Alex Toft

Alex Toft

Alex Toft

Head of Minerva, University of Warwick Science Park

Having spent his initial career with Unilever, ICI and INEOS in commercial roles and running businesses, which included expatriate tours in Indonesia and Brazil, through a process of serendipity he invented not one drug but a series which led to the foundation of a biotech, INEOS Healthcare. As the founder, he grew the business from 3 people to a multinational biotech and at its peak was running clinical trials across 23 countries in 250 hospitals receiving investment of £73m in process. A named inventor in 10 patents, he was awarded the Pott’s Medal in 2014 by The University of Liverpool for his contribution to science and held a Senior Honorary Lectureship post in Clinical Medicine. He has also worked for the NHS Wales and was responsible for launching the first national children’s air ambulance. Along the way, he picked up a Masters in Law and MBA. For the last three years, Alex has worked closely with SMEs in the Midlands helping them both develop and raise finance. His current role is heading up the largest Angel network outside of London – Minerva which is part of the University of Warwick.