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Meet The Team


Dr. Beenish Siddique

 Founder and CEO

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Beenish is a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur with high ambitions. She holds a BSc in Chemistry from Aston University and a PhD in Materials from The University of Manchester. She has worked as R&D chemist at Hydrogel Healthcare Ltd in 2012. She has also won 10 prestigious awards for her innovative work including 1 million pound funding from Innovate UK.


Dr. Siti Rabizah Makhsin 

Scientific Adviser 

Senior Lecturer (UiTM)

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Siti is a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia. After graduating with masters degree in Materials Engineering, She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences from the University of Manchester. She is involved in project development, marketing, commercialization, and preparation of grant applications.

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Dr. Muhammad Umar


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Umar is a Materials Scientist and completed his sponsored PhD degree at The University of Manchester. His scientific work has been published in several high impact journals and he has also won three bursaries to present his work at prestigious International events. He is experienced in formulation of gels for agricultural and biomedical applications. His background knowledge in merchandising and operations management are his extra set of skills. He is also a Lab Manager of our lab in Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.


Dr. Richard Fields

Senior Electronics Engineer

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He is an ambitious research scientist with experience in robotics, machine learning and computational modelling. He has background of Aeronautical Engineering and did his PhD in Electrochemical Supercapacitors. He has also experience of business world and initiating different start-up companies. He has worked for several renowned companies and working as  Senior Electronics Scientist at AEH Innovative Hydrogel Limited.


Alistair Pratt

Lab Assistant 

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Alistair is a hardworking  guy and is a key worker for AEH Innovative Hydrogel Limited.


Chris Nelson

Technical Consultant

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He is experienced Horticulturalist with over 40 years of experience in the industry with a consistent record of success. He has broad experience of growing in challenging conditions by using state of the art technologies. He has designed and built hydroponic units in different parts of the world. He also got expertise In Food Safety and Hygiene standards.



Raymond Gibbs

Non-Executive Chair

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Raymond is a Chartered Accountant and Former Deloitte Audit and Corporate Finance Partner for 9 years. He has 20 years of experience in high technology and fast-moving consumer goods businesses. He is also currently helping The University of Manchester to commercialize their IP portfolios relevant to Graphene and 2D Materials.


Dr. Farid Khan

Non-Executive Director

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Dr. Khan holds a PhD from Cambridge University and worked in drug discovery at GlaxoSmithkline. Dr. Khan has developed drugs for rare diseases, biosensors and imaging agents for cancer diagnosis and treatment. He is an exceptional bio-entrepreneur and has successfully raised millions of pounds for biotech ventures which he has founded.  In 2014, he was awarded the Fazlur Rahman Khan award for excellence in engineering/ science & technology by Prime Minister David Cameron.


Adrian Dwyer

Commercial Director

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Adrian has over 30 years of experience in commercialising a wide range of innovative technologies. He is a founder and market leader in orthopaedics and raising both angel and private equity investment, exiting on a multiple of 13x EBITDA.



Dr. Jacek Wychowaniec

Scientific adviser and Early stage commercialization officer  

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Jacek is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Dublin. He holds a PhD in Nanoscience from The University of Manchester. He has published a lot of research papers in high impact journals and has won a lot of awards. He is involved with project development, biomaterials design, commercialization and preparation of further grant applications.

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Valentina Squitieri

Manager and Coach

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Valentina is a senior manager in Pharma industry. She is an experienced coach and mentor of start-ups. She is also a founder of The Nomad Coach. She has also worked as supplier and quality assurance manager at Lonza.

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