Steve founded Inspire Biotech in 2012 and is also CEO of Biosyntha Technology Ltd. Steve has a background in technical and commercial development of bioprocesses in the Pharmaceutical and Industrial Biotechnology sectors. He has a successful track record of building and directing cross-disciplinary teams to develop innovative products and processes and transition them quickly to market. Steve is recognised for his ability to communicate effectively to a wide audience including the public and private sectors.
Steve was formerly Executive R&D Director at TMO Renewables Ltd, where he was responsible for the internal and external research programs focussed on developing their proprietary thermophilic bacterium into an industrial platform for the production of biofuels and chemicals from waste biomass. During his tenure at TMO, Steve set up the research labs in Guildford, recruited a talented research team and helped the Company raise more than £50m in financing to transition their technology from concept to commercialisation. In addition, he was responsible for business development in China including collaborations with a number of large state-owned companies and Universities. In addition to building a great research team within TMO, Steve also catalysed an open community-based approach to external research collaborations and developed great links with many top UK and international academic groups.
Prior to TMO, Steve was Head of Fermentation at Cubist Pharmaceuticals and was responsible for the UK pilot plant and the fermentation activities at two manufacturing sites in Italy. He was lead scientist on the fermentation process development and scale-up of the first-in-class lipopeptide antibiotic daptomycin (Cubicin™). Prior to this he held research management positions at TerraGen Discovery, Inc. and Xenova Discovery Ltd. He has more than 20 years industrial experience in microbial fermentation and has authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers, articles and book chapters. He received both his degree and his PhD from the University of Surrey