Cambridge, UK, September 13 2018: Owlstone Medical Ltd (or the “Company”), a global diagnostics company developing a breathalyzer for early disease detection and precision medicine, announced today the addition of Dr Andy Richards CBE to its Board as a Non-Executive Director.
Dr Richards is a serial entrepreneur and business angel with an established track record in founding and scaling up innovative Biotech and Healthtech companies in the UK. His early career spans positions with ICI (now AstraZeneca) and PA Technology, and he was a founder and executive director of Chiroscience plc until its merger with Celltech in 1999. Since that time he has founded, invested in and helped to scale more than 25 innovative ventures including Vectura, Arakis, and Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd. He received a CBE for services to life-science investment in 2015.
Dr Richards joins current Owlstone Medical Board members Billy Boyle, CEO and Executive Chairman, Owlstone Medical; Dr Bret Bader, CEO Owlstone Inc.; Prof Chris Toumazou, Regius Professor of Engineering, Chair in Biomedical Circuit Design, Director of the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology and Founder and Chief Scientist for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College; and Dr Doug Wright Medical Director at Aviva UK Health.
Dr Andy Richards said: “Since its founding in 2016, Owlstone Medical’s development and growth have been remarkable. Given the potential of its Breath Biopsy® platform to transform precision medicine and the early detection of disease I have no doubt that this will only continue, and I am very pleased to be able to play a part as the business scales.”
Billy Boyle, co-founder and CEO at Owlstone Medical, said: “Andy has been a good friend and advisor to Owlstone Medical for some time, and we are thrilled to be able to formalize our relationship and directly benefit at the Board level from his deep experience in the development and growth of early-stage life science companies. Andy’s guidance will have a significant impact on the business as we seek to establish Breath Biopsy as a new industry category and to achieve our goal of saving 100,000 lives.”
Breath Biopsy Conference 2018 is Owlstone Medical's inaugural community meeting for breath researchers. https://www.owlstonemedical.com/about/events/breath-biopsy-conference-2018/
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Bio for Dr Andy Richards CBE
Dr Richards is a serial entrepreneur and business angel with an established track record in founding and scaling up innovative Biotech and Healthtech companies in the UK. He is currently Chairman of Arecor, Congenica, Abcodia and the Babraham Research Campus, and is a Director of Ieso Digital Health, Silence Therapeutics plc and Cancer Research Technology (commercial arm of CR-UK). He is an advisor to several investment funds including Cambridge Innovation Capital and the UCL Technology Fund and has been until recently a director of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Andy is a Cambridge Graduate with a PhD in Chemistry and an early career spanning positions with ICI (now AstraZeneca) and PA Technology. He was a founder and executive director of Chiroscience plc until its merger with Celltech in 1999 and since that time he has founded, invested in and helped to scale more than 25 innovative ventures including companies such as Vectura, Arakis, Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd and Geneservice. Andy is also a founder member of the Cambridge Angels. He received a CBE for services to life-science investment in 2015.
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