In her 29 years at SV, Kate’s biotech investments have resulted in the launch of six drugs for the treatment of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune disease and cancer.
Kate is co-leads biotech investments and activities in the UK (and EU) and serves or has served on the boards of companies in the UK, US, Ireland, Sweden and Germany. Her investments include small-molecule, biotherapeutic and gene therapy drug discovery and development projects as well as drug discovery platforms in a broad range of clinical areas.
Kate played an active role in setting up the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF), an SV managed fund, and serves on the DDF Investment Committee.
Prior to joining SV, Kate worked in business development for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA and at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm.
Outside of SV, Kate won the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the BioIndustry Association UK in January 2017. She also serves on the Board of the Francis Crick Institute. At weekends Kate spends time in Wales where she rides horses and mountain bikes, grows vegetables and competes in bog snorkelling competitions.
In May 2020 Kate was appointed Chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, the group set up by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Business Secretary and Health Secretary to lead UK efforts to find and manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine. Kate will serve as Chair until year end 2020 when she will return to SV full time.
First class degree, Biochemistry, University of Oxford; MBA, Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar)