Management Team

Peter York - Chairman and Chief Scientist

Professor Peter York is Chairman and a co-founder of CrystecPharma and is also Chief Scientist with responsibility for guiding the overall science and innovation strategy of the company. He is an Emeritus Professor of Physical Pharmaceutics and a world leading expert in pharmaceutical materials science. He has published over 300 scientific articles, holds numerous patents, and has received several research awards. He was the founder of Bradford Particle Design Ltd, a spin-out venture from the University of Bradford, based on research and patents in particle formation by supercritical fluids, which was acquired for $200m by Inhale Therapeutics in 2001. He holds Fellowships of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He sits on MHRA and EMEA drug review panels and is a former member of British Pharmacopoeia Commission. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor of the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Science.

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Paul Thorning - Chief Executive Officer

Paul Thorning is a co-founder of CrystecPharma and is Chief Executive Officer with overall strategic management responsibility for the company. He has over 25 years’ experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in manufacturing, research, marketing, consultancy and senior executive roles. Paul was a former licensing director for AstraZeneca (member of Crestor acquisition team). Away from the pharmaceutical industry, Paul spent three years in Tanzania, Africa, where he was a programme director responsible for a team running hospitals, health programmes and community services for 140,000 Congolese refugees. Paul was subsequently appointed as Director of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation at the University of Bradford, where he was actively involved in innovation in pharmaceutical sciences including the establishment of 3 innovation-based companies. Paul is a Non-Executive Director of Medilink North, and was appointed as the UK’s Focal Point for Health and Innovation with China. Paul speaks English, French, Italian and Swahili and intermediate Mandarin, holds an MBA and professional membership of the Institute of Marketing, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Qun Shao - Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Qun Shao is a co-founder of CrystecPharma and is Chief Operating Officer, with overall responsibility for co-ordinating UK-China operations, strategic partnerships, contract research programmes, quality and information systems. He also leads business development in the Asia-Pacific region. Qun is an engineer, with a PhD in data-mining for pharmaceutical processing. In his role as China Programme Manager for the Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation (IPI) at the University of Bradford, he has managed the establishment of strategic collaborations with a number of leading Chinese research institutions including the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM), Chinese Academy of Science, Chinese National Academy of Nanotechnology and Engineering, Tsinghua University and Nankai University. He has also led the establishment of industrial partnerships with 4 Chinese contract research organisations and the Cambridge based XiangCam TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Research Centre. He is a member of the Consortium for the Globalization of Chinese Medicine. Prior to moving to the UK, Qun worked in a national research institute in China for 7 years. His research expertise relates to knowledge engineering and artificial intelligence as applied to pharmaceutical formulations and TCM modernization. Qun is fluent in English, with Mandarin as his native language.

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Catherine Hunter - Business Development Director

Catherine joined the Crystec team in 2011. Her primary responsibility is leading international business development activity for Crystec, working closely with colleagues in the United Kingdom, China and North America to establish and build partnerships with pharmaceutical clients. Catherine’s responsibilities span both commercial and general management functions in the company. In addition, Catherine is the commercial and programme lead for Crystec’s portfolio of in-house development products, including securing funding for proof of principle, scale-up and manufacturing studies for Crystec’s lead asset, CR002 (for Urge Incontinence). Catherine co-ordinates the Supercritical Fluid work stream for the national Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative REMedIES programme. She holds a First Class Honours in Chemistry with Pharmaceutical and Forensic Sciences.

Lyn Daintree - Development Director

Dr Lyn Daintree has extensive knowledge of formulation development using supercritical fluids gained working for a multi-national organization which developed SCF processing of API's through to cGMP scale. Lyn has responsibility for scientific programme management for external client projects, proprietary molecules, compliance, new opportunity assessment and development of intellectual property. Lyn gained her doctorate from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Bradford whilst working for Bradford Particle Design. Lyn subsequently led a team which developing new products for Nektar Therapeutics UK Ltd. Lyn has several publications including patents. Her SCF processing experience includes developing methods to control particle size and surface area, chiral separation, polymorph control and generation of stable composite systems. Lyn is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and former RSC committee member of the Formulation Science and Technology Group.

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Peter O’Donovan – Chief Medical Officer

Peter is a Consultant Gynaecologist based in Bradford and is the former President of the European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy. He is also an honorary Professor in Medical Innovation at the University of Bradford. Peter was formerly an advisor to the MHRA Medical Devices directorate. Peter directs in-house product pipeline development activities at Crystec, and leads asset development activity in two areas of women’s health. He also co-ordinates Crystec’s network of key clinical opinion leaders.

George Townend - Director of Engineering

George Townend has been a leading figure in the development of Supercritical Fluid Technology since the early 1990's. As a founder member and Chief Engineer of Nektar Therapeutics UK Limited (formerly Bradford Particle Design), he worked closely with Crystec's Chief Scientist, Professor Peter York, and others from the University of Bradford to develop the SEDS supercritical particle formation technology. He is a multi-disciplined engineer who has designed and built a wide range of supercritical fluid systems with specific applications in particle formation, polymorph screening, aseptic processing and taste masking. He has expertise in the design of supercritical fluid systems ranging from small ‘bench top' R&D equipment, to fully validated cGMP manufacturing plants. He has co-authored numerous articles and IP submissions in the supercritical field.

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Bob McCulloch – Finance Director

Bob McCulloch is a Chartered Accountant (CA) being a Gold Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and holds a Practising Certificate; his previous roles include: Finance Director of Wendy Wools Group (including its New Zealand associate company); Finance Director of USA owned GTE Sylvania Ltd Group in the UK and additionally had a secondment as Cost Controller of the European Lighting Division factories. Bob’s previous roles include senior finance positions in construction, engineering, paper, media and the start-up of the Leyland National Bus plant. Bob has been a part-time Lecturer for ICAS Glasgow tutorial classes, Stow College of Engineering in Glasgow and Bradford College