Lorna was director of enterprise and growth at the Innovation Agency (NWC AHSN) and joined LYVA Labs in 2021 as founding CEO. Lorna started her career in the NHS, before working in a variety of commercial private sector roles in MedTech companies. After 10 years in sales, marketing and business development, Lorna joined Alliance Fund Managers as healthcare business consultant for the £27m Liverpool Seed Fund and went on to work for several of the businesses the Fund invested in.
Steve is an experienced Chairman who sits on a range of boards in public and private sectors. A corporate financier by profession, Steve has a detailed knowledge of working with start-ups/SMEs. Earlier in his career he was the original financial engineer to MSIF, which has invested over £200m into local SMEs. He was adviser of The Funding Corporation in Chester, which was the largest start up at the time in Financial Services, raising £150m at the outset.
Hannah has previously worked as Sector Manager for Health and Life Sciences at Growth Platform. At LYVA Labs, Hannah works alongside colleagues to support and develop the health and life sciences sector with a focus of business growth, inward investment, collaboration support and wider strategic initiatives.
Innovation Pipeline Manager
Rachel has 10 years’ experience in health and life sciences within academia having achieved a MRes and PhD at the University of Liverpool. Rachel has helped many SMEs across the country having been involved in raising over £9million for UK SMEs. At LYVA Labs, Rachel helps support our Innovation Director with the Health and Life Science fund and work with local companies to secure further funding for product development.
Innovation Funding Manager
Innovation Manager – Advanced Manufacturing Cluster
Kate is a Business Studies graduate from Liverpool John Moores University and has three years of experience in attracting inward investment. Her previous roles have seen her provide a range of free professional advice to companies considering establishing a physical presence in Liverpool City Region. Kate manages day to day operations at LYVA Labs and provides support to our portfolio of companies.
Business Operations Manager
Ivo joins LYVA Labs as a Senior Innovation Consultant. Ivo has a rich Innovation background, working across the LCR supporting economic growth across the region. At LYVA Labs, Ivo works closely with Joe supporting companies across the region to identify innovation opportunities.
Senior Innovation Consultant
Joe is an Industrial and Product Design graduate from Loughborough University. Joe is familiar with the LCR, he spent 9 years at Unilever as a project leader in Design, R&D and Marketing roles. At LYVA Labs, Joe works with businesses in key growth sectors to identify innovation opportunities and connect with the right partners to develop ideas into commercial propositions.
Conor is a Media & Communications graduate from LJMU. He joins us from a sports marketing background, at LYVA Labs, Conor helps to grow our brand. He manages our social media channels, leads communication campaigns, plans and manages events and creates content.
Media & Communications Executive
Carolina has a scientific background, with experience in health and life sciences research within academia. After achieving a PhD at the Universidad de Chile, she worked as an IP Coordinator and Technology Manager at the Technology Transfer Office of the same University, where she was in charge of patent applications and licensing contract negotiation. At Lyva Labs, Carolina helps to identify and support relevant funding calls and write grant applications.
Hannah has a medical background working as a Scientist within the healthcare diagnostic industry. Hannah has both undergraduate and postgraduate certificates in Psychology with Neuroscience (BSc), Cognitive Neuroscience ( MSc), Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine (MRes). At LYVA Labs, Hannah works with key innovation assets across Liverpool City Region, connecting them with local business for collaboration. Hannah manages our CRM system and supports connections to the wider ecosystem.
Innovation Ecosystem Coordinator
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