Professor Richard Barker OBE
Richard is an internationally respected leader in healthcare and life sciences.
He is Director of the Oxford-UCL Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation
(CASMI), a major UK initiative aimed at transforming the R&D and regulatory processes in life
sciences to bring advances more rapidly and affordably to patients.
He was recently appointed as chair of the Precision Medicine Catapult, forging a national strategy in
this rapidly developing field.
He is also chairman of the South London Academic Health Science Network, accelerating innovation
in this region of the NHS, and of the corresponding Genomic Medicine Centre. He also chairs Image
Analysis, a UK company using MRI to quantify the impact of therapy on disease. He is a board
member of Celgene, a major US-based bio-therapeutics company and of iCo Therapeutics, a
Canadian bioscience company.
His 25-year business career in healthcare has spanned biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical
informatics – both in the USA and Europe. Most recently he was Director General of the Association
of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, Board member of EFPIA (the European industry association)
and Council member of IFPMA (the international equivalent).
As a co-founder of Life Sciences UK, member of the NHS Stakeholder Forum, vice-chair of the UK
Clinical Trials Collaboration and in many other roles, he has advised successive UK governments on
healthcare issues, especially those relating to developing, valuing and using new healthcare
His past leadership roles include head of McKinsey’s European healthcare practice, General Manager
of Healthcare Solutions for IBM and Chief Executive of Chiron Diagnostics. He was also Chairman
and Chief Executive of Molecular Staging, a US bioscience company, now part of Qiagen. He
therefore has experience in leading and advising a wide range of high-technology companies.
His book on the future of healthcare ‘2030 - The Future of Medicine: Avoiding a Medical Meltdown’ is
published by Oxford University Press. He speaks frequently on the future of life sciences and the
restructuring of healthcare systems that new technology can enable.
2015 - Precision Medicine & Health