Dr Eliot Forster
non-executive chairman, Avacta plc; chairman, MedCity; former CEO, Immunocore

Eliot served as chief executive officer of Immunocore for the past three years, to early 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and previously served as chief executive officer of Creabilis from 2010. Prior to that he was chief executive officer of US biotechnology company, Solace Pharmaceuticals Inc. Other previous roles include head of development and operations for the EU and Asia at Pfizer.

Eliot is non-executive chairman Avacta PLC and of MedCity, which promotes the Life Sciences in the ‘Golden Triangle’, and founding chairman of Advanced Oxford, which aims to grow the innovation economy in the Oxford region. He is an honorary visiting professor of the pharmacology and physiology department at the University of Liverpool, a board member of OSCHR (Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research) and the National Genomics Board. He holds a PhD from University of Liverpool and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Follow Eliot on Twitter @thegamesafoot


Sunday 14 October, 10:00 Frobisher Auditorium 2
Publish or perish: the crisis of research today

Sunday 14 October, 12:00 Conservatory
Why can’t medical drugs be free?