Hugo Villanueva, Octopus Ventures

Hugo Villanueva

Hugo joined Octopus Ventures in 2022, excited to put his expertise to work seeking out the biotech and life-sciences opportunities poised to revolutionise global healthcare.

During his PhD, which focused on structural and synthetic biology, Hugo got his first experience of early stage businesses, working with accelerators, startups and entrepreneurs to turn world-changing science into pioneering business propositions.

He joined the Octopus Ventures team from Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, a leading incubator in the cell and gene sector, where he spent two years helping businesses innovate and grow at scale.

Outside work, Hugo enjoys watching obscure B-movies and reading sci-fi novels.