John Dawson is a highly experienced and globally respected figure in the healthcare sector.
Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Biomedica where, during his 13-year tenure, the business grew into a global market leader in viral vector technologies for cell and gene therapy, delivered multiple high value partnerships and successfully manufactured the life-saving Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Under John’s leadership, Oxford Biomedica’s success resulted in it entering the FTSE 250 index in 2020. John was subsequently awarded a CBE for services to UK life science, in recognition of the unprecedented speed and success at which Oxford Biomedica delivered the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prior to Oxford Biomedica, John held various senior executive roles including at Cephalon Pharmaceuticals where for most of his tenure he was Managing Director for Europe. Prior to this, he served as the Financial Director for Serono before its acquisition by Merck. Mr. Dawson holds a BSc in Mathematics from Swansea University and is a Chartered Accountant.
John is Chair of Ergomed’s Audit & Risk Committee.