The team

Dr Michael Graz

Michael has 25 years of commercial, research and teaching experience in the life sciences, including ten years in the diagnostics and biotech sectors in the UK. He has lived on four continents and worked across five over this time. 

Michael has held senior management, advisory and technical consultancy roles within corporate and SME organisations in the UK, USA, South Africa, South America and Asia, serving diverse client bases ranging from privately owned to government and intergovernmental bodies. 

He has created, led, supported or turned-around blue biotech organisations, API Manufacturers, Medical Device companies and a drug development organisation. These organisations have ranged from pre-revenue to companies with annual revenues of over USD20 million. He has raised USD15 million in pre-Series A investment and over USD1.5 million in undiluted grant funding. Beyond that, Michael has taught microanatomy and microbiology in Higher Education and has supervised and co-supervised Masters and Doctoral level candidates on three continents. 

Michael has PhDs in Anatomy and in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is a co-author on various drug development publications and holds joint inventorship on seven patents in microbial control and diagnostics.

Heather Graz

Heather has an MBA from the University of Exeter and before that, 25 years of experience in business management and providing direct patient care. She transitioned from neurorehabilitation into the biotechnology sector in 2014 and has been responsible for managing commercial and business development aspects of biotechnology companies since then.

Heather has a particular interest in developing sustainable business models for providing effective healthcare and for developing and commercialising new and effective antimicrobials. She is also passionate about giving companies a voice to tell their stories.

Nanette Bartram

Nanette is a biotechnology and diagnostics expert, specialising in diagnostics and device commercialisation, market analysis and routes-to-market.

Nanette is a molecular biologist by training with a PhD in mechanisms of plant DNA replication. She has held senior management, business development and product management roles in the UK over the past 20 years across a range of business units and products, including working with a number of platform technologies, molecular biology reagents, applied testing and clinical diagnostics.

She has considerable B2B experience and specialises in helping SMEs, start-ups and microbusinesses in the life sciences, medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceutical sectors to take their product from idea to commercialisation.

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