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ABOUT FluoretiQ

FluoretiQ was founded to build “NANOPLEX™” a rapid diagnostic platform that addresses the £1.1 Billion cost of using broad-spectrum antibiotics as a placeholder for accurate diagnosis and prescription. Our products are easy-to-use, providing clinicians with the data to support accurate-same-day diagnosis and more appropriate antibiotic selection.

Saving Time

Today’s tools for the identification of bacterial infection can often leave patients waiting days, sometimes weeks for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Delays in effective identification of infection lead to multiple GP visits, long-term antibiotic use, hospitalisation and in some cases death.

Saving Money

New solutions for fast, accurate bacterial diagnosis are urgently required to prevent the continued rise of Antimicrobial resistance and preserve the efficacy of existing antibiotics.

Saving Lives

Pioneering across the disciplines of Nanotechnology, Microbiology and Quantum photonics – FluoretiQ is designing simple and effective bacterial detection systems for rapid diagnosis of infection.

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The Technology behind NANOPLEX™ [Receptor Mediating Sensing]

NANOPLEX™ is built on FluoretiQ’s award-winning Receptor mediated sensing technology for rapid identification of bacterial infections.
NANOPLEX™ will enable clinicians to make accurate diagnosis in just 15 minutes. Using NANOPLEX™ is 200x faster than conventional diagnostic methods, offering same-day species identification and enumeration. Our initial focus is uropathogens, FluoretiQ is designing probes to cover 90% of uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Enterobacter and Proteus spp.

Meet Our Team

Neciah Dorh
Neciah Dorh, CEO

Neciah is a founder and former Enterprise Fellow at Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre, where he received business training from Cranfield School of Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Bristol and is currently a member of the Department of International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur program. Neciah was recognised by Insider Magazine’s 2019 42 under 42 upcoming business leaders list and a TEDx Bristol Speaker for 2019. Since 2017, he has attracted grant and investment funding for the company, formed strategic partnerships and continues to lead the vision of delivering revolutionary technology to help everyone receive the right antibiotics from the start.

Josephine Dorh, CTO

Josephine is a founder and co-inventor of FluoretiQ’s proprietary fluorometer system. She graduated top 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Bristol. She has held a variety of roles over her career, including Associate Field Engineer (Halliburton Cameroon) and Research Collaborator (University of Bristol). Never afraid of a challenge, she has led the development of the single probe fluorometer system from concept to prototype system, inclusive of the post-processing software, electronics, optical and mechanical design. Josephine currently leads FluoretiQ’s multi-disciplinary R&D team and is responsible for developing and managing the company’s technological resources. She was recognised by Insider Magazine in their 2019 Insider 42 under 42 upcoming entrepreneurs in the Southwest list. When asked about her greatest accomplishment to date, it remains “Becoming a mom!”

Josephine Dorh
James Preece
James Preece, Product Manager

As a former Professional Ice Hockey Player, James combines an innate desire to compete and succeed in all aspects of his career. James graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with First Class Honours in Biomedical Sciences and the IBMS Presidents Prize for highest academic distinction. Following graduation his research has focussed on combatting Antimicrobial Resistance with novel Anti-virulence strategies in SME, consultancy and drug discovery environments. James continues his commitment to improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in his role as Product Manager at FluoretiQ. He is responsible for understanding domestic and global healthcare markets to validate the design and functionality of ‘NANOPLEX™’- our proprietary technology platform. His unique insights inform FluoretiQ’s business development, commercialisation and tactical marketing strategies.

Mathew Kyriakides, Lead Microbiologist

Mathew ‘s ambition is to make a significant scientific contribution in the war against antimicrobial resistance by way of developing new methods for fast, one-step bacterial diagnosis. Mathew joined FluoretiQ in 1 st July 2019 (date) to lead the microbiology function and develop new methods to streamline the NANOPLEX™ process. His initial mission is to prepare superior quality samples without the need to use pre-processing, equipment such as centrifuges that can reduce the quality of the sample. Before joining Fluoretiq Mathew worked at SGS MScan as a graduate biochemist, within the protein characterisation team, quickly rising to become a Director of Studies to ensure GMP compliance. From here Mathew moved on to work as a Bioanalyst within the Bioanalytical team at the North Bristol NHS trust. This role, working in partnership with the EU’s IMI initiative to assist the development of novel antibiotics in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, involved Mathew developing and validating bioanalytical assays. Mathew has an M.Sci from the University of Nottingham.

Mathew Kyriakides
Sam Guthrie
Sam Guthrie, Data Scientist

Sam leads the data analysis function at FluoretiQ. Having gained his BA, MEng, Honours with Merit at Cambridge University Sam moved to Caterpillar where he invented predictive models for the economic efficiency of construction machinery. Working as a data scientist at FluoretiQ, Sam is responsible for the generation and analysis of complex data that ultimately leads to the validation of the presence of bacteria in the NANOPLEX™ platform. As part of the continued refinement of NANOPLEX™ Sam is developing machine learning models to revolutionise bacterial testing.

Sandra Villar, Senior Chemist

Sandra has always been passionate about science. On completion of her MSc in Pharmacy, she started a PhD in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at San Pablo-CEU University in Madrid. After a short internship in the Fine Chemistry Pilot Plant, Sandra moved to the University of Bristol joining Prof. Carmen Galan’s research group, where she focused on the synthesis of carbohydrate derivatives and the development of fluorescent nanoparticles for biological imaging. After several years at the University of Bristol, Sandra joined FluoretiQ as the Senior Chemist, where she specified, designed and established the Chemistry Lab. Sandra is also responsible for the development of new fluorescent nanoparticles that can be decorated with sugar motifs enabling NANOPLEX™ to target specific bacteria. This will enable FluoretiQ to considerably reduce the time to detect the presence of bacteria making the traditional bacteria culture test redundant. Sandra has published widely on Organometallic and Carbohydrate Chemistry to include eleven peer reviewed publications.

Sandra Villar
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Martin Cryan, Co-founder and Scientific Advisor

Martin is a Professor of Applied Electromagnetics at University of Bristol with 30 years experience in electronic and photonic device research and development

Annie Brooking, Director of Marketing

Annie is an experienced executive and non-executive Director, 27 years as a CEO of high tech companies. Has brought 19 products to market and written 3 business books.

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Dr James Spencer, Scientific Advisor

Jim is a Reader in Microbiology at University of Bristol and a co-investigator on 2 collaborative projects with FluoretiQ. His work in microbiology and AMR drives continuous improvement of the FCD technology.

Carmen Galan, Scientific Advisor

Carmen is a Professor of Organic and Biological Chemistry at University of Bristol and currently Principal investigator on 2 collaborative projects with FluoretiQ. Her work in synthetic chemistry underpins the FCD technology.

Carmen Galan
Vicki Lamch
Vicki Lamch (Pyramis Solutions Ltd.), Finance Director

Vicki started her career within the Tech industry in 2002, where she focused on managing SME financial affairs.

She is a Certified Accountant (ACCA) and stays involved with ACCA as the Chair for the Bristol Regional Panel and is a member of the Global Tech Forum.

Also, a Qualified Coach, NLP Practitioner, Accredited in DISC Personality Profiling and trained in Motivational Maps, Vicki brings those skills & experiences together to be a future focused strategic advisor to local businesses supporting in a Financial Director capacity.

Meet Our Team

Neciah Dorh
Neciah Dorh, CEO

Neciah is a founder and former Enterprise Fellow at Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre, where he received business training from Cranfield School of Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Bristol and is currently a member of the Department of International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur program. Neciah was recognised by Insider Magazine’s 2019 42 under 42 upcoming business leaders list and a TEDx Bristol Speaker for 2019. Since 2017, he has attracted grant and investment funding for the company, formed strategic partnerships and continues to lead the vision of delivering revolutionary technology to help everyone receive the right antibiotics from the start.

Josephine Dorh
Josephine Dorh, CTO

Josephine is a founder and co-inventor of FluoretiQ’s proprietary fluorometer system. She graduated top 3 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Bristol. She has held a variety of roles over her career, including Associate Field Engineer (Halliburton Cameroon) and Research Collaborator (University of Bristol). Never afraid of a challenge, she has led the development of the single probe fluorometer system from concept to prototype system, inclusive of the post-processing software, electronics, optical and mechanical design. Josephine currently leads FluoretiQ’s multi-disciplinary R&D team and is responsible for developing and managing the company’s technological resources. She was recognised by Insider Magazine in their 2019 Insider 42 under 42 upcoming entrepreneurs in the Southwest list. When asked about her greatest accomplishment to date, it remains “Becoming a mom!”

James Preece
James Preece, Product Manager

As a former Professional Ice Hockey Player, James combines an innate desire to compete and succeed in all aspects of his career. James graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with First Class Honours in Biomedical Sciences and the IBMS Presidents Prize for highest academic distinction. Following graduation his research has focussed on combatting Antimicrobial Resistance with novel Anti-virulence strategies in SME, consultancy and drug discovery environments. James continues his commitment to improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in his role as Product Manager at FluoretiQ. He is responsible for understanding domestic and global healthcare markets to validate the design and functionality of ‘NANOPLEX™’- our proprietary technology platform. His unique insights inform FluoretiQ’s business development, commercialisation and tactical marketing strategies.

Mathew Kyriakides
Mathew Kyriakides, Lead Microbiologist

Mathew ‘s ambition is to make a significant scientific contribution in the war against antimicrobial resistance by way of developing new methods for fast, one-step bacterial diagnosis. Mathew joined FluoretiQ in 1 st July 2019 (date) to lead the microbiology function and develop new methods to streamline the NANOPLEX™ process. His initial mission is to prepare superior quality samples without the need to use pre-processing, equipment such as centrifuges that can reduce the quality of the sample. Before joining Fluoretiq Mathew worked at SGS MScan as a graduate biochemist, within the protein characterisation team, quickly rising to become a Director of Studies to ensure GMP compliance. From here Mathew moved on to work as a Bioanalyst within the Bioanalytical team at the North Bristol NHS trust. This role, working in partnership with the EU’s IMI initiative to assist the development of novel antibiotics in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, involved Mathew developing and validating bioanalytical assays. Mathew has an M.Sci from the University of Nottingham.

Sam Guthrie
Sam Guthrie, Data Scientist

Sam leads the data analysis function at FluoretiQ. Having gained his BA, MEng, Honours with Merit at Cambridge University Sam moved to Caterpillar where he invented predictive models for the economic efficiency of construction machinery. Working as a data scientist at FluoretiQ, Sam is responsible for the generation and analysis of complex data that ultimately leads to the validation of the presence of bacteria in the NANOPLEX™ platform. As part of the continued refinement of NANOPLEX™ Sam is developing machine learning models to revolutionise bacterial testing.

Sandra Villar
Sandra Villar, Senior Chemist

Sandra has always been passionate about science. On completion of her MSc in Pharmacy, she started a PhD in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at San Pablo-CEU University in Madrid. After a short internship in the Fine Chemistry Pilot Plant, Sandra moved to the University of Bristol joining Prof. Carmen Galan’s research group, where she focused on the synthesis of carbohydrate derivatives and the development of fluorescent nanoparticles for biological imaging. After several years at the University of Bristol, Sandra joined FluoretiQ as the Senior Chemist, where she specified, designed and established the Chemistry Lab. Sandra is also responsible for the development of new fluorescent nanoparticles that can be decorated with sugar motifs enabling NANOPLEX™ to target specific bacteria. This will enable FluoretiQ to considerably reduce the time to detect the presence of bacteria making the traditional bacteria culture test redundant. Sandra has published widely on Organometallic and Carbohydrate Chemistry to include eleven peer reviewed publications.

Martin Cryan, Co-founder and Scientific Advisor

Martin is a Professor of Applied Electromagnetics at University of Bristol with 30 years experience in electronic and photonic device research and development

Annie Brooking
Annie Brooking, Director of Marketing

Annie is an experienced executive and non-executive Director, 27 years as a CEO of high tech companies. Has brought 19 products to market and written 3 business books.

Carmen Galan
Carmen Galan, Scientific Advisor

Carmen is a Professor of Organic and Biological Chemistry at University of Bristol and currently Principal investigator on 2 collaborative projects with FluoretiQ. Her work in synthetic chemistry underpins the FCD technology.

Dr James Spencer, Scientific Advisor

Jim is a Reader in Microbiology at University of Bristol and a co-investigator on 2 collaborative projects with FluoretiQ. His work in microbiology and AMR drives continuous improvement of the FCD technology.

Vicki Lamch
Vicki Lamch (Pyramis Solutions Ltd.), Finance Director

Vicki started her career within the Tech industry in 2002, where she focused on managing SME financial affairs.

She is a Certified Accountant (ACCA) and stays involved with ACCA as the Chair for the Bristol Regional Panel and is a member of the Global Tech Forum.

Also, a Qualified Coach, NLP Practitioner, Accredited in DISC Personality Profiling and trained in Motivational Maps, Vicki brings those skills & experiences together to be a future focused strategic advisor to local businesses supporting in a Financial Director capacity.

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