TEAM

Dr Kane Miller

Managing Director


Kane developed Axatan’s core photobioreactor technology during his doctoral studies at University College London (UCL). His first degree was Mathematical Physics (BSc), followed by a Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering (MSc). Following Kane’s engineering doctorate he spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Associate where he applied his newly developed technology to the animal health industry. Kane’s passion lies in the production of microalgae for the advancement of human and animal health, believing that there is significant scope for algae derived nutraceutical and biopharmaceutical products to revolutionize the way animal health care is provided. He believes that the implementation of highly productive photobioreactors will finally make it possible to unlock the true potential of microalgae, for the benefit of everyone.

Dr Weiluo Lee

Lead Scientist


Weiluo is a PhD-level protein engineer with 10 years of combined academic and industrial experience. He earned his BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his PhD, he worked at Codexis, an industrial biotech company that has won 3 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency. He did his PhD under Professor Paul Dalby at University College London where he was a recipient of two PhD scholarships. In addition to his research experience, he has undertaken leadership roles as Corporate Relations Director for the CleanTech Challenge and as the London Chapter President for the Oxbridge Biotechnology Roundtable. His core competencies include assay development, molecular biology, protein purification & characterisation and directed evolution.

Dr Francisco Navarro

Senior Scientist


Francisco is a molecular biologist with experience in cell physiology and gene expression regulation of eukaryotic microorganisms. He carried out a PhD in methylotrophic yeast, and postdoctoral work in fission yeast and in the microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, for which he developed tools for synthetic biology and biotechnology. Francisco has worked in a number of prestigious institutions, such as The Rockefeller University (US) and the University of Cambridge (UK), and brings broad scientific experience to the Axitan team.

ADVISORY BOARD


Gary Safady


Since founding his national real estate firm, O&S Holdings, 25 years ago, Gary has successfully developed projects with a combined footprint of over several million square feet. This includes the 2 million square foot Bridge Town Centre development. He is also a franchisee of Westin Hotels and created Monaco Pictures, a movie theatre chain. Gary is the founder of Safady Entertainment, which is behind the 2011 movie Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler, and serves on the Board of Directors for Virgin Produced, a component of the Virgin Entertainment Group. Over the past several years Gary has become an active investor in the sustainable technology sector. He holds significant positions in Direct Energy Holdings Pty Ltd, which is at the forefront of Direct Carbon Fuel Cell technology, and Agrarian Organics, which has developed a sustainable fertiliser which is being rolled out globally.   Gary holds a B.A. in Business Finance from Loyola Marymount University, he is also a member of the Producers Guild of America, as well as a frequent guest speaker at many universities and conferences worldwide.

Professor Saul Purton


Saul is Professor of Algal Biotechnology at UCL. He obtained his PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Cambridge in 1988, and was then awarded a long-term EMBO Research Fellowship to study algal molecular-genetics at the University of Geneva before joining UCL as a lecturer in 1991. His research interests focus on: i) the regulation of chloroplast gene expression in algae and the development of techniques for chloroplast engineering. ii) the development of algae and cyanobacteria as a synthetic biology chassis for the production of recombinant products such as therapeutic proteins, speciality oils and terpenoid-based bioactives. Saul is also Director of PHYCONET, a BBSRC-funded UK network in algal biotechnology, and has served on various BBSRC Committees and review panels. He is a member of Council for the British Phycological Society and sits on the editorial boards for the journals Eukaryotic Cell, Microbiology, Protist and Perspectives in Phycology.

Stewart J. Ritchie


Stew is currently the president of both Canadian Poultry Consultants Ltd, a Veterinary practice dedicated to integrated poultry health management systems, and S. J. Ritchie Research Farms Ltd, a commercial chicken operation dedicated to the evaluation of integrated poultry health management systems. He is also a doctor of Veterinary Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. Stew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a Master of Science degree in Broiler Nutrition. Over the years he has established various continuing education opportunities and programs that focus on disease prevention, such as; Platinum Brooding®, Managing Metabolic Heat©, Coccidiosis Prevention Planner©,  Platinum Biodefense and others. Stew has previously held the position of president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and Western Poultry Disease Conference. He is a cofounder of the Western Meeting of Poultry Clinicians and Pathologists (WestVet) and the BC Poultry Symposium 2014.   He is also Member of numerous poultry science organizations, including the Poultry Science Association since 1980.