Our People

Our leadership team has experience from discovery through to commercialisation

Glyn Edwards

Chief Executive Director‍

Mr Glyn Edwards was appointed to the Board of Directors as Chief Executive Officer in April 2012. Mr Edwards has a wealth of experience garnered from a thirty-year career in the life sciences industry, during which time he has held a number of senior executive and business development roles.

Prior to joining Summit, he was interim Chief Executive Officer of the UK trade body the BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Chief Executive Officer at Antisoma plc for 13 years, and Vice President of Business Development at Therapeutic Antibodies Ltd. Mr Edwards holds a BSc in biochemistry from Bristol University and an MSc in economics from the London Business School.

Daniel Elger

Chief Commercial Officer And Svp, R&D‍

Dr Elger joined our company in June of 2015. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development Officer of Genkyotex, Chief Financial Officer of e-Therapeutics plc and Vice President, Marketing and Communications of Antisoma. He earned his PhD in cancer biology from the University of Oxford and BA in medicine also from the University of Oxford.

Richard Vickers

Chief Scientific Officer and SVP, R&D‍

Dr Vickers joined our company in 2003 and has served as our Chief Scientific Officer, Antimicrobials, since October 2013. During his time at our company, Dr Vickers has worked in a variety of roles involved in the development and management of various antibacterial therapeutic programs, including our antibiotic program for the treatment of CDI.

Prior to joining our company, Dr Vickers undertook postdoctoral research studies with Professor Stephen Davies at the University of Oxford and held a Stipendiary Lectureship in organic chemistry at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford. Dr Vickers received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Reading and a BSc in chemistry from King’s College London.

Dave Powell

Head of Research and SVP‍

Dr Dave Powell joined Summit from GSK where he served as Director and Head of the Crick-GSK Biomedical LinkLabs, based at GSK’s UK R&D hub at Stevenage, UK, and The Francis Crick Institute in London.

Dr Powell held a number of positions of increasing seniority in his time at GSK. As part of his work there, he participated in antibiotic discovery, assay development, high throughput screening design and implementation, and lead optimisation support. In his most recent role at GSK, he led a collaboration with the Crick Institute, in addition to providing support to GSK’s ‘Discovery Partnerships with Academia’ team which collaborated with academic groups in downstream drug discovery. He was awarded a BSc and MSc from the National University of Ireland Galway, before completing a PhD in biochemistry at Cardiff University.