Meet The Team

Dr. Beenish Siddique

 Founder and CEO

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Beenish is a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur with high ambitions. She holds a BSc in Chemistry from Aston University and a PhD in Materials from The University of Manchester. She has worked as R&D chemist at Hydrogel Healthcare Ltd in 2012. She has also won 10 prestigious awards for her innovative work including 1 million pound funding from Innovate UK.

Dr. Siti Rabizah Makhsin 

Scientific Adviser 

Senior Lecturer (UiTM)

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Siti is a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia. After graduating with masters degree in Materials Engineering, She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences from the University of Manchester. She is involved in project development, marketing, commercialization, and preparation of grant applications.

Dr. Muhammad Umar 

CSO

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Umar is a Textile Engineer and completed fully funded PhD degree in Material Sciences at The University of Manchester. He has also won three bursaries to present his work at prestigious conferences. He is experienced in formulation of gels, polymers and materials for agricultural and biomedical applications. He is working as Material Scientist and Lab Manager for AEH Innovative Hydrogel Limited.

Dr. Mariela Aguilera Miranda

Plant Scientist

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Mariela is an experienced researcher and she has worked at SilviBio and Protein Technologies as a Plant Scientist. She holds a Masters degree in Biological Sciences and PhD in Plant Sciences. She has also participated in a lot of International events to present her work. She is working as Plant Scientist and Technical Manager at AEH Innovative Hydrogel Limited.

Alistair Pratt

Lab Assistant 

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Alistair is a hardworking  guy and is a key worker for AEH Innovative Hydrogel Limited.

Chris Nelson

Technical Consultant

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He is experienced Horticulturalist with over 40 years of experience in the industry with a consistent record of success. He has broad experience of growing in challenging conditions by using state of the art technologies. He has designed and built hydroponic units in different parts of the world. He also got expertise In Food Safety and Hygiene standards.

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Board

Raymond Gibbs

Non-Executive Chair

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Raymond is a Chartered Accountant and Former Deloitte Audit and Corporate Finance Partner for 9 years. He has 20 years of experience in high technology and fast-moving consumer goods businesses. He is also currently helping The University of Manchester to commercialize their IP portfolios relevant to Graphene and 2D Materials.

Dr. Farid Khan

Non-Executive Director

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Dr. Khan holds a PhD from Cambridge University and worked in drug discovery at GlaxoSmithkline. Dr. Khan has developed drugs for rare diseases, biosensors and imaging agents for cancer diagnosis and treatment. He is an exceptional bio-entrepreneur and has successfully raised millions of pounds for biotech ventures which he has founded.  In 2014, he was awarded the Fazlur Rahman Khan award for excellence in engineering/ science & technology by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Adrian Dwyer

Commercial Director

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Adrian has over 30 years of experience in commercialising a wide range of innovative technologies. He is a founder and market leader in orthopaedics and raising both angel and private equity investment, exiting on a multiple of 13x EBITDA.

Advisors 

Dr. Jacek Wychowaniec

Scientific adviser and Early stage commercialization officer  

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Jacek is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Dublin. He holds a PhD in Nanoscience from The University of Manchester. He has published a lot of research papers in high impact journals and has won a lot of awards. He is involved with project development, biomaterials design, commercialization and preparation of further grant applications.

Valentina Squitieri

Manager and Coach

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Valentina is a senior manager in Pharma industry. She is an experienced coach and mentor of start-ups. She is also a founder of The Nomad Coach. She has also worked as supplier and quality assurance manager at Lonza.