Start Codon, a new model of life science and healthcare business accelerator, has announced two appointments to its senior team.

Founded earlier this year, Start Codon is a strategic initiative, which offers significant funding and support to rapidly translate the most disruptive and innovative research into world class start-up companies.

Daniel Rooke has joined as partner and head of operations, and Sakura Holloway as partner and head of diligence.

Daniel’s focus will be on the negotiation of investments, follow-on funding rounds and exits, as well as the management of the group’s intellectual property. Sakura will support Start Codon’s deal flow by identifying potential companies for investment and performing due diligence. She will also act as a mentor during the acceleration program.

Dr Jason Mellad, CEO at Start Codon, said: “The appointments of Daniel and Sakura form part of our ambitious plans and mission to provide a new model of life science and healthcare business accelerator, with a world-class team to create maximum value for us, our investors and our investee companies. Daniel and Sakura’s industry experience and expertise will be invaluable to the companies joining our acceleration program. I look forward to working with them in our next phase, as we identify the most exciting life science and healthcare companies from around the globe.”