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Sunil Shah

CEO – o2h ventures and Co-Founder – o2h group

Sunil's Biography

Sunil Shah

CEO – o2h ventures and Co-Founder – o2h group

A serial entrepreneur having begun a career in the Life Sciences team at PA Consulting group followed by co-founding two companies in the information technology and life sciences sector. The second of these companies, Oxygen Healthcare Ltd was acquired by Piramal Enterprises Ltd (BSE: PEL). Sunil co-founded o2h ventures which involves discovery services / collaborations, seeding drug discovery, academic in-licensing and biotechnology incubation. Sunil has a degree in Biochemistry and an MBA from Cambridge University

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Prashant Shah

CEO – o2h co-work labs and Co-Founder – o2h group

Prashant's Biography

Prashant Shah

CEO – o2h co-work labs and Co-Founder – o2h group

A serial entrepreneur having begun a career with the Strategy group of at Accenture followed by co-founding two companies
in the technology and life sciences sector. The second of these companies focused on drug discovery
was acquired by a public company. Prashant co-founded o2h Ventures which is involved in seeding,
incubating and investing in early stage life science and technology companies. Prashant has a
BEng, MSc and an MPhil in Management.

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Andy Morley

Chief Scientific Officer

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Andy Morley

Chief Scientific Officer

Creative and innovative medicinal chemist with extensive knowledge and expertise. Twenty five years experience working in
the pharmaceutical industry.

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Nilesh Dagia

Special Projects

Nilesh's Biography

Nilesh Dagia

Special Projects

Nilesh leads the global operations of o2h group covering a wide range of innovation led investment, life-science and technology businesses. He is also overseeing the development and execution of the new o2h discovery Shirish Research Centre in Ahmedabad, India. Prior to joining o2h group, Nilesh worked with Piramal Group in various capacities including as an Alliance Manager for a risk-share oncology-based collaboration with a US Big Pharma and has also worked as the Head of Biology in Piramal Discovery solutions. Nilesh obtained his Ph.D. from Ohio University and completed a post-doc in Immunology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the author and inventor of >30 life science patents and publications. He received the Young Scientist of India award from OPPI in 2010.

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Fiona Nielsen

Chief Operating Officer - o2h technology

Fiona's Biography

Fiona Nielsen

Chief Operating Officer - o2h technology

Fiona Nielsen is a bioinformatics scientist and the founder of DNADigest and Respositive. At Illumina Fiona was developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and analysing cancer and FFPE samples sequenced on the latest technology. She founded DNAdigest as a charity to promote best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing - aligning the interests of patients and researchers.

In August 2014 Repositive Ltd was spun out of DNAdigest as a commercial entity to develop and provide novel software tools and mechanisms for sharing of data and grew to be the biggest platform for preclinical CROs offering translational oncology models and services.

Fiona got her Masters of Science in Bioinformatics from University of Southern Denmark.

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Claudio Dagostin

VP Business Development - o2h discovery

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Claudio Dagostin

VP Business Development - o2h discovery

Claudio got his PhD in Chemistry (Mechanisms of Organic Reactions) from the University in 2000. He went for a post-doc at Imperial College London where he worked on Alzheimer's disease chemical probes. In 2004, he started working in several companies in the Cambridge biotech cluster where he deepened his knowledge in Medicinal Chemistry and in Fragment Based Drug Design. In 2012 he went back to academia at Cambridge University where he investigated challenging drug targets such as protein-protein interactions. He also co-founded the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) society in 2015 to support postdocs in their pursuit of entrepreneurial careers. In 2017 joined Capital Cell and then Abzena in Cambridge with a role in Business Development. 

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Hemal Soni

Head of Chemistry

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Hemal Soni

Head of Chemistry

Comprehensive experience in Leading & Guiding Multi-FTE “Synthetic Chemistry Research” Collaborations which are in support
to fast paced Medicinal Chemistry Projects – for overseas collaborators.

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Sudipta Mukherjee

Head of Analytical

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Sudipta Mukherjee

Head of Analytical

10+ years experience in analytical chemistry. Leading a team of analytics department in o2h discovery.

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Gayathri Sadasivam

Head of Biology

Gayathri's Biography

Gayathri Sadasivam

Head of Biology

Gayathri leads the biology capabilities in Ahmedabad, India and Cambridge, UK. She also significantly contributes to the business development with the o2h customers world-wide, understanding the market requirements, contributing to technology transfer and investment evaluations. Prior to this, she has worked for >15 years in different therapeutic areas in both industry and academia. She has led multiple programs in drug discovery projects through lead optimization to candidate selection and further development to late stage clinical trials. She has worked in a multi-disciplinary environment, leading chemical biology efforts creating chemical tools that modulate novel class of “undruggable” targets. Gayathri has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Brain Research Institute, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Amy Emery

Team Leader – Cell Biology

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Amy Emery

Team Leader – Cell Biology

Amy is a cell biologist with 17 years experience in cancer drug discovery in both industry and academic environments. Her work has included the development of cell-based assays for characterisation and validation of small molecule inhibitors to directly support the drug discovery process, as well as for phenotypic screens to identify novel cellular targets on disease relevant pathways.  She has experience of screening using small molecule, RNAi, CRISPR and peptide libraries. 

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Alex Crooks

Senior Research Scientist – Cell Biology

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Alex Crooks

Senior Research Scientist – Cell Biology

Alex graduated with an honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds before moving to the industrial sector. He spent a number of years working as part of several different companies, including both major Pharma (GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer) and Biotech (Kudos (AstraZeneca), Antitope), before taking a position at the University of Cambridge. Alex has spent the last ten years with the University, working on a variety of primary research projects, largely based around development of new ways to approach the drug discovery process. In practice, he is largely a cell & molecular biologist, but also has experience covering a broad swathe of experimental biology, from buffy coats to NGS deconvolution.

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Bryn Hardwick

Senior Scientist Associate – Cell Biology

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Bryn Hardwick

Senior Scientist Associate – Cell Biology

Bryn is a molecular and cell biologist with over 30 years experience working in academic and industrial laboratories. Most recently he played a major role in establishing the technology used to found Phoremost Ltd and a small molecule drug discovery program where the lead compound has now been licensed to Sentinel Oncology Ltd. 

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Tammy Ward

Head of Design

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Tammy Ward

Head of Design

Tammy is a senior digital creative having 14+ years of experience in designing. She has a passion for producing engaging
and effective user experiences and bringing digital marketing campaigns to life.

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Pragnesh Thakkar

Head of Finance

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Pragnesh Thakkar

Head of Finance

Mr. Pragnesh Thakkar serves as the Finance Manager of o2h Group for 9+ years. He also heads Accounting, Financials, Secretarial functions of the company. Well versed in Accounting, Financial reporting, MIS and Taxation. He has a degree of Master in Commerce and has total 11 year of industrial work experience.

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Neetusingh Sengar

Head of Human Resources

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Neetusingh Sengar

Head of Human Resources

Neetu is a passionate HR professional with over six years of experience. She has been an integral part of the HR team at the o2h group for a few years now, and she has contributed exceptionally in various HR functions ranging from talent acquisition to resource planning and forecasting. 

Neetu holds a postgraduate degree in Electronics and Communication from Sardar Patel University and a postgraduate diploma in HRM from Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute. On days when she is not scouting talent for o2h group, you will find her experimenting in the kitchen, enjoying music and reading books.

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Bhargavi Jansari

Operations Manager

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Bhargavi Jansari

Operations Manager

A passionate HR professional with rich experience in the areas of Performance Management,Talent Hiring & Management,
Learning & Development, Payroll Management, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, HR Process
Automation & HR operations.

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Ajit Singh Guller

Marketing Manager

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Ajit Singh Guller

Marketing Manager

As o2h Group’s Marketing Manager, Ajit leads a team of bright marketing professionals focused on strengthening the o2h group brand in the industry and spotting business growth opportunities. Ajit is responsible for brand marketing, advertising and research, content and digital marketing, business analytics, PR and communications.

Prior to joining o2h Group, Ajit worked as a digital marketer for two SME tech companies with global client bases and a seed stage ecommerce startup. He is an experienced professional with an eye for design, user experience and behaviour, and digital analytics.

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Tim Sharman

Compliance Officer

Tim's Biography

Tim Sharman

Compliance Officer

Tim is the Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for o2h Ventures.

He graduated from the University of Kent, Canterbury with an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science in 1986.

He has over 27 years experience in the financial services industry, in compliance, operational and investment management roles. In the last 15 years, Tim has specialised in the alternative investments sector.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.