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Dr. Olusola (Sola) Idowu, Ph.D

Executive Director - CEO

Sola has a track record in entrepreneurial innovation and is also an accomplished scientist, with many scientific publications and over 10 new drug patents some of which are in clinical trials. He is one of the founding members of a public listed company based in Newcastle. Sola holds a doctorate degree from Newcastle University, he was a research fellow at Stanford University, School of Engineering California, in 2000-2002 and Newcastle University, School of Computing Science from 2002 to 2005.

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Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Ph.D


Mark is a Professor of Molecular Dermatology at the Newcastle University Institute of Cellular Medicine. He has worked as a consultant for many global cosmetic brands. His research focuses on skincare in particular the response of human skin to ultraviolet radiation within the context of skin ageing and cancer. He also has interest in the relationship between oxidative stress, nutritional status and skin ageing as well as the science and use of sunscreens. He has over 100+ peer-reviewed publications many in leading academic journals. He is author of numerous patents, including the invention of a successful product developed as part of a Canadian Newcastle University spin-out company which Mark co-founded in 2003.

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Stevan Lind

Commercial Adviser

Formerly involved in the General management of the Estee Lauder Companies as a commercial and marketing director. Previous projects involve commercialising brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, Aramis and designer fragrances, MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown and Crème De La Mer in Europe and the Nordic countries.

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David Moran

Finance Director

Dave is an accomplished and commercially focused Financial and Operations Director with a background in high growth and change SME environments. Previous work experience includes Group CFO for a diverse international Wealth Management, Multi-Family Office group. Expertise in business strategy, M&A, MBO, risk management, governance and compliance. Dave is a charted accountant and was an Audit manager at PwC Jersey from 1997 to 1999.

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Dr. Ali Raza

Product Development & Clinical Trial Adviser

Ali trained as a Research Biochemist and Physician. He has over two and a half decades experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working in both big pharma and biotech in senior leadership positions. He has led the development of many projects, through the early pre-clinical stages through to successful commercial development, including a number of billion dollar plus products. He has worked in an advisory capacity to both industry and government institutions both in the UK and across the globe.

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Hexis Lab, The Core, Science Central,
Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF

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