Our Team

o2h ventures team are leaders in the biotech community and have been actively involved as investors, holding various industry positions for over 20 years.

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Sunil Shah

Managing Partner, Therapeutics

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Sunil Shah

Managing Partner, Therapeutics

o2h Ventures was co-founded by Sunil and Prashant Shah in 2013. In the last 3-4 years, they have co-founded four companies with UK-based academics and entrepreneurs, provided consultancy services to five companies, held Chairman or Director level positions in nine companies, built up a portfolio of twenty early-stage investments, and executed early-stage drug discovery research projects for fifteen different companies. In 2013, bucking a pattern of UK Science going to the USA for funding, Sunil and Prashant acted quickly to lead an academic spin-out from the USA with promising data in brain cancer and proceeded to run, externally fund and locate that company, Opal Oncology, in the UK. It provided direct hands-on experience of making the scientific decisions and managing the operations of a therapeutics company.

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Prashant Shah

Managing Partner, AI

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Prashant Shah

Managing Partner, AI

o2h Ventures was co-founded by Sunil and Prashant Shah in 2013. In the last 3-4 years, they have co-founded four companies with UK-based academics and entrepreneurs, provided consultancy services to five companies, held Chairman or Director level positions in nine companies, built up a portfolio of twenty early-stage investments, and executed early-stage drug discovery research projects for fifteen different companies. In 2013, bucking a pattern of UK Science going to the USA for funding, Sunil and Prashant acted quickly to lead an academic spin out from the USA with promising data in brain cancer and proceeded to run, externally fund and locate that company, Opal Oncology, in the UK. It provided direct hands-on experience of making the scientific decisions and managing the operations of a therapeutics company.

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Andy Morley

Principal

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Andy Morley

Principal

Andy is a Medicinal Chemist with over 25 yrs working in major pharma (Sano -Aventis, AZ). He has experience across all discovery phases, having supported five candidates into the clinic. He has authored and inventor of over 55 publications and patents. He is been working full-time with o2h Ventures since 2013 to lead the scientific evaluation of the investments and also provides scientific support on key projects within the portfolio. He is the CSO of Opal Oncology and had been CSO for two o2h early-stage collaborations.

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Catherine Beech

Independent Representative to the Investment Advisory Panel

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Catherine Beech

Independent Representative to the Investment Advisory Panel

Catherine has over 25 years of experience in biotech, pharmaceutical and as a venture investor. She is currently the CEO of Exonate for which she was one of the founders leading the spin- out from Nottingham University. Catherine has a degree in medicine from Birmingham University and in 2008 was awarded the OBE for services to technology and innovation.
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Jeff Roix

Venture Partner

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Jeff Roix

Venture Partner

Jeff is a scientist and biotech entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in discovering medicines. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of NeoPhore Ltd, a UK cancer immunotherapy biotech making small-molecule drugs in DNA damage repair. Prior to that, he worked as COO to establish PhoreMost, a Cambridge University spinout company making therapeutics for “undruggable” targets across many diseases. Jeff’s longer experience in translational and early drug discovery spans US organisations across venture, biotech, pharma and academic science. Jeff obtained his bachelors from the Harvard Extension School, with further training and expertise in the genetics and cell biology of cancer, diabetes and metabolic disease.

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Dr Chris Torrance

Independent Representative of the Investment Advisory Panel

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Dr Chris Torrance

Independent Representative of the Investment Advisory Panel

Chris is a cancer researcher and entrepreneur. In 2007 he founded Horizon Discovery to translate advances in human genome editing into a range of research tools and services to accelerate the discovery of new and improved ‘Personalized Medicines’, including the identi cation of novel drug targets for pharmaceutical development. By 2014 Chris and his colleagues had built Horizon into the fastest growing Biotech company in the UK. In the same year, the company listed on the London Stock Exchange with over 100 commercial and scienti c staff and signi cant deal- ow with the pharmaceutical Industry, for which Horizon received the Queens Award for International Trade in 2012. Chris completed his post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Bert Vogelstein at the Johns Hopkins University (U.S.A).
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Cengiz Tarhan

Independent Representative of the Investment Advisory Panel

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Cengiz Tarhan

Independent Representative of the Investment Advisory Panel

Cengiz set up FreeMedic PLC in 1993 which he grew over 25 years and is now known as UCL Business PLC, one of the most proli c and successful technology groups in the UK serving UCL and its associated partner hospitals. Over those years Cengiz was directly involved in many licenses and spinouts including PolyMASC Pharmaceuticals PLC, one of the rst university spin-outs to oat on the London AIM in 1995, Medic to Medic Ltd which was sold to Informa PLC in 2005 and Stanmore Implants Worldwide Limited which was acquired by Abingworth and MDY Healthcare in February 2008. More recently UCLB has been at the vanguard of creating the most promising cancer and gene therapy biotechs in the UK including three.
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Chris Reid

Venture Partner

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Chris Reid

Venture Partner

Chris Reid worked in the City for 17 years as a successful equity research analyst and a fund manager. Amongst other achievements, he built a UK Income fund from scratch to be one of the best performing funds in the sector (150% total return in six years) with over £1bn AUM. Prior to joining the City, he spent 6 years as a Technology Consultant at PA Consultants, focusing on evaluation and support of new products and businesses. He has first-hand experience of over 200 businesses in all industries from mining to high-technology manufacturing across the UK, US and Europe and a deep understanding of the financial, strategic and operational factors that must all come together to ensure a successful, financially rewarding investment. He has a Cambridge MA in Natural Sciences (Materials Science) and an MBA from London Business School.

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Dr Nigel Pitchford

Venture Partner

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Dr Nigel Pitchford

Venture Partner

Nigel is the CEO of Ieso Digital Health Limited - the world leading digital health company specialising in evidence-based online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Prior to joining Ieso he was the Chief Investment Officer for Touchstone Innovations plc and was responsible for all of the Group's investment activities, which were concentrated on UK-based start-ups in the Healthcare and Technology sectors. During his tenure, the active venture portfolio grew to some 50 companies with corresponding value growth in excess of £350m. Previously he had been a partner at DFJ Esprit and 3i and was an active investor across Europe and the US. His previous investments include Domantis (sold to GSK), Arakis (sold to Sosei Pharma), Apatech (sold to Baxter), Endosense (sold to St Jude), EUSA Pharma (sold to Jazz), Horizon Discovery (AIM: HZD) and Oxford Immunotec (NASDAQ: OXFD).
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R G Boyle

Venture Partner

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R G Boyle

Venture Partner

R G Boyle is a founder and the CEO of Sentinel Oncology Ltd, a company dedicated towards the discovery of novel small molecules for the treatment of unmet medical needs.  Robert is a medicinal chemist by background with over twenty-five years’ industrial experience.  He has held positions at Pfizer (1993-1997); Cambridge Discovery Chemistry (1997-2000); Millennium Pharmaceuticals (200-2003); Astex Therapeutics (2003-2005) & Sentinel Oncology (2005-present).  As CEO & founder of Sentinel Oncology, he has successfully raised multiple rounds of funding, built a pipeline of small molecule drug assets and secured multiple licensing deals with Biotech and Pharma.  Sentinel has been the recipient of numerous awards & grants for innovation and Robert is a named inventor on over 50 patents & publications describing the discovery and use of small molecules for the treatment of unmet medical needs.

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Tim Sharman

Compliance Officer

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Tim Sharman

Compliance Officer

Tim is the Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for o2h Ventures.He graduated from the University of Kent, Canterbury with an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science in 1986.He has over 27 years experience in the financial services industry, in compliance, operational and investment management roles. In the last 15 years, Tim has specialised in the alternative investments sector.He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
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W. Graham Richards

Independent Representative of the Investment Advisory Panel

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W. Graham Richards

Independent Representative of the Investment Advisory Panel

Graham served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Oxford University. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the commercialisation of technologies where he was a director of the University of Oxford’s technology transfer company. He was also involved with the Wellcome Trust in a similar capacity. He co-founded Oxford Molecular Group plc., InhibOx Ltd. and Oxford Drug Design Ltd. He was a main board director, now venture partner, of IP Group plc., the listed intellectual property commercialisation company.
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Gayathri Sadasivam

Head of Biology

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Gayathri Sadasivam

Head of Biology

Gayathri leads the biology capabilities in Ahmedabad, India and Cambridge, UK. She also significantly contributes to the business development with the o2h customers world-wide, understanding the market requirements, contributing to technology transfer and investment evaluations. Prior to this, she has worked for >15 years in different therapeutic areas in both industry and academia. She has led multiple programs in drug discovery projects through lead optimization to candidate selection and further development to late stage clinical trials. She has worked in a multi-disciplinary environment, leading chemical biology efforts creating chemical tools that modulate novel class of “undruggable” targets. Gayathri has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Brain Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Rinkle Daswani

Head of Finance

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Rinkle Daswani

Head of Finance

Rinkle is the head of Finance for o2h Ventures. She is responsible for managing Finance and Accounting, Execution of Investments, Portfolio Management, Internal Audit, Investment Valuations. Moreover, she ensures all the statutory FCA compliances and protection of client money. She has over 4 years of experience in financial leadership roles in various industries including Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate and Financial Services. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Law.

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Riddhi Ahuja

Fund Administrator

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Riddhi Ahuja

Fund Administrator

Riddhi is the fund administrator at o2h Ventures and also the EA to CEO. As a fund administrator, she is responsible for end to end administration of the fund and acts as a key point of contact for fund related matters. She also organizes and manages the deal flow that comes in from prospective investee companies. She has over 5 years of experience as an Operations and International Business Manager in a reputed manufacturing firm. Having worked in a versatile environment, she has developed different working skill sets from Business Administration, Marketing, Finance to International Business Management. Riddhi has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from ICFAI university.

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Ajit Singh Guller

Marketing Manager

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Ajit Singh Guller

Marketing Manager

As o2h Group’s Marketing Manager, Ajit leads a team of bright marketing professionals focused on strengthening the o2h group brand in the industry and spotting business growth opportunities. Ajit is responsible for brand marketing, advertising and research, content and digital marketing, business analytics, PR and communications.

Prior to joining o2h Group, Ajit worked as a digital marketer for two SME tech companies with global client bases and a seed stage ecommerce startup. He is an experienced professional with an eye for design, user experience and behaviour, and digital analytics.

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Ayushi Vijayvargiya

Marketing Assistant

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Ayushi Vijayvargiya

Marketing Assistant

As o2h ventures Marketing Assistant, Ayushi leads all brand marketing, advertising and digital marketing and PR for o2h ventures. Prior to joining o2h Group, Ayushi has perused her Masters in Business Administration and has worked as a Sales Manager, she has sound knowledge of digital analytics and consumer behaviour.

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