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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The Industry Experts in Residence are available to University of Cambridge staff for:

  • Advice on the applicability of specific ideas to drug discovery, diagnostics & devices

  • Advice on translational grant applications

  • Discussions about progression of current translational research projects

  • Work in conjunction with Cambridge Enterprise


If you have an idea or problem relating to research translation that you would like to discuss with any of the Industry Experts in Residence, please contact us on

01223 766163

Dr Jeremy Griggs, GSK
Drug Discovery and Development

Jeremy has extensive knowledge of the drug discovery process, with over fifteen years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry following obtaining his PhD from the University of Cambridge. His particular specialisms include biopharmaceuticals and oncology. His current interests focus on innovative approaches to drug discovery which are based on partnerships between biotechnology, academic and industrial sectors.

Talk to Jeremy about:

  • Oncology & biopharmaceuticals
  • Drug discovery processes & industrial perspective for novel therapeutics
  • Defining critical pre-clinical studies to strengthen project proposals

View Jeremy's LinkedIn profile for more details

Dr John Pritchard, Consultant
Diagnostics, Devices & Biotechnology

John has a wealth of knowledge in the field of diagnostics and devices. He has experience of managing technology start-ups, state-of-the-art operations, cross-functional teams, IP assets and organisational expansion projects to achieve competitive market advantages.  He is a recognised industry pioneer with over 30 years of industrial experience, including advisory roles and board level experience. 

Talk to John about:

  • Development of diagnostics & devices
  • Technology evaluation & acquisition
  • Market assessment, spin outs & licensing

View John's LinkedIn profile for more details

Dr Tim Allsopp, Consultant
Stem Cells & Gene Therapy

Tim has extensive industrial experience in commercial and clinical translation of stem cell science, extensive knowledge of the international cell therapies sector and product development experience from stints in both biotech and big pharma. As a company CSO he was instrumental in the growth from start up to public market listing of a pioneering stem cell biotech and he acts as subject matter specialist in evaluating technology for internationally funded, public sector and charity supported regenerative medicine programmes.

Talk to Tim about:

  • Human stem cell technologies
  • Strategic partnerships with industry
  • Development of small & medium enterprises

View Tim's LinkedIn profile for more details

Claire Thompson, Consultant

Pharmaceutical Product Development

Claire has more than 15 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry spanning the large multi-nationals GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, virtual and Contract Research Organisations. Having taken a range of therapeutic products through clinical phases 1 to 3, she thrives on translating innovative technologies into healthcare products and shaping technical and organisational strategies.

Talk to Claire about:

  • Pharmaceutical product development and commercialization
  • Business planning
  • Communicating science with impact

View Claire's LinkedIn profile for more details

Dr Jon Lyon, GSK
Medicines Safety

Jon is an investigative toxicologist with extensive knowledge of the drug discovery and development process with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry after obtaining a PhD from Imperial College, London.  His specialist area is mitochondria and bioenergetics and he leads GSK’s Mitochondrial Network and has collaborations with academia including Cambridge.

Talk to Jon about:

  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in disease states and drug-induced toxicity
  • Application of technologies in drug discovery and development
  • Support for grant applications

View Jon's LinkedIn profile for more details

Adrian Alexa, Entrepreneur
Technology & Strategy, Genomics, HealthTech & Life Sciences

Adrian is a data scientist turned technology entrepreneur - co-founded and grew the genomic software startup He is business savvy, with a strategic mindset always looking into balancing technology, product requirements and design with the market needs. He is highly passionate about the healthtech space, especially the intersection of life-sciences, digital technologies, data sciences and healthcare. Adrian is offering advice to a variety of SMEs on delivering new product and service identification, strategy development, funding company structuring and operational best practice.

Talk to Adrian about:

  • Combining technology, data and customer experience to design impactful products
  • Translation of data science, and AI/ML methodologies
  • Your product tech stack
  • Stakeholder management 

View Adrian's LinkedIn profile for more details.

Trevor Perrior, Consultant

Medicinal Chemist

Trevor has extensive experience in drug discovery. He has led research teams that have delivered fourteen compounds into development, including several that have entered clinical trials. To date this work has resulted in one marketed compound. His pharmaceutical therapeutic areas of expertise include oncology, inflammation, respiratory, anti-infectives, and neurology/CNS.  He is an advisor to the Wellcome Trust and is the former CEO of Domainex.

Talk to Trevor about:

  •  Drug discovery
  •  Industry-academic collaborations for translational drug research
  • Expansion of small-molecule series

View Trevor’s LinkedIn profile for more details.

Tom Oakley, ProPharma Group

Regulatory Development

Tom has a DPhil from Oxford University, studying the mechanisms of genomic instability in the development of cancer. He subsequently spent more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, working mostly in regulatory affairs. During his career, Tom has supported the development of new medicines, especially for the treatment of cancer and rare diseases. Most recently Tom headed up a European regulatory development consulting group, where he helped innovator biotech companies with everything they needed to navigate the EU and UK regulatory environments. His focus is advising on regulatory requirements/incentives for Phase 1 to 3 clinical development, through to obtaining marketing authorisation. 

Tom can advise on:

  • EU and UK clinical development requirements and gaining authorisation for clinical trials
  • Engaging with the regulators for scientific advice
  • Paediatric regulatory requirements
  • Regulatory incentives such as orphan drug designation
  • Oncology and orphan drug development 

View Tom’s LinkedIn profile for more details.

This initiative is supported by grants from the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust