Board of Directors
Prof. Declan Doogan, Chairman.
Declan has over 30 years of industry experience in both major pharma and biotech. He was the Head of Worldwide Development at Pfizer, where many multi-billion-dollar programs were delivered (e.g., Viagra, Lipitor and Zoloft). He has held a number of executive positions in Pfizer in the US, the UK and Japan. Since leaving Pfizer in 2007 he has been engaged in executive roles in small pharma.
Declan was CMO and acting CEO of Amarin (AMRN: Nasdaq), transforming it from a failing neuroscience company to a vibrant cardiovascular company. He went on to co-found Biohaven (BHVN: NYSE) specialising in neurology and psychiatry. Declan is also an investor in emerging biotechnology and technology companies. He holds a number of board appointments, principally in pharma companies, and has also Visiting Professor at Glasgow University Medical School.
Chris brings 25 years of success leading new medical products from concept through to market adoption in VC and Fortune 500 companies. Currently Chairman of Mologic, and NED for Deltex Medical, MediSieve and Health Enterprise East, Mr Jones is a US national who came to the UK in 2008 to become CEO of GlySure. He has raised over $40 M in funding from Venture, Corporate and Angel investors. At GlySure he led the development and CE approval of the world’s first continuous intravascular glucose sensor. From 2005-2008 he was CEO of Tensys Medical developing and commercialising the first continuous NIBP monitor resulting in the sale of the company in 2008. In his current role Mr Jones provides both strategic direction and hands-on support for critical areas including: market assessment, commercialisation, partnerships and IP strategy. Mr Jones is a graduate of Yale University with a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.
Dr Neil Gibson, PhD,
Neil brings more than 25 years of drug development experience to Causeway. Neil has held various senior positions within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry including senior vice president, BioAtla; chief scientific officer, Regulus Therapeutics; chief scientific officer and oncology therapeutic area head, Pfizer Oncology; and chief scientific officer, OSI Pharmaceuticals. While at Pfizer, Dr. Gibson was also a member of the Pfizer Oncology Business Unit Executive team. Dr. Gibson has been involved in the successful discovery, development, and commercialization of four approved oncology drugs, including temozolomide, sorafenib, erlotinib, and crizotinib. While at Regulus, Dr. Gibson was responsible for leading all research and development efforts resulting in 3 distinct oligonucleotides being advanced into clinical development and the establishment of human proof of concept with the lead molecule RG-101. Dr. Gibson has also been involved in the growth of new biotechnology organizations and significant fund raising.
Prof. Neal Juster
Neal Juster is currently Vice-Principal (Strategy and Resources) at The University of Glasgow, a role he has held since August 2007. He is a Trustee of the University of Glasgow Trust and the University of Glasgow Pension Fund. He is also a Director of Glasgow University Holdings Limited and Systems Level Integration Limited.
Dr Derek Gilchrist Managing Director
Derek is a bio-medical research scientist with 20 years of molecular biology experience. He graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology from University of Glasgow before completing his PhD at the University of Liverpool. Working at the University of Edinburgh he developed transgenic technologies to study the embryonic origin of the haematopoietic system. Returning to Glasgow he investigated the role of microRNAs in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. During this time, he discovered the differential targeting of collagen type 1 and 3 by miR-29a. Derek leads the scientific and commercial TenoMiR. Derek graduated from INSEAD’s Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia Course and MIT’s Entrepreneurship Development Program. Derek has an honorary Senior Lecturer position at the University of Glasgow.