“Breakthroughs in research are revolutionising the way we treat patients, but in order to support such groundbreaking developments a new healthcare model is required. By bringing together key industry stakeholders, CASMI is helping to facilitate these crucial changes.”
Natasha is an innovator who specialises in the translation of life-science technologies. With several years experience in the field of regenerative medicine, she has acquired a varied skill set which spans the translation gap, with expertise ranging from lab science through to commercialisation.
An engineer by training, Natasha completed her undergraduate studies at University College London under Prof. Chris Mason and Dr. Frank Baganz. Her masters project, investigating the impact of shear forces on cells, for which she received first class honours, was conducted jointly with Harvard Medical School (Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Cardena) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (Mr. Brock Reeve). She has recently completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford (Prof. Sir John Bell and Dr. Richard Barker) in conjunction with Adaptimmune Ltd (Dr Bent Jakobsen and Dr. Helen Tayton-Martin). Part of her DPhil was focusing on the optimisation of the regulatory landscape for cell based therapies.
Natasha’s research focuses on the translation of T cell therapies from pre-clinical to clinical development. She is considering this from the perspective of therapies developed in two different environments – academia and industry. Her research also covers manufacture, where she will be investigating critical parameters during scale-up as well as the optimal point at which to lock-down a process during clinical development. Her work is generously supported by The SENS Foundation and the Technology Strategy Board.
A fellow of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and a regular writer for the Centre for the Commercialisation of Regenerative Medicine, Natasha plays an active role in trying to improve transparency and access to clinical data in the field of cell therapy. Natasha is a keen musician, playing the saxophone in several jazz bands as well as the piano, flute and most recently ukulele. She is a member of Oxford University’s Women’s Rugby Football Club, and proudly plays both football and netball for her beloved Keble College. Natasha is also a passionate linguist and is conversational in French and currently learning Mandarin.
In the future, Natasha intends to start a business improving widespread access to cutting edge healthcare, particularly in developing nations.