Eastern AHSN strengthens leadership team with two senior appointments

Charlotte James
Head of Communications

Louise Jopling
Commercial Director

Eastern Academic Health Science Network welcomes two key executives to its leadership team in its drive to accelerate innovation into the NHS for the benefit of patients and the region’s economy.

Louise Jopling is our new Commercial Director. She will develop the team’s relationships with the commercial and private sector companies across the region to support the adoption and spread of their innovations into mainstream healthcare delivery.

Louise spent six years as Senior Director of Immunology Scientific Innovation at the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre in London. She identified opportunities for commercial collaborations and helped to develop a leading portfolio of investment opportunities for the Global Immunology R&D organisation at the company’s pharmaceutical arm, Janssen.

Louise holds a PhD in Immunology from Imperial College London and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Louise said: “I am thrilled to join the Eastern AHSN team and to have the opportunity to work with the extraordinary range of health, life sciences and technology companies based in Cambridge and across our region. I also look forward to working across the wider AHSN to see how we can link the successful companies in our region with the needs of the wider NHS.”

Charlotte James is our new Head of Communications. She brings 20 years of healthcare sector experience, most recently as interim Director, Global Communications at GSK. Her career has also included senior communications roles at Mundipharma International in Cambridge and Novartis.

Charlotte said: “I’m excited to be working with the leadership team as a business partner to raise Eastern AHSN’s profile and promote its positive impact on the lives of patients in this region.”

Eastern AHSN Chief Executive Piers Ricketts said: “We are delighted to welcome Louise and Charlotte, who bring exceptional skills and experience to our team. They will help to raise our profile in this region’s outstanding health and life sciences community and I am confident that they will play key roles in supporting the adoption and spread of scientific innovations into the NHS.”

Eastern AHSN is one of 15 AHSNs set up by the NHS to spread innovation at pace and scale across the healthcare system. The AHSNs are the only bodies whose role is to connect all partners across their relevant sectors – the NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector, industry and citizens in the region.

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