OBN’s team is growing to meet a rising demand for OBN’s broadening spectrum of activities. We maintain a team of sufficient capacity to deliver to our mission: best-in-class in supporting innovative companies. Many of our 16-person team have started and run businesses so we are able to use our experiences to ensure OBN’s offering is relevant and effective. The majority of the Commercial and Events team members have significant industry and sector-specific experience.

    John Harris



    John brings to OBN extensive leadership and managerial competence developed within well respected Blue-Chip, Governmental and SME organisations, specialised in the Life Sciences Sectors. Over his 30 years working in this space (including 14 years at CEO level), he has developed considerable experience and expertise within the pharmaceutical and medical technology arenas ranging through research, technical & commercial development, registration, manufacture, marketing, and sales.

    Immediately prior to joining OBN he was involved in delivering Business and Export advice to UK Trade & Industry clients, assisting Life Science companies on growth strategies both domestically and abroad and was Managing Partner of Qube Associates, a specialist consultancy focusing on science-based SME’s.  Previous appointments include Managing Director of IPS Specials / Vertical Pharma Ltd (a cGMP, MHRA licensed manufacturer of ‘Special’ compounded pharmaceuticals), Managing Director of Key Organics Ltd (a leading manufacturer of chemical intermediates), Managing Director of Synerga Ltd (a start-up drug discovery venture) and Chief Executive Officer of TraceTag International Ltd (a biotech company specialising in the research, development and marketing of hi-tech diagnostics).

    Dr Harris holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Salford, a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Southampton and a MBA from the University of Surrey.

    Tel: +44 (0) 1235 420 885

    E-Mail: John Harris

    Sue Mini


    Executive Assistant

    Susan has 30-years of administrative experience, the past 16 of which have been at Senior PA / Executive Assistant level. Originally from Sheffield, she was serially promoted and achieved a Team Secretary and PA to the MD role in the heavy engineering sector. After moving to the Oxfordshire area, Susan spent several years working for a marketing company as PA to the Directors, before moving into the life sciences sector where her extensive experience includes providing Executive Assistant support to the Directors of Oxford GlycoSciences, ResMed and, most recently, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe). Susan was welcomed to the OBN team on 1 September, 2014 to provide Executive Assistant support to Jon Rees.

    Tel: +44 (0) 845 8723 515

    E-Mail: Susan Ingledew

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    Analyst and EU Project Manager

    Jonathan joined OBN in early 2012. He carries out a number of analytical tasks related to the Life Sciences sector in Oxford, the Thames Valley and the UK Life Sciences sector in general.  More widely he performed a key role in OBN’s involvement in the work of the Oxford node of the FP7 HealthTIES project.   Jonathan is also involved with the realisation of the OBN Consultancy service including cluster mapping, product searches and consultation responses.  Prior to joining OBN he carried out academic research in a number of areas including cell division, virology and immunology and moved to Oxford BioMedica in 1997 where he played a major role in the development of their lentiviral gene therapy ‘system’ for use in treatment of a variety of indications.

    Tel: +44 (0) 845 504 9742

    E-Mail: Jonathan Rohll