About Us
Andy Richards

Andy Richards CBE

  • Chairman

Dr. Andy Richards CBE is a well-established entrepreneur and builder of biotechnology and diagnostic ventures. He brings a strong business focus and an in-depth knowledge of the industry and company scale up.

In addition to Abcodia he is also currently Chairman of Ixico plc, Congenica, Novacta and Cambridge Temperature Concepts and is a Director of Arecor, Cancer Research Technology (commercial arm of CR-UK), Babraham Bioscience Technologies and Cambridge University Hospitals Trust.

His early career spanned positions with ICI (now AstraZeneca) and PA Technology, and he was a founder and executive director of Chiroscience. Andy is a graduate of Cambridge University with a PhD in Chemistry. Andy is also a founder member of the Cambridge Angels.

Nadia Altomare, Chief Executive Officer

Nadia Altomare

  • Chief Executive Officer

Nadia has more than 20 years healthcare experience and extensive knowledge in developing and implementing strategic plans to drive commercial growth in the life sciences, biotechnology, and diagnostic industries. She is proficient in general management in single & multi-product/service environments spanning entrepreneurial to Fortune 500 companies. Nadia is an accomplished senior executive experienced in positioning commercial companies for growth, profitability, and sustainable competitive advantage.

Julie Barnes, PhD., Founding CEO and Chief Scientific Officer

Julie Barnes, PhD.

  • Founding CEO and Chief Scientific Officer

Julie has over 20 years experience of the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry, including 15 years experience of early R&D with GlaxoSmithKline. More recently Julie was director and Chief Scientific Officer at BioWisdom, a healthcare technology company.

Her mix of scientific and commercial experience in large pharmaceutical and small start-ups and academic network brings a strong understanding of what is required to successfully lead Abcodia as an ethical and collaborative organization.

Chris Poole

Chris Poole

  • Chief Financial Officer

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in finance and has held senior positions at a variety of organization types, ranging from business start-ups to a FTSE 250 company. He joined Abcodia as CFO in October 2015. Before joining the company Chris was CFO at Zinwave Ltd, steering the company to its sale in 2014. He was the Finance Director at Enecsys Ltd. and played a fundamental role in numerous fund raising activities, (including Series B for $41m) to support the global growth of the organization.

Andrew Elder

Andrew Elder

  • Non-Executive Director

Andrew is lead healthcare partner at Albion Ventures. Following biomedical research, he qualified as a surgeon, specializing in neurosurgery. He then joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he specialized in healthcare strategy, gaining experience with many large, global clients across the full spectrum of healthcare including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, service and care providers, software and telecommunications. He oversees Albion Ventures’ broad range of healthcare investing, from care provision to life science services, imaging and diagnostics.

Robert Tansley

Robert Tansley

  • Non-Executive Director

Robert joined Cambridge Innovation Capital as the Investment Director for Life Sciences in January 2014 after 20 years’ experience in the pharma/biotech industry working both at large pharma (Sanofi, Roche), the MHRA and in VC backed companies (Arakis, KalVista) including founding the malaria therapeutics company Treague and as founding CEO of Avilex Pharma. Robert qualified in medicine at University College London; he is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. He has an MBA from London Business School and an MPhil in Biostatistics from the University of Cambridge.

Jan Rutherford

Jan Rutherford

  • Non-Executive Director

Jan is a Partner and member of the investment committee at Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), where she leads investments in high growth technology companies and oversees investments across the healthcare sector. A venture capital investor for the past 15 years, Jan joined SEP in 2004 from Dresdner Kleinwort Capital. Prior to moving into the investment field, she held operational and commercial roles in the pharmaceutical industry for, Merck, Novartis and Quintiles.

richard sandberg

Richard A. Sandberg

  • Non-Executive Director

Dick has played a principal role in starting and building a number of medical diagnostic companies including that of founder, chairman, chief executive officer, and chief financial officer of DIANON Systems Inc.. He also served as chairman and chief financial officer of Lifecodes Corporation, a pioneer in DNA testing technology; chief financial officer and director of Matritech Inc., a company specializing in proteomic diagnostic products for the early detection of a variety of cancers. He is currently the Chairman of Oxford Immunotec a global diagnostics company providing advanced, innovative tests in the field of immunology.

Claire Hooper Abcodia

Claire Hooper

  • Non-Executive Director

Dr Claire Hooper brings over 20 years international experience in the Life Sciences, Healthcare and Homeland Security industries. Claire co-founded an entrepreneurial start-up (Cambridge Imaging), which was subsequently sold to major corporate partners including EG&G, Smiths Industries, and also PerkinElmer (Packard BioScience), where she held a series of senior leadership roles in R&D and strategic business development.

Professor Ian Jacobs Abcodia

Professor Ian Jacobs

  • Non-Executive Director

Ian has an international reputation for his work in screening for ovarian cancer over the last 20 years. He has over 100 original peer reviewed publications and alongside his clinical role in gynaecological oncology directs a laboratory and clinical research team of over 100 staff at University College London and further afield, focused on molecular genetics, proteomics, biomarkers, prevention and screening for gynaecological cancer. He is the lead investigator for the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening from which the serum biobank was founded.