We provide early stage capital to disruptive, deep technology companies and life sciences businesses in therapeutics, medtech/diagnostics, digital health and genomics/proteomics
Andrew Williamson is the Managing Partner of CIC and focuses on technology investments.
Andrew’s background combines R&D, start-up formation and technology investing. Before joining CIC he spent ten years in venture investing at Physic Ventures in San Francisco and True North Venture Partners in Chicago. Before moving into Venture Capital, Andrew led a research group applying High Performance Computing to materials science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Andrew has an MA and PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Andrew manages CIC's investments in Audio Analytic, AudioTelligence, Origami Energy, PragmatIC, Prowler.io, and Riverlane.
Dr Michael Anstey is a Partner specialising in life science investments.
Before joining CIC he was a Principal in the Healthcare Practice Area at The Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Toronto office. Michael has experience in advising multinational businesses across North America, Europe, India, and Japan.
Michael was also co-founder of an early stage biotechnology company focused on developing small molecule drugs that target protein-protein interactions implicated in disease. Prior to BCG, Michael worked at Oxford Capital Partners, where he focused on investing in early stage life science businesses.
Michael earned his DPhil in Zoology in the field of neurobiology from the University of Oxford.
Michael manages CIC's investments in Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC), Congenica, Immutrin, PredictImmune, PolyProx Therapeutics, Sense Bio, Start Codon and Storm Therapeutics.
Carol is a Principal focusing on a range of technology investments.
Prior to joining CIC she worked in a variety of roles at several UK-based early stage tech companies, most recently as Commercial Director of Speechmatics, a Cambridge-based speech recognition start-up. She has a background in financial analysis gained from working in both the UK and Canada. She holds a B. Comm from the University of Toronto, gained an MBA from the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School and is a CFA charterholder.
Carol manages CIC's investment in Cytora and Geospock.
Ian is a technology and life sciences investor and entrepreneur. He shares his time between managing his private investment portfolio and assisting CIC companies through critical growth stages.
Following university, Ian was the lead in the world beating team that invented the first optical fibre amplifier, a key enabler for the internet. He has worked in analysis and consultancy, eventually heading up a business division for Siemens AG. Subsequently he initiated tech businesses, acquired others and grew them internationally, leading to multiple exits.
Ian has a BA in Natural Sciences from Oxford, a PhD from Southampton University and is a Chartered Director.
Ian is a Board observer for CIC’s investment in PragmatIC.
Vin Lingathoti is a partner at CIC and focuses on technology investments.
Vin is a software engineer by background and has spent over a decade in Silicon Valley working with tech companies. Before joining CIC he led venture investments and acquisitions for Cisco Systems in London and San Jose. At Cisco, he was responsible for investments in Panaseer, Behaviosec, Intersec, 6Wind and Worldsensing. He was also involved in several acquisitions in IoT, Cybersecurity, Datacenter and Enterprise Networking.
Vin has an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and MS in computer science from University of Potsdam, Germany.
Vin manages CIC's investments in Swim.ai, Imagen and Undo.
Partner and CFO
Rob has more than 25 years of professional and commercial experience providing strategic, financial and corporate finance advice to boards and shareholders, especially in the life science, technology and technology consulting industries.
His previous roles have included CFO of Altacor, an ophthalmic specialty pharmaceutical company, CFO of Warwick Ventures, the Technology Transfer Office of Warwick University, CFO of an AIM listed drug development company and Senior Manager, Corporate Finance at PwC. Rob was also a consultant to Lumora, a molecular diagnostics company spun-out from the University of Cambridge.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
After seven years working in hospital medicine, Robert worked in development and regulatory roles at Sanofi, the MHRA and Roche. Robert then spent a decade at early stage biotech companies including Arakis (sold to Sosei Inc), founder and CEO at Treague, founding CEO of the University of Copenhagen spin -out Avilex Pharma and part of the founding management team of KalVista (Nasdaq: KALV). Robert qualified in medicine from UCL. He is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and has an MBA from London Business School and an M.Phil in Biostatistics from the University of Cambridge. Robert manages CIC's investments in Abcodia, Carrick Therapeutics, CMR Surgical, Exvastat, Gyroscope, Inivata, Microbiotica, Morphogen-IX and PetMedix.
Head of Marketing
Michelle Lamprecht is Head of Marketing. She has 20 years experience of international leadership in strategic marketing across a range of public and privately owned organisations. Prior to CIC Michelle’s previous roles were Group VP Marketing for Sepura and VP Marketing for The Vitec Group Production Solutions division.
Michelle has been a board member for Byte Night (Action for Children), a trustee for Citizen’s Advice and is currently a mentor for the Aspire Foundation.
Michelle has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry from the University of Hertfordshire and a post graduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Nick has over 15 years’ experience advising institutional, corporate and individual investors and the companies they invest into, especially in the technology and life sciences sectors.
Nick qualified into the private equity team of a Magic Circle law firm and has been seconded to the legal department of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining CIC, Nick was a senior associate at an international law firm.
Nick attended the College of Law and BPP Law School in London and holds an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. He is a solicitor admitted to practise in England and Wales.
Helen is Executive Assistant to the Life Science Partners, Robert Tansley and Michael Anstey.
Prior to CIC, Helen worked for the NHS and also in Private Healthcare. She has experience of working in management, administrative and clinical roles. Helen has lived in and around Cambridge for most of her life.
Sylwia joined CIC as the Finance Manager in 2019.
Sylwia has more than nine years’ accountancy experience, and most recently worked in a busy accountancy practice in Cambridge. She has a BSc in Marketing and Management and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Nicolas Copernicus in Poland. Having grown up in Poland, Sylwia has lived and worked in Cambridge for the last fifteen years. Sylwia is a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Personal Assistant and Office Manager
Ellie is Assistant to the senior team and manages the office.
She has extensive knowledge of Cambridge, having spent over 3 years at Cambridge Enterprise, the University’s commercialisation arm, providing administrative support to the Consultancy Team there. Prior to that Ellie worked in the IT divisions of both Xtravirt Ltd and Savills plc.
Ellie is currently on maternity leave.
Carissa is Executive Assistant to Vin Lingathoti, Carol Cheung and Michelle Lamprecht.
Prior to joining CIC, Carissa held senior support roles in various sectors, most recently at Liebherr Great Britain Ltd, where she was Personal Assistant to the General Manager and Regional teams.
Carissa holds an Honours degree in Psychology (specialising in Trauma and Stress) from the University of Johannesburg and a Masters degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from Anglia Ruskin University.
Head of Business Support
Victoria is Head of Business Support at CIC. As well as managing the administrative team, Victoria coordinates CIC's strategic initiatives and supports the Managing Partner, CFO and Chairman.
Victoria specialises in project management and business development and has almost twenty years’ experience. Prior to CIC, Victoria most recently worked for PA Consulting, OC&C Strategy Consultants and Tyndall AM, which is now Nikko Asset Management.