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Fiona MacLaughlin,
Ph.D.

Principal, Venture Investments

  • Focus: Pharmaceuticals
  • Based in London, UK
  • Fun Fact: Has climbed an active volcano

Based in London, UK, Fiona brings more than 20 years of experience in the life science industry to Johnson & Johnson Innovation --JJDC, Inc. (JJDC), where she serves as the principal of venture investments.

Prior to joining JJDC, Fiona served as a director at Inkef Capital, where she led both pharma and MedTech investments and held Board seats in a number of portfolio companies. A qualified pharmacist, Fiona is passionate about helping early-stage companies establish a value-building trajectory by engaging and challenging management and creating optimal development plans.

Fiona began her career in biotech focusing on the development of non-viral gene therapy and other novel delivery solutions. A fundamental interest in philanthropy led her to the Wellcome Trust and a focus on translational funding, including establishing a fund to support the development of affordable healthcare technologies in India.  Fiona’s transition to venture investing began with a move to Advent Life Sciences, where she was involved in helping shape and build a number of early-stage companies including Arrakis Therapeutics.

Outside work, Fiona enjoys being outdoors and loves to get on the water and explore the Solent by boat.

Fiona holds a B.Pharm in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Drug Delivery from the University of Nottingham.

Fiona MacLaughlin
Fiona MacLaughlin