Pioneering microbiome-based medicines to treat life-threatening diseases and infections

Our mission is to transform the lives of patients around the world by modulating the structure and function of the gut microbiome through a new class of medicinal products.

About EnteroBiotix

EnteroBiotix is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the promise of the microbiome as a leading innovator in this field.

Established in March 2017 by Dr James McIlroy, EnteroBiotix is a privately held and well-financed biopharmaceutical company focussed on realising the therapeutic potential of the gut microbiome to transform the lives of patients with serious unmet medical needs.

EnteroBiotix is majority owned by a small group of hands-on and committed investors that share a common vision of building a global microbiome-focussed pharmaceutical company headquartered in Scotland. Our leadership team, Board of Directors and Expert Advisors have substantial experience and expertise in microbiome science, drug development, CMC and regulatory affairs. We are united by a desire to develop best-in-class medicinal products that will transform the lives of patients suffering from debilitating diseases and infections linked to the gut microbiome. 

Our lead assets contain diverse and viable communities of microbiota collected from rigorously screened donors. These therapies represent an entirely new class of medicinal product with the potential to address multiple critical public health needs. To enable our objectives we have established powerful drug development and integrated MHRA-licensed manufacturing capabilities. We have also forged several collaborations with leading institutions and organisations that bolster our internal expertise and capabilities with highly qualified and experienced scientists, acknowledged experts and state-of-the-art research and development facilities. 

Our Products & Platform

Our platform delivers viable ecosystems of multifunctional microorganisms in products that are patient-friendly

EnteroBiotix has established a fully-integrated, end-to-end, starting material to drug product development and manufacturing platform. This includes an ISO:9001/2008 donor screening and starting material collection facility, multiple FDA, MHRA and UKAS accredited analytical laboratories and multiple MHRA licensed GMP manufacturing sites.

Our products harness the therapeutic potential of collections of bacteria derived from healthy human donors. In contrast to traditional pharmaceutical products, which target singular defined physiological pathways, EnteroBiotix’s products are multifunctional and therefore have potential therapeutic utility in a variety of disease indications and patient populations.

EnteroBiotix is exploiting its platform in C.difficile infection and two undisclosed disease indications.

Management Team

Dr James R. McIlroy, MBChB BMedSci (Hons)

Chief Executive Officer

Dr James McIlroy Founded EnteroBiotix after recognising the therapeutic potential of the microbiome with the vision of building one of world’s leading microbiome drug development companies. 

James has over 5 years of leadership experience as a biopharmaceutical entrepreneur, Board Director and company executive, with hands on experience in creating, building and successfully leading cross-functional teams through value building milestones including facility GMP-accreditation, formal scientific advice meetings and raising multiple equity investment rounds totalling 8 figures of aggregate value from international syndicates comprised of corporate and private investors. 

James is a qualified medical doctor that successfully trained within the UK National Health Service in multiple hospital service areas alongside full-time employment at EnteroBiotix. He holds a BMedSci (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and an MBChB from the University of Aberdeen, graduating with a final year distinction (top 3% of year) and the elective prize in child health awarded in recognition of his published research on intestinal microbiome modulation in paediatric patient populations.

James is a named inventor on several microbiome related patent applications and has been published as first author in journals such as Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Frontline Gastroenterology and Clinical Immunology. 

Dawn Firmin, Ph.D.

Head of Projects and Clinical Studies

Dr Dawn Firmin is a scientific professional with over a decade of combined experience in immunology & infection, toxicology management, and the management of drug development of NCEs in various indications including oncology and anti-infectives, specifically in the area of C.difficile infection (CDI).

Dawn’s expertise lies in her knowledge and experience of managing the various phases of drug development, such as all pre-clinical phases including CMC, GLP toxicology & safety pharmacology, as well as clinical Phase I and Phase IIa clinical trials, including regulatory involvement such as scientific advice and pre-IND meetings with the MHRA and the FDA. She has over a decade of experience of working with industry partners, academic institutes and funding bodies. Dawn was lead programme manager of both a Phase I trial in CDI conducted in the UK, followed a Phase IIa trial conducted in the US and Canada, both funded by Innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst fund.

Dawn holds a PhD in Immunology and Infection at the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Medical Diagnostics from Cranfield University, and an honour degree in Ecology from the University of Stirling. She has authored and co-authored various academic papers and medical research articles.

Dr. Margaret Courtney, Ph.D.

Head of CMC

Dr Courtney has over twenty years of experience in transitioning active substances and drug products from the research laboratory into clinical studies and commercialisation.

Margaret is a registered pharmacist with a BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde where she subsequently completed a PhD focused on the development of a polymeric modified release system. After academia, Margaret began her industrial career at a drug delivery company, Core Technologies, before joining the Oral Healthcare research group at GlaxoSmithKline.

Subsequently, she was at Vernalis (R&D) for almost fifteen years, where she was responsible for the formulation and process development of NCEs and biologics in clinical development as well as the manufacture of commercial products.

Prior to joining EnteroBiotix, Margaret was at Lamellar Biomedical with responsibility for product development and manufacture including the oversight of contract manufacturers and management of academic collaborations.

Dr. Geoff Kitson, BMBS BMedSci (Hons)

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Geoff Kitson has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and a broad-based international perspective on drug development, from phase I to phase IV, experience of pre-clinical work, and regulatory requirements. He has been involved in the preparation of INDs, CTXs/CTAs, MAAs and other regulatory documents. 

Dr Kitson has experience in the development of individual clinical studies, clinical trial programmes, multinational clinical trials and developing clinical strategies. In the last few years, he has taken 9 products through to first in man studies, and progressed products through to Phase II/III.

Ian McDonald, CA

Finance Director

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced Financial Director with a successful track record in both SMEs and PLCs in manufacturing and customer services industries – particularly within life sciences. Pharmaceuticals and FMCG.

Ian has a successful record of achievement as a CFO within Private Equity backed businesses with credibility gained from developing positive relationships with stakeholders, and successful participation in exits. Ian has a proven track record in securing funding for growth from both public sector and institutional finance providers.

Ian’s career is varied having worked primarily in the UK; but with extensive overseas experience. As well as heading up a number of large finance teams, Ian’s experience extends to successfully evaluating and shaping high value projects including large ERP system implementations and business acquisitions.

Lesley Carmody, QP

EU Qualified Person

Lesley Carmody is an EU Qualified Person that has over 30 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry working for large pharma, small pharma, Contract Manufacturing Organisations and virtual organisations.

Lesley has extensive experience of GMP across the supply chain from drug discovery to release of packaged supplies to the clinic, and is an experience and competent GxP Lead Auditor for all aspects of the industrial practices including Interactive Response Technology (IRT).

Lesley holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy from the University of Strathclyde and obtained Qualified Person (QP) status in 2004. 

Board of Directors

Mark R. Bamforth

President & CEO, Arranta Bio

Mark Bamforth founded Arranta Bio to build the best-in-class microbiome CDMO, in May 2019. Arranta has process development and early clinical manufacturing in Florida and a late-stage manufacturing facility in Massachusetts. Previously, Bamforth founded Brammer Bio, a best-in-class viral vector contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for cell and gene therapies. Brammer’s team grew from 110 in 2016 to over 600 in Florida and Massachusetts, at the time of its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in April 2019. 

In 2010, Bamforth founded a biologics CDMO, Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, and acquired a world-class facility and team in St. Louis, MO, with a commercial supply agreement with Janssen. Gallus tripled through organic growth and merging with Laureate Biopharma. Gallus was sold to DPx Holdings B.V. in 2014.

 Bamforth previously spent 22 years in the UK and USA at Genzyme, latterly running a global manufacturing operation and a pharmaceutical CMO business and serving as a corporate officer for 9 years. He began his career as a petroleum engineer exploring for North Sea oil with Britoil, then as a chemical engineer in the whisky industry with Whitbread. Bamforth serves on the boards of Avid Bioservices, Continuus Pharma, Pneumagen, Enterobiotix, MassBio, and Entrepreneurial Scotland. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University.  and an MBA from Henley Management College.

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Iain Baird

Principal Development Solutions

Iain Baird is the principal of Development Solutions, a pharmaceutical consultancy firm focused on helping companies in Biological Pharmaceutical Development establish their Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) capability.

Mr. Baird has supported over 50 companies in CMC development the last 11 years as well as working with the founders/CEOs of 6 companies starting companies developing new biological pharmaceutical products and CDMO’s providing services to the sector, including OSO BioPharmaceuticals Manufacturing, CANbridge Life Sciences, Gallus Biopharmaceuticals, Brammer Bio, Mikart Inc. and Vibalogics US Inc.

Prior to that Mr. Baird worked for 20 years, in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. He started work for ICI which later became AstraZeneca. An engineer by discipline he initially designed and project managed the building of pharmaceutical facilities before moving into operational management running multiple production facilities in the United Kingdom. Since 2002 he has worked in the USA and was part of the leadership team that established the Avecia Oligonucleotides business as a CMO, taking a small team of researchers and growing it into an FDA approved manufacturing site with 150 employees. In 2006 Mr. Baird was one of the principles that established Avecia Vaccines in which he led the CMC groups in the development of vaccines against anthrax and plague.

Since 2010 Mr. Baird has assisted clients in the development of their clinical products and has been involved in filing 16 IND’s, 3 successful BLA applications and 3 successful NDA applications as well as remediating a product placed on CMC hold by the FDA. Iain has supported clients through numerous FDA, EMA and international regulatory inspections, preparing them for the inspections, supporting them during the inspections and in their successful responses.

Mr. Baird serves as an independent director on the Board of Directors of a number of biotech companies, including Mikart Inc., Vibalogics Inc and EnteroBiotix Ltd.

Mr. Baird earned a BEng in mechanical and electrical engineering from Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen.

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Dr James R. McIlroy, MBChB

Founder and CEO, EnteroBiotix Limited

Dr James McIlroy Founded EnteroBiotix after recognising the therapeutic potential of the microbiome with the vision of building one of world’s leading microbiome drug development companies. He has over 5 years of leadership experience as a biopharmaceutical entrepreneur, Board Director and company executive, with hands on experience in creating, building and successfully leading cross-functional teams within fast growing companies that have gone on to deliver significant value building milestones for shareholders.

Dr McIlroy has raised multiple rounds of equity investment from private and corporate syndicates with deal values exceeding £10m. He has also secured multiple large grant funding awards from high-profile funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council and Innovate UK.

Dr McIlroy is a qualified medical doctor that has successfully completed training within the UK National Health Service in multiple hospital service areas including: Acute Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Medical Paediatrics. He holds a BMedSci (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and an MBChB from the University of Aberdeen, graduating with a final year distinction (top 3% of year) and the elective prize in child health awarded in recognition of his published research on intestinal microbiome modulation in paediatric patient populations.

Dr McIlroy was the first undergraduate to be awarded an Enterprise Fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is the youngest recipient of a Visiting Research Fellowship by United European Gastroenterology. He is currently appointed as Honorary Lecturer in Healthcare Innovation at the University of Aberdeen, Advisory Board member at Innovate UK/KTN Microbiome Special Interest Group and is Co-Founder of the Intestinal Microbiome-based Medicines European Task Group (IMM-ETG).

Dr McIlroy is a named inventor on several microbiome related patent applications and has been published as first author in journals such as Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Frontline Gastroenterology and Clinical Immunology

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Douglas Thomson

Founder and CEO, Pneumagen Limited

Douglas is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pneumagen Limited. Founded in April 2016, Pneumagen is developing first-in-class products for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. 

Prior to founding Pneumagen he led the rapid growth of UK-based microbiome company GT Biologics Ltd through its transition into a UK public listing on AIM in February 2014 as part of 4D Pharma PLC (AIM: DDDD).  

Previously, amongst other roles, Douglas was at vaccine R&D companies – as CEO at SingVax in Singapore, which was sold to Takeda, and Business Development Director at UK based Microscience Limited which was sold to Emergent in the US.

In the 90s, he was Managing Director of vaccine
manufacturer Malta Vaccines Limited. 

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Advisors

EnteroBiotix is supported by a highly experienced network of expert advisors

CMC

Professor Peter Timmins

Independent Pharmaceutical Consultant

Martin Breen

Principal, Martin Breen Associates

Scientific

Professor Julian Marchesi

Professor, Imperial College London

Dr Alan Walker

Senior Lecturer, Rowett Institute

Regulatory

Ishbel McDonald

Executive Director Regulatory Affairs, Kinesys Consulting

Gerry McGettigan

Founder & Director, Kinesys Consulting

Clinical

Dr Simon Goldenberg

Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor

Professor Mark Wilcox

Consultant / Head of Microbiology Research & Development / and Infection

Allison Morgan

Clinical Operations Director, Metis Clinical

Dr Benjamin Mullish

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction at Imperial College London

Rowena Abbey

Clinical Operations Director, Metis Clinical

R&D

Selected R&D projects and collaborations

A unique and proprietary web interface and social media recruitment platform sponsored by EnteroBiotix. Number2 was carefully designed to attract the ideal donor demographic and motivate them to regularly donate as part of an intestinal microbiome donation programme.
EnteroBiotix is collaborating with the University of Leeds to evaluate gut microbiome structure and function in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 infection. Other parties in this international research and development collaboration include Metabolon and Diversigen.
EnteroBiotix is collaborating with the award-winning product design and engineering consultancy, Fearsome Ltd, to innovate and develop state of the art processes in intestinal microbiota collection, processing and storage in line with quality and regulatory expectations as well as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
EnteroBiotix has a long-standing collaboration with the specialist Human Nutrition Unit (HNU) based at the world renowned Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. The HNU provides EnteroBiotix’s donor volunteers with modern, comfortable surroundings and facilities required to successfully participate in intestinal microbiome collection activities. EnteroBiotix is also collaborating with the Rowett Institute through an Innovate UK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) that covers a broad range of protocols including: anaerobic cultivation, metabolite analysis, and DNA-based microbial community profiling using qPCR and 16S rRNA gene sequencing.

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