Andrew Davidson: a man dedicated to helping others
Friends and family of Andrew Davidson chose to make donations in Andrew’s memory to MMV to help forward our fight against malaria. MMV was extremely grateful for this contribution and extends its heartfelt thanks to the Davidson family for choosing MMV - we agree that Andrew was fighting for the same cause - we only wish we could have met him.
Andrew was born in Dar-es-Salaam and grew up in Kenya and Uganda. He studied Veterinary Science at Liverpool University. Upon graduating, he went into practice as a veterinary surgeon, but was quickly drawn to the pharmaceutical industry. Andrew was managing director of C-Vet in the seventies, the first suppliers of cat flu vaccine. He managed the Veterinary Drug Company before becoming an Industrial Advisor at 3i plc - where he established and built up the biotechnology portfolio of the venture capital firm.
At sixty, Andrew set up Tropix, which brought together his passions and expertise, with a vision clearly shared by MMV. He wanted to develop new inexpensive vaccines with innovative methods for their delivery to fight malaria and other tropical diseases.
He felt proud to be chair of Xceleron, a company using nanotechnology with the potential of revolutionizing drug testing. He was also a member of the Council of York University.
Andrew died suddenly on 21 January 2006. He leaves his wife Angela, four children and five grandchildren.