Cellesce has appointed Dr. Mark Treherne as its CEO. Mark, a veteran of the biotech industry, will lead the Company through the next phase of its development programme and commercialisation phase. Cellesce’s pioneering organoid expansion technology is focused on cancer research and compound library screening at scale for drug discovery.

John Allbrook and Mark Treherne

John Allbrook, Chairman (left), welcomes Mark Treherne who becomes the new Cellesce CEO

Mark obtained his PhD in pharmacology from Cambridge University and then developed novel 3D tissue culture models, as an academic at the University of Basel until 1992. He has over 25 years’ experience in the discovery of novel treatments for diseases with unmet medical need. Mark formerly worked at Pfizer where he was responsible for research into neurodegenerative diseases, including using stem-cell derived lines for screening compounds. In 1997, Mark set up Cambridge Drug Discovery as Chief Executive, which was then sold to BioFocus (now part of Charles River) in 2001. Since then, Mark has worked with many early-stage biotechnology companies from foundation through to trade sale.‎ More recently, he was Chief Executive of the Life Sciences Organisation of UK Trade & Investment, which helped UK-based Life Sciences companies raise investment and export overseas.

“We are delighted to have Mark on board,” said John Allbrook, Non-Executive Chairman of Cellesce. “His background and experience in the industry, particularly with early-stage biotech companies, is particularly welcome as we begin to commercialise our organoid technology. Mark’s appointment adds credibility to the fast-developing realisation that organoids have an important role to play in the drug discovery arena.”

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