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3F BIO is based in and developing the technology within the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, closely aligning technology and commercial development with the strategy of Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and in achieving Scotland’s National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology.

3FBio TEAm

The company is directed and managed by three distinct teams, The Board, The Management Team and The Scientific Advisory Board.

The Board

The Board comprises an exceptional combination of experience in investment, technology development, food and marketing.

Management Team

The founders have a strong industrial track record in technology development, scale-up and project and commercial management, and the development team have extensive biotechnology, fermentation and sustainability expertise.

Scientific Advisory Board

The R&D programmes are led by CTO David Ritchie and our Technical Director Dr Paul Hudman. This is supported by our Scientific Advisory Group

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Board Executives

Team Members

Scientific Advisors

Common Purpose

THE BOARD
The Board comprises an exceptional combination of experience in investment, technology development, food and marketing.
David Robertson

David Robertson

Chair

Is a technology commercialisation consultant with extensive management experience in BP.

Joined the Board Apr 16

Jim Laird

Jim Laird

CEO / Founder

Has extensive commercial experience in the food industry with specific experience in meat-free markets.

Joined the Board Jan 15

Elaine Ferguson CA

Elaine Ferguson CA

CFO

After a career with EY, Elaine has many years’ experience with startups, including equity fundraising and exits.

Joined the Board Mar 18

Nick Elmslie

Nick Elmslie

Non-Executive

Nick was formerly the CEO of BP’s global petrochemical business.

 

Joined the Board Jul 17

Kevin Grainger

Kevin Grainger

Non-Executive

Kevin is the Investor Director for the EOS Technology Investment Syndicate.

 

Joined the Board Jul 17

THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Management Team has a strong industrial track record in technology development, scale-up and project and commercial management, and the development team have extensive biotechnology, fermentation and sustainability expertise.
Jim Laird

Jim Laird

CEO / Founder

Has worked in the food industry for 20+ years in roles in operations, sales and general management, and has experience in large corporates…
David Ritchie

David Ritchie

CTO / Founder

Technology manager for a major agrochemical product for Syngenta. Extensive experience process engineer and in leading…
Elaine Ferguson CA

Elaine Ferguson CA

CFO

After a career with EY, Elaine has many years’ experience with startups, including equity fundraising and exits.
Craig Johnston

Craig Johnston

BD Director / Founder

Operations Director for CMAC. Experience in process engineering and technology management.
Dr. Paul Hudman

Dr. Paul Hudman

Technical Director

Paul is a biologist and biochemical engineer with over a decade of experience working with various biotechnology companies from large corporates, SMEs and in public funded organisations. He is responsible for the oversight of laboratory operations at 3F BIO.

Hannah Ritchie

Hannah Ritchie

Business Development & Sustainability Manager

Has a background in sustainability consultancy and education with a focus on carbon management…

Dr. James Mercer

Dr. James Mercer

Senior Scientist

Is a Bioprocessing Engineering Consultant with extensive industrial and academic experience in development, engineering and …
Dr. Yogeshwar Chandelia

Dr. Yogeshwar Chandelia

Senior Scientist

Is an experienced Post Doctoral researcher in microbiology and fermentation working full time via University of Strathclyde of …
Tom Willcock

Tom Willcock

Marketing & Communications Lead

Has over 20 years branded marketing experience in the food industry with specific experience in meat-free markets both in the …
Gines Martinez Cano

Gines Martinez Cano

MSc Graduate

Gines holds a Masters in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Strathclyde and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University ….
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
The R&D programmes are led by CTO David Ritchie and Technical Director Dr Paul Hudman. This is supported by our Scientific Advisory Group who bring world-leading expertise.
Craig Johnston

Craig Johnston

BD Director / Founder

Operations Director for CMAC. Experience in process engineering and technology management. Craig chairs the Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Charles Abbas

Dr. Charles Abbas

Scientific Advisor

Charles received a B.S. in Microbiology from the U of Minnesota, an M.S. in Microbiology from the U. of Montana and …
Dr. John Cumbers

Dr. John Cumbers

Scientific Advisor

John Cumbers is the founder of SynBioBeta. John received his PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown…
Professor Brian McNeil

Professor Brian McNeil

Scientific Advisor

Professor McNeil’s main research interests lie in trying to understand the relationship between the environment of microbial …

Professor Iain Hunter

Professor Iain Hunter

Scientific Advisor

Professor Iain Hunter is Research Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Strathclyde. Previously, he was Executive Dean…

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