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Oxford based Osler Diagnostics appoints new chairman

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24 March 2022

Osler Diagnostics has appointed Chris Smith as Chairman of the Board of Directors and David Berry as a Non-Executive Director, with immediate effect.

Chris Smith is the CEO of South Wales-based Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a leading global diagnostic company. In December last year, Quidel Corporation announced that it would acquire Ortho for around $6 billion.

Prior to joining Ortho, Chris was CEO of Cochlear, a global medical device company headquartered in Australia. Under his leadership, Cochlear reached annual sales in excess of AU$1 billion while the market cap of the company more than doubled. Prior to taking over as CEO, Chris served as the president of Cochlear Americas, more than quadrupling revenue during his tenure.

Prior to Cochlear, Chris held several senior executive roles, including CEO in residence for Warburg Pincus and global group president of Gyrus Group Plc., a surgical products company. In addition, early in his career he held roles in Abbott, Cardinal, Prism and KCI. Chris has also served as a senior external advisor for McKinsey & Co., and EQT Partners. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.

David Berry is Founder and CEO of Valo Health, and since 2005 has worked at Flagship Pioneering, where he is a General Partner, focused on conceiving, creating, resourcing, and launching groundbreaking companies. David has co-founded more than 20 companies across life sciences and sustainability.

David has been broadly recognised as a world-leading innovator: elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, named as Innovator of the Year by MIT Technology Review from amongst its annual TR35 list, and selected as one of 12 Innovators Reshaping Reality by the U.S. State Department, alongside pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee. He holds over 200 patents and patent applications, and he and his companies have been awarded with more than 150 additional awards and honours. David also serves on the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), where he was a Founding Leadership Council Member.

David received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. from MIT in biological engineering, through the Health Sciences and Technology program, completing the fastest dual degree in the modern history of the program.

Connor Campbell, co-founder and CEO of Osler, said: "We are pleased to welcome Chris and David to Osler’s Board. Their expertise, and proven track records in driving value creation across businesses, will be critical in helping Osler in our next phase of growth.


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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