About Us

Internationally renowned Professors David Kerr and Nick La Thangue started OCB from the laboratories of the University of Oxford in 2012. Their aim was to discover and develop biomarkers using screening platforms to advance personalised medicine within oncology, specifically colorectal cancer and its treatments.

Since then, we have built a world class development team consisting of industry professionals, leading scientists and oncologists, retaining strong links to Oxford University. Together we have developed pioneering biomarker technology products that put each individual patient at the centre of cancer treatment.

The Board

  • Nick LaThangue BSc MSc PhD MA Chief Scientific Officer and Founder

    Nick is a founder of OCB and Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Lister Institute and Professorial Fellow at Linacre College Oxford. Nick has founded several companies, including Prolifix and Celleron Therapeutics, and more recently Oxford Cancer Biomarkers, and has considerable experience derived from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He served as Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of TopoTarget, and engineered the IPO on the Scandinavian Stock Exchange.

  • David Kerr CBE MD DSc FRCP (Glas, Lon, Edin) FRCGP FMedSci Director and Founder

    David is a founder of OCB and Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Oxford, where he has worked with colleagues to build a new Institute for Cancer Medicine and Cancer Hospital. David has an international reputation for the treatment of, and research into, cjolorectal cancer and the quality of his work has been recognised by the award of several international prizes and the first NHS Nye-Bevan award for innovation.

    David has made a significant contribution to reforming the NHS as a Founding Commissioner for Health Improvement, Chair of the National Cancer Services Collaborative, instigator of the Department of Health’s networked approach to clinical cancer research and he developed a 20 year plan for the future of the NHS in Scotland, the “Kerr Report”. David was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000, Honorary Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners in 2007, appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2002 and was elected President of the European Society of Medical Oncology in 2010.

  • BK Lee Non-Executive Director

    Mr. Lee is a Professional Investor with extensive experience in investing in biotech and technology.

    He was previously involved in foreign currency trading at the Bank of New York based in Seoul.

    He also served as President of Sudokwon Environment Co.

    Currently Mr. Lee is CEO of Muhan Corporation, a Seoul-based environmental company, and CEO of 29 Investment Corporation, an investment company in Vietnam.

  • Chris Towler PhD Non-Executive Director

    Chris Towler holds a doctorate in Biochemistry and has worked in both academic and commercial fields. During 23 years with Glaxo and Glaxo Wellcome, he led the development of three major new medicines and held senior international positions in Project Management and Regulatory Affairs. He subsequently moved to Imperial College London where he held a number of senior roles in the university’s management team. In 2008, he moved to Oxford University to head up a newly-formed team responsible for investing university funds in its spin-out companies, a post he held for 7 years, Chris is currently a Director or Board Observer for 4 of the university’s spin-outs.

  • Dean Slagel Non-Executive Director

    Dean Slagel has 23 years of biopharmaceutical industry and venture investing experience and an MBA from ENPC Business School, Paris. After a global marketing management position at Tillotts Pharma, he spent 10 years with Ferring in global operations and global business development management. He has led Esperante since 2004, building an investment portfolio of up to 21 companies across North America and Europe. During this period, Esperante completed two successful exits (Thiakis and Pinnacle Biologics) and an IPO (Cara). In addition to OCB, Mr Slagel is currently a Board Director of Altacor, Atox Bio, Cara Therapeutics, Canbex Therapeutics and Haemostatix.

  • Baeckseung Lee PhD Non-Executive Director

    Baeckseung is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at CancerROP focusing molecular diagnostics and MJCellBio working on cell immunotherapy including CAR-T cell therapy in Korea. Until 2018, He worked as a research scientist at Bluebirdbio, a gene therapy company in USA. He has expertise in Genome Editing and Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) therapy. Also, he is a current board member of Oxford Vacmedix working on cancer vaccines in UK. He received Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin and finished post-doctoral training at Washington University in St Louis.

  • Kyoung Mee Lee PhD Non-Executive Director

    Kyoung Mee Lee holds a doctorate in Immuno-Pathology and has worked for 20 years in the biotech/pharmaceutical area.  Before joining Kwangdong Pharma (KDP) in 2006, she worked in the monoclonal antibody therapeutics field. Whilst at KDP she has worked in New Drug Development and external R&D.  Currently she is the Leader of the New Business Team focussing on open innovation to expand business opportunities.  Previously she led the development of an anti-obesity drug candidate. Her Ph.D. was obtained at Chung-Buk National University in Korea where she studied microbiology and immuno-pathology.