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!


Tim Funnell


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


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


He is currently VP Operations at MiroBio, a company he helped to spin-out from the University of Oxford.

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.


Grant Hawthorne


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.


Rachel Hemsley


Rachel’s career spans many elements of the biotech industry in the UK.


She is currently the Global Head of Business Development at XenoGesis Limited, the UK’s largest independent laboratory-based contract research organisation (CRO) specialising in preclinical drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK), quantitative bioanalysis, in vitro pharmacology and expert interpretation.

She is an Expert in Residence at the University of Oxford and was previously a Senior Business Manager at UCL Business – the technology transfer team of UCL.


Rachel also has experience as a Non-Executive Director and Advisory roles on the Board of multiple biotech and industry agencies.


Quin Wills


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.


Tom Donovan


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.


Nicholas Buxey

Chief of Comms

Nicholas has a passion for creating highly effective organisations in which each individual can thrive, and believes that OUTbio has an important role to highlight diversity and inclusion within the biotech industry. 

Nicholas’s expertise bridges people, operations and communications in his role at Theolytics.


He is helping keep OUTbio connected, leveraging his experience in multi-channel marketing, event management and communications.