The Team

Professor Richard Mithen

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.

Laura Knight
Laura Knight

Laura is a serial entrepreneur with a background in corporate affairs and marketing communications.

Steve Morrison
Head of Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Research

Steve Morrison, a medical biochemist by training, previously worked for more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry.

Georgina Pope
Dr Georgina Pope
Georgina is a Technology Transfer Business Development Manager for PBL Technology.
Paul Finglas
Paul Finglas

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

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.

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)

Aran Shaunak

Aran is a science communicator with experience in academic science, business and marketing & communications (for both companies and not-for-profits).

Jess Flowers

Jess is a CIM qualified global marketer with a wide range of experience across technology, and most recently food science in both Business to Business and Business Consumer marketing.

Martin Stocks
Dr Martin Stocks

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

Our Shareholders include:

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.

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

PBL identifies and develops innovative technologies from public and private sources worldwide – turning ideas into patented, scientifically
validated and licensable technologies.

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.

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.

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