Sir Richard Sykes, Non-Executive Chairman of the Group, joined NetScientific in 2008. Sir Richard spent thirty years working in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, including at Glaxo plc (subsequently Glaxo Wellcome plc), where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1995 to 2000, and then GlaxoSmithKline plc, where he served as Chairman until 2002. Sir Richard was also Senior Independent Director and Chairman of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation from 2007 to 2011, Chairman of NHS London from December 2000 to 2010, Rector of Imperial College from 2000 to 2008 and a Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2007. He holds a BSc in Microbiology from the University of London, a PhD in Microbial Biochemistry from Bristol University and a DSc from the University of London.
In 1994, Sir Richard received a knighthood for services to the pharmaceutical industry. In 2004, he was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Singapore for his contribution to the development of the country’s biomedical sciences industry.
Currently, Sir Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, Imperial College London, Imperial College School of Medicine and King’s College London and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Physicians, the University of Wales and the University of Central Lancashire.