Eleanore Irvine took part in the programme from 2014-2015. Biogelx Ltd spun out from the University of Strathclyde on 2012 and, from the very beginning, Eleanore has played a crucial role in the organisation. Through the RSE Fellowship and a Scottish EDGE award, and the support of an excellent executive team, Eleanore started a biotech company with the potential of revolutionizing cell research. To fulfil her leadership ambitions in the Life Science sector, Eleanore embarked on the Saltire Fellowship journey in 2014. During her time at Babson and her intense networking activities in Boston and New York, Eleanore laid the foundations for an US-based office for Biogelx. From a team of 5, Biogelex has now grown to a team of 8, 2 research labs and 2 offices (one in Glasgow and one in New York).
Eleanore was also heavily involved in securing a £630K investment from a London based investor and she has sole responsibility for Biogelex`s sales targets, that, in 2015, reached £250K. Eleanore is also being groomed for an even greater leadership role within the company as part of its succession planning.
“Without the Saltire Fellowship I wouldn’t have gained the confidence, skills and network necessary to make the transition from academic science, to commercial development of innovative research science”
Eleanore has pitched and spoken at several events, including EIE, Pitch at the Palace and Aluminate and she has become a role model for women in STEM.