Cathal Friel

Chairman and Co-Founder, hVIVO ad Poolbeg Pharma

Cathal Friel is a seasoned serial entrepreneur with a long and successful history and to date has listed five companies on the London Stock Exchange. Cathal serves as Chair and co-founder of hVIVO plc (formerly named Open Orphan plc), where he brings extensive experience in successfully growing public companies, particularly in navigating through M&A transactions. Cathal is also co-founder and Chairman of Poolbeg Pharma plc, a publicly listed biopharmaceutical company which was demerged from hVIVO plc in 2021. Cathal also co-founded and sits on the Board of European Green Transition plc, which listed on London Stock Exchange in April 2024. Cathal co-founded Amryt Pharma plc which listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2016 and dual listed on Nasdaq in 2020 and was later sold to Chiesi Farmaceutici for $1.48bn in 2023. Prior to that, he was co-founder and Chairman of Fastnet Oil & Gas plc, which listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2011. In 2001, Cathal was part of the team that successfully established Merrion Stockbrokers in Dublin. Following Merrion’s trade sale in 2006, he founded Raglan Capital which is renowned for building in-house companies that are listed on the public stock markets. Cathal was a finalist in the international category of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2020.