WideCells Group


Leadership

Our business wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for the hard work and sheer determination of our dedicated people. Our leadership team are experts in their field, making things happen and keeping our stakeholders happy.

WideCells Group's PLC executive team

WideCells Group's PLC executive team boasts experts from many facets of the healthcare, medical, science and technology industries, all of whom have a proven track record in healthcare product development.

As seasoned business people, entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists,
they guide WideCells Group in the development of our products and services,
bringing them from the research and development stage to the real world of
healthcare quickly, efficiently and with enhanced value.

Dr Graham Hine

Dr Graham Hine

Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Graham is a technology entrepreneur with a background in successfully leading, growing and exiting technology companies. His career began with Philips, where he moved through semi-conductor development into international sales and marketing of the resultant products. Subsequently, Graham has had over 20 years' experience as CEO to companies including Capteur Sensors and Analysers Ltd which manufactured chemical measuring equipment including gas sensors, P2i Ltd, which is involved in liquid repellent nanotechnology, Hardide Plc, an AIM listed, advanced surface coating technology company and SGX Sensortech Limited, which sells gas and x-ray sensor technologies.


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João Andrade

João Andrade

Chief Executive Officer

João, one of the co-founders of the WideCells business, has a strong background in marketing and international business development, and brings his considerable business experience, strategic thinking and industry specific knowledge. João has over eight years senior experience in the stem cell market, and, prior to founding WideCells, served in key roles at two European cord blood banks and service providers, with operations in several countries.


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Lopes Gil

Lopes Gil

Chief Operating Officer

Lopes Gil is a co-founder of WideCells, and has over 25 years' experience working as an area manager in Merck KGaA and Mylan N.V. in Portugal, creating and establishing complex business operations. In addition, he has extensive business experience in international marketing, strategic planning and studies in the pharmaceutical industry. Lopes was previously Chief Finance Strategist at an European cord blood bank, where he was focused on developing its international cell banking services. He holds a degree in management from Instituto Superior Miguel Torga, and an MBA from Universidad San Pablo-CEU.


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Dr Peter Hollands

Dr Peter Hollands

Chief Scientific Officer

Peter trained at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Sir Robert Edwards FRS, the inventor of IVF and Nobel Laureate, gaining a PhD from Cambridge University in stem cell technology. Peter held a post-doctorate position as a Senior Embryologist at the first IVF clinic in the world, Bourn Hall Clinic, and has carried out research in stem cell technology, has written numerous papers and book chapters on stem cell technology, and has been invited to lecture on stem cell technology in the Vatican, House of Lords and the Canadian Parliament. He has also been involved in clinical transplantation as Quality Manager in the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Most recently, Peter was Chief Scientific Officer of Smart Cells Information Ltd., a UK cord blood bank, and Cells for Life Ltd. in Canada.


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David Bridgland

David Bridgland

Chief Financial Officer

David studied engineering at Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant. He has over 20 years of business experience in a range of companies, from privately owned and venture capital backed companies to major listed companies, including Smiths Group, Autoliv and Honeywell. David's key focus is early stage businesses with innovative technologies, and he has experience in raising funding, organic business growth, acquisitions and has achieved successful trade sale exists for investors.


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Dr Marilyn Orcharton

Dr Marilyn Orcharton

Non-Executive Director

A serial entrepreneur, Marilyn is a qualified dentist with a medal of Honour from the British Dental Association, and her first business was a dental practice. She co-founded Denplan Limited in 1986, which is still the UK's market leader in dental insurance, with a multi-million pound annual turnover. Marilyn sold her stake in Denplan in 1992 and founded Kite Consultants Ltd, which has researched and developed ISOPLAN, a unique business management software package for professional outlets: dentists, doctors, nursing homes and lawyers. She is a founder member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and has been an honouree of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs. Marilyn was also a visiting surgeon at the University of Glasgow and the first woman to be a dental advisor to the Medical Defence Union and president of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. She also has a diploma in marketing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


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Alan Greenberg

Alan Greenberg

VP WideAcademy and Group Non-Executive Director

Alan has a wealth of experience in nurturing start-up companies in Education Technologies, and Healthcare sectors, globally. He was previously Head of Higher Education at Apple EMEA, then Apple Education Director, China. His team were responsible for building the technologies behind Podcasting and iTunes U. Alan's appointment is to create the thought leadership and advocacy strategies for WideAcademy.


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