Board of Directors
Sarah Howell, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
Sarah, who joined Arecor in 2013, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer to the Group in 2015, has a strong background in clinical and commercial pharmaceutical product development, manufacture, supply and licensing across a range of product types and therapeutic areas. She has served in a number of leading roles in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as Vice President for CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls) and Technical Development for BTG where she had full responsibility for CMC development and supply across BTG’s diverse portfolio of clinical and commercial products.
Andrew J M Richards, Ph.D., CBE (Chairman)
Andy is an established biotechnology entrepreneur and investor with broad experience from the UK biotechnology sector in research, drug development, commercial deals and scaling up companies. He is the Chairman of Congenica Ltd, Abcodia Ltd, and a director of Silence Therapeutics plc, Sensiia Ltd, and Ieso Digital Health Ltd. He is Chairman of BBT the Babraham Research Campus and a director of Cancer Research Technology Ltd (the commercial arm of Cancer Research UK).
Sam Fazeli, Ph.D., Non-Executive Director
Sam has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2017 and he brings over nineteen years of experience of conducting equity research as a pharmaceutical analyst, working at firms such as Nomura International and HSBC. Currently, he is Director of EMEA Research and Senior Pharmaceutical Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in London, where he specialises in global pharmaceuticals.
Ian is currently a board member of Arecor, Regentis, Essential Medical, Isobionics, nutriLeads, BioProcess Control and NovoPolymers.
Andrew Lane, MA
Andrew joined Unilever as a marketing trainee in 1985 after studying Biochemistry at Cambridge University. He is a founding Director of Unilever Ventures which focuses on investments in Home and Personal Care Technology.
Thomas Reese Saylor, MBA
Tom has a background in management, strategy development, deal negotiation and fundraising for entrepreneurial biopharma companies. He was the CEO of Sirus Pharmaceuticals Limited, a company developing drugs based upon advanced delivery technologies, which he built through internal development and acquisition and then successfully sold to Arakis Limited in 2004. He was also a Chairman and founder of Lotus Healthcare Corporation, an Asian-based fully integrated pharmaceutical company producing and marketing analgesics, cardiovascular and GI products in 35 cities of China.
Alan E Smith, Ph.D., FRS, CBE
Alan is the former Senior Vice President and the Chief Scientific Officer of Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge MA, where he had overall responsibility for the company’s science. Prior to its acquisition by Genzyme in 1989, Alan was the vice president and scientific director of Integrated Genetics, a MA start-up biotechnology company. From 1980-84 he was head of the biochemistry division at the National Institute of Medical Research, Mill Hill, London. Presently, Alan sits on the Scientific Advisory Boards of: The Cancer Research Institute in Cambridge UK; Pharnext – a start-up genomics company in Paris, France; and ImmuneXcite – a start-up immunology company, in Lexington MA. He is on the Board of Directors of Advantagene – a start-up gene therapy company in Newton MA.