30 June 2014, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
QuantuMDx is delighted to announce that Chief Medical Officer Prof Sir John Burn has been appointed as a non-executive director of NHS England. Sir John is a senior clinical geneticist and academic based in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a passion and vision for bringing innovative technologies into mainstream use. Sir John's position as non-executive director of NHS England will take effect from 1 July 2014 for a period of 4 years. He, Noel Gordon and David Roberts join an existing group of six non-executive directors. He holds the NHS Endowed Chair in Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University and as well as being a distinguished academic and clinician, Sir John is also a clinical entrepreneur with two start-ups under his belt as well as a co-founder of QuantuMDx Group. He is also an accomplished drummer.
Among many notable non-clinical achievements Sir John conceived and helped to bring to fruition the Millennium Landmark International Centre for Life in Newcastle where scientists from academia, the NHS and SMEs work side by side and the public can enjoy the interactive science museum as well as enjoy a glass of wine al fresco in the vibrant bars and clubs co-located. QuantuMDx relocated its HQ from London to Newcastle in 2011 and has since enjoyed rapid growth in the City that is now billed as the UK's Silicon Valley.
QuantuMDx CEO Elaine Warburton OBE said "We are absolutely thrilled for John. This appointment is so well deserved. As one of the NHS's most loyal supporters he will bring to the Board years of clinical experience mixed in with his innate ability to readily translate the complexities of modern medicine into 'layman's language' at a time when the NHS is embracing great change including adopting new technologies and services. With John's appointment along with the new CEO Simon Stevens and Chairman Sir Malcolm Grant, I have no doubt that NHS England is in good hands".