Hugo Villanueva

Innovation and Business Development Director

Hugo is responsible for new enquiries, business and innovation advice and event coordination at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst.

Hugo joined from Revena, a research organisation and consultancy supporting and attracting funding for start-ups, spinouts and growing companies in the life sciences sector. He has worked in the past with Clustermarket, a company that rents and share lab equipment. 


He is passionate about life science entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of research. As a founding member of the Science Entrepreneur Club he has great experience of managing events and competitions for entrepreneurs within the “Golden Triangle” in partnership with RebelBio, Merck, Arctoris and others. During his time as President of the London branch of Innovation Forum he was responsible for organising a successful series of lectures, workshops and conferences.


Hugo holds a PhD in Synthetic Biology from UCL and Birkbeck College, an MRes in Systems Biology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Biotechnology from Edinburgh University.

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