A future of better treatments

We know patient outcomes can and will improve. Let’s get there faster.

Fiona Nielsen

When work gets personal

A background in computer science and an interest in healthcare led our founder, Fiona Nielsen to study bioinformatics and learn about the tidal wave of genomic data hitting medical research. It was so interesting she decided to start a PhD, creating software to study genetic and epigenetic markers in gene regulation. Then her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

From her mother’s journey through clinical care to recovery, she recognised the distance between her academic research and the way cancer is treated today. So she moved to Illumina, to bring data and clinical applications closer together.

There she made a new discovery. The development of new treatments is being held up by lack of access to genomic data. In that moment, the idea for Repositive was born.

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Our team is growing

2014

The year we got started

Cambridge

The place we call home

£3 million

Investment raised so far

Illustration: People, Planet, Proft

Founded on strong principles

A social enterprise

Our business is based on the concept of a social enterprise. It means we have a clear vision of how we make a difference in the world. And we’re guided by a mission and set of values we can all believe in.

People, planet and profit

We measure our performance by the impact we have on our employees, customers, suppliers, community and environment, as well as our shareholders. It’s what is known as the triple bottom line.

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Leadership

Fiona Nielsen

Fiona Nielsen

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Fiona is a bioinformatics scientist turned entrepreneur. Having worked at Illumina developing tools for interpretation of next-generation sequencing data and analysing cancer genomes, Fiona realised the main bottleneck for genome interpretation and precision medicine is accessing the right data. She decided to disrupt outdated practices with the aim of accelerating drug discovery.

In 2013, Fiona founded DNAdigest as a charity to promote best practices for efficient and ethical data sharing, and in 2014, she co-founded Repositive to develop an online community platform and global exchange for genomic data.

Fiona’s familiarity with the industry ensured that Repositive’s platforms would provide data access solutions while also respecting the industry need for privacy, data governance and IP protection. This awareness was fundamental in securing £3M+ investment and support from early partners including AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, XenTech and Shanghai LIDE Biotech.

Fiona was nominated for the 2013 WiSE award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and she regularly speaks on invited panels on the subjects of genomics, the future of medicine, and ethical data sharing.

Adrian Alexa

Adrian Alexa

Co-Founder and VP of Innovation

Adrian worked with the Max Planck Institute for Informatics during his MsC and PhD, completed his MSC at Saarland University and a BSc at the University of Bucharest, both in Computer Science.

He then worked at Illumina (where he met Co-founder Fiona Nielsen) as a bioinformatics scientist, where he contributed to the design of various in-house analytical platforms and to the BaseSpace cloud computing ecosystem. Leaving Illumina to lead the development of Repositive’s Discover platform in 2014, Adrian also volunteered (and still does) as a data scientist at DNAdigest.

With a background in algorithm and data structures design, data mining techniques, and API development, Adrian brings a wealth of experience as a data scientist who successfully bridges software and product requirements with market needs to his current role as VP of Innovation, to drive Repositive’s vision forward.

Robert Thong

Robert Thong

Chief Business Officer

Robert brings 27 years’ experience of commercial management and business leadership. He has built and managed large teams in major listed corporations (Capgemini, Datamonitor) serving global pharmacuetical multinationals. He has worked closely with the leadership teams of mid-sized pharmas and small biotechs/CROs as a strategic adviser or board member in major growth or restructuring exercises. Robert is also a recognised authority on biopharma R&D externalisation, a published author on biopharma R&D partnerships and a panel judge at the prestigious Scrip Pharma Industry Awards for “Best Partnership Alliance”, “Licensing Deal of the Year” and “Best CRO”.

Robert has worked with numerous biomedical R&D organisations, as well as with providers of services, technology and data to those organisations. He is a valuable addition to the Repositive team and a vital player in building Repositive’s community. He draws on his previous experience to take on the challenge to create a marketplace for all of these stakeholders to make a real difference to eventual patient outcomes.

Ave Wrigley

Ave Wrigley

Chief Technology Officer

An experienced CTO, Ave has over 20 years’ experience in companies such as Veeemotion, AppSwap, PrismaStar and TagMan, running technology departments across a variety of disciplines including digital video distribution and archiving, digital marketing, e-commerce solutions, mobile development.

He has been responsible for technology strategy, software development, infrastructure, product support and technical services, and has managed global teams of 20-30 in London, India, Cambridge, Eastern Europe and New York.

Ave has a research background in speech and natural language technology, information retrieval, and web technology, and will support Repositive in focusing on scalable delivery, and maximising the benefits of the platforms for researchers and data providers.

Jen Nucifora

Jen Nucifora

Chief Product Officer

Jen has worked in the tech industry for over 8 years for successful businesses such as Badoo, UKTV and V2Music, in roles ranging from commercial finance, to managing data and product teams. Her charismatic leadership and strong communication skills have seen her build highly functioning teams and effective environments for innovation in a number of cultural and linguistic landscapes.

Jen spent time as a mentor at Seedcamp, where she initially met the Repositive team, shortly before she joined Repositive as Chief Product Officer in 2017.

Jen grew up in Buenos Aires, has a passion for creative industries and is excited about harnessing the power of big data technologies to get to the bottom of what matters and build successful products to facilitate Repositive’s mission to ease the data bottleneck for researchers.

Julian Coe

Julian Coe

Chief Finance and Operating Officer

Julian is an experienced finance director who has previously supported large health companies – such as LGC Genomics and Ieso Digital Health – with creating business plans, developing finance models and securing funding.

Straight talking and a firm believer in mentoring and coaching, Julian leads his teams to deliver results and has a track record for delivering growth through strategic insight, energy, commitment and a quest for the highest standards.

Julian is determined, since joining Repositive in 2018, to use his experience to help Repositive raise the funding it needs to scale its operations and execute its growth plan.

Ian Broadhead

Ian Broadhead

Head of Data

Ian has worked in the IT industry at the larger end of the data spectrum for almost forty years at organisations such as Kelkoo, a shopping comparison site which grew rapidly before being acquired by Yahoo, at which point Ian took the role of BI Manager (Europe). From there Ian worked at Playfish as Analytics Lead; Venntro Media Group as Head of Data Science; student.com as Head of Data; and established a new BI/Data Science group within Badoo, a role in which he championed data as a mechanism for growth.

Ian is a firm advocate of the role of data in informing company performance, an approach he has incorporated into Repositive’s business development since he joined the team in 2017.

Adam Wells

Adam Wells

Head of Operations

Adam has over 20 years’ experience as an Engineer and Manager across organisations such as JDR Cable Systems, Agusta Westland, and SEA (Systems Engineering & Assessment) and has worked in and led teams of ~20 people, supporting all aspects of commercial and sales activities across multiple different business areas and geographies. Adam has a broad portfolio, having conducted engineering, legal, project management and cost estimation to deliver and win contracts worth over £30M.

Joining Repositive in 2017, Adam’s current focus is defining robust business processes to enhance operational effectiveness, which will support business scaling and commercialisation plans.

Board of Directors

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Investor Director

Entrepeneur and investor. Abcam co-founder.

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Investor Director

Principal at Amadeus Capital Partners. Leading life science business transformation.

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Investor Director

Partner at Ananda Ventures. Rich digital health and bioscience portfolio.