Over the past few months, there has been an astonishing rate of scientific progress, with major implications for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this 20-minute update, Dr Daniel Mahony and Gareth Powell, co-heads of the Polar Capital Global Healthcare Team, discuss the most up-to-date information they have gleaned from scientific papers and speaking to experts in the field, including vaccine developments, second-wave fears and the key catalysts they are watching over the coming weeks.
Daniel Mahony, PhD
Daniel joined Polar Capital to set up the Healthcare team in 2007. Prior to joining Polar Capital, he was head of the European healthcare research team at Morgan Stanley, covering the European biotechnology, medical technology and healthcare services sectors.
Previously, Daniel worked in New York for ING Barings Furman Selz following the US biotechnology sector. Before working in the investment field, Daniel worked as a research scientist for seven years with the majority of his time at Schering Plough Corporation in California.
Gareth Powell, CFA
Gareth joined Polar Capital in 2007 to set up the Healthcare team. Prior to Polar Capital, Gareth worked at Framlington, where he began his career in investment management in 1999. Soon afterwards, he joined the Healthcare Team in 2001 and helped launch the Framlington Biotech Fund, which he managed from 2004 until his departure.
Gareth studied biochemistry at Oxford, during which time he worked at Yamanouchi, a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company (later to become Astellas). As well as this, Gareth worked for the Oxford Business School and various academic laboratories including the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research.