Meet Simon Rhodes

What do you wish you’d invented?

DNA sequencing, as it has made a huge contribution to so many fields, not least of which is medicine. There is still so much more potential to tap, particularly in understanding and treating previously untreated diseases. Imagine being the person who unlocked the door to that!

What do you love about working here?

Kinapse has a wonderful spirit and culture, and a real “can-do” mentality. We have a great sense of purpose in what we do, and I really like my colleagues.

What has made you proud in your career?

I have hired many hundreds of people into various organisations during my career, and seeing them thrive and grow has been wonderful. Some of my recruits now hold very senior technical or leadership positions in life sciences companies, including in Kinapse.

Winning some very significant charitable funding for capability-building development projects in poor countries was a particular high point for me too, during a stint as a General Manager in a charity.

Where were you before?

I have spent my entire working lifetime in life sciences, from large global pharmaceutical companies (Glaxo and Pfizer), to biopharma (Shire) and charitably-funded R&D. I’ve worked in both human and animal health, and in scientific, senior managerial and HR roles.

Most of my work has been in building organisations and their capability, from R&D through Drug Development to commercialisation.

I came to Kinapse in 2013. The industry has changed hugely during my career, and I am sure will continue to do so in years to come.

What’s your favourite book?

If I had to choose just one, then it would actually be a very technical botany book, about a small group of fern species – a big but rather obscure passion of mine!

Why did you choose to work in the life sciences industry?

There’s no nobler human cause than ours in developing new treatments for diseases. I have always wanted to make a difference for people and I have been involved, directly and indirectly, in the launch of many new medicines that have truly made a difference to patients and their families. That’s given me great satisfaction.

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