Executive management

Tim Brears

Tim Brears, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Brears was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Evonetix in May 2017. Tim previously served as Chief Executive of a number of bioscience companies, including Xention, a biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery and development of ion-channel-modulating drugs for the control of atrial fibrillation, and Gendaq, a company focused on the development of zinc finger proteins for gene regulation. Prior to that, he spent ten years in the US, initially as a long-term fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organisation at Rockefeller University, New York, and subsequently as Director of Licensing at Ciba-Geigy (later Novartis) Agribusiness in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Tim is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University.  He also has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Registered US Patent Agent.

Tim currently serves as chair of the Engineering Biology Advisory Committee of the BIA and is a member of the UK’s Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.

Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes, Chief Technology Officer

Matthew Hayes is the Chief Technology Officer of Evonetix, and was a founder member of the team that created the company in 2015.

Before joining Evonetix, Matthew was Head of Technology for the Global Medtech Division of Cambridge Consultants.  He joined Cambridge Consultants in 2001, and was responsible for the leadership of many of their largest and most technically challenging projects.

Matthew specialises in multi-disciplinary system design, medical device development, ASIC design and opto-electronics. He holds a PhD and MEng in Electronic Engineering, both from Loughborough University.

Leadership team

Tim Brears, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Brears was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Evonetix in May 2017.

Tim previously served as Chief Executive of a number of bioscience companies, including Xention, a biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery and development of ion-channel-modulating drugs for the control of atrial fibrillation, and Gendaq, a company focused on the development of zinc finger proteins for gene regulation.

Prior to that, he spent ten years in the US, initially as a long-term fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organisation at Rockefeller University, New York, and subsequently as Director of Licensing at Ciba-Geigy (later Novartis) Agribusiness in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Tim is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University.  He also has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Registered US Patent Agent.

Tim currently serves as chair of the Engineering Biology Advisory Committee of the BIA and is a member of the UK’s Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.

Matthew Hayes, Chief Technology Officer

Matthew Hayes is the Chief Technology Officer of Evonetix, and was a founder member of the team that created the company in 2015.

Before joining Evonetix, Matthew was Head of Technology for the Global Medtech Division of Cambridge Consultants.  He joined Cambridge Consultants in 2001, and was responsible for the leadership of many of their largest and most technically challenging projects.

Matthew specialises in multi-disciplinary system design, medical device development, ASIC design and opto-electronics. He holds a PhD and MEng in Electronic Engineering, both from Loughborough University.

Board of directors

Ray Edgson

Ray Edgson, Non-executive Director

Ray Edgson is the Chief Technology Officer of Cambridge Consultants and a founder member of the team that created Evonetix in 2015. He has been a director of Evonetix since its inception in 2015.

Ray joined Cambridge Consultants in 1986, where he has won and managed many of the company’s largest medical product development programmes in dialysis and medical diagnostics. He has managed the ventures programme since 2001 and been a member of the Cambridge Consultants board since 2007.

Before joining Cambridge Consultants, Ray held positions in the aerospace and industrial equipment sectors.

He holds a degree in Engineering from Brunel University and an MBA from London Business School. He has held numerous directorships and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Armen Vidian, Non-executive Director

Armen Vidian is an Operating Partner at Data Collective (DCVC).  He has experience as a technology entrepreneur and start-up co-founder, a product marketer at Fortune 500 healthcare companies, and an investor, in the US and globally. Armen’s experience spans medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and compute-driven start-ups in healthcare.

Armen developed an online pharmacy for one of the first patient health record companies and has spent several years in product management and early market development for first-in-class technologies at Guidant, Edwards Lifesciences, and Evalve (acquired by Abbott Laboratories).

Armen co-founded DCVC company BlueTalon, which was initially focused on enterprise data security for data-driven clinical trial design and population health management.

Armen holds an M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University and an S.B. in Biomechanical Engineering and a Minor in French from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nick McCooke

Nick McCooke, Non-executive Director

Nick McCooke is an experienced and successful bio-entrepreneur, well-known for his pioneering leadership in the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) space.  As CEO of Solexa, he developed the aspirational vision of the $1000 genome.  He built and led the team that developed Solexa’s NGS platform and its listing on NASDAQ, which led subsequently to its sale to Illumina, now world leaders in NGS.

Nick has worked in the biotechnology industry for over 30 years, primarily in the areas of NGS and biomarkers.  At London-based DNA Electronics, Nick is a key member of the team leading the application of NGS technologies into near-to-patient clinical diagnostics with the LiDia platform.  In addition to his non-executive directorship with Evonetix, he is a non-executive director of AIM-listed biotech company Bioventix PLC, chairman of Sydney-based Longas Technologies, chairman of Belgium-based lnc-RNA specialist Biogazelle and a member of the scientific advisory board of venture philanthropy organisation Fondation Fournier-Majoie in Brussels.

He has an MBA from the London Business School.

Tim Brears

Tim Brears, Chief Executive Officer

Tim Brears was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Evonetix in May 2017. Tim previously served as Chief Executive of a number of bioscience companies, including Xention, a biopharmaceutical company specialising in the discovery and development of ion-channel-modulating drugs for the control of atrial fibrillation, and Gendaq, a company focused on the development of zinc finger proteins for gene regulation. Prior to that, he spent ten years in the US, initially as a long-term fellow of the European Molecular Biology Organisation at Rockefeller University, New York, and subsequently as Director of Licensing at Ciba-Geigy (later Novartis) Agribusiness in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Tim is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a PhD in molecular biology from Cambridge University.  He also has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and is a Registered US Patent Agent.

Tim currently serves as chair of the Engineering Biology Advisory Committee of the BIA and is a member of the UK’s Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.

Vishal Gulati, Non-executive Director

Dr. Vishal Gulati is one of the Europe’s leading digital healthcare investors. Vishal is a qualified physician and chairman of the Digital Health Forum. Over the last decade he has championed deals across areas including diagnostics, devices & biotech. He is currently on the boards of Horizon Discovery PLC and EcoEos. His investments include Napo Pharmaceuticals, Glenmark, Renovo, Phagenesis. He has also held board positions at Psynova Neurotech, Bioscale and Enigma Diagnostics. Previously, Vishal worked at Atlas Venture, The Wellcome Trust and Radiant Capital.

Hermann Hauser

Hermann Hauser, Investor & Board Observer

Hermann Hauser, entrepreneur and co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, supported the foundation of Evonetix in 2015, together with Cambridge Consultants.

In his long and successful career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Hermann has helped start a number of technology companies over the past 40 years, including Acorn Computers and its spin-out ARM, as well as Cambridge Silicon Radio and next-generation DNA sequencing technology company Solexa, which became the market leader and was later acquired by Illumina.

Hermann was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ in 2001.  In 2004, he was appointed a member of the Government Council for Science & Technology. In 2012, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his contribution to the translation of science into business, in 2013 a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and in 2015 an Honorary Knight Commander (KBE) for services to engineering and industry.

Hermann holds an MA in Physics from Vienna University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.