Meet the team

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    Fiona Nielsen

    Founder and CEO

    Bioinformatics scientist specialised in genome analysis with 15 years of experience in software development and project management. Fiona left her job at Illumina Cambridge in 2013 to pursue her vision of enabling efficient genomic data sharing and founded the charity DNAdigest. In August 2014 she founded Repositive as a spin out of DNADigest.

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    Adrian Alexa

    Co-founder and CTO

    Adrian is a data scientist with expertise in algorithm optimisation and API development. While working at Illumina, Adrian built APIs for Illumina’s BaseSpace environment and tools for extracting statistics out of large genomic datasets. Prior to that he worked as a research associate at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany.

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    Adam Wells

    Head of Operations

    Prior to joining Repositive, Adam was Commercial Director at JDR Cables Ltd. leading a team focused on supporting external sales activities by producing winning tenders. Prior to that, he was a Design Engineer with experience in the Offshore, Aerospace and Defence sectors primarily using 3D solid modelling tools. He's also a keen age-group triathlete who has previously represented Great Britain.

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    Nadia Kovalevskaya

    Scientific Liaison

    Nadia joined DNAdigest as a volunteer researcher in May 2014 and later the Repositive team. Prior to this she was an academic researcher and a scientific editor. Nadia is experienced both in wet and dry-lab work. She has a PhD in chemistry and extensive experience in NMR spectroscopy of proteins.

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    Manuel Corpas

    Scientific Lead

    Manuel is a 2016 fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology. Previously, he was Technical Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructure ELIXIR-UK, coordinator of the BioJS open source community and Chair of the Technical Committee for the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET). Manuel holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester and did his post-doctoral research in clinical genomics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, developing the DECIPHER database. He has >40 scientific publications.

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    Craig Smith

    Marketing Manager

    Craig manages a wide spectrum of activities including marketing, events, communications and also assists with design and brand management. Craig gets particularly excited over growth hacking techniques and lean analytics and has the added bonus of 9 years’ design experience.

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    Jana Grajciarova

    UX/UI Developer

    Jana is working on the design and when it is needed she does coding as well. She has a background in graphic design and front-end development. Her favourite tool is pen and paper to quickly sketch out an idea.

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    Charlotte Whicher

    Product Manager

    Charlotte comes from an academic background, with experience in genomic data research and a PhD in Infection and Immunity. She understands the need for more data and the difficulties faced by researchers in finding and accessing that data. Her aim is to understand what Repositive users want, and how genomic data Repositories work, so she can help make Repositive into an awesome product.

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    Richard Shaw

    Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

    Richard is working on exploration of genomic data repositories and privacy-preserving querying. He was previously at Illumina, where he developed and assessed algorithms to detect a variety of classes of genomic variants and gained an appreciation of the need for large genomic datasets and their efficent reuse. He has a particular interest in neurogenomics and is curious to know how the human genome specifies those neural circuits that we share.

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    Sebastian Place

    Web Developer

    Computer science graduate with experience in developing web applications. Interested in UI design, functional programming, nature and functional movement...and food.

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    Dennis Schwartz

    Bioinformatics Developer

    Dennis recently joined Repositive after graduating with a Master's in Computational Biology from TU Munich. His focus is on backend development and data processing and analysis. On the weekends, you might catch him dancing somewhere or making music as a DJ or bass player.

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    Ruben Paz

    Backend Developer

    Ruben is a Spaniard software developer with experience in frontend, mobile and backend projects. His interests are mainly related with software architecture, functional methodologies, OSS and community driven events.

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    Marek Balint

    Lead Software Engineer

    IT professional with almost 15 years of experience in software development, software architecture and leadership roles across a wide range of industries. Marek has a great passion for massive online education, which he uses to expand his knowledge in areas of his interest, mainly software engineering, molecular biology and computational biology. During his free time, he serves as volunteer at the local DYI bio lab, or whizzes somewhere through the Cambridge countryside on his bicycle.

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    Tom Byers

    Web Developer

    Tom is developing his frontend web skills as well as advancing his interest in data analytics & UI/UX design. He graduated in 2015 from a Sport & Exercise Science degree at the University of Bath and is a keen cyclist & climber.

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    Katie Hague

    Office Administrator

    Katie joined the Repositive team from a retail background. She is helping to look after the office, processing payroll and expenses and supporting Amanda, our CFO.

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    Hector Huertas

    DevOps Engineer

    Hector studied in Denver's Turing School of Software & Design. He is a backend developer with experience in Javascript and Ruby. He is focusing on improving the platform by automating and standardizing processes. He loves learning about functional programming, testing strategies and distributed systems.

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    Steve Williams

    Data Scientist

    Steve has a PhD in functional genomics, and prior to joining Repositive did a postdoc screening for genes involved in cancer drug resistance. His focus is to discover new datasets that are of interest to Repositive users. He loves data analysis and visualisation, cycling and veggie gardening.

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    Jack Wilson

    Executive Assistant

    Jack recently joined Repositive after completing a Bachelor’s degree reading Cell Biology at the University of Stirling. He has a keen interest in cancer biology, researching the therapeutic potential of Verlindamycin when targeting acute myeloid leukaemia as his final dissertation project. Jack supports Adrian Alexa and the development team. In his free time, Jack enjoys cycling and rowing.

The Board

To find out more about our investors, visit our AngelList profile.

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    Steve Gledden

    Chairman

    Steve Gledden is an Angel Investor, EIR, entrepreneur, former CEO, NED, and Executive Chairman with particular expertise in Scale-ups. He has experience in a wide range of industries including life sciences, hospitality, finance and banking, resources, media, online, retail, marketplaces and SaaS. He has worked in investment banking, strategy consulting, internet startups, early stage venture management in media, banking, and semiconductor manufacturing. He has built and sold a life sciences (contract laboratory) organisation that provides testing to large corporates.

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    Jonathan Milner

    Non-Executive Director

    Jonathan is an entrepreneur and investor and is passionate about supporting UK life science and high-tech startups. He has provided considerable investment and support to over 40 companies and has assisted three technology companies to IPO on the London AIM Stock Exchange.

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    Lennart Hergel

    Non-Executive Director

    Lennart is an entrepreneurial venture capital investor, with ambition to combine cutting-edge technology and superb founders to create world changing social innovation. He built the UK operation for Ananda Ventures - the pan-European first mover for investing in mission-led enterprises - and serves as board member of Third Space Learning and IESO Digital Health. Lennart also mentors numerous early-stage tech businesses.

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    Pierre Socha

    Non-Executive Director

    Pierre is a Principal of the early stage funds at Amadeus Capital Partners, with a current investment focus on digital health, medical technologies, machine learning, AI and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Amadeus, Pierre spent a decade in the Asian and European biotech industries and brings strategic and operational experience to the portfolio. He is actively leading investments and sits on the boards of Antidote (formerly TrialReach), Congenica, Doctify, Lumeon (formerly Qinec), Inotec, PhoreMost and Repositive.

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    Victor Szilagyi

    Non-Executive Director

    Victor has crafted cross-platform products and services for some of the world’s largest consumer electronics, media and telecoms companies. Victor is a named inventor on more than 12 patents. He holds degrees in Psychology and Urban Design from New York University as well as an MFA in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (IDII).

People who helped us on the journey:
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    Alexandra Ponomarenko

    Business Development Intern

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    Martín Rubio

    Web Developer

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    Daniel Jason Binks

    Marketing Assistant

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    Kateryna Mishina

    Executive Assistant

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    Amanda McMurray

    Interim CFO

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    Daniel Gynn

    Frontend Developer

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    Jose Moreira

    Developer

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    Matthew Young

    Data Scientist

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    Tim Richardson

    Software Developer

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    Xocas Cardama

    Operations Manager

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    Margi Kolchagova

    Communications Assistant

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    Francis Menson

    UX Developer