The Team Behind the Technology

Chris Hunt - Pireta

Chris Hunt – CTO & Founder

Chris worked at the National Physical Laboratory where he headed up a multidisciplinary team of scientists looking at material problems in electronics interconnects. Much of this work has been done in collaboration with industry and he is chair of the UK IMAPS committee. In the role of advancing metrology, he has developed test methods and standards. He currently chairs the relevant IEC committee and travels the world giving invited international papers. He identified an interconnect solution for textiles and is one of the two inventors for a patent pending technology for making textiles conductive, as well as the founder of Pireta.

Chris is a Chartered Physicist, and has a BSc from the Institute of Physics, and a PhD from Surrey University.

Liz Oseland

Liz Oseland – Head of Development

Liz has a masters degree in Chemical Biology and a PhD in Chemistry with industrial collaboration from the University of Warwick. Her PhD research focused on understanding interfacial polymerisation processes using electrochemical and optical measurements. Prior to joining Pireta, she had a postdoctoral position working on the assessment and development of new technologies for arsenic monitoring in water.

Mario D’Auria – Head of Engineering

Mario worked as freelance consultant, covering a broad spectrum of engineering topics. These included software for equipment interface, micro-controller firmware, electronics, mechanics, and CAD design for prototyping and manufacturing. Before that he worked as factory manager for an additive manufacturing company, where he trained and led a small team.

Mario holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London during which he explored novel applications for 3-D printing and laser micro-machining.

Steve Sampson

Steve Sampson – Consultant CFO

Steve is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ commercial knowledge gained in senior finance positions within fast growing businesses. For the last 5 years he has specialised in providing part time FD services to start-ups through his company 19 Corporate Finance. Prior to this he was with Alliance Boots where he completed over 100 value-adding acquisitions, helping the group grow its revenues by 25 times and established the group finance function.

Steve has a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester, and is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Juergen Glazer

Juergen Glazer – Business Development

Juergen K. Glaser is the founder of Jürgen K. Glaser Consulting, a business which assists both established and start-ups in various disciplines. During his 28 year career, Juergen has worked across the world in various industries, including new technologies, textiles, specialty chemicals, functional fluids, healthcare, and food. Most recently he was working for Applied Graphene Materials where he was responsible for the global market of polymers, elastomers, 3-D printing and the role of business development in Europe.

Juergen has a BSc in Polymer Technology from the Montan University Leoben (AT), a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Chur Switzerland, as well as qualifications in Marketing, Finance, and Advanced Management from the Sankt Galler Management Institute in Switzerland.

Andy Muir

Andy Muir – Investor

Andrew joined Midven in 2004 where he manages the £27M Rainbow Seed Fund, building companies from some of the UK’s best research.

After an initial scientific career at Zeneca Andrew went on to roles in research and business development at the medical device company Biocompatibles and was then Vice President of Technology for Sterilox (now PuriCore), a US start-up in disinfection of medical equipment.

He started his career in VC with NESTA (the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). He has a degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.