Core Committee

Ms. Tracy Yu

Ms. Tracy Yu

Chair & Co-Founder

Tracy is a PhD candidate in Dr. Eileen Gentleman’s lab at King’s College London and the Chair and Co-Founder of the TERMIS-EU BPC. She is highly driven to connect innovative young researchers with senior mentors from industry and the clinic, in order to help them transform their great ideas into commercialised products or services, particularly in the healthcare industry. Tracy is a member of the TERMIS-EU Industry Committee and her research focusses on characterising cell-matrix interactions in three dimensions.

Dr. Nick J Walters

Dr. Nick J Walters

Co-Founder & Treasurer, Academic Advisor

Nick is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Tampere and the Co-Chair and Co-Founder of TERMIS-EU BPC. His research focuses on utilising highly modular three-dimensional hydrogel matrices to study the role of cell-matrix interactions in directing stem cell fate. Nick is heavily involved with TERMIS and sits on the TERMIS-EU Industry Committee and the board of Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials. He is an advocate of improving gender and racial equality in STEMM subjects.

Mr. Shiraz Ziya

Mr. Shiraz Ziya

Pre-Accelerator Programme (PAP) Director

Shiraz is a researcher at the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, currently completing his doctoral studies at Keele University, in partnership with Loughborough University, through the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Regenerative Medicine. His research explores the feasibility of delivering personalised cell-based therapy as a service within the NHS. Shiraz has a keen interest in establishing cross-sector collaboration to support healthcare innovation and is a major driving force behind TERMIS-EU BPC’s Pre-Accelerator Programme.

Mr. Oliver Ball

Mr. Oliver Ball

Business Plan Competition (BPC) Director

Oliver is a recent MSc graduate of King’s College London. Through his BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Kent he developed a keen interest in cell and gene therapy and regenerative medicine, subsequently moving to King’s as the first student on a new MSc course, Cellular Therapy from Bench to Market. He has published industry update articles in Regenerative Medicine journal, reached the finals for TERMIS-EU BPC 2015-16, and contributed to several commercially-orientated projects within King’s College.

Dr. Richard Balint

Dr. Richard Balint

Committee Member

Richard Balint is currently working as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellow at the University of Manchester, UK, where he carries out his research on electrically conductive biomaterials for tissue engineering. Richard obtained his BSc in mechatronics engineering in Hungary, after which he moved to the United Kingdom to do his MSc in biomedical engineering at Keele University. He carried out his PhD work on the design of electrical stimulation bioreactors in the laboratory of Professor Sarah Cartmell, University of Manchester.

Dr. Gui Zhen (Cheryl) Teoh

Dr. Gui Zhen (Cheryl) Teoh

Committee Member

Cheryl is an EPSRC research fellow at University College London. Her research focuses on the development of renewable, plant based nanocomposite polymers and 3D bioprinting for paediatric tissue engineering. She has a keen interest in protection of IP and the regulatory challenges faced in commercialisation of nano-enhanced tissue engineering and regenerative medicine products. Cheryl also works closely with the NHSBT advocating awareness in organ donation, particularly amongst school-aged children and ethnic minorities.

Mr. Pravesh Gupta

Mr. Pravesh Gupta

Committee Member

Pravesh is in the final stages of Ph.D. research in myeloid cell immunology and malaria in Professor Christiane Ruedl's lab at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Concurrently, as a co-founding team member, his energies have been focussed in a potential startup initiative ``LambdaGen``, which envisions to develop next generation immunotherapies and gene therapy solutions for orphan diseases. He is a firm believer that requisite entrepreneurial training to academic researchers can augment translation of bench side discoveries to bedside patient-centric therapeutic products.

Ms. Zhen Cahilog

Ms. Zhen Cahilog

Committee Member

Zhen Cahilog is a third year medical student from Imperial College London (UK). She has a keen interest in regenerative medicine and translational research. In her spare time, Zhen enjoys public engagement in science and is involved in various Imperial Outreach activities. She is excited by innovative ideas and technologies and was a finalist the National Science and Engineering Competition after inventing a hydraulic system which generates electricity from the wasted movement energy of vehicles.

Committee Advisors

Dr. Chris Gemmiti

Dr. Chris Gemmiti

Committee Advisor

Chris is the Business Development Lead at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Founder & Managing Director of Ridgewood Consulting LLC. Having helped develop the TERMIS-AM BPC, he has been advising the TERMIS-EU BPC Committee since its foundation in order to ensure its success.

Dr. MacKenna Roberts

Dr. MacKenna Roberts

Legal Advisor

MacKenna is an IP lawyer and strategic adviser for the translation of biomedical technologies. Her legal experience spans IP technology disputes to privacy, data protection and breach of confidentiality matters.

Dr. Sybil Wong

Dr. Sybil Wong

Industrial Advisor

Sybil is Head of Marketing & Communications at Sparrho, a startup combining human and machine intelligence to help researchers stay on top of the latest science. Prior to joining Sparrho, she was SVP Business Development & OneStart Director at Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable. Sybil has worked extensively with top pharma and venture firms and has a strong background in managing global life science startup accelerators. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry at the Barts Cancer Institute and serves as an Industrial Advisor on TERMIS-EU BPC Committee.

Committee Alumni

Prof. Martin Stoddart

Prof. Martin Stoddart

2017 Local Liaison Officer

Martin is a professor at AO Foundation and Honorary Professor at Albert-Ludwigs University in Germany. His main focus is the use of autologous stem cells and gene transfer for the repair of musculoskeletal tissues using a cell therapy approach. Martin is one of the key organisers of TERMIS-EU 2017 Conference, where the BPC Final Competition will take place. He is acting as a Local Liaison Officer on this year’s TERMIS-EU BPC Committee to ensure the smooth organisation of the event and is aiding with fundraising.

Dr. Christopher Tse

Dr. Christopher Tse

Co-Founder & Director of Marketing

Chris is a research associate in the Additive Manufacturing Group at the University of Sheffield, researching inkjet printing. He also works as a health solutions manager in consultancy agency Lansons. Chris is a Co-Founder of TERMIS-EU BPC and now manages its marketing strategy. He recently co-organised and hosted TELHack, a hackathon on disruptive innovation in healthcare education, in partnership with NHS Health Education England.

Ms. Shujiang Wang

Ms. Shujiang Wang

Local Liaison Officer (2016 BPC)

Ms. Wenting Gu

Ms. Wenting Gu

Identity Designer (2016 BPC)

Ambassadors

If you are an early career academic interested in entrepreneurship, we would love to work with you! We are currently seeking national ambassadors from across the world, to promote BPC and PAP activities within their country’s research institutes and companies.

To apply to become an Ambassador, send your CV along with a letter of motivation to info@termisbpc.org.