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Leadership

Ali Afshar

Ali Afshar

CEO | Co-Founder

First designed lab robots during PhD, and previously started a hardware company. Sits at intersection of science, engineering, and business. YCombinator alumnus, and Forbes 30 Under 30.

Ignacio Willats

Ignacio Willats

Co-Founder

Enterprise sales and product experience at multiple startups. Fosters a deep focus on the customer within the team, and leads sales. YCombinator alumnus, and Forbes 30 Under 30.

Justin Chang

Justin Chan

Head of Engineering

Multidisciplinary hardware engineer, experienced in new product development. Former "New Categories" R&D engineer at Dyson, and robotic kitchens at Deliveroo.

Francesca Cartier

Francesca Cartier

Head of Operations

Responsible for business operations and customer delivery. Experienced in building and scaling teams. Former Head of Ops at Bulb. Ex McKinsey consultant.

Hardware

James Cunningham

James Cunningham

Engineering Manager, Hardware

Hardware engineer with extensive early development and manufacture experience. Has overseen products from early prototypes, all the way through to manufacture in China.

Robert Melling

Rob Melling

Mechanical Engineer

Multi-disciplinary mechanical engineer with experience interning on automated cell culture machines and multiple years of rapid prototyping and design for manufacture.

Sam O'Mahony

Sam O'Mahony

Senior Electronics Engineer

Multidisciplinary electronics engineer across firmware and PCBs. Led R&D of next-gen smart EV chargers, working across electronics, firmware & higher level software.

Paul Rademeyer

Paul Rademeyer

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineer with 10 years of experience developing scientific instrumentation. PhD in biomedical engineering, previous hardware lead in cryogenics and atomic microscopy products.

Andrew Stratton

Felix Russell

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Research and robotics engineer with 6 years experience in automation across the fields of biomechanics, batteries and now biology. Created a world-leading mechanical knee model during PhD.

Flex Russell

Flynn Marshall

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering graduate whose specialisations include robotics, control systems and computer simulation.

Flynn Marshall

Aaron Teo

Engineer

Ex-Dyson patent holder. Experience across hardware development, complex modelling, and statistical testing to take products from development to reliable manufacture.

Flynn Marshall

Chris Clark

Engineering Technician

Coming originally from a craft background, experienced in work with non-ferrous metals and possessing a wide and varied skill set in several wide and diverse fields.

Flynn Marshall

Jarrod Greenwood

Engineering Technician

Biomedical Engineering graduate focused on medical devices and bone scaffold design. 4 years experience as a machinist, with proficiency in CNC and manual techniques.

Flynn Marshall

James Ward

Junior Electronics Engineer

Multidisciplinary Electronic Engineering graduate with background in drones, 3D printing and real-time signal analysis. Previous co-founder of a hardware company.

Billy Plummer

Billy Plummer

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer with broad experience in hardware R&D, design, and scaling including Formula E and consumer robotics. Previously based in the Bay Area at Lucid Motors and Matic Robots.

Software

Ben Greenberg

Ben Greenberg

Software Lead

Multidisciplinary designer & engineer, spanning from hardware to software to user experience design. Experience at Dyson.

Henry Miskin

Henry Miskin

Staff Software Engineer

Full-stack software engineer, spanning from firmware all the way to cloud. 5 years experience as early engineer at multiple startups. Also qualified as a mechanical engineer.

Ben Greenberg

Benedict Carling

Software Engineer

Experienced Full Stack Engineer proficient in Typescript and Python, with a background at IBM and startups.

Ben Greenberg

Ben Wilson

Software Engineer

Software/bio-engineer, specialising in working across disciplines on complex systems. Experience in computer vision and statistical methods.

Ben Greenberg

Oskar Williams

Senior Software Engineer

Full-stack software engineer with time spent as Tech Lead, SRE, and Lead DevOps. 4 years experience in software consultancy with focus on infrastructure, architecture, and security.

Henry Munro

Henry Munro

Senior Software Engineer

Full stack software engineer with experience scaling applications to millions of users across multiple industries. Particularly interested in observability and the intersection of science and technology.

Biology

Dr. Stephen Weston

Dr Stephen Weston

Senior Stem Cell Scientist

Experience developing and implementing novel iPSC differentiation protocols during PhD.

Dr. Stephen Weston

Jordina Casanova Vilar

Scientist

Multiple years experience in molecular biology techniques and working with multiple mammalian cell types. Experience conducting R&D that crosses engineering and biology.

Dr. Joana Costa

Dr Joana Costa

Bioengineer

Experienced developing at the interface of biology and engineering. Modified low-level 3D printer code for printing cell-based structures.

Georja Said

Sigita Malijauskaite

Bioengineer

A Ph.D. R&D scientist specialising in mammalian cell culture, iPSCs, iPSC differentiation, organoids and high-content fluorescent microscopy assays. 7 peer-reviewed journal publications and a book chapter stemming from doctoral research.

Georja Said

Aisha Memon

Associate Stem Cell Scientist

Associate scientist specialising in stem cell culture with particular experience in tissue engineering.

Georja Said

Rebecca Powell

Scientist

Multiple years experience working with stem cells in biotech and academia. Specialised in stem cell differentiation and tissue engineering during PhD.

Product & Sales

Dr. Xian Weng

Dr Xian Weng

Lead Product Applications Manager

Highly-innovative scientist skilled in combining biology and chemistry with engineering to solve hard challenges. Former Principal Scientist developing on-chip blood diagnostics at Orphidia, and GMP experience at Lonza.

Dr. Xian Weng

Jonathan Paikoff

US Account Executive

Spent seven years in tech sales roles of increasing responsibility before pursuing drug development research. Ready to help your team automate cell culture.

Advisors

Jared Friedman

Jared Friedman

Partner, Y-Combinator

Founding CTO of Scribd, now a $100m/yr business. As a partner at Y-Combinator, Jared has coached hundreds of highly-succcesful startups, including many in biotech. An expert on all aspects of running and scaling a company.

Jared Friedman

Ian Felix

Manufacturing Advisor

Over 40 years experience in successfully bringing products from prototype through manufacture as a leader, including Apple, IBM, and 7 medical devices at different startups. Currently COO at Lassen Peak.

Jared Friedman

Ahmed Badr

Legal Advisor

Ahmed is COO at GoCardless. He joined GoCardless in 2015 and helped take them from Series B to G, from 40 to 1,000 people and to over $100m revenue. A lawyer by trade, and tech geek by nature.

Jared Friedman

Ben Haley

Drug Discovery Advisor

20 years of experience focused on technology development for scalable biological discovery and gene, cell, and nucleic acid therapies. Previously a Distinguished Scientist at Genentech, Ben is currently a Full Professor at the Université de Montréal.

Jared Friedman

Brian O'Sullivan

Sales Advisor

Known as a sales sniper, Brian has built commercial organisations within life science tech start ups and multinational organisations with revenue generation at top of mind.  Passion for the digital transformation in the life science market and harnessing data to drive discovery via automation data factories.

Jared Friedman

Paddy Lambros

People Advisor

Paddy is an expert in People and Recruiting. He built the team at Improbable as a Talent Acquisition Lead from 65 people to 650 people, and then went on to lead Sensat as Head of People and Talent from 20 before Series A, to over 90 post Series B.

Jared Friedman

Charlie O'Driscoll

People Advisor

Charlie is the Head of Tech Recruitment at Monzo bank. He joined Monzo in 2021 and has helped the tech org double in size. Before Monzo Charlie worked at Deliveroo during their IPO and has previously led hiring teams at Improbable, the BBC and others.

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