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Jelena Aleksic

Director, SparkBio Ltd.

Jelena is a geneticist turned entrepreneur. She is currently the Director of European Partnerships at Raremark, working to accelerate therapeutics development for patients with rare disease. She is also the director of a life sciences consultancy, SparkBio Ltd. She is passionate about the potential of biotechnology to improve patients' lives.

She completed her PhD at Cambridge University in Genomics and Computational Biology, followed by a postdoc position researching the Epigenetics of a rare genetic disorder, Dubowitz Syndrome.

She is the founder and former CEO of GeneAdviser, an online marketplace for clinical genetic tests (now owned by the NHS). Having learned about the challenges in diagnosing rare diseases, she co-founded GeneAdviser to make it easier for doctors to find and order tests for their patients.

She is also a director of TReND in Africa, a charity supporting scientific research in Africa.

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