Dr Ewa G Truchanowicz

Business Engagement Manager

About Ewa

Ewa is our Business Engagement Manager focused on attracting and helping early stage companies through the incubation support and facilities provided by the BizzInn and the BioHub; with particular attention on businesses from the life sciences sector.

Ewa holds a PhD in psychology and has worked as a clinical trial trouble-shooter for several years. Through her experience as a consultant to venture-capital backed start-ups she understands the issues associated with translating an idea into commercial success.

Please contact Ewa to find out more about the extensive assistance offered to fledgling and growing life science companies.


Anthony Clarke

Senior Laboratory Manager

About Anthony

Birmingham born and bred, Anthony embarked on a career in science after an initial period of post-graduate research at the Medical School.

The bulk of his career was spent as a drug discovery and development scientist within the commercial sector, firstly for a generic company and then more extensively for the pharmaceutical giant Roche. He also spent a number of years at leading Contract Research Organisations throughout the UK, most notably and recently with Covance in Harrogate. However, perhaps the most exciting work experience came during the sabbatical Anthony took with his wife and three daughters in New Zealand, where he worked for a government testing agency.

Environmental Science and Research was based in Porirua, just outside the capital, Wellington, and provided scientific expertise to the community. Despite it being a brief tenure, the scope of the work was breath-taking, from running clinical toxicology tests to investigating lobster environments!

Anthony returned to Birmingham after an absence of 29 years having gained considerable experience of laboratory practice, including 15 years of laboratory management in high profile and well respected organisations. During that time, he acquired a broad knowledge of scientific techniques and principles and is now keen to share these with a new wave of scientists… along with his devotion to Aston Villa!


Ashley Cooper

BizzInn Entrepreneur in Residence

About Ashley

Ashley Cooper is an experienced life science CEO with 29 years commercial experience spanning the animal health, veterinary/clinical diagnostic, food diagnostic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has managed the development, launch and marketing of complex life science products and services in Europe, South Africa, USA and Asia. Ashley has worked for large multinational organisations but much of his career has been spent in the establishment of a number of start-up and early stage life science companies as either full time or interim Chief Executive Officer.

Since 2000 all of these ventures have involved the commercialisation of ex-academic IP in the UK and the establishment of academic spin out companies, a process in which Ashley has developed considerable expertise.

Companies that Ashley has lead as CEO include; Veterinary Practice Initiatives Ltd, F2G Ltd, Novocellus Ltd, Reinnervate Ltd and Locate Therapeutics Ltd as well as a number of others on an interim or part time basis.

In these various roles Ashley has raised over $100m of private equity, venture capital and debt finance. His experience encompasses general management, corporate administration, corporate finance, business development, M&A, sales and marketing.


Dr James Wilkie

Director of Research and Innovation Services

About James

James is the Director of Research & Innovation Services (University of Birmingham) and CEO Birmingham Research Park Ltd. Prior to this, James started his career as a research scientist with British Telecom plc, James went on to hold key positions within a range of companies in the industrial and energy sectors including Shell Oil, Morgan Crucible and Johnson Matthey Plc.

Whilst at Shell in the role of strategy advisor to the main board, James was instrumental in persuading the company to enter the renewables sector.