Our Team

Laura Knight
Laura Knight
Co-founder &
Chief Executive Officer

Laura is a serial entrepreneur with a background in corporate affairs and marketing communications. She leads SmarterNaturally and The Smarter Food Company on a day-to-day basis

Professor Richard Mithen
Co-founder &
Lead Scientist

Following a PhD in plant genetics from the University of East Anglia, Richard Mithen spent four years working on the collection, conservation and use of wild crop relatives in south central Africa.

Steve Morrison
Head of
Clinical Research

Steve Morrison, a medical biochemist by training, previously worked for more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry and supporting science-backed health food products.

Aran Shaunak
Head of Science Communications & Customer Operations

Aran is an ex-academic scientist turned science communicator with experience across strategy, operations and marketing & communications in both commercial and not-for-profit settings.

Dr Clinton Gormley
Dr Clinton Gormley

Clinton started out his career as a medical doctor in South Africa, but soon changed course to co-found various web startups including Virgin Wines (with Laura Knight)

Andy Muir
Dr Andy Muir

Andrew is an Investment Director at Future Planet Capital and a Fund Principal of the  UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund.

Georgina Pope
Dr Georgina Pope
Georgina is a Technology Transfer Business Development Manager for PBL Technology.
Martin Stocks
Dr Martin Stocks
Business Development & IP

Martin has over 30 years experience in research and scientific commercialisation.

Paul Finglas
Paul Finglas

Paul joined Quadram Institute Bioscience (formerly the Institute of Food Research) in 1981.

Our Shareholders

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For more than 30 years, Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in start-up and early stage technology companies.

An early-stage venture capital fund building and growing technology companies stemming from the UK’s Research Base backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Fund is independently managed by venture capital specialist Midven.

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health. Its mission is to develop solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.
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PBL identifies and develops innovative technologies from public and private sources worldwide – turning ideas into patented, scientifically
validated and licensable technologies.

Jonathan Milner

Jonathan, founder and currently Deputy Chairman of Abcam plc, is an experienced entrepreneur and investor and is passionate about supporting UK life science and high-tech start-ups.

He has provided considerable investment and support to over 30 companies and has assisted three technology companies to IPO on the London AIM Stock exchange.

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