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James is passionate about developing technologies that will impact human health. As a senior life sciences executive, he is experienced in converting concepts and technologies into commercial realities. Working across SMEs, large corporations and academia, has founded and led university derived start-ups and new business units within public companies.


Current Experience

  • CEO
    Since January 2015

  • Owner
    Since January 2012
    Interim management and consulting in the life sciences sector relating to launching start-ups or business units, fund raising, strategy and business development.

Past Experience

  • Managing Director (Interim), hLab
    January 2012 --- January 2014
    Interim MD and Member of Executive Board, with remit to leverage the company's service platform to found new R&D business unit. Developed strategy, raised financing on AIM, built team and capabilities for new unit resulting in unit being valued by analyst at 25% of overall company target share price, within 18 months of launch. Expanded business unit to include all the laboratory-based businesses within the company.

  • COO
    January 2002 --- January 2012
    General management and business development. Unlocked the value of a patent portfolio covering diagnostics and treatments to a newly discovered virus through: • out-licensing diagnostics rights, leading to the launch of several FDA-approved and CE marked in vitro diagnostics, and the development of a robust market for the testing of infections by the virus, with significant fee and royalty revenues • setting up and managing a number of partnerships with academia and pharma to develop vaccines and prophylactic antibodies to the virus

  • CEO
    January 2009 --- January 2011
    Drove merger of Viroclinics BV and Coronovative BV to found Viroclinics Biosciences BV and broaden service offering across the drug development value chain, enabling cross selling of preclinical and clinical development stage services to support pharmaceutical and vaccine development. This led to accelerated growth of revenues and net earnings.

  • CEO
    January 2006 --- January 2009
    Professionalised an academic research organization through restructuring and broadening client base, resulting in rapid growth of revenues. Established the company as a leading provider of diagnostic services to support clinical trials for the vaccines and pharmaceutical industries. Merged company with CoroNovative BV to add preclinical capabilities.

  • CEO
    January 2004 --- January 2009
    Founded company to develop IP to SARS and leveraged know how to develop a preclinical service business to test antivirals and vaccines. Merged company with Viroclinics BV to add clinical diagnostic capabilities.

  • Consultant
    January 2000 --- January 2002

  • Post-Doctoral Associate
    January 1994 --- January 1998


Self Assessment :
AdaptabilityAnalytical thinkingApproachabilityAttention to detailAuthenticityCharmCommunicativeCompetitivenessCreative thinkingCuriosityDependabilityDiligenceEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceIndividualityInnovative thinkingInterest in knowledgeOrganizationProactivityProblem solvingResponsibilitySelf-confidenceSelf-disciplineStrategic thinkingWillingness to compromiseAssertivenessResult OrientedTrust


Self Assessment :
BiomarkersBiomedical SciencesBiopharmaceuticalsBiotechnologyBiotechnologieBudget ManagementBudget ProcessBudgetsBusiness DevelopmentBusiness IntelligenceBusiness PlanningBusiness ProcessBusiness Process ImprovementBusiness ProcessesBusiness StrategyCancerChange ManagementClinical DevelopmentClinical researchCommercializationCommunication SkillsCompetitive AnalysisContract negotiationCorporate FinanceCross-functional team leadershipDiagnostic marketDiagnosticsDNADrug DevelopmentDue DiligenceEarly development stageEnglishEntrepreneurshipForecastingGenomicsGrant PreparationGrant WritingHealthcare industryImmunologyInfectious diseasesInnovation ManagementIntegrationInvestmentsKnowledge of the drug development processKOL managementLeadershipLicensingLife SciencesLifesciencesmanagementManagement ConsultingMarket researchMedical Device R&DMedical DevicesMergers & AcquisitionsMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordMolecular DiagnosticsNegotiationNew Business DevelopmentoncologyOutsourcingPatentspeople managementPersonalized MedicinePharmaceutical IndustryPharmaceuticalsPre-clinical researchPreclinical developmentPreclinical ResearchPresentation SkillsPresentationsProblem SolvingProject ManagementRestructuringStart-upsStrategyStrategic PlanningStrategic Financial PlanningTeam ManagementTeam BuildingTeam LeadershipTechnology transferTechnology DevelopmentTechnological InnovationTranslational ResearchTranslational MedicineVaccinesValidationVenture CapitalVirology
LinkedIn Assessment :
Global Business DevelopmentVaccinesDiagnosticsContract NegotiationsIntellectual PropertyTechnology transferGrant ManagementManagement ConsultingStart-upsVirologyBiochemistryGrantsVenture CapitalR&DPharmaceutical IndustryMicrobiologyImmunologyAntibodiesBiotechnologyClinical researchClinical trialsClinical DevelopmentscienceDrug DiscoveryInfectious diseasesmolecular biologyCellLifesciencesCommercializationCorporate DevelopmentEntrepreneurshipBiopharmaceuticalsMedical DevicesCell CultureDrug DevelopmentmanagementDNAGenomicsLife SciencesMedical Diagnostics

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analytical skills Molecular DiagnosticsAdvise on strategyAnalyse growth / improvement potentialDefine market needsDetermine potential relationshipsDevelop business planEstablish relationships with Key Opinion LeadersEvaluate licensing opportunitiesTranslate strategy into operational plans Interact with physicians Technology researchAssign activitiesAttend at steering committee meetingsAttend steering committeeBiomarker Researchcollaborate in research projects at universitiesCommunicationContract approvalCoordinate regular advisory boardEstablish contractsEstablish professional relationships with partnersFinancial administrationFinancial reportsIdentify growth / improvement potentialIdentify market opportunitiesInteract with CROsInteract with KOLLiaise with professionals in other divisions of the company as requiredlifescienceMaintain strong relationshipsManage budgetsManage complexityManage contractors Manage multiple projectsNegotiate budget Negotiate payment schedulesNegotiationNetworkObserve trends in dataObtain grantsOrganise steering committeePeople managementPresent at steering committeeSet up research projectsStorytellingSupport due diligence assessmentsTranslate clinical research concepts into specific objectivesWork cross-functionallyWrite final reportsWritten presentation


  • MBA in Health Care Management from University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School in 2000
  • DPhil in Virology from University of Oxford in 1993
  • BA in Bochemistry from University of Oxford in 1990


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Locations I am interested in:
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    BrightOwl freelancer :    50 Hours per week :    80% Free Per Month(in coming months)
  • International:

Area / Region

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Driving License
  • Yes