AMPLY was started by an experienced founding management team, including the CEO Dr Ben Thomas and CCO Dermot Tierney. Ben returned to biology as a mature student, completing a PhD in bioinformatics at Aberystwyth University in 2018, before continuing his research at Queen’s University, Belfast as a PDRA. It was here he met Dermot and together they decided it made sense to explore commercial avenues to realise the immense potential of the AMPLYfolio system. Since securing overalmost $3m in investment and non-dilutive grant funding, the team has been augmented by non-executive advisors (with deep domain knowledge and strong technical and commercial skillsets) and two skilled microbiologists in Dr Jurnorain Gani and Dr Peter Alexander.
AMPLY Discovery now has a combined 100 years experience in biotech, computational biology, animal and human health, and technology licensing.
Dr Ben Thomas
20+ years experience in dairy farming, financial asset management, predictive marketing, computational biology and software design
20+ years industry experience, technology licensing and business development
Dr Jurnorain Gani
Synthetic drug synthesis and performance specialist with extensive hospital-based clinical background
Dr Peter Alexander
Specialist in antimicrobial drug discovery and development, biochemistry and microbiology
Prof. Chris Creevey
Computational biologist with an interest in applying ecological and evolutionary principals to microbial communities
Prof. Sharon Huws
Focused on understanding the functionality of rumen microbes—with the aim of addressing food security and human health.
Mark Beards (Chairperson)
Strategic consultant, interim executive, non-executive supporting BioPharma. Provides strong business insight and commercial guidance to AMPLY Discovery.
Ian Morrissey (Technical Consultancy)
Ian is a voting member of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility standards subcommittee and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and provides valuable biomedical commercial translation expertise for AMPLY Discovery.