Nick Haan

Year group: 1997

Degree: PhD, Engineering

College: Peterhouse

Home country: Australia

Current position: CEO, BlueGnome

Nick completed a PhD in statistical signal processing from the University of Cambridge in 2001 funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.  His PhD focused on the development of Bayesian numerical methods.  He has authored several papers and patents in Bayesian statistical methods and molecular genetic technologies.  Previously Nick attended the University of Adelaide and gained a degree in computer systems engineering. 

In 2002, Nick co-founded BlueGnome to develop and commercialise advanced statistical technology to improve the quality of data obtained by genetics researchers. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from inception, as it has undergone a transition from a research focussed software provider to a leading developer of genetic tests for the investigation of intellectual disability and, more recently, the selection of embryos to improve IVF success rates.

When asked about Cambridge, Nick said “I feel enormously grateful to the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for funding my PhD in Cambridge.  My Cambridge experience was truly life changing and has led to some great opportunities.”