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Oxford Chapter


OBR was first established in Oxford in July of 2011 as a forum to help facilitate the interaction between industry and academics. After growing out of term to over 500 members, OBR evolved quickly and expanded to Cambridge and London in autumn of 2011, though many of its core leadership team still remain in Oxford. OBR has many strong partnerships with industry and academic organisations in Oxford, regularly holding events in the department of biochemistry and Saïd business school at the University of Oxford. Please contact the chapter president Mina Bekheet for enquiries regarding industry partnerships and joining the OBR-Oxford team.

Chapter President, OBR-Oxford

Mina Elisha Bekheet

Mina is a 1st year DPhil candidate studying personalised cancer therapy on a Leaders Fellowship at the Oncology Department, University of Oxford, and holds a MSc in Drug Discovery from UCL and a pharmacy degree. He is particularly interested at developing a detailed understanding of the key epigenetic pathways that regulate tumour cell death, and then using this knowledge to devise strategies for delivering more effective cancer treatments. Beyond the lab bench Mina’s passions lie in entrepreneurship, scientific innovations and politics. As President of the Oxford Chapter, he is keen to develop substantial relationships between academic and industrial professionals to fulfil OBR's mission of "moving ideas forward".

Sam Grayer
Events Lead, OBR-Oxford

Sam Grayer

Sam is a 3rd year DPhil student enrolled on the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science Industrial Doctoral Centre. As part of this, he completed two short projects involving the characterisation of histone demethylase JMJD2E with Professor Udo Oppermann and his current project with Dr Stuart Conway. His DPhil applies computational techniques to the design of antibacterial agents targeting potassium efflux systems, in collaboration with InhibOx.

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Outreach & Marketing Lead, OBR-Oxford

Lars Hanssen

Lars is a 2nd year DPhil candidate in the Wellcome Trust Programme for Chromosome and Developmental Biology and holds MSc degrees in Medical Biology and Biochemistry. He is interested in the genetics and epigenetics of gene regulation and studies the mechanisms involved in transcriptional regulation of α-globin at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. In addition to his interest in answering fundamental biological questions, he is passionate about improving the flow of knowledge and ideas between academia, industry and the clinic. As Outreach and Marketing Lead, he hopes to inspire local entrepreneurship by improving communication between professionals from these three areas.

University of Oxford

Professor Hagan Bayley PhD, FRSC, FRS

Prof Bayley is the Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford. He enjoys working at the interface of chemistry and biology by, for example, developing techniques for protein modification that have applications in both basic science and biotechnology. Professor Bayley founded Oxford Nanopore Technology, which spun from the University of Oxford in 2005. To date, the Company has raised nearly £75 million in six rounds of private funding, from a combination of private and institutional investors.

University of Oxford

Professor Sir John Bell FRS, FMedSci

Professor Bell went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to train in medicine and undertook postgraduate training in London and at Stanford University. Professor Bell was Academy President from 2006-2011 and is now Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University.

University of Oxford

Professor Graham Richards C.B.E, MA, D.Phil, D.Sc., C.Chem, FRSC

Prof Graham Richards is a former Head of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a council member at both the Royal Society of Chemistry & the Royal Institution. He has authored 300 scientific articles & 15 books, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Mullard Award, Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Prize, the Italgas Prize & the Award of the American Chemical Society for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research. His business ventures include co-founding Oxford Molecular, and helping to establish Oxford’s technology transfer office, Isis Innovations.

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Dr Marc Ventresca

Dr Marc Ventresca is an organisational and economic sociologist who teaches strategy, leadership and organisation theory at Oxford’s Saïd Business School with a focus on innovation and on how new markets get built. He also works as Senior Scholar with Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. Marc holds a lead faculty role in research and teaching initiatives focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. His research investigates governance innovation among global financial markets, entrepreneurial leadership in knowledge- and information-intensive organisations, and value creation in emerging ecosystem services markets.

Wednesday, 16th July 2014 @ 6:30pm

Oxford Chapter: Next-Generation Sequencing: Let’s Get Personal

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 22 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK
Thursday, 27th February 2014 @ 2:00pm

Oxford Chapter: Catenion: Risky Business Workshop Oxford 2014

Centenary Room, Careers Service, 54 Banbury Road, University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6PW, UK
Monday, 4th November 2013 @ 7:00pm

Oxford Chapter: OneStart competition launch

Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HP

University of Oxford – Entrepreneurship Centre

The Entrepreneurship Centre is the focal point for entrepreneurship research, teaching and practice at the University of Oxford. The Centre brings together academics, spinout- and student-entrepreneurs, for the study and practice of entrepreneurship and is the doorway to the over 2,000 high-tech companies in and around Oxford. Its programmes and events combine research on and practical teaching of entrepreneurship to support entrepreneurs and high-growth companies. Students on the MBA and the Executive MBA have access to a broad range of electives, project work, a venture fund, student societies, such as Oxford Entrepreneurs, and open programmes to build up their understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation whilst studying at Saïd Business School. Many MBA entrepreneurship projects evolve into successful new ventures, and Saïd Business School alumni companies now number over 150. About one in ten of the School’s MBAs leaves to set up a new venture upon graduation and the Centre has created a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and spin-outs connected to the School that enriches our offerings for students and outside firms alike.


Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford

The Medical Sciences Division is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching with a reputation for delivering world-leading research programmes with global impact. We are the largest academic division in the University of Oxford with over 2200 academics and staff, 800 graduate students and 900 undergraduates. Together with the Oxford University Hospitals we host the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre funded by the National Institutes for Health Research. The Division is committed to translational research for patient benefit and has a history of successful partnerships with industry, academia, medical organisations and charities. For more information please visit


George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute for Global Health, UK, is based within the Nuffield Department of Population Health of the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford. The establishment of the Institute has been made possible by the generosity of Dr James Martin, whose donation to the University led to the development of the Oxford Martin School, of which the Institute is a member. The George Institute’s programme of research and development focuses on the health priorities of emerging economies, such as China and India, as well as resource poor areas of developed countries. The Institute has three unique programmes of work: healthcare innovation, the development of affordable health technologies and is the lead organisation of the Oxford-India Health Research Network. Much of the Institute’s work is aimed at providing evidence that will directly inform policy and practice.

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Former Chapter President, OBR-Oxford (13-14)

Peter Crane

Peter is a 3rd year DPhil student in Chemical Biology at the Chemical Research Laboratory, Oxford. His work focusses upon the chemical modification of proteins, by site-specific methodologies, for biophysics, immunology and glycobiology. His interests lie not only in the natural sciences, but extend to the societal impact of disruptive technologies and science investment.

Former Chapter President, OBR-Oxford (12-13)

Anna French

Anna was a PhD student in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford where she worked on the potential of human pluripotent stem cells to form blood. Anna lead OBR’s Oxford chapter for the 2012-13 academic year. Her interests are in the commercialisation of scientific research and the promotion of innovation.

Justin Demmerle
Former Outreach and Marketing Lead, OBR-Oxford (13-14)

Justin Demmerle

Justin is a research assistant in the Schermelleh Lab at the Department of Biochemistry. A University of Chicago graduate, Justin's focus is on applications of super-resolution light microscopy, using structured illumination to visualize biological processes below the 200nm diffraction limit. He is interested in finding new ways to apply advanced imaging to the commercial biotech space

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Former Consulting Project Manager, OBR-Oxford (12-13)

Łukasz Stasiak

Łukasz Stasiak is a DPhil student in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford, where he is a recipient of a Wellcome Trust 4 year scholarship. He studies FTO – a fat mass and obesity associated gene. Previously, Łukasz completed a masters with a specialization in Molecular Biotechnology and Technical Biochemistry.

Former Consulting Project Manager, OBR-Oxford (12-13)

Melissa Brereton

Melissa is a OXION Wellcome Trust Training fellow in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. She works in diabetes on the effect of hyperglycaemia on alpha and beta cell function. Melissa obtained her PhD from The University of Manchester where she investigated the expression and function of potassium channels in human placental vascular smooth muscle.

Former Events Team, OBR-Oxford (12-13)

Serena Lunardi

Serena completed a DPhil student and is now a Post-Doc at the Gray Institute for Radiation, Oncology and Biology. She is interested in understanding the role of the tumour microenvironment in tumour progression. Previously, she received a MSc in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Turin. She is interested in translating medical research from the bench to the bedside.

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Former Ambassador, OBR-Oxford (12-13)

Vanessa Restrepo Schild

Vanessa is a student researcher of Chemical Biology within the Chemical Research Laboratory, Oxford. Her work focusses upon the development of droplet networks, from equipment design and manufacture to the modification of the membrane components. Her interests are in biotechnology for new technology development.

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