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About Us

OUTbio UK is an independent network run specifically for the LGBTQ community and its allies within the biotech community in the UK.

 

Our mission is to connect LGBTQ professionals within the biotech community, provide mutual support and mentorship, share ideas about how to implement best practices within our companies and develop our own networks and friendships.

OUTbio UK is inspired by the work of OUTbio – a 1200+ member group with an aligned mission based in the USA. OUTbio began with a meeting of 10 people in Boston in 2015, and rapidly became the largest group of its kind in the industry.

 

We are the first international affiliate and hope to encourage others to form around the world, enabling members to build a global network.

Meet The Team

OutBio is currently supported by a small team of biotech executives from across the UK and from a range of backgrounds. if you'd like to join the team, please get in touch - there is plenty to be done!

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Tim Funnell

Director

Originally trained as a pharmacologist, Tim is a biotech investor and company builder.

 

He was part of the founding team at Autolus, Gyroscope, Casma Therapeutics, MiroBio via his investing roles at Syncona and Third Rock Ventures and Oxford Sciences Innovation

 

He is now a London Partner of the transatlantic venture firm Monograph Capital

Tim spent time in Boston where he first witnessed the benefits of an LGBTQ network for the biotech industry and he hopes to catalyse a similarly supportive environment in the UK.

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Grant Hawthorne

Director

Grant is an experienced operations and finance executive working across a number of biotechs in the Cambridge area.

 

Grant has over 20 years of experience with venture-backed companies and has acted as Founder/COO/CFO in recent years for companies including: NRG Therapeutics, Myricx, Alechemab, and Auspherix.

Grant was instrumental in founding OUTbio UK, with an ambition to improve the understanding of the LGBTQ community within the biotech industry.

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Tom Donovan
Director

Tom is a senior biotech communications consultant, with both in-house and agency experience assisting a wide variety of global clients.

 

Tom was formerly a Vice President at premier biotech consultancy Ten Bridge Communications, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Prior to that, he served as Director of Communications at NASDAQ-listed drug developer Nexvet Biopharma. Originally hailing from Hong Kong and New Zealand, Tom holds a master's degree in biotech business (first class honours), and a bachelor's degree in biomedical science.

 

Tom is the Secretary of OUTbio, which is a registered non-profit in the United States.

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Quin Wills
Director

Quin is an MD, with further degrees in genetics, mathematics, and computational biology, and a doctorate in systems genomics.

 

He has always loved biopharma, founding his first liver drug genomics company 15 years ago.

 

More recently he headed up the advanced genomics department for a large pharma before co-founding Ochre Bio, which uses genomic deep phenotyping to develop therapies for chronic diseases.
 

Quin also happens to think that OUTbio UK is an idea well overdue on this side of the pond.

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Mirasbek Kuterbekov
Director

Mirasbek is a Senior Scientist at Hoxton Farms, where he combines his passion for animal welfare with his expertise in tissue engineering to help end industrial meat farming. Prior to this, he was a Senior Research Specialist at The Dow Chemical Company as part of their selective Research Assignment Program.

 

Originally from Kazakhstan, Mirasbek had the opportunity to study and work in the US, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium before his most recent relocation to London, UK.

 

He has been active in several LGBTQA+ organisations throughout his career and is excited to join OUTbio UK to help build an inclusive and supportive community for biotech professionals.

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Noelia Sainz Pastor
Director

Noelia is a patent attorney specialised in biotechnology. She is currently a Patent Attorney, Director IP at Autolus, a clinical stage company developing CAR T cell therapies. She was formerly a researcher in the fields of targeted therapies and antibody engineering, and holds a PhD in molecular biology and a master's degree in biochemistry.

 

Noelia leads the LGBTQ+ group at Autolus, which she helped set up. She also co-founded and ran Pelucas y Tacones (Wigs and High Heels), London’s pioneering Spanish queer night which spanned a decade and expanded to Berlin and Madrid. 

 

With her passion for bringing people together and creating safe spaces, Noelia joins OUTbio UK hoping to help shape a supportive environment for the LGBTQ+ community in the UK.