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Career Opportunity for Executive Chairperson

Career Opportunity for Executive Chairperson


Aurum Biosciences Limited, an angel syndicate backed biotechnology company based in Glasgow, is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson.

The company is entering an exciting new stage in its development as it gears up to start its first phase 2 study with its lead product ABL-101 in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke patients. ABL-101 was discovered from technology coming out of the NHS. The company is also in the process of raising new investment to fund the next studies in this condition, and is also seeking corporate partnerships. A major advance in Aurum’s manufacturing strategy is also underway.

The company, funded by private investment from UK and USA, plus Scottish Enterprise and The Wellcome Trust, has achieved major advances under the current leadership during the last 3 years and is now looking to strengthen the team with the appointment of a new Chairperson.

The ideal candidate will have the following profile:

  • At least 15 years in senior management positions within pharmaceutical and / or biotechnology companies.
  • At least one previous private equity backed Board leadership position.
  • Proven commercial and product development success.
  • Experience of raising venture capital or other types of private investment.
  • Experience and proven success in negotiating licensing deals between pharma / biotech companies for novel pharmaceutical products.
  • Excellent contacts within the global pharma / biotech fields.
  • An understanding of the economic drivers of biotech firms and an appreciation of the typical finances of such companies.
  • A first degree in a scientific discipline, most likely a biological or medical degree, would be an advantage, as would a background in or knowledge of neurology.

An appropriate incentive arrangement will be agreed with the successful candidate.

Please apply to Jim McGuire (CEO) at, enclosing CV and covering letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the role.