Dr. Luke Hakes
The University of Manchester’s Innovation Company (UMI3 Ltd) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Luke Hakes as its new independent Chairman, following a search exercise by the University (advised by Odgers Berndtson – nationally recognised headhunters).
Luke will commence his role on 1st January 2017. A triple graduate of the University in biochemistry with biotechnology; bioinformatics; and computational genetics, Luke completed a PhD in 2006. He is currently Investment Director at venture capital firm, Octopus Ventures, based in the City of London. Over the last eight years Luke has advised and been a board member of a number of University spin-out companies. In addition he has held numerous non-executive directorships at start up and growth companies and has considerable experience of building and exiting businesses in the disruptive technology arena.
Outside of Octopus, Luke is an angel investor and advisor to a number of early stage companies with a particular interest in the Artificial Intelligence and Genomics spaces.
Dr. Hakes comments: “I am delighted to be joining UMI3 as Chairman. Universities play a hugely important role in fostering innovation and talent and nowhere is this more true than at The University of Manchester. I am incredibly excited to work with the fantastic team at UMI3 to support its continued growth and success.”
Clive Rowland, UMI3 CEO, comments: “Luke’s appointment is an important step for us as we embark on a new business plan in an exciting time of development for the University and the Northern Powerhouse. Luke’s enthusiasm for technology venturing, his commitment to help the University further enhance its standing in this area and his expertise and wide investor networks all bring a new and refreshing dimension to our approach which is crucial for our next phase.”
Luke succeeds Dr Rajagopal in the role.
MANCHESTER, UK – 05 December 2016 – F2G Ltd, the UK-based antifungal drug discovery and development company, today announced the appointment of John H. Rex, MD, FACP to the position of Chief Medical Officer, effective from 2nd November 2016.
Dr Rex is a distinguished research scientist and a key opinion leader in the field of infectious disease therapy, in particular antifungal agents. He held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Infection, Global Medicines Development at AstraZeneca until October 2016. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 2003, Dr Rex was Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr Rex has been the Industry Representative on the US FDA Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Committee (2007-2011), has served as Chair of the Consensus Committee on Microbiology for the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI, formerly NCCLS), is a member of the Wellcome Trust Seeding Drug Discovery Committee, was formerly an Editor for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and currently serves on several editorial boards. He holds a BA in Biochemistry from Rice University as well as an MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Dr Rex has served as a non-executive director of F2G since September 2012 and is an Operating Partner at Advent Life Sciences.
Ian Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer, F2G Ltd commented: “John’s guidance and insight have been instrumental in shaping F2G’s development and regulatory strategy. We are delighted that he is now able to increase his commitment to the company as we progress our new class of antifungal agents into our next clinical trials.”
John Rex added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with F2G as we take the first orotomide antifungal forward through Phase 2 and Phase 3. Just as with antibacterial resistance, antifungal resistance is a growing threat and F2G’s discovery of an entirely novel class of IV/PO antifungal agent is a key part of the global response to this challenge.”
About F2G Ltd: F2G is a world-leading UK biotech company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies to treat life threatening invasive fungal infections, with experienced management & board. F2G has discovered and developed a completely new class of antifungal agents called the orotomides. The orotomides are active against Aspergillus and other rare and resistant moulds and act via a completely different mechanism than currently marketed antifungal agents. Due to their new mechanism of action, orotomides are active against fungal infections resistant to current therapies, a growing problem globally. A limited Phase II study for F901318 is planned imminently with pivotal registration trials in Invasive Aspergillosis planned for 2017 based on an accelerated regulatory pathway agreed with the relevant agencies. F901318 is being developed both as IV and oral formulations and promises to have a safe and well-tolerated profile. The company recently announced a $60 million financing to develop its pipeline of novel therapies to treat life threatening invasive fungal infections.