TERMIS-EU BPC & PAP 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-Chair & Treasurer

Nick is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Tampere and the Co-Chair and Co-Founder of TERMIS-EU BPC & PAP. 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 is Outreach the Officer of Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials. He is an advocate of improving equality in STEMM subjects.

Mr. Oliver Ball

Mr. Oliver Ball

Business Plan Competition (BPC) Director

Oliver is a Junior Associate at Biolacuna, a boutique life sciences translation consulting firm, and has previously worked as an independent consultant. He graduated from King's College London with an MSc in 'Cellular Therapy from Bench to Market' in August 2016, following a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Kent. He has authored several industry reports, supported the establishment of an industry-academia partnership in the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King's College London, and sat on the TERMIS-BPC organising committee for 2016/17.

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.

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.

Dr. Sujit Kootala

Dr. Sujit Kootala

Outreach Officer

Sujit is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Pau & Pays de l'Adour, France. His research focusses on the development of smart materials for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. He develops tools to functionalise natural polymers to direct cell response and fate in living systems with applications in bone tissue engineering, nerve repair and smart drug delivery systems for cancer. Sujit is active in TERMIS and European Society for Biomaterials in developing bridges between researchers in both societies. He is keen to develop and strengthen local feeders to TERMIS that will channelise innovative developments from local levels to larger platforms such as TERMIS.

Dr. Julien Barthes

Dr. Julien Barthes

Business Plan Competition (BPC) Team Member

Julien is collaborative project manager at PROTiP Medical, France. He holds two MSc degrees in physical/chemical properties of polymers and in polymer science (ECPM, Strasbourg). He obtained in PhD in 2014 at Strasbourg in Inserm (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in “Biomaterials & Bioengineering” department. His main research areas are hydrogel development, titanium implants, tissue engineering, cell biomaterials interactions and release of bioactive molecules in the cell microenvironment. He is in charge of material development and in vivo tests in a European Project (FP7 IMMODGEL).

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.

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

Industry 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

Dr. Christopher Tse

Dr. Christopher Tse

Co-Founder & Marketing Director

Ms. Zhen Cahilog

Ms. Zhen Cahilog

Committee Member

Dr. Richard Balint

Dr. Richard Balint

2017 Marketing Director

Ms. Wenting Gu

Ms. Wenting Gu

2016 Branding Designer

Prof. Martin Stoddart

Prof. Martin Stoddart

2017 Local Liaison Officer

Ms. Shujiang Wang

Ms. Shujiang Wang

2016 Local Liaison Officer

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.