Prof. Stephen Holgate CBE

Stephen Holgate is a co-founder of Synairgen and was appointed a non-executive director in June 2003. After qualifying in Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London he has pursued an academic career leading to his appointment in 1987 to his current position as Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology at the University of Southampton. His research interests have been largely focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of asthma that has involved use of both epidemiological and genetic approaches. He has published over 1000 papers in peer-reviewed literature.

He is currently: Chairman of the MRC Translational Research Group, Member of the MRC Strategy Board; Member of the Science Europe Medical Science Committee and Horizon 2020 Health Science Panel; Chairman of the European Respiratory Society Scientific Council; Board Chair of the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs); Chairman of Defra’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee; Trustee of Cancer Research UK, the British Lung Foundation and The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research; and a scientific board member or advisor to a number of companies, including Amgen, Takeda, Merck, and Novartis. In 2010, he was appointed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to be the Chair of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) Main Panel A covering Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.