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RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd
11 July 2024

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11 July 2024

RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd

Baroness Nicola Blackwood Appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director


RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd (the "Company"), a London Stock Exchange-listed investment company focused on identifying transformative assets with high growth potential across the life sciences sector, announces that Baroness Nicola Blackwood has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors as an independent, Non-Executive Director, effective the 11th of July 2024.


Nicola is a leader in science and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the House of Lords, and Chair of Genomics England and Oxford University Innovation. Since 2023, she has been a Supervisory Board member of the biotechnology company, BioNTech. Nicola served as Minister for Innovation in the Department for Health and Social Care under two Prime Ministers where she led on Lifesciences, NHS Data and Digital Transformation, and Global Health Security. She was the first female MP for Oxford and was elected by MPs of all parties to Chair the Commons Science and Tech Committee. She remains one of the youngest committee chairs in British history and the only woman to have chaired the Commons Science & Tech Committee.


Bill Scott, Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, who led the appointment process said, "We are delighted to welcome Baroness Blackwood to the board of RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd.  Nicola brings with her a remarkable blend of skills and experience, having operated at the highest levels of government and leadership roles in the facilitation of fundamental research and strategic commercialisation of promising innovation in life sciences both in the UK and overseas.  We look forward to working with her to take RTW Biotech Opportunities to the next level as the leading investment fund in its sector on the London market and in further advancing the UK and European biotech ecosystem."

William Simpson, Chair of the Board, said, "Nicola's involvement in science and technology, within and outside of government, provides us with significant additional knowledge from which we all will benefit.  The performance of the Company since inception has been excellent and Nicola's contribution will help us further develop our mission to harness innovation in biotech to the advantage of patients and shareholders."

Nicola Blackwood said, "I am delighted to be joining the RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd Board. Life sciences and innovation will be central in tackling many of the global challenges we face today. I look forward to engaging with the RTW team and playing a part in powering innovations from breakthrough to high-growth companies."


No further details are required to be disclosed under LR 9.6.13


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About Biotech Opportunities Ltd:

RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd (LSE: RTW & RTWG) is an investment fund focused on identifying transformative assets with high growth potential across the biopharmaceutical and medical technology sectors. Driven by a long-term approach to support innovative businesses, RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd invests in companies developing next-generation therapies and technologies that can significantly improve patients' lives. RTW Biotech Opportunities Ltd is managed by RTW Investments, LP, a leading healthcare-focused entrepreneurial investment firm with deep scientific expertise and a strong track record of supporting companies developing life-changing therapies.

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