Team

An ambitious group of passionate entrepreneurs and operators

Mark

Founding Director

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Mark started his career with a PhD in Neuropharmacology and Artificial Intelligence working on better models for the development of epilepsy and neurodegeneration therapeutics, he then worked in cleantech venture before going on to build out Imperial College’s deep-tech start-up accelerator and academic spin-out ecosystem, facilitating several exits to the major tech companies before leaving to start DSV in 2016.

Dom

Founding Director

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Dom previously led Imperial College London’s science startup programme: worked with over 200 student companies, and supported a fraction of these to raise over £25m in funding within 3 years. Grew community 375% to 3000 scientists in 1 year. Left Imperial in 2016 to co-found DSV, recognised as one of Forbes Finance Under 30 in 2021.

Santa

Associate Director, Talent

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Santa led commercial development at an envirotech startup while completing her Masters Degree in Commerce, specialising in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She then joined world-leading deep-tech incubator Cicada Innovations, where she was in charge of admissions and a junior business mentor. She then co-developed and managed what has now become the most successful medtech commercialisation training program in Australia before joining DSV to lead creation of brand new founding teams and first hires.

Eddie

Associate Director, Agriculture

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Eddy holds a BSc in Bioveterinary Science from London’s Royal Veterinary College and an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge. He formerly co-founded Desktop Genetics, a provider of CRISPR genome editing tools and in 2017 he was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30. In addition to developing science companies to transform the way humans produce and consume food at DSV, Eddy also serves on the IUCN Synthetic Biology.

Adam

Associate Director, Climate

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Adam’s career has focused on applied science innovation and new business development, spanning both corporate innovation/R&D and venture-backed startups. He holds a PhD and MSci in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London, respectively. He worked in Johnson Matthey’s innovation team and strategic development groups focusing on energy storage and transmission, syngas technologies, alternative fuels, CCU/CCS, carbon dioxide conversion and hydrogen generation. Following this, he led commercial efforts as Chief Commercial Officer at venture-backed start-up LabGenius (machine learning-enabled biotech) where he focused on business development and commercial strategy to secure corporate partnerships and VC.

Kerstin

Associate Director, Pharma

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Kerstin started her PhD at German Cancer Research Centre and then moved to a lab at Imperial College to work on novel treatment options within the field of tumour immunology. She since has spent almost ten years in leadership roles at impact-driven organisations advancing medicine and therapeutics, while also securing an executive MBA and a women in business award. Before joining DSV to develop science companies designing more effective personalised therapies, Kerstin was transforming ideas for cutting edge cell and gene therapies into investable propositions at UK’s Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult.

Chris

Head of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Agriculture

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Chris holds a B.A. and M.A. in Marine Biology from Occidental College in Los Angeles and has dedicated his career to developing regenerative ocean technologies and natural products using biotechnology. Before joining DSV Chris was the Vice President of Product and Market Development at NovoNutrients, where his role focused on interfacing with potential customers and their novel aquafeed ingredient needs and translating that into product development roadmaps. He has worked on ocean systems more broadly and has wide-ranging and applied understanding of laboratory procedures and analytical techniques. Former companies and roles include: COO Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Development Manager Liquid Robotics, Regional Manager Laboratory Corporation of America.

Laura

Head of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Pharma

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Prior to joining DSV, Laura was Associate Director of Cancer Research UK’s Commercial Partnerships team, heading the Strategic Alliances function which drives the charity’s strategic drug discovery and platform relationships with a range of commercial partners. Her other experience at CRUK and Cancer Research Technology over 14 years included transacting a wide range of significant license, collaboration and spin out deals. She holds a 1st class degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in cell signalling from the University of Bristol and has additionally worked in academic and commercial research roles in the US and the UK.

Pina

Head of Scoping, Climate

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After her BSc and MSc at ETH in Zurich Pina started her career with building an electrochemical separation process for protein purification during a PhD program at Wageningen University and Nanyang Technological University. Afterwards, she worked with different start-ups, accelerators and VCs focusing on novel technologies in the energy and food tech space. This included a project with StartLife, a leading agrifoodtech accelerator, and Octopus Ventures. At DSV Pina is scoping business opportunities that help to move the needle on the climate crisis e.g. negative emissions technologies and carbon neutral fuels.

Eirini

Head of Founder Community

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Eirini is a design engineer and entrepreneur. Since 2014, she has developed new projects, products and programmes across academia, industrial research labs, national research centres and startups. Before DSV, she was the founder of the award-winning, VC backed education tech startup Filisia. More recently, she oversaw project development on AI for Climate Action at the Alan Turing Institute. She has also worked as a researcher at the Morphological Computation Lab at Imperial College, Microsoft Research, and Nesta. Eirini holds a joint MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

Noah

Head of Marketing

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Prior to DSV, Noah founded LIC, an award-winning beverage company, and developed patented packaging, a vertically-integrated supply chain and co-brands with major alcohol brands such as Bombay Sapphire and Malibu. He raised over £1.5m in investment and launched LIC into retailers across Europe and the USA. Noah holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and is currently Consumer Expert-in-Residence there.

Angel

Associate, Agriculture

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Angel holds a BSc in Biology from the Universidad de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has dedicated most of his career to fundamental and applied plant biotechnology research, focusing on enhancing crop productivity, adding value traits, and developing pipelines. Before joining DSV, he was the Project Leader in Plant Molecular Genetics at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC), leading the gene-editing research and development pipeline for tropical crops.

Will

Associate, Agriculture

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Will holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he studied the molecular basis of plant-microbe interactions. Since then, he has worked on the Gates Foundation funded ENSA project (Enabling Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa) and at the International Livestock Research Institute to assess a climate-smart feedstock for dairy farmers. Before joining DSV, he was Head of Funding Delivery for Strategic Programmes at UKRI-BBSRC, working with stakeholders across academia, government and business to design investment programmes that advance biological knowledge and address global issues.

Eric

Associate, Climate

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Eric began his research career in protein and agriscience before pivoting to applied solar material research. Both his Masters at Imperial College London and his PhD at ETH Zurich focused on the field of sustainable solar fuels and electrochemistry. In addition to his research, much of Eric's past 10 years focused on building and leading organisations over a wide range of disciplines from a direct air capture CO2 startup, to political representation, to an award-winning mental health nonprofit, among a few others. At DSV, Eric scopes deep tech business opportunities to reverse global heating and ensure our sustainable energy transition.

Anís

Associate, Pharma

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Anís began his career in the biopharma industry, pursuing immunology & fibrosis research at UCB, cancer epigenetics research at Boehringer Ingelheim, and GMP Quality Assurance at Lonza Biologics. He was later a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford, where his PhD explored the immune microenvironment in breast cancer using single-cell genomics. He also holds an MSc in Immunology from the University of Oxford, a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester, and has co-authored research articles published in high-impact journals including Nature Genetics. At DSV, Anís helps build companies that may have curative potential for a range of diseases across the oncology and immunology space.

Megan

Associate, Pharma

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Megan developed her hands-on expertise in cell biology, biochemistry, in vivo models and cancer biology during her PhD at the University of Toronto and post-doctoral work at Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute (now part of the Crick). She then spent nearly 10 years as an editor and news writer on various Nature journals, mainly Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, where she covered topics including drug delivery, gene therapy, screening strategies, neurobiology and infectious diseases. At DSV, Megan helps build companies that could have curative potential in diverse areas including cell and gene therapies and neurodegeneration.

Sam

Associate, Systems Engineering

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Sam started his career in Artificial Intelligence and Systems Design after his BSc in Informatics, co-founding BACE Group; an AI startup in Ghana. He led the company as both its CEO and Lead Engineer for 3 years before joining DSV to lead the design of algorithms and development of systems for knowledge and talent discovery.

Thane

Associate, Doctoral Training

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Thane holds an MSc in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a PhD in immunology where he combined enzyme kinetics, fluorescent biomarkers and a neural network API to predict immune responses, in collaboration with GSK. Within Innovation Forum his work to help PhD students commercialise their research received a knowledge transfer award, and in his first year working at Edinburgh Innovations he championed their partnership with DSV to launch Scotland’s first venture builder. At DSV Thane designs a doctoral training programme where graduates forecast their industry’s next iteration, conduct the necessary scientific research and commercialise it. Science companies created during the Venture Science Doctorate will meet societal needs in AI and complex legacy sectors like healthcare, energy and agriculture.

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