Our History

The Virtual Bioincubator has been operating since 2011 as a platform designed to take promising projects as incubate them into fully fledged companies. This was initially run as part of The Research Network’s Venture Support service but has since taken on a life of it’s own as an all inclusive service that leverages TRN’s existing assets and networks, alongside technical, scientific and regulatory expertise to create bespoke packages for each project.

We’re passionate about good science and enabling projects to grow and take on a life of their own, backed up with expertise and knowledge from a variety of fields and areas, creating beneficial relationships and collaboration worldwide. VBio is composed of scientists with extensive knowledge of industry and academia combined with business experience and the drive to help you progress your projects.

Our Pillars

  • Quality
  • Speed
  • Cost

○Global Network of Scientists with extensive experience – multiple perspectives.

○Scientific & strategic leadership, implementation/outsourcing oversight, due diligence.

○Development of Key assets that improve QOL for patients.

○Lean translation – getting to the next ‘killer experiment'.

○Rapid support to fill functional gaps and build a bespoke package.

○Building collaborative teams – with a dedicated project manager.

○Flexible contracting.

○Commercialisation experiences – successes and failures and learnings.

○Overcoming resource Bottlenecks or Research Rabbit-holes.

○Build a robust package to add value to your project.

○Mitigate risks for successful project progression.

Management Team

Joann Rhodes

Joann is a translational pharmacologist with 19 years’ experience spanning the life sciences R&D eco-system, across industry, academia, and biotech. Her work, leading and managing teams to scout, create and deliver global multi-disciplinary strategic partnerships and enable drug and gene therapy development, has covered multiple fields: Rare disease, Inflammation, Immunology, Respiratory and Neuroscience.

Joann’s has been a consultant at The Research Network since 2011, following 12 years as a discovery lead at Pfizer Global R&D, Sandwich, in novel target and biomarker evaluation for kinase inhibitor and epigenetic programmes. Now, having obtained an MSc Translational Medicine (Edinburgh) and currently studying for an Executive MBA (Imperial), she has a keen interest in creation of a positive infrastructure, for businesses to harness novel technologies for future life science innovation.

Joann Rhodes

Project Director
Chris North

Christopher North is the Administration Manager at Virtual BioIncubator. He joined Pfizer in 2010, working in the Material Characterisation group performing regular characterisation of API & Excipient solids while training in Pharmacology. He went onto work as an operations administrator for a hi-tech aluminium manufacturing organisation while further developing his project management and operation skills, while becoming well versed and competent in all aspects of administration and business operations.

He joined The Research Network in 2016, becoming responsible for dealing with consultants, clients, running projects and managing the day to day operations of the company. He is also responsible for rolling out IT systems & services, leading marketing campaigns and managing the administrative team. During his time with TRN, Chris has helped launch several venture projects via the integrated Virtual BioIncubator. Chris holds over 8 years in administration experience and is well versed with the practicalities and operational considerations of running projects and starting new companies in a scientific space.

Chris North

Administration Manager