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The Team

Who We Are

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Alicia el Haj

Founder & Managing Director

  • Leading figure in Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine and has been involved in bringing together interdisciplinary groups within biomedicine, maths, physical sciences and engineering.

  • Awarded the IOM3 Chapman medal for her major contribution towards translation of biomedical materials into healthcare.

  • Ex-Chair of the European Council for the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).

  • Royal Society Merit Award in 2014 | St Anne’s Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University in 2018 | Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK since 2017 | MRC Suffrage Award for her role in leading women in STEM in 2015

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Jon Dobson


  • In Top 50 most highly cited researchers in regenerative medicine in the world.

  • His patents have been licensed by companies in the UK and the US, and these technologies are in use in academic institutions and biotechnology companies in more than 25 countries around the world.

  • J Crayton Pruitt Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.

  • Royal Society Merit Award in 2004 | Fellow of: US National Academy of Inventors (NAI) | American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) | American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) | The Royal Society of Biology | The Royal Society of Medicine | Selected for the UK Medical Research Council’s César Milstein Award | International Journal of Nanomedicine’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2017

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Michal Zurawski


  • PhD in orthopaedic biotech at the University of Nottingham, in partnership with a global biotech firm - Zimmer-Biomet.

  • Strategy consulting at Boston Consulting Group and KPMG after his studies.

  • Leading a function within Tech at one of the UK’s newest ‘Unicorns’ - Gousto.

  • British Army Reservist since 2016, in the process of undertaking a Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 

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Peter Cunliffe

Company Secretary

  • Held senior financial positions in a variety of environments ranging from private limited companies to blue-chip plcs

  • Previous positions included Financial Director, now an owner of Flex FD which helps SMEs with financial management and direction support, particularly with regard to securing finance for R&D and growth.

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Neil Farrow

R&D Technician

  • Expert in magnetism, Neil has contributed materially to the design of the MICA bioreactor and Dynascreen platforms. 

  • Post-doctoral alumnus of Caltech, US.

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Adrian Gardner

Spinal Surgeon, Clinical Collaborator

  • R&D Director at NHS Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham

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James Thorn

Head of Platform - Dyanscreen™

  • MPhil Engineering & Management degree from the University of Cambridge.

  • Experience in bringing novel products to market - advised firms such as GSK and Goodfellow Cambridge to this end.

  • Previously Head of R&D and Head of Product Development at an SME.

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Tristan Watkins

Business Associate

  • MA Politics & Contemporary History from the University of Nottingham.

  • Currently aiding restructuring Knowledge Management procedures at the world's largest procurement consultancy - Efficio.

  • Previous experience liaising with c-level stakeholders in the public and private sector for a multinational think tank - Generation Maastricht

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James Whiteford

Sales Consultant

  • Sales executive with Randox 

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