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The Team


Guoliang Fu


As an inventor of over 20 patents, Guoliang has a track record of developing commercially valuable technologies in the biotechnology and diagnostic sectors.  Guoliang has a wealth of experience in both research and industry and co-founded 360 Genomics.


Thomas Dunwell

Head of R&D

With cross-discipline experience and a strong molecular background, as the Head of R&D, Thomas is responsible for developing innovative NGS chemistries and products.  He has a PhD in Clinical Genetics and previously held postdoctoral positions in the US and UK.

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Stephen Quinn

RA Manager

Stephen is a highly experienced Quality and Regulatory professional and has over 20 years of experience in the medical device sector.  With a background in molecular biology, Stephen is responsible for delivering the regulatory strategy for GeneFirst.

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Andrea Miles

Production Manager

Andrea has over 21 years of multidisciplinary experience working in R&D, Quality Control and laboratory management across the biotechnology and diagnostics sectors.  Andrea is responsible for ensuring that all products are manufactured to the highest quality.


Pedro Silva

Senior Scientist

As an adaptable Senior Scientist, Pedro’s role is to bring IVD product development to market.  With a PhD in cell and molecular biology, Pedro is always keen to learn new skills and has his vision set on achieving positive impact in people’s health.

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Gracielle Fontarum

Scientist I

A highly driven molecular scientist with 2+ years of experience, Gracielle is part of the R&D Team involved in early-stage discovery, assay optimisation and design, ultimately working towards delivering innovative NGS products to market.

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Winnie Wu

Chief Operations Officer

With a PhD in Biology and expertise in molecular diagnostics, Winnie’s role as Chief Operations Officer is to oversee the operational functions of the business, including Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing and Human Resources, to deliver the business strategy.


Rick Bhatt

Head of BD

Rick has over 27 years of commercial experience with 20+ years in business and market development in the life sciences sector. His expertise includes strategic marketing, distribution, negotiations, forging strong relationships and working in international markets.


Tatiana Soboleva

Finance and Office Manager

With a keen eye for detail, Tania is an experienced ACCA qualified accountant who has delivered complex business and finance projects.  Tania is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial operations to maximise the value of the business.

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Tarig Dafa'alla

Principal Scientist

Tarig is an experienced Principal Scientist working in the biotechnology industry.  PhD educated and highly skilled in molecular biology and genetics, Tarig is responsible for developing innovative IVDs for use in oncology and infectious diseases screening.


Marianne Paine


With a BSc in biochemistry and over 6 years of industry experience in developing immunochemical and rapid tests, Marianne is part of the R&D team responsible for bringing innovative products to market for infectious diseases testing.


Paulus Cheung

Sales Specialist

Paulus has extensive experiences in sales and marketing in both molecular and cell biology.  He is responsible for creating a commercially viable pipeline for the NGS business and working with researchers to fulfil their unmet needs.


Andrew Wood

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew is a senior executive with extensive finance and commercial experience in startup, early stage and established, listed businesses in sectors including biotech, telecoms, and retail.  Andrew’s expertise is in raising capital and managing major corporate transactions.


Lorraine Tomlin

QA Manager

Responsible for Quality Assurance at GeneFirst, Lorraine is a highly experienced quality professional with over 15 years of experience in the Quality and Regulatory fields with biotechnology companies, including over 10 years within the medical devices field.

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Gaby Wilks

Laboratory and Facilities Manager

An integral team player with a background in forensic science and neuroscience, and over 10 years of experience in the medical devices field, Gaby is part of the Operations team, responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the laboratories.


Simon Dailey

Principal Scientist

With a PhD in Biology, Simon is experienced in molecular biology, transcriptomics and bioinformatics. As the Principal Scientist, he is involved in NGS product development, focusing on novel library preparation techniques for cancer detection.

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Agnes George

Scientist I

A highly driven molecular scientist with 2+ years of experience, Agnes is part of the R&D Team involved in early-stage discovery, assay optimisation and design, ultimately working towards delivering innovative NGS products to market.

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