Dr. Helen Tayton‑Martin has served as Adaptimmune’s Chief Operating Officer since July 2008 and is one of its co-founders. She is responsible for business development and commercial activities, including our strategic partnership with GSK. Dr. Tayton-Martin has 23 years of experience working within the pharma, biotech and consulting environment in disciplines across preclinical and clinical development, outsourcing, strategic planning, due diligence and business development. She is a co-founder of Adaptimmune, joining from Avidex Limited (subsequently Medigene) where she was responsible for commercial development of the soluble TCR programme in cancer and HIV therapy from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Tayton-Martin holds a Ph.D. in molecular immunology from the University of Bristol, U.K. and an M.B.A. from London Business School.