Professor David Ebsworth, PhD has been Chairman of Actimed Therapeutics since April 2018 and has also invested in the Company. David has 40 years of experience in the Healthcare industry and is a past CEO of Galenica AG, Vifor Pharma AG and past global head of the Pharmaceutical Division of Bayer AG. David has chaired numerous private and public pharmaceutical companies and also served on numerous boards as either chairman of the audit, remuneration or nominations and governance committees. David currently serves as Chairman of Verona Pharma PLC which is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
Robin Bhattacherjee, Chief Executive Officer
Robin Bhattacherjee BSc (Hons) joined Actimed Therapeutics as CEO in August 2019. Robin was previously with Actelion from 2009 and was the General Manager for the UK and Ireland Affiliate and a member of the European Management Team.
Robin served on the ABPI Board of Management from 2011 – 2017 as one of the elected Small Companies Group representatives, with a particular interest in medicines that come under specialised commissioning. Prior to Actelion, Robin was the General Manager for CV Therapeutics Europe (CVT) from 2004 to mid-2009, prior to the acquisition of the Company by Gilead. Responsibilities included delivering the European licencing and pre-marketing objectives for the product portfolio and the build and management of European affiliates. He also played a major role in successful European business development activities. Robin joined CVT from Sanofi-Synthélabo UK, where he was Head of Marketing and he also sat on the Irbesartan Global Strategy Team.
From 1986 to 2002, Robin held a variety of positions at Bayer including Marketing Manager and National Sales Manager in the UK and he was a Director in Bayer’s Global Strategic Marketing Group. During his career, Robin has been involved in several product launches both in the UK and Europe. Robin grew up in the North West of England and has an honours degree in Biological Sciences gained at University of London.
Andrew J. Stewart Coats, Founder and Non-Executive Director
Professor Andrew Coats MBA, DSc, DM, co-founded Actimed Therapeutics in 2017, having previously founded Myotec (later renamed PsiOxus Therapeutics). Andrew has over 30 years of experience as an academic manager, having been both Dean of Medicine and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney and head of Clinical Cardiology at Imperial College and the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Andrew also served as CEO of the Norwich Research Park in the UK. Andrew is an experienced board director and chairman with an MBA from London Business School. He has over 20 years of experience of company boards in roles including audit, remuneration, nominations and governance committees in biotechnology, publishing health care and education, including the George Institute of International Health, the Woolcock Institute, Lone Star Heart, Myotec, PsiOxus, Radcliffe Group, ESN Cleer and Faraday (Australia). Andrew has been on the board of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC since 2012 and will be its President from 2020 to 2022. He has been a member of over 20 international clinical trial steering committees in the fields of heart failure and cachexia and has over 700 career research papers, 95,000 citations and an h-Index of 130.
Frank Misselwitz, Chief Medical Officer and Non-executive Director
Frank Misselwitz MD, PhD, is Actimed’s Chief Medical Officer. He joined the Company from Bayer AG, where he was Corporate Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head in clinical development. With a background in academia and industry, he has over 30 years extensive pharmaceutical industry experience. Frank supported the development of Humira ($20billion in 2018) at Knoll AG and Abbott and has completed development of multiple cardiovascular drugs (including rivaroxaban). Frank is a member of Scientific Advisory Board of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research and the Centre for Thrombosis and Haemostasis University of Mainz Germany; he has extensive clinical research experience including the landmark COMPASS trial. His previous academic research experience was gained in UK, USA, Germany and Russia and he is the author of over 250 publications, has a cumulated impact factor of 1200 and a Hirsch-Index of 67.
Stefan Wohlfeil, Non-executive Director
Stefan Wohlfeil, MD, has over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Most recently he was Chief Medical Officer and Head of R&D at Vifor Pharma with responsibility for preclinical and clinical R&D, regulatory and medical affairs as well as drug safety. Prior to that he was Head of Clinical Research at Novartis OTC. He also has experience as founder and CEO of two start-up companies in the oncology area, one of which was based in Tokyo. Stefan started his career at Bayer Pharma, where he worked for over 20 years in discovery research and preclinical and clinical development in Germany, USA and Japan. Stefan holds a Medical Doctor’s degree from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Hugh Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
Hugh Jackson is a finance professional with more than 30 years’ experience. He specializes in providing SMEs with business growth and strategic planning advice together with management reporting and compliance assurance. Over this period, working with owner-managers, business angels and venture capitalists, Hugh has assisted in completing more than 20 successful exit transactions, together with several fundraising transactions, including a Nasdaq flotation and several SEIS / EIS fundraises.
Hugh studied at Exeter University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1988. He established his own accountancy practice, Jacksons, in 1990.