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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The activities of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences is managed and supported by a small team based at the University of Cambridge, with input from an advisory board made up of of academics and industrial scientists.



Professor Chris Lowe OBE, FREng, FInstP, FRSC


Chris is Professor Emeritus of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge and was founder director of the Institute of Biotechnology, where he conducted multi-disciplinary research in the healthcare biotechnology sector. He has been the driving force for the establishment of a number of spin-out companies, has several directorships and fosters entrepreneurship in the University.


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Paula Frampton PhD

Executive Manager

Paula has a background in laboratory biomedical research and more than 10 years’ experience in senior management roles across the charity sector, academia, civil service and Research Councils. Most recently, she established and ran the PublicHealth @Cambridge research network at the University of Cambridge. As Executive Manager of the Academy, Paula manages the office team and drives development of the partnership overall.

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Jenny Versnel PhD

MPhil Course Director

Jenny is the Course Director of the MPhil in Therapeutic Sciences. Prior to joining CATS, Jenny was Academic Director for the MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. With a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge, Jenny has worked as a scientist in the academic, commercial and charitable sectors for more than 20 years, particularly in the field of neuromuscular disease. She has also held numerous appointments to boards, consortia and committees with advisory and policy responsibilities across diverse health sectors.

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Cathy Boucher PhD

Senior Research Facilitator

Cathy joined the CATS team in 2018 having spent 8 years as a science & technology consultant. She has a PhD in molecular genetics and through her postdoctoral years and consultancy work she gained has a wide experience in biological science and technology, open innovation and consumer healthcare. She is managing the University’s Institutional Translational Partnership Award from the Wellcome Trust, promoting engagement in translational research, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration within the University and with industry, and managing funds to pump-prime translational research. 

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Amy Wilson PhD

CAMS Manager

Amy joined the CATS team in 2019 on secondment from AstraZeneca where she is a Senior Scientist within the Genetic Toxicology team. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Amy completed her PhD in cell and molecular biophysics at Kings College London. Amy’s role within CATS is to support the Cambridge Alliance on Medicines Safety and connect researchers at the University and industry whose work relates to medicines safety/toxicology.


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Padraig Mulcahy PhD

Education & Training Programme Manager

Padraig joined the CATS team in 2017, having spent three years with the University’s Office for Translational Research. He has a PhD in neuropharmacology and spent a number of years as a post-doctoral researcher prior to joining the University. Padraig works to develop and deliver training and research programmes (Masters and PhD) to educate a new generation of scientists and clinicians, driving this development through close collaboration with academic and industry experts and leaders. 


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Carmen Smith PhD

Research Administrator

Carmen joined the CATS team in 2018, having completed her PhD at the University of Bath. In 2016, she undertook an internship at the United Nations Research institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva, before working as Centre Coordinator for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. Carmen supports the CATS team in event management, communications and administration.


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