Nigel Keen was a co-founder of Syncona and is the Chairman of Syncona Investment Management Limited and a director of Syncona Limited, A FTSE 250 company which founds, builds and funds companies in innovative areas of healthcare. He is also Chair of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, an entity established by the National Health Service in England to align the interests of patients in its region with academia, industry and the healthcare system and of MedAccess, a recently established entity sponsored by DIFID to enable the provision of medicines to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Previously he was Chairman of Laird plc for 14 years and Oxford Instruments plc for 16 years. His career has encompassed venture capital, industry and banking. He has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and has been involved in the formation and development of high technology businesses for more than thirty years. He is also the Chairman of the AIM listed medical device company, Deltex Medical Group plc.