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Top Influencers: 13 UK Founder and CSO’s To Follow in 2022

Co-Founder and CSO play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Co-Founder and CSO role. We have selected these Co-Founder and CSO’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Co-Founder and CSO’s. The list is in no particular order!

Gabriella Santosa

Co-Founder and CSO @ Puraffinity

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Puraffinity develops biologically derived materials for industrial water treatment. Read more aboutPuraffinity on Crunchbase…

Bashar Aboudaoud

Co-Founder and CSO @ Brinc

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Bashar is an entrepreneur that has established several businesses in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and London. From 2002-2009 he co-founded Ecico Group’s Hong Kong procurement business and established major clients in Europe and the Middle East. In 2005 he founded Cicero Capital that invested in prime real estate in Guangzhou and London. Cicero Capital built up an investment portfolio of high end residential and commercial properties in Guangzhou that caters to foreign multinationals and local state owned enterprises requirements. Bashar also entered the F&B business in 2008 and opened his first restaurant in Guangzhou. Learn more about Bashar Aboudaoud on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutBrinc on Crunchbase…

Sebastian Nijman

Founder and CSO @ Scenic Biotech

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Read more aboutScenic Biotech on Crunchbase…

Dr Andrew Botham

Co-Founder and CSO @ TestCard Ltd

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There were definitely a few points where I didn’t think I would finish but I did it A 47 mile lap of Windermere in 11hours and 36mins and I only went the wrong way twice! I met some of nicest people both supporting and running. Thanks everyone. #thelap #windermere

TestCard is the medical technology company behind the eponymous at-home test kit. A partnering mobile app delivers immediate results. Read more aboutTestCard Ltd on Crunchbase…

Ryan Taylor

Founder and CSO @ CuanTec

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CuanTec make packaging that will be biodegradable, compostable and anti-microbial. Read more aboutCuanTec on Crunchbase…

Mikhail Shchepinov

Founder and CSO @ Retrotope

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did postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK, from 1995 to 2000, focusing on the overlap of bioorganic, combinatorial and surface chemistries. From 2000 to 2002 (San Diego, USA), and from 2002 to 2006 (UK) he worked in the biotech industry developing chemical tools for genomics and proteomics. At Retrotope, Dr. Shchepinov has focused on the use of stable isotopes as a fortification of essential nutrients to protect against diseases of aging and age-related oxidative stress. Dr. Shchepinov received his MS in chemistry and biotechnology from the Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology, Moscow, USSR, and a PhD in bioorganic chemistry from the Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow, in 1994. Learn more about Mikhail Shchepinov on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutRetrotope on Crunchbase…

Stuart Grice

Co-Founder and CSO @ FitnessGenes

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Stuart is a co-founder of FitnessGenes, and also a published scientist who adds current and cutting edge expertise to the science team. After a short plunge into the world of finance, he decided scientific enlightenment was where it’s at. Having studied subjects as diverse as neuromuscular disorders and autism, he continues to work on understanding how the variations in both genetics and metabolism impact on human health. Learn more about Stuart Grice on Crunchbase…

FitnessGenes is pioneering the field of genetic data analysis to produce personalized fitness and diet recommendations. Read more aboutFitnessGenes on Crunchbase…

Siraj Ahmed Shaikh

Founder and CSO @ CyberOwl

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Siraj is currently a Reader in Cyber Security at Coventry University, UK. He has been involved in research, development and evaluation of large-scale distributed secure systems for over fifteen years. He is currently involved in a three-year (2014-17) EPSRC-Funded project App Collusion Detection (ACiD), in collaboration with City and Swansea University, and McAfee (part of Intel Security). Learn more about Siraj Ahmed Shaikh on Crunchbase…

CyberOwl offers an early warning system for cyber attacks through real-time monitoring of high value targets for malicious behavior. Read more aboutCyberOwl on Crunchbase…

Scott Crowe

Founder and CSO @ VHSquared

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VHsquared is dedicated to the development of novel antibody domains engineered to be stable in the GI tract. Read more aboutVHSquared on Crunchbase…

Adam Perriman

Founder and CSO @ Cytoseek

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For next-generation cell therapies. Read more aboutCytoseek on Crunchbase…

Richard Oreffo

Co-founder and CSO @ Renovos

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Richard is Professor of Musculoskeletal Science and co-founder/Director of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration. He leads a multidisciplinary research group focused on developing strategies to repair bone & cartilage; with translation a key personal driver. To achieve these goals, he has brought together and developed teams of clinicians/life scientists over the last twenty years. He has published >285 peer-reviewed papers including breakthrough publications on skeletal stem cells and nanotopography, bone regeneration as well as epigenetics, holds 6 patents and generated over £24m as PI/co-I in research grant income since 2000. As CSO Richard is able to leverage his extensive professional network and profile in the field of regenerative medicine and will determine scientific direction of Renovos. Learn more about Richard Oreffo on Crunchbase…

Providing orthopaedic regenerative medicine solutions Read more aboutRenovos on Crunchbase…

Simon Wheeldon

Co-Founder and CSO @ CloudApps

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Simon is a co-founder of CloudApps and is responsible for Professional Services Delivery and Corporate Strategy. Prior to founding CloudApps, Simon spent 4 years at Salesforce.com leading the adoption of the pioneering Force.com platform across EMEA. Under Simon’s guidance the Force.com platform in Europe grew to be a multi-million dollar business. With over 20 years experience in the software industry, Simon was responsible for the widespread sales and adoption of the Force.com platform; helping numerous Salesforce.com’s customers to build and sell their very own Software-as-a-Service applications. Prior to joining Salesforce.com Simon was responsible for the financial services business at Siebel Systems in the UK. Previously, he has held senior positions at Business Objects and Accenture. Simon has a BSc in Computer Science from Bristol University. He is married with two children and lives in Oxfordshire, UK. Learn more about Simon Wheeldon on Crunchbase…

CloudApps increases sales performance by motivating more of your high-value, winning sales behaviours Read more aboutCloudApps on Crunchbase…

Mark Mackey

Co-Founder and CSO @ Cresset

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Mark was one of the founders of Cresset when the company was formed in 2002. He became CSO in 2013 and heads up our scientific team. Mark has made fundamental contributions to our underlying scientific approach and to the development of the software. He works hard to extend the scientific base of the company in a way that is consistent with our reputation of rigorous scientific excellence. His team’s current research includes new ways of applying the XED force fields to proteins and improving the handling of water molecules. Mark’s previous experience includes roles at Napp Pharmaceuticals and Merck, Sharpe and Dohme. His PhD is in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Learn more about Mark Mackey on Crunchbase…

Cresset is software and services for small molecule discovery and design. Read more aboutCresset on Crunchbase…

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