Clustering Insights is the podcast series that engages with key players who are active in the life sciences sector. This series will provide opinion and thought leadership from investors, developers, funders, occupiers, technical consultants and many more to give you an inside view of the sector and the role that the built environment can play to support its continued growth.
Lessons learned from the US life sciences market - with Travis McCready and Dr Glenn Crocker, JLL
Travis McCready, US Executive Director Life Sciences Market joins Dr Glenn Crocker, UK Head of Life Sciences in this episode to provide us with an inside view into the key trends in the US life sciences market.
Dr Glenn Crocker – Head of Life Sciences, JLL
Dr Glenn Crocker is Head of Life Sciences for JLL. In this role he and his team advise landowners, investors and developers on where and how to buy, sell, develop, finance and attract occupiers to life science real estate. The team also supports occupiers to be in the optimum location with the right, most efficiently run property portfolio to deliver their growth strategy.
Glenn is also Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of BioCity Group, which provides facilities and develops ecosystems to support life science companies, including providing equity investment. He was the founding CEO of the business until the end of 2018. He has a DPhil in Immunology from Oxford University and qualified as a chartered accountant with EY, focusing on working with biotech companies in Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, UK, where he headed up the UK Biotech practice for EY.
He is a non-executive director of a number of life science companies and consults on business incubation, start-up creation and cluster growth. He has been directly involved in investing in life science companies through BioCity’s own or managed funds since 2006.
In 2014 Glenn received an MBE for services to the biotechnology industry.
Rachel Dickie - Director of Urban Regeneration, Legal & General Capital.
Rachel is an Investment Director in Legal & General’s Future Cites business, leading the Urban Regeneration team. She is responsible for the sourcing, structuring and investment management of real estate projects and partnerships, including Cardiff Central Square, Newcastle Helix, Bath Quays North, L&G’s investment in Bruntwood SciTech and the recent joint venture with Oxford University. In November 2019, Rachel was appointed as the Interim CEO of the Oxford University JV.
She joined Legal & General in 2016 from Tishman Speyer, a US private equity real estate investor, developer and fund manager where she carried out several roles across real estate asset management, fund management and business development.
Rachel holds an MA in economics from the University of Cambridge.
Chris Walters – Director and Investor & Developer Lead, JLL.
Chris is an experienced Director who leads the investor and developer service line for the UK Life Sciences group at JLL. Over the past 10 years Chris has provided independent, research led advice on mixed-use development schemes with a focus on science on behalf of landowners, developers and investors in London, the UK and internationally.
He has become a recognised expert on the life sciences market with a strong understanding of the sector, emerging trends and how this translates to new build development. His expertise comprises development consultancy, appraisal and transactional advice, with a clear focus on developing delivery and funding models for clients.
Douglass Cuff is the Vice President of UK Real Estate for IQHQ, Inc.
Douglass has over 20 years’ experience working in life sciences real estate sector. Prior to IQHQ, He had various roles at BioMed Realty during his 14-year tenure.
Initially, he was responsible for overseeing the entire 1 million sq ft life science real estate portfolio in Cambridge, MA. Eventually, Douglass moved onto overseeing the completion and operation of ‘The Center for Life Science | Boston’; which is an 18 storey, first-class research facility which houses the various research groups of Children’s Hospital Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Douglass then relocated to Cambridge, UK in 2012 with the acquisition of Granta Park. He expanded the initial UK portfolio by negotiating 2 pre-lets at Granta Park as well as closing a partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council at the Babraham Research Campus. Doug received a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Fordham University in New York City.
Matthew Jones - Partner, Hoare Lea
Matt is a Partner of Hoare Lea and has played a principal role in the strategic development of Hoare Lea’s work in the science & research sector. He has acted as managing partner on a host of key science & research projects in Oxford, Cambridge and London. He was one of the co-founders of both Hoare Lea’s Oxford and Cambridge offices, and is currently leading on further expansion for the firm.
Pete Wilder, Head of Property at Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI)
Pete joined OSI as the Head of Property in July 2019. Prior to this, he was a Partner at Bidwells, a property consultancy with a focus on the science and technology sector. Pete was previously a Director at JLL, where he advised Deutsche Bank, GSK and Sony. He also worked with corporate clients for BNP Paribas Real Estate. Pete holds a BA in French and Italian from Bristol University and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. At OSI, Pete is responsible for managing the growing property portfolio and for providing strategic advice to portfolio companies.
Travis McCready - Executive Managing Director/National Practice Leader, US Life Sciences Markets, JLL
Travis McCready is the National Practice Leader for JLL’s US life sciences real estate markets practice, which includes brokerage, capital markets, advisory and analytics, project and development services, and valuation for life sciences occupiers, developers and investors. He has over 25 years of experience leading public, private, and nonprofit ventures with a focus on technology and innovation based economic development. The former President & CEO of the $1.6 billion life sciences funding agency Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, he remains active in the life sciences community serving as director and scientific advisor to start-ups and initiatives focused on rare disease diagnostics, the microbiome, and advanced biomanufacturing.
Travis is the co-chair of the Academic Institute Advisory Board at Atrius Health, the largest independent physician-led healthcare organization in the Northeast. He is passionate about supporting tech-based entrepreneurship and serves on the boards of business accelerators MassChallenge and Lever, and wet lab incubator MBI. He also serves on the boards of public media giant WGBH, and the world-renowned Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. No stranger to public service, Travis has served on the Economic Development Planning Council under three Massachusetts governors and has been appointed to state and national initiatives ranging from the arts to advanced manufacturing.
A native of New York City, Travis received his B.A. from Yale University, and J.D. from the University of Iowa.
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