Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult appoints Jeanette Evans as Chief Business Officer

London, UK, 1 August 2023: The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult) today announces that Jeanette Evans has been appointed Chief Business Officer (CBO), taking over from Sharon Brownlow, with effect in August 2023. Jeanette is a senior business development executive with over 25 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry including working for leading companies such as AstraZeneca and Merck.

Jeanette joins the CGT Catapult from Adaptimmune, where she most recently served as Vice President Business Development, leading the Business Development team. Through collaborations and partnerships with industry and academia, her team supported the advancement of Adaptimmune’s cell therapies for the treatment of patients with solid tumours. During her extensive career to date, Jeanette has had the opportunity to lead business development projects and transactions globally, across many therapeutic areas.

As CBO of the CGT Catapult, Jeanette will be responsible for leading the organisation’s business development and legal teams, providing strategic leadership and supporting the teams as they work to establish and maintain collaborations with academics and industry.

Jeanette’s extensive experience in business development and excellent track record in global transactions will be a welcome addition to our leadership team. We look forward to working with Jeanette as we continue to strengthen our partnerships and support for the advanced therapies sector. I would also like to thank Sharon Brownlow for all her work over these past few years, she has been vital to the growth and development of our work in the UK and we wish her all the best for the future.

Matthew Durdy, Chief Executive of the CGT Catapult

I am pleased to be joining the CGT Catapult and its experienced leadership team and I am looking forward to helping support its mission of growing and strengthening the advanced therapies industry in the UK. The dedication of the team at the CGT Catapult and their drive to build relationships and collaborations across the advanced therapies sector is inspirational.

Jeanette Evans, Chief Business Officer elect of the CGT Catapult