Dr Catriona Crombie is responsible for LifeArc’s grant funding portfolio and the team that provide translational advice to other medical research funders. Catriona joined LifeArc early in 2018 to establish the LifeArc Philanthropic Fund; a new academic funding mechanism that is intended to support the development of therapeutics and diagnostics for rare diseases. Catriona also has responsibility for the services that LifeArc provides to the charity sectors.
Prior to joining LifeArc Catriona spent 10 years at the MRC where she was responsible for the delivery of translational medical research and industry engagement funding schemes. In particular, Catriona worked as Programme Manager on the Biomedical Catalyst: Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme. The role involved projects to develop different types of therapeutics for a range of diseases including rare diseases. Many of those projects have subsequently been incorporated into companies. Before joining the MRC, Catriona worked in charity research funding and in academic research.