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Dr David Whitcombe

Dr David Whitcombe

Venture Partner

GM&C Life Sciences Fund

David is a Venture Partner with Catapult’s GM&C Life Sciences Fund, where he assesses investment opportunities and works with the Fund’s smaller investments to help companies successfully grow.

David is a well-known consultant and non-executive director/Chairman who co-founded DxS Diagnostics in 2000 to exploit a personalised medicine technology he had invented while with AstraZeneca Diagnostics. DxS was sold to Qiagen in September 2009 for in excess of £100m. Prior to DxS, David was Head of Technology Development at AstraZenica Diagnostics for four years where he led a team of up to 15 scientists working on new genome technologies.

David began his career as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with Warwick University Department of Biological Sciences, before joining Cambridge University Department of Medicine as a Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow where he researched the Genetics of Human Disease for six years.

David holds a First Class BSc in Genetics from the University of York and PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Leicester.