Darrin is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor and enterprise champion. He has been involved in the start-up and growth of numerous business ventures securing over $300 million business financing from grant, angel, corporate, venture capital and public market sources as well as closing over $450 million of product, service, licensing and M&A deals.
He is currently the CEO and President of Horizon Discovery Group, a company he led from a $275 thousand seed funding in March 2008 to a $113 million IPO exactly six years later. The funds raised by the IPO set a new record for a life science company on the AIM market and were the second largest by any research tools company in a London listing.
In 2012, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the European Life Science Awards, in 2014 was named biotech and pharma Executive of the Year by Scrip and in 2015 was named UK Quoted Company Entrepreneur of the Year, Cambridge Business Person of the Year and one of the 175 Faces of Chemistry by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Darrin supports education, entrepreneurship and mentoring programs in the UK via the Professor Christopher R Lowe Carpe Diem Enterprise Fund and has backed over 30 start-up life science, technology and social enterprises. This led to him recently being conferred with an individual Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion in the 2016 birthday honours list.
He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Cambridge Judge Business School and Enterprise Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute of Biotechnology, both at the University of Cambridge. He is currently Chairman and co-founder of GeoSpock, Chairman of Desktop Genetics, Director and co-founder of Avvinity Therapeutics, Director of Cell Therapy, Board Member of the UK Bioindustry Association, Regional Council Member of the Confederation of British Industry and serves on the advisory boards of Axol Bioscience Ltd, GeneAdviser, HealX3, Cambridge Ahead, the Cambridge Phenomenon, the Cambridge Science Centre and Biotech and Money as well as working with national and international bodies aimed at promoting the thriving UK life science industry.