What we do 

FUSION Biomed is a specialist executive search firm and investment partner to early stage life science and healthtech companies. We deliver proven leaders, executives and board members, to grow your company and introduce you to people, investors and organisations that will ensure success and minimise risk.

Our team understands the science, has extensive sector knowledge and considerable experience of building out teams and company growth strategies. We work closely with you, our client, advising how to grow market leading companies. Based in a world-leading biocluster of Cambridge, UK, we know and can draw on the people leading and growing innovative life science and healthtech companies.

We have a deep experience in board diversity as well as the contribution that women can bring to leadership.

How we do it 

We find the right people: hard-to-find, transformational leaders, ahead of your competitors. We will help you to lead in a globally competitive market.

Our extensive sector knowledge and appreciation of the needs of early stage companies ensures we are best placed to source the most effective, proven entrepreneurial leaders. As search experts, we understand the importance of team dynamics and work closely with everyone involved in building out the team to ensure we find you the right person from the start. 

We find the right money: investors who share your vision and passion, and bring expertise and connections to your business. 

Our strong relationships with the investment community ensure we can introduce you to funding coupled with domain knowledge and network. We know investors need to bring more than just their money to early stage ventures. 

Our global networks are strong in US, Europe and Asia.  

Our relationship with you

Quick to understand your intent, we will keep you informed throughout the process and provide you with honest market feedback on your company, science and people involved. To us, every search and investment matters; we see everything through to completion and deliver consistently smooth, successful searches and appointments. We understand company ambitions, the need for collaboration, transparency and trust. 

Who we are


Claire Button

Founder and CEO

Dr Claire Button is Founder of FUSION Biomed, a specialist search and investment partner for early stage, high-growth life science and healthtech companies.

With a passion for life science founded on a first degree in Medical Biochemistry and a PhD in Immunopharmacology, Claire has specialised in life science executive search since 2008.

She brings extensive sector knowledge and commercial understanding, combined with a global network to introduce her clients to high-demand leaders ahead of their competitors.

Claire founded FUSION Biomed to share the excitement and manage the risks of early stage companies with her clients.

Claire heads up FUSION Biomeds’ programme of events to support early-stage companies as well as our initiatives to promote diversity. She regularly presents at external events supporting early stage companies and diversity.  Claire is a leader in the field of building out first teams in early stage ventures.

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Bob Penney

Bob is a results oriented management consultant with over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology tools industry, specialising in international strategy development and implementation, marketing, sales and business development. He has consulted for international medical and biotechnology tools clients ranging from small businesses to large companies on strategic and operational projects. Bob has also served as an executive coach to entrepreneurs & corporate executives and as an executive chairman and non-executive director on boards.

Bob’s skills and experience in the biotechnology tools industry include strategic planning and implementation, raising VC investment, international business management, subsidiary set up & development, team building & development, process improvement, international sales and profit generation, international marketing partner management, integrated marketing programs and management of product development programs.  In addition to his business and technology acumen, he has an extensive contact network in the life sciences field.

He is an advisor to FUSION Biomed and runs a management consultancy focused on helping small to medium sized companies develop their international business using tools and processes that he has successfully implemented in his previous companies.

Prior to establishing his consultancy, Bob served as CEO of BioSilta Ltd, where he, together with the board, raised over 2.5 million Euros of VC investment into the company to commercialise its recombinant protein expression products.

Prior to BioSilta, Bob served as Managing Director for Accuri Cytometers (Europe) Ltd, responsible for establishing and running the European subsidiary for Accuri Cytometers, Inc. He successfully built the team and business in Europe to annual revenues of >$9 million within 3 years, when Becton Dickinson acquired Accuri Cytometers, Inc. for ten times annual revenues.

Prior to Accuri, Bob served as Managing Director for Ambion (Europe) Ltd and VP International Sales for Ambion, Inc., responsible for Ambion’s worldwide distributor network. Having successfully set up Ambion’s first subsidiary in Europe and a second subsidiary in Japan three years later, he built an extremely successful team responsible for >$20 million turnover prior to Ambion’s acquisition by Applied Biosystems for 5 times annual revenues. During this time, Ambion (Europe) Ltd was recognised by local businesses in the following categories, Employer of the Year, Innovation of the year and Small Business of the Year.

Earlier in his career, Bob served as Director, International OEM and Resale Business, at Pharmacia Biotech AB, where he successfully founded and developed the business unit.  Under his management, the unit achieved a multimillion-dollar turnover with 60% net operating profits and contracts with several major biotechnology tools and diagnostic companies.

Bob has a passion for international business and developing and coaching people and teams. He is an Accredited Belbin Team Roles Facilitator and has used Belbin extensively for team formation and recruitment in the companies he has run.

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Stephanie Brooking

Stephanie is an advisor to FUSION Biomed. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the life science market for many new innovative technologies and market leading companies, including GE, Affymetrix, Applied Biosystems, Illumina, Oxford Nanopore Technologies and CEGX.

Stephanie has worked as a global commercial leader with broad industrial experience focused on life sciences with operational, sales, technical and marketing leadership experience in large and small start-up company structures.

She has built and implemented commercial strategy from ground up, recruited teams and operational infrastructure to support new innovative technologies and disruptive start-up business to deliver award winning performances. 


Simon Burton

Simon is an adviser to FUSION Biomed, advising on growth and marketing strategy.

Simon is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of CB Resourcing, a leading knowledge & information management recruitment business.

After a successful career in technology recruitment, Simon started working in the information industry several years ago. Initially with Marketresearch.com Profound and has since worked for Forrester Research and Analysys Mason.

Simon is on the board of SLA Europe a leading industry body for information supporting their events committee.

Simon is a member of FUSION Biomed's knowledge network.