, Dawn has held key roles at Charles River Laboratories, MGB Biopharma and EnteroBiotix. Throughout her career, she has forged relationships with industry partners, academic institutions, regulatory institutes and funding bodies.

Dr Robert Boyd

VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Rob is a highly experienced and successful senior scientist who has progressed multiple immunomodulatory antibodies to clinical development. His experience lies in developing targeted therapeutic approaches to novel targets in oncology, immune oncology and autoimmunity and progressing these antibodies to the clinic. Before joining ILC, Robert was the senior director of preclinical and project management at MiroBio.

Our non-executive team

Peter Bains

Chair

Peter has more than three decades of leadership experience in the bio pharmaceutical industry including senior strategic and operational roles in a 20-year career with GSK. He more recently served as CEO of Syngene ,where he led a successful IPO and listing in India, and Sosei Heptares, a Japanese publicly listed company, where he led the acquisition of Heptares. Peter currently serves on the Boards of MiNA Therapeutics, a private UK biotech where he is also CBO, Indivior, a FTSE-listed public company, and he is a Managing Partner of Twiga Group LLC.

Kevin Grainger

Kevin is a serial technology entrepreneur with over 40 years’ experience. He has successfully established and exited a number of technology businesses. Kevin established the St Andrews-based EOS Investment Syndicate in 2014, which is a group of private angel impact investors focused on providing seed funding for Scottish early stage science and technology opportunities which have global potential.

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan is a Managing Partner of Twiga Group LLC. He has played an active role in the development of over 40 life science and technology companies, including MediSense, Quidel, Celgene (all listed on NASDAQ) and, most recently, Kromek Group, MotifBio, and Polarean Imaging, each of which was listed on the London Stock Exchange. Richard co-founded Celgene in 1987 and was on the board for 20 years, serving as Chairman and CEO before recruiting a new CEO. He was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amphion Innovations plc. Prior to founding Amphion, he was a Managing Partner at Wolfensohn Partners LP, which followed 15 years at Schroders plc, then a leading British merchant bank.

Professor David Harrison

David is Professor of Pathology at the University of St Andrews, and Director of iCAIRD, a Scotland-wide AI research centre in pathology and radiology. He is also Honorary Consultant Histopathologist at NHS Lothian and clinical lead responsible for oversight of use of human tissue in research. His research interests include quantitative pathology and the determination of cell fate after injury.

Chris Brinsmead CBE

Chris is chairman of the board at Proveca Ltd, Bioscript Ltd and Peakdata AG. He is a non-executive director of Optibiotox Plc and ILC Therapeutics Ltd and a partner at EOS LLC. He has extensive non-executive board experience serving on public, private and charity boards in Life Sciences and other sectors following a 30-year executive career with AstraZeneca.

Chris was appointed a CBE in January 2015 for services to Life Science.

Robert Kopple

Bob has practiced law in Los Angeles, California, for more than 40 years in the field of taxation and business law. As an entrepreneur, he has financed more than a dozen small companies, including several involved in medical science. Bob currently sits on the board of directors of several biotechnology companies, including MiNA Therapeutics.

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