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Philip Bedford PhD

Philip has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry undertaking a variety of roles in clinical development, regulatory affairs and project management.

At GlaxoWellcome plc, he oversaw the clinical development of several small molecules and monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer. As Head of Clinical Operations and Regulatory Affairs at Acambis plc, he was involved in the successful licensure of a second generation smallpox vaccine as part of the US Department of Defense biosecurity initiative and also the early stage development of what subsequently became the World’s first licensed vaccine for Dengue fever.  Over the last 10 years he has been providing independent clinical development and regulatory advice to blue chip pharma and biotechnology companies, with a particular focus on vaccines and other biologics.

Philip is a member of Cambridge East Research Ethics Committee and mentors students at the University of Manchester.

Susannah Clark

Susannah is VP Communications at Farfetch. Prior to joining Farfetch, she served as Communications Partner at EQT Ventures, working with portfolio companies to define their communications strategies and helping with their storytelling and PR.

Susannah was VP Communications globally for King Digital Entertainment, makers of the hit game franchise, Candy Crush. In this role, she ran corporate communications (helping the company IPO on the NYSE, and later with its acquisition by Activision Blizzard), consumer PR and internal communications around the world. 

Previously, Susannah has worked in communications and PR for companies including MoneySuperMarket, Apple, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Match.com and Motorola both in the UK and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Sydney.

Susannah has a strong interest and involvement in the not-for-profit sector. She is the Chair of the Next Generation Committee for the UK youth charity, Leap Confronting Conflict, and a Trustee of the PTEN Research Foundation.

Alex Tesei

Alex is a private investor based in Singapore. He has over 20 years of experience in international investment banking and asset management at several major global financial institutions. Alex was the Managing Director of Global Rates at Deutsche bank as well as a Managing Director of Global Emerging Markets Proprietary Trading Group at JP Morgan.

Riccardo Zacconi

Riccardo is a Trustee and Founder of the PTEN Research Foundation, having identified a need to accelerate research leading to therapies for PHTS.  Riccardo is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of King.com, a game development company which created among others Candy Crush. Riccardo has been working in technology and start ups since 2001 (among others working at uDate, Spray Network and Benchmark Capital). Prior to this he worked in consulting at BCG and LEK. Riccardo holds a BA with honours in economics from Luiss University in Rome.