Dr Robert James
Rob has been involved in the exploitation of early stage intellectual property for 20 years since he completed his PhD in Biochemistry in 1990. Rob worked for Cancer Research Campaign Technology for seven years before moving to Prelude Ventures, one of Europe's oldest early stage venture capital investors. He was a Founding Partner of DFJ Esprit before leaving in 2010 to establish Sixth Element Capital. Rob has been involved in many technologies and businesses which in aggregate have raised well over £100m in venture financing. Notable achievements have been: involvement in licensing Temodal to Schering Plough prior to it becoming a billion dollar cancer drug, financing a new method to purify DNA and RNA called Charge Switch Technology, which is now available globally via Life Technologies and financing the global launch of a new diagnostic product for latent TB via Oxford Immunotec.
After qualifying with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, Ian moved into the life sciences arena in the late 1990s. Since then he has served as CFO / Finance Director and as Chief Operating Officer in a number of publicly quoted and privately owned healthcare and drug development companies, including Reneuron, KS Biomedix, Microscience, Oxford Immunotec, William Ransom and York Pharma. During that time Ian has been responsible for numerous M&A and licensing transactions and has completed a dozen financing and re-financing transactions, successfully raising in excess of £100m in equity, debt and grant finance. Having spent a short period working as Finance Director in a healthcare fund management business, Ian left in 2010 to establish Sixth Element Capital. Ian was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2011.
Ralph is a specialist in drug development asset valuation with degrees in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and mathematical finance from Oxford University. Ralph first worked in financial risk consulting and corporate finance in Zurich. He co-founded Avance in 2004, a corporate finance boutique specialised in valuation where he has been involved in more than 100 fund raising rounds and license deals. He is co-author of the book "Valuation in Life Sciences" and regularly publishes on valuation and industry developments.