James has been working in the life science and healthcare sector for over 15 years in a range of roles focused on research and innovation. Trained as a pharmaceutical chemist, James started his career working in pharma, spending time at both GSK and AstraZeneca in research and development roles, designing and developing new respiratory products.
James gained a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham focused on translation and commercialisation of cell and gene therapy, which also saw him secure a scholarship at Harvard-MIT. James spent time in market access consulting before joining Health Innovation Oxford & Thames Valley to lead a portfolio of innovative health technology projects covering medicines, MedTech and digital innovations. More recently, James has led the AAC Asthma Biologics programme focused on improving access to biologic therapies for severe asthma.
James is currently Director of Strategic and Industry Partnerships and Commercial Director for Health Innovation Oxford & Thames Valley and oversees the network’s industry and innovator support across the Thames Valley.