Our Team

Management Team

Ann Kramer, CEO

Ann graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and joined ICI Agrochemicals. Over almost 20 years with ICI, Zeneca and Syngenta she gained experience across the business including in research, sales, business development and M&A, with roles in the UK, USA and Switzerland. She managed the development of genetically modified food business streams in fresh produce crops. Since 2006 she has worked in the SME sector in the UK as Head of Business development for Oxitec Ltd. (acquired by Intrexon in 2015), COO of Immunocore Ltd. and CEO of Biosyntha Ltd. She joined The Electrospinning Company as CEO in 2012.

Dr Rob McKean, R&D Director

Rob holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and gained post-doctoral experience working in world-class electrospinning laboratories at the University of Sheffield and at the Micro and Nanotechnology Centre based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. His research activities focused on the development of 3D polymer scaffolds for a variety of regenerative medicine applications including full thickness skin reconstruction, degradable patches for cornea repair, orthopedic implant coatings, and nerve guide conduits. He joined TECL in 2010 as Head of Research and Development and is responsible for all R&D, Quality Management and regulatory aspects, product development, intellectual property protection, production and collaborations with industry and academia.  Dr McKean is also the sole inventor of patented multi-well plate technology for 3D cell based assays that has received two awards for ‘Most Innovative New Technology’ by delegates of the ELRIG Drug Discovery conference.

Board of Directors

Will Brooks, NED

Will joined Downing in August 2018 where he directs the healthcare activities of the Downing venture funds. Will has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and biotechnology with over 18 years’ experience in venture capital across Europe and the US. After studying in Glasgow and Dundee he did 7 years post-doctoral research at the University of Munich before joining London based biotechnology company Antisoma. He then moved to Brussels where for over 10 years he ran the healthcare investments for Quest for Growth a large pan European cross over fund.

Mark White, Observer

Mark is Investment Director and Investment Committee member of UKI2S (formerly the Rainbow Seed Fund), an investor in The Electrospinning Company. He has over twenty years experience in investment with extensive periods in UK investment banking and emerging markets, including raising and managing a R100m fund in South Africa. Most recently, he led the transformation of NESTA’s investment operations, building it into the most active technology seed investor in the UK. He holds an MBA from London Business School.

Dr Liam Brennan, NED

Liam is Head of Technology Transfer at The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation. STFC established The Electrospinning Company in 2010 and have invested and supported the Company since then. After completing his PhD, Liam co-founded and led a company to target an opportunity to exploit facial recognition technologies to help individuals protect their online image. In 2015, Liam joined the Innovation team at STFC where he is now responsible for the exploitation of the Council’s IP portfolio via licence and spin-out creation. He currently represents STFC on the board of a number of spin-out companies. Liam has a BEng and PhD from University College Dublin, Ireland.”

Dr Stewart White, Chairman

Stewart  was previously CEO of two life science AIM-quoted companies including Collagen Solutions plc. Stewart is currently CEO of Novel Technologies Holdings Limited and Chairman of Mikota Ltd.  Stewart has international executive experience in commercialisation, product development, GMP manufacturing of medical devices, advanced biologics and API’s in both SMEs and global pharmaceuticals.  With specific experience in the use of biomaterials within medical devices and regenerative medicine, Stewart brings recent and direct knowledge of operating in companies which require to balance revenue generation with Intellectual Property development to underpin future growth and value accretion.

A Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow in Technology Entrepreneurship, Stewart is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and holds a First Class degree in Applied Microbiology, a Ph.D. in Fermentation Technology and Bioprocessing, and, an MBA.

Scientific Advisors

Professor David Williams, OBE

David is Professor of Healthcare Engineering at Loughborough University. He has held senior leadership positions in academia and industry, working for much of his career at their interface and in healthcare since 1999. Responsibilities have included line, change and consortium management. David has published ~400 refereed journal and conference papers, has held >£40M of research grant income, successfully supervised >20 PhDs and founded two world class research groups. The last decade focussed on leadership of major research and research training initiatives in regenerative medicine (RM) and leading multi-disciplinary health research across the Loughborough campus. His early career was primarily in Cambridge University. Personal research addresses manufacturing and regulatory science of clinician-pulled cell based therapies and opportunities for engineers within defence medicine. Recent policy contributions include oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee in RM (2013) and membership of the Department of Health RM Expert Group (2014).  He was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2002 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 for services to science and engineering.

Dr Lorenzo Moroni

Lorenzo received his Ph.D. in 2006 at University of Twente on 3D scaffolds for osteochondral regeneration, for which he was awarded the European doctorate award in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from the European Society of Biomaterials (ESB). In 2007, he worked at Johns Hopkins University as a post-doctoral fellow in the Elisseeff lab, focusing on hydrogels and stem cells. In 2008, he was appointed the R&D director of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank of Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, where he investigated the use of stem cells from alternative sources for cell banking, and the development of novel bioactive scaffolds for skeletal regeneration. From 2009 till 2014, he joined again University of Twente, where he got tenured in the Tissue Regeneration department. Since 2014 he works at Maastricht University and in 2016 he became professor in biofabrication for regenerative medicine at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine. His research group interests aim at developing biofabrication technologies to generate libraries of 3D scaffolds able to control cell fate. In 2014, he received the prestigious Jean Leray award for outstanding young principal investigators from the ESB and the ERC starting grant. In 2016, he also received the prestigious Young Scientist Award for outstanding principal investigators from TERMIS.

Dr Virender Sangwan

Virender is a world-renowned ophthalmologist with expertise in cornea, anterior segment and uveitis. He has graduated in medicine from Maharshi Dayanand University in 1986 and completed his specialisation in ophthalmology in 1991. His career as ophthalmologist includes positions of fellowship on cornea and anterior segment surgery and of director at the prestigious L.V. Prasad, as well as a fellowship on ocular immunology and uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He is currently director of Innovation at the Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in Delhi, India.

Dr. Sangwan is well known for his research on corneal limbal stem cells, most prominently developing a method of growing cornea stem cells on amniotic membrane for subsequent implantation in human eyes for repairing injured cornea epithelium, which is reported to have been performed over 800 times at the LVPEI with a 76% success rate. His research was awarded by a number of prices including the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 2006, the National Technology award for stem cell technology in 2007 and the Sunpharma Award for clinical research in 2015.

Professor Harminder Dua

Harminder is the Chair and Professor of ophthalmology and the head of division of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Nottingham. He obtained his medical degree from the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur and prior to his current position, he was an associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.

Professor Dua’s significant contribution in this field has gained him over 125 international accolades and over seventeen thousand total citations throughout his career. He has made several surgical innovations including Fine Needle Diathermy (FND) occlusion of corneal vessels, Sequential Sector Conjunctival Epitheliectomy (SSCE) and Alcohol Delamination in management of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome. His discovery of the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer) as a definite part of the surgical corneal anatomy has improved posterior lamellar corneal surgery. He is also currently serving as Editor in chief of the Journal of EuCornea, Board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Civilian consultant adviser to the Royal Air Force and President of The European association for vision and eye research Foundation (EVERf, re-appointed 2017).