Team 2017-02-06T13:57:53+00:00

The Company has a very experienced senior leadership team consisting of Dr Joe Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Peacock, Chairman and Professor Sir Chris Evans, Deputy Chairman. Each provides the Company with highly complementary skills covering a wide range of healthcare and life science disciplines from academic science, through clinical and commercial strategy, company operations to venture capital, M&A and corporate finance. Collectively, they have founded, financed, developed and operated multiple life science companies, both large and small, and have contributed to the creation of substantial value for shareholders.  In addition, Arix Bioscience is in the process of recruiting additional personnel to enable the Group to further implement its business strategy both in London and New York.

The team

Board of Directors

Dr Joe Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

Joe has over 25 years’ experience in the life sciences industry with a successful track record of generating investment returns. He was a partner at Abingworth LLP for 12 years, where he led venture-capital style investments in public companies. He has founded and managed public equities funds and been a director of Algeta (acquired by Bayer AG for $2.9 billion), Amarin plc, Cytos (merged with Kuros) and Epigenomics AG, and is currently a director of Autolus Ltd.

Joe began his career at the Ciba (now Novartis) Foundation, before joining The Wellcome Trust in 1990 where he became head of the strategy team. He then moved to the City of London as a pharmaceuticals analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson before being appointed as Head of Global Healthcare and Portfolio Manager at First State Investments, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in London. Joe has a PhD in Biochemistry and extensive board level experience of building successful life science companies.

Jonathan Peacock


Jonathan has 35 years’ global experience in operations, strategy and business development and extensive expertise within the Biopharma industry. Jonathan is the former CFO of Amgen Inc based in California, USA and prior to that was the CFO of the Pharmaceuticals Division of Novartis AG, based in Switzerland. During Jonathan’s tenure as CFO at Amgen Inc the stock price increased by approximately 125% and at Novartis operating profits increased by over 40%. He has raised over $20 billion in new capital and throughout his career has been engaged in business development and mergers and acquisitions on both the buy-side and sell-side, globally.

Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Jonathan was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he was co-head of the European Corporate Finance practice. Jonathan was also a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and New York. Jonathan is currently Chairman of Bellerophon Therapeutics and is a non-executive director of Kite Pharma, both of which are listed on NASDAQ. He has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Sir Chris Evans

Deputy Chairman

Sir Chris is a renowned scientist and highly successful entrepreneur with numerous prestigious awards and medals for his work over the last 30 years. He is the founder and Chairman of Excalibur Group and has created 11 successful academic spin-outs and founded notable companies such as Chiroscience, Celsis, BioVex, ReNeuron, Vectura and Merlin Biosciences Ltd. He directed the raising of approximately $450 million for Merlin Biosciences Funds and $2.6 billion from disposals including the sale of BioVex Group, Inc to Amgen Inc and Piramed Limited to Roche Group.

Through Merlin Ventures Limited, he co-founded and advised Biotech Growth Trust plc and Arakis Limited, one of the companies developed by Sir Chris which was sold to Sosei Co. Ltd for $187 million. Sir Chris has founded multiple listed companies with a collective market cap (as at the end of April 2016) of around $2.4 billion. Appointed OBE in 1995 for services to medical bioscience, he was then knighted in 2001 for services to bioscience and enterprise.

James Rawlingson

Chief Financial Officer

James has substantial experience at board and senior management level gained over 20 years of involvement in financial services and UK public companies. James’ former role was Group CFO of Charles Stanley plc, a leading wealth manager with over £20 billion of funds under management and administration. Previously, James was Group CFO for Coutts Bank, where he was responsible for the global finance function and held a key role in setting strategy. Before this James spent two years at UBS Wealth Management based in Zurich after promotion from his role as CFO of UBS Wealth UK.

Franz Humer

Senior Non-Executive Director

Franz has over 25 years’ extensive experience in acting as an executive director of global blue chip companies. In 1995, he joined Hoffmann-La Roche’s board, then progressing to become CEO and Chairman at Roche Holding Ltd over a period of 16 years. Previous to this he held various global and pivotal roles at Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and Glaxo Holdings, including a seat on the board.

Franz joined the board of Diageo in 2005 and became chairman in 2008. He is also a non-executive director of Citigroup, Inc, Chugai Pharmaceuticals Limited of Japan, Bial Pharmaceuticals of Portugal, Kite Pharma and WISeKey of Switzerland and a member of the international advisory board of Allianz SE. Franz has a PhD in law from the University of Innsbruck and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is the Chairman of the board of directors of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Franz has been awarded the Singapore Public Service Star and the “Grosses goldenes Ehrenzeichen mit dem Stern für Verdienste” of Austria.

Lord John Hutton of Furness

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lord Hutton was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford where he completed his Bachelor of Civil Law degree. After a career in law, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness in 1992 and continued in this role until 2010. Following the election of the Labour Government in 1997, he served in cabinet positions first as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions then Secretary of State for Business and also Secretary of State for Defence. Lord Hutton is now an adviser to Bechtel and Lockheed Martin. He chairs the Nuclear Industry Association and is a non-executive director at Circle Holdings plc and Sirius Minerals plc. In 2010 he was created a Life Peer as Baron Hutton of Furness.

Sir John Banham

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sir John is a former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). On leaving the CBI in 1992, Sir John successively chaired four FTSE 100 companies: Tarmac, Kingfisher, Whitbread and Johnson Matthey. These companies all had major operations outside the UK and all delivered exceptional value for shareholders during his tenure. Sir John also has experience in the private equity sector serving as the Chairman of ECI Partners, a leading provider of funds to medium sized companies, for 13 years; and he was the founding chairman of Westcountry Television. Both ECI and Westcountry Television also produced exceptional returns for investors. He served on the Board of Invesco for 15 years, retiring in May 2015. He is currently Chairman of Innoveas International and an independent director of Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc, a US-quoted biopharmaceutical company.

Professor Trevor Jones

Independent Non-Executive Director

Trevor has led a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry as well as in academia. He was Group R&D director at The Wellcome Foundation, responsible for the development of AZT, Zovirax, Lamictal, Malarone and other medicines. Following this, he was a director of Allergan Inc (USA) for 10 years until 2015. Trevor was formerly Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), served for 12 years as a member of the UK Government Regulatory Agency Medicines Commission and acted as chairman of the UK Government Advisory Group on Genetics Research. He is a visiting professor at King’s College, London and holds honorary degrees and gold medals from six universities. In 2004, he was appointed to the World Health Organisation Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health. In 2003, Trevor was appointed CBE for services to the pharmaceutical industry.

David U’Prichard

Independent Non-Executive Director

David trained as a pharmacologist in Scotland. During a 45-year career in the USA, David has been a leader in drug receptor research, pharmaceutical R&D, biotechnology and venture investing.  With an academic career at the Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University medical schools, David then led Zeneca’s global research activities, and subsequently, Smith Kline Beecham’s R&D in the 1990s. David led 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to an IPO in 2000 and then a sale to Johnson & Johnson in 2003.  He is an experienced early stage venture capitalist and corporate director in both the USA and the UK.  From 2012 David has worked to establish The Harrington Project, a USA-wide non-profit scholarship scheme to translate the best American academic research towards new drug development and is a member of the Board of managers of BioMotiv, and the chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of BioMotiv.

Business Development Team

Edward Rayner

Before joining Arix Bioscience at its inception, Ed spent 18 years as an equity analyst and Portfolio Manager in Europe and Australia. From 2004 to 2014, he was Head of Research at Alliance Bernstein and then a senior portfolio manager at AMP Capital, a leading Australian investment house with over A$130bn in funds under management, both in Sydney, Australia. At AMP Capital, he managed the growth equity portfolios and launched a small companies fund. As part of his responsibilities he focused on the Healthcare sector.

Prior to his move to Australia, Ed analysed European equities at UBS Asset Management and JP Morgan Investment Management. He gained an MA in Chemistry and MSc in Management at the University of Oxford and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Jonathan Tobin

Jonathan specialises in biotechnology investments. He currently sits on the board of Artios Pharma. Prior to joining Arix Bioscience, Jonathan spent five years at Imperial Innovations, where he was a Principal in the Healthcare Ventures team. He was involved with the formation and investment in a number of early stage companies, including Inivata, Auspherix, Abingdon Health, Cell Medica, and Psioxus. Jonathan also worked at MRC Technology, sourcing and evaluating new small molecule and antibody drug discovery projects.

He has a first class degree in biology from the University of Oxford, a PhD in Molecular Medicine from UCL, carried out postdoctoral research at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (now Crick Institute), and published research in journals including PNAS, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature Genetics. Jonathan also has an MBA with distinction from Imperial College, and is a Trustee of the Autism Research Trust.

Mark Chin

Mark has over 10 years’ of experience in the life sciences industry.  He was previously a principal at Longitude Capital, where he focused on investments in both private and public biotechnology and medical technology companies.  Prior to Longitude, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where he was responsible for strategy and corporate development projects for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.  Before BCG, Mark worked in corporate development at Gilead Sciences and market planning at Genentech.  Mark has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego.

Daniel O’Connell

Daniel has over 10 years’ of experience in healthcare. Daniel joined Arix Bioscience from OrbiMed Advisors, where he played key roles across investments in both biotherapeutics and medical devices. Investments he has supported include CardiAQ (acquired by Edwards), Civitas Therapeutics (acquired by Acorda), Relypsa (acquired by Galenica), Cynapsus (acquired by Sunovion), as well as other public and private companies.  Prior to OrbiMed, Daniel was the Associate Director of Cardiovascular Research at Arisaph Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for pre-IND discovery and development for programs in lipid modulation. He received his MD and PhD in Biochemistry from Tufts University School of Medicine, and has undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry from MIT.

Owen Smith

Owen is focused on biotechnology. He is currently an Observer on the board of Depixus. Prior to joining Arix Bioscience, Owen spent a year at Arthurian Life Sciences, where he was an Investment Manager. He was involved with the investment in a number of companies, including Cequr, Apitope and ReNeuron. Owen also worked extensively sourcing and evaluating new opportunities.

He read biology at the University of Bristol, qualified as an accountant at Grant Thornton and spent six years working in public and private assurance and forensic investigations.