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Team

Founded in 2015, RYSE is a diverse team with a strong investment management background combined with experience across venture capital, entrepreneurship, healthcare, research, operations, and technology.


Shabir Chowdhary

Shabir Chowdhary, Managing Partner

Shabir has a track record of building companies and supporting company founders across multiple sectors. The majority of his career has been spent building and managing asset management businesses across Europe. He was successful in developing and executing fundraising and marketing strategies that enabled collaboration with private groups and public bodies and substantial investment from a variety of highly reputable foundations, endowments, charities, pension funds, insurance companies as well as fund of funds and bank investors. Asset management businesses Shabir has been involved with have raised in excess of $4.5bn in aggregate and several sold to strategic buyers.

Shabir holds a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and an MBA from Imperial College London. On leaving university, he spent several years in banking with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Schroders.

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John Lee Allen

Dr John Lee Allen, Managing Partner

John is a venture capital investment professional with a track record across healthcare, as a physician, research scientist, and technology entrepreneur. With an engineering and life sciences background, his focus spans healthtech and biotech. John leads a global team of Venture Analysts as a Principal at GoingVC and has published widely. He developed an implantable biotech device as a neuroscience PhD student at Oxford University, leading him down the path as a serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor. He took a leading role at Specsavers to support their global expansion into hearing care and was appointed national NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.

John holds a degrees in Medicine and Surgery from Imperial College London, an undergraduate degree in engineering, and has held innovation and research roles at the World Health Organization, National University Hospital Singapore, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Harvard University.

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Eric Kostegan

Eric Kostegan, Impact Investing Lead

Eric is an impact investing and venture philanthropy leader with a 25-year track record building and leading innovative healthcare programmes and ventures globally. He has raised over $600m in capital with specific expertise working with organisations in healthcare including Mount Sinai Health System, Jefferson Health, and Mass General Brigham (Harvard) Integrated Health Care System.

Eric is based in San Francisco and is highly recognised for creating innovative, measurable, and metrics-focused programmes, to engage stakeholders and foster collaboration across healthcare.

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Vivien de Tusch-Lec

Vivien de Tusch-Lec, Investment Committee

Vivien is an investor, entrepreneur, and has had 3 exits as a start-up founder (Infinancials, Bubele, Martialfunk). She ran the Tech, Media, Telecom unit for B2B Marketplace Gerson Lehman Group - and has been supporting the Investment Committee at RYSE. In 2018, she was a co-investor during the first investment programme with DigitalHealth.London and MedCity, in Skin Analytics and LiveSmart, and now manages a portfolio of technology investments.

Vivien loves operating in start-ups, is an advisor to Loyal VC, a former journalist, and non-exec director at Techspert.io. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Dr Laila Samady-Mustad

Dr Laila Samady-Mustad, Investment Committee

Laila is a research scientist, strategic advisor, and entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, medical, and biotechnology industry in the UK, US, and France. Her expertise is in medical affairs, partnership, business development, and capital raising strategies. She is Chair of the Board of Advisors and Chief Scientific Officer at Vigilent Labs (digital health), Vice President at Covanos (med tech), Vice President at G3 Therapeutics (biotech), and has held several senior partnership roles at Boehringer Ingelheim.

Laila holds a PhD from University College London and her work led to a spin out company, BioVex, which was acquired by Amgen for $1Bn.

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Chris Turner

Chris Turner, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Chris is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Dimec, the UK based digital healthcare start-up that was acquired by Co-op Health in 2018. Dimec, now Co-op Health, facilitates the ordering of repeat prescriptions by linking patients directly with their GP surgery. It was the very first GP and pharmacy integrated service, giving patients the choice of having their prescriptions delivered or to collect from any high street pharmacy in England.

Chris holds a first class Master in Pharmacy degree, is an NHS qualified pharmacist, and an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.

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Dr Carina Tyrrell

Dr Carina Tyrrell, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Carina is a British-Swiss public health physician, ex-founder, and research fellow at Cambridge University. She has worked with the NHS, Clinical Commissioning Groups, local and national government, and the World Health Organization, publishing international policy and research. With government agencies and the Cambridge Judge Business School, she is working in operations and technology management, and in improving healthcare delivery. She has been identifying COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic trials, publishing work with Oxford University.

Carina holds a degree in Medicine and Masters of Public Health from the University of Cambridge. Carina has appeared on BBC News, Sky News, Radio 4, and has been featured in The Times, Daily Telegraph, and Business Insider.

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Dr Odhran O'Donoghue

Odhran O'Donoghue, Venture Analyst

Odhran is a MD/PhD candidate at Oxford University. He is president of the Oxford Artificial Intelligence Society, which is the largest student AI society in Europe. He previously worked on the application of AI for detecting biases in recruitment systems and satellite systems, and he was the UK's youngest NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.

Odhran is also an Included VC fellow and co-founder of SkillsTree, an education technology startup to help individuals find skills that will improve their employment prospects locally. SkillsTree won the UK finals of the 2018 United Nations International Hult Prize and was funded by the UK Department for Education.

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Dr Bhumi Shah

Bhumi Shah, Venture Analyst

Bhumi is a MD candidate at Cambridge University with an interest in innovation, policy, and digital healthcare start-ups with the potential to have a positive impact on healthcare globally. She is co-founder of The Medicine Access Project, Cambridge Nutritank society, and business development analyst at digital healthcare start-up SolveMed Group.

Bhumi is section council representative at the Royal Society of Medicine, Trustee of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association, and has held innovation and research roles with Columbia University, Harvard University, Imperial College London, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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Board Members & Advisors


Annalisa Jenkins

Dr Annalisa Jenkins, Chair of the Advisory Board

Annalisa Chairs our Advisory Board and has a 25-year track record in building and leading teams from scientific research through clinical development, regulatory approval and into healthcare systems globally. She is Chair of The Conduit Connect, a London-based club driving positive social change, which provides Credit Suisse clients access to impact investment opportunities. She was CEO of Dimension Therapeutics, a gene therapy company focused on developing novel treatments for rare diseases. She is Chair of the Court at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and member of the Science Advisory Board at the FDA.

Annalisa holds a degree in Medicine, specialised in Cardiovascular Medicine, and served as a Medical Officer in the British Royal Navy.

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Fergus Hay

Fergus Hay, Board Advisor

Fergus is a technology and media leader with a track record in commercial transformation, product innovation and growth, with experience in North America, Asia, and Europe. He is the CEO and founder of marketing advisory firm Elysian Fields specialising in venture backed tech companies, is Non-Exec Chairman of digital healthcare company Vida Care, sits on the annual fundraising committee of the biggest funder of UK cardiovascular research (British Heart Foundation). Previously he was CEO of marketing agency Leagas Delaney climbing the ranks for growth to #3 in the UK, and held various executive roles at Ogilvy & Mather in North America and Asia.

Fergus holds a combined MBA from LSE, HEC Paris, NYU Stern and is a regular commentator on global tech news for Sky News, NBC Euronews, and BBC World News.

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Chris Sawyer

Chris Sawyer, Venture Advisor

Chris is Digital Health Innovation Lead at Innovate UK - the UK's innovation agency has invested over £1.5 billion in innovation, helped more than 5,000 innovative companies, added £7.5 billion to the UK economy, and created 35,000 extra new jobs. He has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare technology sector, supported innovative technological solutions for NHS Innovation Hubs, and was an Associate Director of Innovation for an NHS organisation.

Chris has extensive international and domestic product management experience with market leading medical device manufacturers including Phillips and Hewlett-Packard.

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Rodrigo Mallo Leiva

Rodrigo Mallo Leiva, Venture Advisor

Rodrigo is an investor and Partner at Luminous Ventures. Formerly a Partner at SOSV, he has invested in over 45 companies at Seed and Series A, and is an active investor in digital healthcare. He is a mentor for The Founder Institute, Techstars, and is an Ambassador for the MIT Technology Review in Europe. He founded four LatAm technology companies in the food, gaming, and digital advertising industries.

Rodrigo is a Kauffman Fellow, became an angel investor after selling gaming company (TheFanLeague), and holds executive qualifications in venture capital from UC Berkeley.

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Dr Benjamin Maddison

Dr Benjamin Maddison, Venture Advisor

Ben’s passion is creating tomorrow through scalable sustainable innovation and business transformation. His background in commercial innovation, strategy, change and project management uniquely positions him with a blend of valuable skills, knowledge and broad sector experience. This is with some of the largest global companies including Costa Coffee, owned by The Coca-Cola Company, and leading consumer healthcare brands at Unilever. His 18+ years experience spans several industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, public sector and consumer goods.

Ben holds a PhD from Imperial College London, specialising in molecular neurochemistry, an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, and has a proven track record on launching disruptive innovations in global markets.

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Rebecca Sweetman

Rebecca Sweetman, Venture Advisor

Becca supports CEOs and Executive teams to maximise their potential and is passionate about digital healthcare. Combining her experience in executive coaching, strategy at McKinsey & Company, and operational leadership in start-ups (Kano, MOO, Babylon Health) she is uniquely positioned to provide both high level support and get into the practical details of what it takes to succeed.

Becca holds a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and works with impact driven companies, particularly in healthcare, as an Executive and Team Coach, Advisor, or Non-Executive Director.

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Dr Vishaal Virani

Dr Vishaal Virani, Venture Advisor

Vishaal is a medical doctor, strategy consultant, and co-founder of Doctorpreneurs - the world’s largest community of medical innovators – with skills across digital health, private equity due diligence and corporate strategy. He has worked on the leading global consumer healthcare brands at RB, business development at digital healthcare company Ada Health, and currently working on health partnerships at YouTube.

Vishaal holds degrees in Medicine and in International Health from University College London. He is Governor of the Royal Free NHS Trust, Mentor at DigitalHealth.London, and guest lecturer at London Business School.

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