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

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 a Director of Midven and joined the business in 2004. He is a Fund Principal of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund.

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.

Oxford Technology
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.
UK Innovation and Science

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.

Growing Broccoli Seedlings
The Smarter Food Company is supported by EIT Food, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)