Our Team

Dr Ian Muirhead

Chair

Ian has worked extensively with emerging companies and led the strategy, business plan development and fundraising for a number of spin-outs. He has held director, senior management and business development posts in a range of organisations including CEO of medical device company Ambicare Health Ltd a spin-out of Ninewells Hospital Dundee and St Andrews University, Director of Bionsensia an Irish University spin out, CEO of Terahertz Photonics Ltd, a Heriot Watt University spin out, and Business Development roles in the multinational ST Microelectronics and VISION Ltd, a company which went from Edinburgh University spin-out to IPO. Ian has wide experience of working with multidisciplinary technologies.

Dr Yvonne Davies

CEO

Yvonne has 12 years commercial and technical business development experience in start-ups, university spin outs and blue chip companies including: Thin Film Centre, Stirling Medical Innovations Ltd, Curtis Fine Paper Ltd and the Universities of Strathclyde, St Andrews and Glasgow. Yvonne has co-founded two companies: AccuNostics Ltd to develop self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) systems for diabetes and Sensor Innovations Ltd a vehicle for assisting companies and Universities to successfully commercialise their IP. She has well practiced business development, marketing and commercialisation skills including transfer of knowledge from external collaborators to internal R&D teams, contract negotiations, commercial partner identification and development. Her expertise in Intellectual Property (IP) rights and licence agreements covers both Europe and USA. Yvonne has extensive product development experience from prototype through to full scale manufacture both in life sciences, physical sciences, paper and thin film industries. Yvonne has a PhD in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde.

Prof Russell Morris

CSO

MOFgen’s founder Russell Morris FRS, FRSE, FLSW is currently Professor of Materials and Structural Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. He is the recipient of the 2002 RSC Barrer Prize for his innovative synthesis of porous solids and the 2003 RSC Corday Morgan Medal and Prize for the synthesis and characterisation of new porous materials and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award (2009). Russell was also the recipient of several prestigious international awards, including a National Science Foundation (USA, 2009) ADVANCE distinguished lecturer award, and a GEMI Award (Germany, 2007) for gas-enabled medical innovation presented by Linde and Harvard Medical. Russell is recognized internationally as a pioneer and innovator in porous materials chemistry. In recent times he has received several awards directly connected to the MOF technology that forms the basis of MOFgen. In 2010 he received the Royal Society of Chemistry’s award for Applied Inorganic Chemistry and in 2012 was awarded the Royal Society’s flagship prize for innovation, the Brian Mercer Award. In 2015 he was also awarded the RSC’s Peter Day award for Materials Chemistry. Russell is currently the chairman of the International Zeolite Association MOF commission, which coordinates the organisation of the major international conferences in the field.

Dr Stewart Warrender

Head of Research and Technology

With over ten years’ experience in industrial inorganic chemistry gained in a multinational R&D organisation, industrially focussed academic R&D and as a consultant to small and global organisations, Stewart has a proven track record in delivering cutting edge science to the commercial world. He has expertise in the commercialisation of new functional materials, new product invention and development, and inorganic materials formulation. Stewart holds a PhD in the synthesis and structural analysis of porous materials and a B.Sc. Hons in Chemistry.

Morven Duncan

Head of Applications Development

Morven has over ten years’ experience of practising inorganic chemistry in both academic and industrial posts with a proven track record of delivering projects to specified requirements, at a high standard and in a timely manner. Her product development knowledge spans a diverse range of application areas: new materials for Li-ion technology, ink formulations for printing sensor products and novel assays for medical diagnostic devices, with more recently a focus on developing antimicrobial coatings for medical devices. Morven is experienced in interfacing with customers at both technical and commercial levels to effect technology transfer towards successful application of new technologies. She has a research M.Sc. degree in Materials Chemistry and a B.Sc. Hons in Chemistry.

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