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Co-founders Andrew Koehl, David Ruiz-Alonso and Billy Boyle were researchers in Cambridge University when they teamed up to develop the idea of a novel detection technology. In 2004 PhDs were put on 'hold' and Owlstone was born. The three co-founders share in the day-to-day operations of the company and continue to grow the culture of innovation. The most experienced technology, business and industry professionals will form the backbone of the expanding team to realise the Owlstone vision and commercial potential.
Over the past 20 years Mr Bader has held several senior management positions with leading manufacturers of security screening equipment and sensor technologies, including EG&G Astrophysics, Heimann Systems and Smiths Detection. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Owlstone Inc. he served as General Manager and Vice President of Smiths Detection, The Americas. Mr Bader joined Owlstone in April 2006.
Andrew was Owlstone's founding CEO before moving into his role as President, Products in September 2005. He continues to share responsibility for Owlstone's day-to-day operations. Andrew is the inventor of the microchip spectrometer technology on which Owlstone has based its business, which he developed while a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge.
David put his PhD in superconductor modelling at Cambridge University on hold to co-found Owlstone, where he shares responsibility for day-to-day operations. He grew up in Murcia in Spain, and earned his bachelors and master's degree in engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he took a double major in electronics and communications. He then spent a year as a graduate student at University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his Msc thesis.
Since co-founding Owlstone, Billy has been overseeing the development and implementation of the detection technology with nanotechnology foundry partners. He is also active in business development, demonstrating to partners how the Owlstone technology can used to realise a paradigm shift in detection applications and deployment scenarios. Billy is heavily involved in the creation and realisation of new technologies and IP. Prior to joining Owlstone Billy was a Research Associate in the Microsystems and Nanotech group at Cambridge University. In an academic / industry consortium he designed and developed silicon-opto hybrid devices for next generation telecoms systems.
Dr. Wilks joined Owlstone as Chief Systems Officer in May 2005 and soon adopted a lead role in Military and Homeland Security focused development programs. In April 2011 he relocated from Cambridge (UK) to Owlstone’s US headquarters in Norwalk, CT, where he now drives technology-specific Business Development across all sectors. Prior to Owlstone, Ashley worked in Chemical Detection R&D for Smiths Detection, the world's leading provider of X-ray and Trace Detection equipment. He has 15 years of experience in the development of analytical instrumentation / methodology, across wide-ranging deployment arenas, including; Forensics, Environmental & Biochem / Pharma as well as Defense & Security. Ashley obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2003 and a BSc from the University of Surrey in 1997. He is an avid scientific writer and in addition to his roles at Owlstone, serves as a peer reviewer for two leading analytical science journals.
Mr. Finn has over 20 years of experience in accounting, audit and finance. He has held several senior advisory positions for IBM Corporation, Purdue Pharma and for various start-up companies where he has always focused on improving processes, controls and procedures. Mr. Finn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance & Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the Helsinki School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Mr. Finn has worked with Owlstone since May 2005 and is responsible for implementing and overseeing the financial controls, policies and procedures for the company.
Mr. Brennan has more than nineteen years of experience in the sales and marketing of screening sensors for the detection of explosives, guns and chemical / biological warfare agents. During his career in Homeland security Mr. Brennan has held leadership positions with industry leaders Smiths Detection, Heimann Systems and EG&G Astrophysics. Mr Brennan joined Owlstone in April 2006 to establish the Homeland Detection Business Unit. Mr. Brennan attended Tulane University.
Dr. Hart joined Owlstone in 2006 to lead the development of the company’s micro-fabricated RTMIS ion filter. In 2007 he joined the Defense and Security business unit to lead a four-year project to dramatically reduce the size, weight and power consumption of Owlstone’s chemical detectors, funded by the DoD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Since 2011 Dr. Hart has been responsible for new product development for the defense and security markets, working with customers and partners in both government and industry. Prior to joining Owlstone, he led microsystems development projects in Silicon Valley startups and at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hart holds a BA in physics from The University of Oxford and a PhD in physics from the University of Edinburgh, UK.