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John HODGSON Co-Founder and Director, Critical I Limited, Banbury


 Co-founder and Director of Critical I, a business development and business intelligence consultancy, specialising in the life sciences. Critical I supplies data and analysis of the life science sector to government ministries, regional development agencies, and other clients. Critical I also helps deserving early stage European biotechnology companies with business development, marketing, and fund raising.
 His assignments in the last two years include providing regulatory advice to an agrochemicals multinational; providing market analysis and positioning advice to a filtration technology company entering the biotechnology market; identifying potential acquisition targets for a leading quoted bioinformatics company; and evaluating potential investments on behalf of a number of the world's largest venture capital funds. John trained as a microbiologist and has followed the biotechnology sector since the early 80s.
 Since 1997, he has been a consultant in the field, advising biotech start-ups, venture capital funds, major companies in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sector, scientific foundations, university tech transfer organisations, and European Commission and UK Government bodies on aspects of biotechnology ranging from business planning, fundraising, risk management and technology trends.
 Before 1997, John was a science and business writer as Senior Editor with Nature Biotechnology, the leading journal in the field, and before that Editor of Trends in Biotechnology. He is still Editor at Large of Nature Biotechnology, contributing occasional editorials and sage advice.
 In 2002-2003 John was Special Adviser to the UK Parliamentary Trade and Industry Select Committee in its enquiry into the UK biotechnology sector. He is also adviser to BioVision, the World Life Sciences Forum in Lyon, and an organiser of the first Biovision Nobel Days.