Robert Allen, Ph.D.


Cross-functional project leader in biopharmaceutical management of international clinical development, regulatory submissions and development strategy.

About Rob

Rob is a project leader in the biopharmaceutical industry with broad understanding of cell therapies and biologics development. Rob joined Dark Horse Consulting in 2019, bringing over 12 years of experience overseeing clinical trials, regulatory submissions, process improvement, and development strategy. During his career, he has been a part of companies ranging in size and development stage from small entrepreneurial organizations to large corporate pharmaceutical companies.

Before joining Dark Horse Consulting, Rob most recently served as Senior Director of Immunotherapy at Asterias Biotherapeutics, a small biopharmaceutical company developing embryonic stem cell-derived therapeutics for spinal injury and cancer. Rob oversaw overall development strategy, cross functional team leadership and clinical trial initiation of the company’s allogeneic cancer immunotherapy platform therapy. He delivered substantial progress of the cancer immunotherapy pipeline asset and a large part of his role was representing the organization to investors and at scientific conferences.

Earlier in his career, Rob’s focus was on clinical research and clinical trial management. Site selection and monitoring, patient recruitment, trial negotiation, and data collection were parts of his early responsibilities at ICON and Parexel. Moving into managerial roles at Johnson and Johnson, and Amgen, Rob led clinical studies from Phase I to IV. He led teams of clinical research associates, CROs and suppliers, while reporting on recruitment, study milestones, data collection plus other key quality and performance drivers.

At Amgen, Rob moved from Global Clinical Trial Manager to International Program Manager for oncology and hematology products. He was responsible for management of international development, medical, and branding teams for marketed and pipeline development assets. He used integrated project management best practices in global programs to ensure project delivery and alignment with regional and global commercialization strategies. At Circassia, as Associate Director of Project Management, Rob’s responsibilities shifted to a heavy focus on international regulatory submissions, development planning, and resolution of manufacturing deficiencies. He drove program management through the development of a Target Product Profile (TPP) to deliver project resourcing, oversight and reporting to senior management.


  • Initiation of a UK Phase 1 clinical trial of an allogeneic cellular immunotherapy for cancer
  • Represented former organization on quarterly public earnings calls, analyst calls, during outbound partnering and due diligence activities, at analyst events and at investor and scientific conferences
  • Due diligence package preparation in support of pre-merger activities
  • Creation of TPPs and integrated program development plans


Asterias Biotherapeutics
Senior Director, Immunotherapy

Associate Director, Project Management – Allergy

International Programme Manager – Oncology, Haemato-oncology
Global Clinical Study Manager

Johnson & Johnson
Local Trial Manager

Parexel FSP for Pfizer
Clinical Research Associate

Clinical Research Associate


University of Portsmouth
Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology

University of Wales, Swansea
M.Sc. in Molecular Biology

University of Portsmouth
B.Sc. in Pharmacology

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