Our specialist consulting team is dedicated to the pharmaceutical and medical product industry. We all have prior professional experience from pharma, biotech, medical devices, CROs, scientific institutions, or consulting.

John Rountree Managing Partner

MBA, London Business School; MA, University of Oxford
John Rountree

John has over 30 years of experience in management consulting and creating value with pharmaceutical and medical product companies. He founded Novasecta in 2003 and has built the company by selecting and developing top quality consultants who work successfully with clients across R&D, corporate/business development and commercial disciplines. John has directed many strategic and management initiatives, achieving amongst others, strategic organisational change, major licensing deals, corporate transformation, optimised asset portfolios, and improvements in strategic partnerships.

Prior to founding Novasecta, John held senior positions in three global consulting firms. He was Head of European Operations at Integral Inc. (now Analysis Group), Director at Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) and Principal at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now IBM/PWC). John has also raised funds for and developed start-up companies commercially, and has been an executive board member of an intracellular drug delivery spin-out from the University of Cambridge and a novel CNS screening technology start-up company.

John holds an MBA from London Business School, and an MA in Engineering, Economics and Management from Brasenose College, Oxford University.

Tony Sedgwick Partner

PhD & FRCPath, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School
Tony Sedgwick

Tony is a Partner with Novasecta and has almost 30 years of experience in senior executive and non-executive roles in the pharmaceutical and medical product industry. At Novasecta, Tony has primarily been involved in R&D performance improvement, transformation, and business development.

Tony initially worked in senior management roles at Roche for 16 years including Global Head of Clinical Operations for almost 8 years. Since 2002, he has held several executive and non-executive roles in biotech companies in Europe. As CEO, he led successful trade sales of two companies: Cambridge Biotechnology, a pain, inflammation and metabolic diseases company for £25 million and DanioLabs, a neurology and opthalmology company for £15 million. Tony also raised £17.5 million for Novacta Biosystems and £5.2 million for Silence Therapeutics. He has also been an Advisor at Blueberry Therapeutics, a drug discovery company with a nanopolymer discovery platform and at Scottish Enterprise, an economic and policy organisation supporting Scottish businesses.

Tony holds a PhD FRCPath in Pathology/Experimental Pathology from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School in London.

Chris Roe Partner

Executive Leadership, IMD Lausanne; BSc, Manchester Business School
Chris Roe

Chris has over 23 years of management consulting experience. He joined Novasecta as an Associate Partner having previously held a senior management team position in IMS Consulting Group. During his time at IMS, Chris led the Product and Portfolio Strategy Practice in EMEA and led an internal change programme to restructure the organisation of IMS’s global consulting business.

Chris also co-founded and was COO of a consulting firm that focused on the strategic use of sponsorship for clients spanning multiple market sectors including FMCG, telecoms, technology, financial services and consumer electronics. Earlier in his career, Chris was a Senior Associate at Strategic Decisions Group (SDG) where, in addition to his time at IMS Consulting Group, much of his client experience focused on the life sciences sector. Chris has led strategic projects in life cycle management, R&D, devices and market entry across multiple developed and emerging international markets.

Chris has a BSc in Management Science at what is now part of the Manchester Business School and has been tutored in Executive Leadership at IMD in Lausanne.

Brian McGee Engagement Manager

PhD & MA, University of Cambridge
Brian McGee

Brian leads a broad range of engagements with Novasecta clients in the pharmaceutical and medical products industries. He has worked primarily in business unit strategy, product launch strategy, generic drug strategy, pipeline valuation, and partnership search.

Prior to Novasecta, Brian held a variety of finance and commercial positions with GlaxoSmithKline, and started his career as a strategy consultant with the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte).

Brian holds a PhD in Cell and Organism Engineering, and an MA in Natural Sciences, both from the University of Cambridge.

Ed Corbett Engagement Manager

MA, University of Oxford
Ed Corbett

Ed leads a broad selection of engagements at Novasecta, but with a particular focus on commercial improvement in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to joining Novasecta, Ed worked for almost 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry for both Merck and GSK, holding a variety of senior marketing positions at country and global level. His experience includes multiple product launches at country and global level, portfolio management and mature product optimisation.

Ed holds an MA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. In addition he holds a lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is PRINCE2 project management trained.

Salma Ajraoui Engagement Manager

PhD, University of Sheffield; MSc, University of Paris XI
Salma Ajraoui

Salma has experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry spanning academic research and life sciences consulting.

Before joining Novasecta, Salma worked within the life sciences and healthcare consulting teams at Accenture, where she worked on R&D and Commercial consulting assignments at pharmaceutical companies and the National Health Service. Prior to consulting, Salma began her career as a Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield where she was granted the Marie Curie Fellowship collaborating with European universities and industry partners. She investigated faster acquisition techniques of Magnetic Resonance Lung Imaging for the diagnostic of respiratory diseases such as asthma, emphysema and COPD.

Salma holds a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Sheffield, and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in theoretical physics from the University of Paris XI.


Our Partners and Engagement Managers are supported by a strong group of Associates and Senior Associates to ensure the right balance of skills and experience are applied in each of the consulting teams that works with our clients.