“We’re at that exciting intersection of generating financial returns by improving lives.”

Ian A.W. Howes


Mr. Ian Howes serves as Managing Director of Accelerator. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Accelerator Life Science Partners and its portfolio companies. Mr. Howes has more than 20 years of experience in senior financial roles developing early-stage life sciences companies. During his career, he has completed numerous rounds of private and public equity and debt transactions, including two initial public offerings. He also has successfully managed multiple M&A transactions for companies where he served as CFO, including the sale of Scioderm to Amicus Therapeutics in 2015 and the sale of Serenex to Pfizer in 2008. Prior to Accelerator Life Science Partners, Mr. Howes served as CFO of Heart Metabolics, a venture capital backed biopharmaceutical company developing drugs for cardiovascular diseases. Prior to that he served as CFO of Scioderm, a pediatric orphan disease company. Prior to that, Mr. Howes served as CFO for Akebia Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing pharmaceutical drugs for anemia and ophthalmology. Before Akebia, Mr. Howes served as CFO and Senior VP of Corporate Development of Serenex, an integrated discovery and development-stage oncology company. Prior to Serenex, Mr. Howes served as CFO and VP Operations at Paradigm Genetics. Mr. Howes began his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand in London. He was certified as a Chartered Accountant in the U.K.

Mr. Howes received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick.