Mark Payton

Mark Payton

Mark Payton

CEO & Co-founder, Mercia Technologies PLC

Mark is the co-founder of Mercia Fund Management Limited (“MFM”). He has made in excess of 30 venture investments and led the sale of Hybrid Systems (to Myotec), Warwick Effect Polymers (to Polytherics) and was on the board of Abzena plc until its listing on AIM in July 2014. Prior to MFM, Mark was at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, and played leading roles within Isis Innovation (the technology transfer operation of the University of Oxford), spinning out BioAnalab, Oxford Immunotec, Oxitec and Natural Motion – 2 of which were latterly sold and 1 listed successfully on NASDAQ. Mark was vice president corporate development at Oxxon Therapeutics Inc, prior to its sale to Oxford BioMedica PLC. Mark benefits from over 15 years’ experience in technology commercialisation and investment and led the management buyout which created MFM. Mark gained his PhD jointly between the University of Oxford (Worcester College) and the University of London (King’s College). He also has an MBA from the University of Warwick, has IMC parts I and II, and is FCA accredited.