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Here's who is helping to bring colour to life and life to colour at our HQ

Colorifix Team

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Colorifix Team

We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team spanning bioinformatics, synthetic biology and textiles, as well as business administration, development and management.

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THE TEAM

Meet us

Jim Ajioka

Jim Ajioka

Chief Scientific Officer

Jim is a founder and Chief Science Officer.  Jim has had a life-long passion for the environment, with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution.  At the University of Cambridge, Jim’s background in building tools for molecular genome analysis led to early adoption of synthetic biology methods aimed at the construction of a biosensor as a sustainable method to assess arsenic contamination of drinking water in Nepal and Bangladesh. Jim loves rainbows.

Orr Yarkoni

Orr Yarkoni

CEO

Orr is a founder and Chief Executive Officer.   After his early education in Portugal, Orr did his undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees at Newcastle University, where he studied nanomaterials, biochemistry and synthetic biology. Orr went on to Jim’s lab at the University of Cambridge to apply these skills to the arsenic biosensor project and they spun out a novel and sustainable approach to dyeing textiles. Orr’s favourite colour is purple.

Nicola Snelling

Nicola Snelling

EA

Nicola is Orr and Jim’s assistant.  She just loves to organise and her experience covers a variety of industries including investment banking, insurance, IT, food manufacturing and leadership training.  Now she is enjoying our colourful environment with its focus on helping the planet and links to the fashion world.  Nicola’s favourite colours are in the green and blue spectrums.

Duncan Rowe

Duncan Rowe

Chief Technical Officer & Head of Dyeing

The technical officer oversees the smooth running of the research and innovation at Colorifix. His background is applied biology, industrial microbiology, physiology and genetics with both BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire. Interests include upgrading bio-renewable feedstocks and problem solving using biomimicry and Lifes’ Principles. Currently studying online and part-time for a Masters in Biomimicry at Arizona State University. Favourite colour is blue.

Samantha Hardy

Samantha Hardy

Office Manager

Sam’s role of Office Manager at Colorifix means that she touches on all aspects of office life and is there to fully support the team in any way possible. Her industry background is varied but her last couple of roles have been within the circular economy which she is enjoying learning about. Her favourite colour is Orange but this often changes with the seasons.

Mihails Delmans

Mihails Delmans

Head of Informatics

Mihails works on computational and data analysis tools to assist in biological research at Colorifix. He has a background in bioengineering and synthetic biology. For Mihails, selecting a favourite colour is harder than teaching a liquid-handling robot to dance.

Rodolfo Marques

Rodolfo Marques

Computational Biologist

Rodolfo integrates the Computational Biology team at Colorifix, assisting the development of computational tools that support colour research. Rodolfo has a background in bioprocess engineering and has worked in the interface of fermentation technology, Systems biology and Synthetic biology for the development of cell factories. Currently, Rodolfo is using his passion for technology and the environment to teach bugs new colours. His favourite colour is Teal.

Paula Fernandez

Paula Fernandez

DevOps Engineer

Paula works in the Informatics department, trying to improve team collaboration and efficiency by implementing good software development practices and automating the testing and deployment processes, as well as anything else that can be automated. Her background as Development Manager and Product Owner is in the Telecommunications Industry but she thinks Bioengineering is far more interesting. She has a Mathematics degree and her favourite colour is red, though most of her clothes are actually blue.

Neil Williamson

Neil Williamson

Head of Microbial Engineering

Neil works on strain development in Colorifix. Neil has previously worked in both industry in drug discovery setting and in academia. Neil has published over 27 publications covering the fields of environmental biology, biosynthesis and regulation of natural products and cell biology. Neil’s favorite colour is red.

Margarida Morais de Carvalho

Margarida Morais de Carvalho

Synthetic and microbial biologist

Margarida works in colour development at Colorifix. Her research has been focused on the development of microbial processes with impact in the biotechnology industry, from specialty chemicals to recombinant proteins. Margarida’s background includes molecular biology, bioprocess engineering and analytical chemistry. She has a BSc in Biotechnology and a PhD (Hons) in Sustainable Chemistry from NOVA University of Lisbon. Her favourite colour is mint.

Sophie Vaud

Sophie Vaud

Synthetic and Microbial Biologist

Sophie works in strain and enzyme engineering at Colorifix. She has a PhD in Synthetic Biology from the University of Nottingham. Her interests include genetic engineering, strain development and microbial fermentation applied to environmentally-friendly bioprocesses. Her favourite colour is navy blue, because she secretly dreams of a sailing lab!

Alicia Russell

Alicia Russell

Senior Research Assistant

Alicia works in the microbial engineering team assisting with the development and expression of colour pathways. Alicia has a background in microbial natural products research, with a PhD in molecular microbiology from the John Innes Centre and an MBio from the University of Warwick. Her favourite colour is pink.

Eirini Vlachaki

Eirini Vlachaki

Dyeing Team Lead

Eirini works on the dyeing process, trying different approaches to make every fabric tick. She has a multi-colour background spanning from research in molecular biology and microbiology to science communication and collaboration with artists and designers in projects merging art and science. Eirini has a BSc from University of Thessaly and an MRes from Imperial College London. Her favourite colour is watermelon pink.

Hetty Curtis

Hetty Curtis

Laboratory Technician

Hetty is new to the team and is currently working on assisting with the dyeing process and microbiology support. She has previously worked in medical, pharmaceutical and food microbiology. Hetty has a Bsc from the University of Derby. Her favourite colour is green.

Rob Baker

Rob Baker

Assistant Laboratory Technician

Rob focuses on supporting the team by carrying out a variety of lab duties such as making growth media, sterilising instruments and maintaining inventories. Whilst originally training as a physio, Rob feels the decision to substitute working with people to working with bugs was an easy one. He is now working hard to educate himself further in this area. His favourite colour is red.

Elly Ewels

Elly Ewels

Laboratory Technician

Elly’s work involves microbiology support and the dyeing process at Colorifix. She has a background of working within medical Microbiology labs, and has a first class BA (hons) degree from the Open University. Her favourite colour is yellow.

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

Chief Operating Officer

Chris works in business administration and operations at Colorifix as well as developing and managing key stakeholder relationships. He joined via SAGANA and previously worked in early-stage companies and as a VC investor. He is a trustee of two environmental charities – the Belu Foundation and the SEM Charitable Trust. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford and his favourite colour is green.

Pinar Ademoglu

Pinar Ademoglu

Operating Partner

Pinar works in strategic growth areas at Colorifix. She is an operating partner with SAGANA, the lead investor in Colorifix. She has 8+ years in management and operational consulting, covering topics of strategy, sales growth, due diligence and supply chain management. She has a BSc from Columbia University in Operations Research and Engineering Management Systems and an MBA from INSEAD. Her favourite colour is red.

Rui Sa

Rui Sa

Head of Commercial

Rui works in business development at Colorifix. With more than 20 years of experience working as a developer and merchandiser for big global & European brands. Rui has a background in textile structures, processing and problem-solving. His favourite colour is dark blue.

Georgie Gilmore

Georgie Gilmore

Commercialisation Manager

Georgie works in business development at Colorifix. Her experience is in product development, working with a number of the world’s most reputable luxury brands and suppliers. Georgie has a BA (Hons) in Textile Design from Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London. Her favorite colour is royal blue.

Miriam Prat Gutierrez

Miriam Prat Gutierrez

Business Development Associate

Miriam is new to the team and she currently works assisting with Business Development at Colorifix. Her background is in Fashion Design, Haute Couture and Business and she holds an MBA in Fashion Management. Her Bachelor’s thesis led her to represent her University in 3 international Fashion Contests, winning the Arts of Fashion Competition in San Francisco, California in 2017. That allowed her to exhibit her work in the prestigious Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Her favourite colour is Burgundy. 

David Callaghan

David Callaghan

Dyehouse Manager

Dave is our Dyehouse Manager and is responsible for the set-up and management of our Cambridge site. The textile industry has been his lifetime vocation and this has taken him to many different countries around the world.

As an experienced colourist, Dave sees colour in their own reflective values and could not possibly select a favourite.

Jim Nicolle

Jim Nicolle

Implementation Manager

James works as part of the implementation team at Colorifix. James’ background is in industrial microbiology, and he has previously spent 10 years working for Green Biologics, a sustainable biochemical company, where he helped to scale-up the company’s process for the production of bio-butanol using bacteria. Since working at Green Biologics James has completed an MBA from Henley Business School and spent time working as a strategy consultant in the sustainable energy sector. James has a PhD and BSc from the University of Warwick. James’ favourite colour is green. 

Darren Leneghan

Darren Leneghan

GMO Specialist

Darren is the GMO specialist for our implementation team. His background is in microbiology, molecular biology, immunology and biotherapeutics. Darren’s favourite colour is dark teal.

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