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Hypha's Team

Hypha’s Management Team

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Liam Evans PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Hypha’s management team is led by Chief Executive Officer and founder Liam Evans, who developed the company’s proprietary fermentation technology. He has over 30 years’ experience of natural products discovery, including industrial agrochemical and pharmaceutical discovery with Syngenta and Xenova.

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Jonathan Steele PhD
Chief Scientific Officer and Client Project Director

Co-founder and an expert in natural product discovery process design and purification chemistry, Jon’s role as CSO involves overseeing the delivery of Hypha’s contract research services and management of new product development. He has over 25 years’ experience of natural products drug discovery and biotransformation, including previous positions at GSK and Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

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Steve Wrigley PhD CChem FRSC
Chief Technical Officer

Stephen Wrigley has over 30 years’ experience of industrial natural products discovery and microbial biotechnology R&D. After obtaining BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from Imperial College, London, he started his career with Glaxo Group Research Ltd., He subsequently held senior positions with Xenova and Terragen Discovery and was UK Research Director at Cubist Pharmaceuticals and CEO of Recombinogen. Steve manages Hypha’s collaborative and proprietary discovery programmes and leads the structure elucidation capability at Hypha.

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Gillian Charles PhD FCA
Financial Controller

Financial Controller Gillian Charles qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche, after gaining a PhD in molecular genetics from University College, London. She has held senior financial positions with Xenova, Terragen Discovery and Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

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Frank Scheffler MBA
Head of Business Development and Global Collaboration

Frank’s experience spans both business development and the biosciences. Following a role in the Research team at Hypha he re-joined the company after completion of his Masters degree in International Commerce at Korea University and an MBA from the Hamburg School of Business Administration.

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Julia Shanu-Wilson PhD
Head of Communications

Julia has a PhD in biochemistry from Imperial College London and over 25 years’ experience in the biotech and drug discovery industries. She has held senior research positions with Xenova, Cubist Pharmaceuticals and TMO in both Research and Programme Management. Julia leads all scientific communications for Hypha.

Hypha’s Science Leaders

Guy Brenchley PhD
Head of Synthetic Chemistry and Client Project Manager

Guy has nearly 30 years’ experience in leading synthetic and process chemistry projects gained across several CRO and pharmaceutical companies. These include positions at Vertex, Almac, Molplex, CRL and most recently CatSci Ltd. Guy obtained his PhD in synthetic chemistry at the University of Bath. Guy leads on all synthesis projects at Hypha.

Richard Phipps PhD
Head of Purification Chemistry and Client Project Manager

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in analytical and purification chemistry. He obtained his PhD in natural products chemistry at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, followed by post-doctoral positions at the University of Otago, New Zealand and at the Center of Microbial Technology at the Technical University of Denmark. Richard leads the analytical and purification team at Hypha.

Vincent Poon PhD
Head of Biocatalysis

Vincent gained his PhD in Systems Biology at the University of Warwick working in natural products discovery, and subsequently was awarded a Warwick AMR Early Career Fellowship supervised by Prof. Gregory Challis to probe the biosynthesis of newly identified natural products. Vincent later joined Hypha Discovery and with over 10 years of interdisciplinary research, he currently manages the Recombinant Technologies and Microbiology teams. Vincent was instrumental in the development of Hypha’s PolyCYPs enzymes.

Neil Cartwright
Operations Manager - EOHSS & Facilities

Neil has over 10 years experience as a scientist covering research, GMP and clean room laboratories in previous roles at Thermofisher, Oxford Biomedica and Adaptimmune. 

Neil is involved in all aspects of health & safety and facility management at Hypha. He holds a National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from NEBOSH.

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