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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

Mihails Delmans

Mihails Delmans

Computational Biologist

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.

Neil Williamson

Neil Williamson

Synthetic and Microbial Biologist

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.

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.

Jane Baker

Jane Baker

Secretarial Assistant

Job title is not reflective; works on aspects of everything covering office, board, facilities, admin, finance, HR purchasing management and everything else in between. Has studied business & finance and voluntary sector management, with project management in the pipeline. Norwich City Football Club season-ticket holder for her sins, Jane likes all colours of the rainbow, but doesn’t look good in yellow, white, beige, purple or orange!

Duncan Rowe

Duncan Rowe

Chief Technical Officer

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.

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.

Eirini Vlachaki

Eirini Vlachaki

Laboratory Technician

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.

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.

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.

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

Operating Partner

Chris works in operations and business development at Colorifix. He is an operating partner with Challenger 88, the lead investor in Colorifix. His prior experience includes executive roles in early-stage technology businesses mainly with an environmental and agricultural focus as well as eight years as a venture capital investor. Chris has a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from the University of Oxford. His favourite colour is green.

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