Board of Directors
Gerry McGettigan, Executive Chairman
Gerry, a molecular biologist, has 25 years’ experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, in regulatory affairs, clinical development and business roles, and as Non-Executive Director in several Biotech firms. He has worked with large and medium pharma companies (Almirall, Spain and Glaxo, UK) and at The Liposome Company, a US biotechnology firm. In 1998, he founded the European regulatory affairs and product development consultancy, GMG BioBusiness Ltd, which was sold to a top 5 CRO in 2005. In 2006 he became the first CEO of the biotechnology development agency, Biocat, in Barcelona, Spain. Thereafter he set up Kinesys Consulting Ltd, which supports the biopharma industry with Development, Regulatory and Commercial services. In 2104 he assumed the part-time role of COO at amp biosimilars, AG, Germany.
Jim McGuire, CEO
Jim McGuire has over 20 years in healthcare, biotech, medtech with expertise in management, commercialisation, product and manufacturing development, project management and IP. Previously Jim has worked in life science start-ups and was recently the CEO of Clear Surgical Ltd, an NHS spin-out developing surgical devices, taking their innovations into the global market place. Working in commercialisation and business development at Scottish Health Innovations Ltd, Jim’s role covered all aspects of the company’s remit. Scottish Health Innovations Ltd develops medical and healthcare technologies arising mainly from the NHS in Scotland, managing the process from evaluation and feasibility through product development to regulatory approval and market.
Dr Celestine Santosh, Designate CMO/CSO
Celestine Santosh is a Clinical Consultant Neuroradiologist working in Glasgow, which is one of the largest Neurosciences Unit within the UK. Having started in Clinical Radiology 33 years ago, he then specialised in Neuroradiology over the last 27 years. He has worked in many large specialised hospitals in India and the UK and has been in Glasgow since 2000. He conceived the Glasgow Oxygen Dependent (GOLD) techniques working as a clinician, with a special interest in stroke. This allowed him to understand the need to accurately assess the Penumbra with imaging and also the need for additional treatments for stroke. He was successful with the team, in getting grants and funding for the pre-clinical work. Dr Santosh is a co-founder of Aurum Biosciences Ltd, a practicing clinician and inventor, so in an ideal position to take the GOLD techniques into clinical practice.
Professor Robin Sellar, Board Member
Prof Sellar has worked in radiology for 35 years. Since that time Prof Sellar has written more than 200 papers and articles. His research has been acknowledged by the British Institute of Radiology (the Mackenzie Davidson Medal) and the Royal College of Radiologists (the Roentgen Medal). He is currently a joint applicant and executive member of Sinapse (£40 million grant). He is the past President of the British Society of Neuroradiologists and is the current President of the Scottish Neurosciences Council and the Dean of the School of Neurosciences. Prof Sellar has a particular interest in ischaemic and traumatic injuries of the brain and the spine as well as neurointerventional treatments.
Dr Martin Reynard
Martin is an experienced company director with a strong track record of financial and general management in high growth companies. He has worked in a wide range of sectors, including medical devices, and currently holds a number of non-executive roles in innovative companies. Martin has a scientific background and has significant experience working with new technology, SMEs and investors.
Kaliprasad “KP” Naidu
Kaliprasad “KP” Naidu is a technology leader with over 25 years of experience in industry, academia and government. His career includes stints in Asia, Europe and the US. He has held senior executive positions at companies like Sun Microsystems and Pressmart Media. He has worked as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh and has co-authored eight peer reviewed papers on image processing. He is currently Director of IT Operations at Santa Clara County, the home of Silicon Valley. He holds an MBA from XLRI, India, and an M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.