Cushman & Wakefield has appointed James Sheppard to head the firm’s new Life Sciences team, based in London.
A graduate in pharmacology and molecular genetics, James has developed an expertise in incubator and accelerator projects, guiding a diverse range of investors, entrepreneurs and occupiers across the sector. In recent years he has worked on the successful delivery of two globally recognised centres of excellence in London, The Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College’s new Translation & Innovation Hub at White City.
He brings to the firm a wealth of experience in the identification, design and operation of bespoke Life Science facilities from the start-up phase through to maturity.
He will lead and develop Cushman & Wakefield’s existing relationships in the sector in London and across the UK knowledge clusters with a focus on major development projects.
Charles Dady, International Partner and Head of UK Landlord Services at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “The UK is at the forefront of scientific innovation and the confluence of life sciences and technology is gathering pace. To provide insightful advice, the real estate sector needs a deeper understanding of the dynamics affecting occupiers and the ecosystems within which they operate.
“We are therefore delighted that James is joining us to work closely with our agency teams and specialists in healthcare, education and the public sector.”
James Sheppard, Head of Life Sciences at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “The demand for lab space is growing exponentially and it is imperative that the industry seeks the right advice to manage this growth and build a sustainable science community in the long term.
“I am excited to be bringing my academic and hands on experience within the sector to Cushman & Wakefield whose global platform is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this exponential growth.”
Cushman & Wakefield’s Life Sciences team will provide full service real estate advice to the life sciences sector, including site selection and design, lease and portfolio management, operational advice, financing and capital markets.