Healx

Our track record and expertise

Great vision needs a strong team to drive it forward. Our team consists of experts in drug development, drug repurposing and computational biology.

Meet the Healx Senior Team

Dr Tim Guilliams

Dr Tim Guilliams

Chief Executive Officer

Tim is a social entrepreneur passionate about delivering the next generation of therapeutics to rare disease patients in need. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of Healx and the Co-Founder and Chair of the Cambridge Rare Disease Network (CRDN), a charity aiming to foster dialogue and awareness around rare diseases in Cambridge, UK.

Prior to Healx and CRDN, Tim worked on University-Industry interactions and cluster dynamics in the area of Life Sciences for the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He obtained his PhD in the field of Biophysical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, where his research related to the development of antibody fragments as novel biophysical and therapeutic tools for Parkinson’s disease. As a PhD student, Tim co-founded multiple successful student societies, including the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE), and was involved with Innovation Forum, Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC). He is also a Junior Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP). Before moving to Cambridge, he obtained an MEng & BEng in Bio-Engineering from the University of Brussels (VUB).

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Dr David Brown

Dr David Brown

Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman

Dr David Brown has 40 years experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry both in research and in senior executive roles. He served with 4 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies: Zeneca, Pfizer, GlaxoWellcome, and Hoffman La-Roche. Whilst at Pfizer he was named co-inventor on the patent for Viagra, and for 8 years he led the team that invented and developed Viagra through to proof of clinical efficacy in male impotence. The drug is also marketed for treatment of pulmonary hypertension under the trade name Revatio. He also had a pivotal role in the discovery of Relpax, a treatment for migraine. Together these drugs have achieved sales of over $30 billion. While at Roche in Switzerland, he was a Director of the company and, as Global Head of Drug Discovery, he had responsibility for productivity of over 2000 scientists at Roche’s five research sites in the USA, Europe and Asia.

David subsequently co-founded antibody company Crescendo Biologics and serves on the boards of Healx Ltd (Chair), ProFactor Pharma Ltd (Chair) and Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd (Chair). He is a Trustee (Director) of two charities, Antibiotic Research UK, dedicated to solving the looming problem of antibiotic resistance; and Friends of Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage, a charity he co-founded in 2005 to help destitute orphans in South Tibet.

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Dr Ian Roberts

Dr Ian Roberts

Chief Technology Officer

As senior investigator at the MRC Cancer Cell Unit, Cambridge, Ian lead the development of molecular cytogenetic and genomics approaches for the discovery of disease genes in small round blue cell tumours, and cervical carcinoma. During this time Ian developed algorithms for copy number imbalance analysis and integration with expression data using array based techniques.

Following a move to industry, as Head of Informatics at Population Genetics Technologies Ltd Ian lead the development of Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) variant discovery pipelines. Ian continued to develop NGS based variant discovery workflows as Senior Bioinformatician at 14M Genomics, before joining Healx in 2016.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Head of Software Engineering

Richard has over 15 years experience building databases and websites for biology research in both academia and industry. In the Genetics Department at Cambridge University he led development of InterMine, an open source biological data warehousing platform. InterMine went on to be used at several major academic sites and projects around the world.

Richard also founded Nowomics, a website to help life scientists track the latest papers relevant to their research by following genes, diseases and other keywords to create a personalised Twitter-like news feed.

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Michale Bouskila-Chubb

Michale Bouskila-Chubb

Head of Business Development

Prior to joining Healx in 2017, Michale held various commercial positions in management consultancy, sales, technology transfer and pharmaceutical business development. Michale has a strong background in all aspects of IP exploitation from University technologies as well as commercial strategy. After a research career in the field of physiology and human metabolism in both academia and industry, Michale completed an MBA specialising in Life Sciences from the Open University Business School. Michale also holds a Pharmacy doctorate and a Toxicology Master’s degree from Paris V University as well as a PhD from the University of Dundee.

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Board of Directors

Dr David Brown

Dr David Brown

Chairman

Dr David Brown has 40 years experience in the pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry both in research and in senior executive roles. He served with 4 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies: Zeneca, Pfizer, GlaxoWellcome, and Hoffman La-Roche. Whilst at Pfizer he was named co-inventor on the patent for Viagra, and for 8 years he led the team that invented and developed Viagra through to proof of clinical efficacy in male impotence. The drug is also marketed for treatment of pulmonary hypertension under the trade name Revatio. He also had a pivotal role in the discovery of Relpax, a treatment for migraine. Together these drugs have achieved sales of over $30 billion. While at Roche in Switzerland, he was a Director of the company and, as Global Head of Drug Discovery, he had responsibility for productivity of over 2000 scientists at Roche’s five research sites in the USA, Europe and Asia.

David subsequently co-founded antibody company Crescendo Biologics and serves on the boards of Healx Ltd (Chair), ProFactor Pharma Ltd (Chair) and Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd (Chair). He is a Trustee (Director) of two charities, Antibiotic Research UK, dedicated to solving the looming problem of antibiotic resistance; and Friends of Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage, a charity he co-founded in 2005 to help destitute orphans in South Tibet.

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Dr Jonathan Milner

Dr Jonathan Milner

Dr Darrin Disley

Dr Darrin Disley

Darrin is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor and enterprise champion. He has been involved in the start-up and growth of numerous business ventures securing over $320 million business financing from grant, angel, corporate, venture capital and public market sources as well as closing over $500 million of product, service, licensing and M&A deals.

He is currently the CEO and President of Horizon Discovery Group plc a company he led from a $275 thousand seed funding in March 2008 to a $113 million fund-raise at IPO (2.8X oversubscribed) exactly 6 years later. The funds raised by the IPO set a new record for a life science company on the AIM market and were the second largest by any research tools company in a London listing.

In 2012, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the European Life Science Awards, in 2014 was named biotech and pharma Executive of the Year by Scrip and in 2015 was named UK Quoted Company Entrepreneur of the Year, Cambridge Business Person of the Year and one of the 175 Faces of Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Darrin supports education, entrepreneurship and mentoring programs in the UK via the Professor Christopher R Lowe Carpe Diem Enterprise Fund and has backed over 30 start-up life science, technology and social enterprises. This led to him recently being conferred with a lifetime-held Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion in the 2016 birthday honours list.

He is an Honorary Fellow at the Judge Business School and Enterprise Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute of Biotechnology both at the University of Cambridge and an advisor on science and industry to the University of Salford. He is currently Director and co-founder of Avvinity Therapeutics Ltd and GeoSpock Ltd, Chairman of Desktop Genetics Ltd, Director of Celixir Ltd and HealX Ltd, Board Member of the UK Bioindustry Association, Chairman of Trustees at Footprint Cafes CIO and serves on the advisory boards of Axol Bioscience Ltd, Biotech and Money, the Cambridge Science Centre, the Cambridge Phenomenon, GeneAdviser Ltd and SimPrints.

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Shaun Grady

Shaun Grady

Shaun Grady has responsibility for Global Business Development at AstraZeneca, leading the company’s transaction execution, due diligence and Alliance and Integration Management function including externalisation, licensing and partnering, M&A, and divestments.

Shaun was appointed to his current role in 2013 with the creation of the Global Product and Portfolio Strategy (GPPS) unit. Prior to this, he was Vice President, Strategic Partnering & Business Development (2010-13) and Vice President, Corporate Business Development (2006-10).

Shaun originally joined ICI as an attorney and held positions in the pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and legal departments. Following the demerger from ICI, he was appointed Assistant General Counsel, Corporate for Zeneca.

Shaun worked on the merger of Astra and Zeneca, the merger of Zeneca Agrochemicals with Novartis Agribusiness to form Syngenta, and the creation of Avecia. Shaun also worked on the acquisition of Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT), led the acquisition of Amylin, and subsequent buy-out of Bristol-Myers’ Squibb’s interest in the AZ-BMS Diabetes Alliance. In addition, he has spent time in the US business managing the legal function and also completed a two year secondment to HR, leading a global People Strategy change project.

Shaun is an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a member of the Board of Cambridge United Football Club and Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Based in Cambridge, Shaun enjoys rugby and football, and occasionally turns his hand to sports writing.

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Advisers

Dr Andreas Bender

Dr Andreas Bender

Dr Elia Stupka

Dr Elia Stupka

Dr Bruce Bloom

Dr Bruce Bloom

Dr Ronjon Nag

Dr Ronjon Nag

Dr Nick Sireau

Dr Nick Sireau

Ms Hanadi Jabado

Ms Hanadi Jabado

Dr Martino Picardo

Dr Martino Picardo

Prof Alan Barrell

Prof Alan Barrell