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Scientific Advisers

Professor Margaret Frame OBE, PhD

FAK Biology Adviser

Professor Margaret Frame is a Science Director at Cancer Research UK (Edinburgh Centre) and the Chair of Cancer Biology at the University of Edinburgh. She has spent years working on a specialised molecular network that’s responsible for controlling how cells stick to one another, move and spread. She’s found that a key molecule in this so-called ‘adhesion network’, called FAK, can affect the environment around tumours and help the cancer cells escape attack by the immune system.

Professor Paul Timpson PhD

FAK Biology Adviser

Paul completed his PhD at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK in 2002 before moving to the Garvan Institute in 2003 to investigate growth factor receptor trafficking in breast cancer and head and neck cancers. Today, Paul heads an Invasion and Metastasis lab which has an ongoing interest in the development of novel multi-disciplinary live imaging techniques to investigate molecular dynamics of cancer cells in vivo and using these techniques to understand cancer in the context of the surrounding environment. Pinpointing the molecular drivers of cancer progression and the environmental cues that cause resistance to current therapies are the focus of his group’s research.

Mark Devlin B. Sc. (Hons) PhD GradD Drug Dev

Scientific Adviser

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer at Aculeus Therapeutics and the former Chief Scientific Officer at Amplia Therapeutics. He was the Biology Leader on the CRC Programs that delivered AMP945 and AMP886 that are now being developed by Amplia. After obtaining a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Melbourne, Mark has worked in a variety of roles focused on drug discovery and development in a number of therapeutic areas including, pain, inflammation, autoimmune disease and oncology. Mark worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre between 2008 and 2018 in a number of roles for the CRC for Cancer Therapeutics (CRC), first as Head of the CRC’s Translational Cancer Biology Laboratory and later as Director of Translational Cancer Biology for the CRC. In his role as a lead scientist, Mark and his team were involved in the PRMT5 program that was licensed by the CRC to MSD, in 2016 and the Chromatin-Modifying Enzyme programs licensed to Pfizer Inc in 2018.

Darryn Bampton

Regulatory Consultant

Darryn Bampton has over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, principally in regulatory and clinical development roles.

He is Chief Development Officer at Zucero Therapeutics and has previously held senior management positions at Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited and Constella Group.

Mr Bampton has held regulatory affairs roles in cross-functional drug development teams for several marketed products, including the orphan oncology drug Savene (TopoTarget), and the anti-infective drugs Cubicin (Chiron), and Tygacil (Wyeth). Since 2016, he has overseen the clinical program of the immunomodulator Pixatimod, which is currently in Phase 2 in several oncology indications.

Mr Bampton holds a Master of Medical Science degree from the University of New South Wales and a Post-graduate diploma in Regulatory Affairs from the University of Wales (UK).

Dr Julie Bullock

Clinical Pharmacology Consultant

Dr Julie Bullock is Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical Pharmacology & Translational Medicine at Certara. She has over 15 years of drug development experience and is a recognized drug development scientist with clinical pharmacology and regulatory experience focused in the therapeutic areas of hematology/oncology and coagulation. She has unique insight in pediatric development, oncology dose-finding strategy and streamlining development for breakthrough therapies and accelerated approval. Julie has extensive experience in all development phases of therapeutics including regulatory interactions with major global health authorities (FDA, EMA, PMDA), due diligence, and design of clinical development approaches behind multiple filings.

Prior to her role at Certara, Dr. Bullock was the Clinical Pharmacology Team Leader for the Hematology/Oncology review team in the Office of Clinical Pharmacology at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA. Julie’s FDA career spanned 10 years where she contributed to over 14 new molecular entity NDA/BLA applications, multiple supplemental NDA/BLA applications, and was involved in the review all IND-related submissions submitted to the hematology/oncology division. Dr. Bullock received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University and completed a clinical pharmacology drug development fellowship with the State University of New York at Buffalo and Novartis Pharmaceuticals.