Engineers, scientists, dog lovers, cat whisperers, brunch makers. We’re tech minded, big hearted and forever asking ‘what if?’ Meet some of our herd below.
Co-Founder & CTO
(aka The Hog Father)
Russ holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Oxford University. His grandparents on both sides were in the meat trade, owning their own butchery shops or livestock farms. Russ previously worked as a management consultant and commercial advisor to supermarkets at The Boston Consulting Group, where he first had the idea for Ivy Farm.
When he’s not at Ivy Farm, you’ll find Russ walking in the Oxford countryside with his Great Dane, Dauntless, who is also the unofficial Chief Tasting Officer at Ivy Farm.
(aka Chief Carni-Conscious)
Rich is a commercial leader with a history in building successful brands. First at Proctor & Gamble, both in the UK and the US, later at Red Bull, and more recently in the international expansion of craft brands owned by Heineken. He holds an MBA from Sam Walton Business School in USA and a BA in Business from the University of Sheffield.
Rich can often be found playing champions league garden football with his three energetic children who are also the unofficial Chief Animal Huggers at Ivy Farm.
(aka Lard Optimiser)
(aka Systems Superhero)
Culture Media Leader
(aka Feed Mixologist)
Arantxa Bolinches Amorós
Cell Biology Leader
(aka Game Keeper)
(aka Culture Aficionado)
(aka Trough Nutritionist)
VP of Research & Development
(aka Wyagu Whizz)
(aka Swill Specialist)
(aka Professional Body Builder)
(aka Cat Herder)
Business Support Manager
(aka Designated Driver)
(aka Nuts-n-Bolts Know-It-All)
Chief of Staff
(aka Chief Forager)
(aka Tissue Mechanic)
(aka Muscle Magician)
(aka Bacon Harvester)
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Dr. Russ Tucker
Founder Russ also sits on the Board. As well as his experience as a consultant, Russ is a Charted Accountant, and first earned his financial stripes at PwC.
Professor Cathy Ye
Cathy is Associate Professor with a PhD from Oxford, where she is also currently a member of faculty at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Cathy specialises in bioreactor technology, which is instrumental in scaling up cell production and tissue growth. She first met Russ while assessing his first year as a PhD student. Cathy has experienced the challenges of largescale livestock farming personally having seen her father, a professor of veterinary science who specialises in pig diseases, work to curtail the effects of swine flu viruses in China.
Dr. Alasdair Russell
Alasdair is passionate about translating scientific discoveries into real-world outcomes. His interests centre on exploiting engineering principles in biology to drive societal change. Alasdair has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of cancer, DNA repair, adult stem cell biology and genome editing. He is widely published, an inaugural editor of the CRISPR Journal, and has secured many prestigious research grants. In 2015 he established Cancer Research UK’s first genome editing facility. In 2020 he founded Zygosity, a company that sits at the interface between CRISPR technologies and AI. Alasdair has successfully raised both venture-backed and academic funding, has led and managed high-functioning teams of 50+, has consulted globally across life science, translational research and genome engineering and has filed patents in these sectors. An experienced C-suite exec, Alasdair also holds positions on various regulatory and ethics committees and has produced insight for governmental bodies to aid in driving regulatory change.
Steve manages a portfolio of investments as Senior Investment Manager at Oxford University Innovation, a wholly owned subsidiary that manages the commercialisation of the university’s research and development output. Steve has held chair, board and CEO roles in a range of sectors, from consumer goods to biotech and IP. He holds a degree in Biology from the University of Sussex, an MBA from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Rich is an experienced commercial brand builder having previously worked internationally at Procter & Gamble, Red Bull and Heineken.
He holds an MBA and a BA in Business.
Rich also sits on the advisory board of two purpose driven companies that play in the online market-place sector and in the natural health food sector.
Professor Ramiro Alberio
Ramiro is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Large Animal Biotechnology (CeLAB) at the University of Nottingham School of Biosciences, where has held positions in teaching and research for over 20 years. Initially a Veterinary Medicine graduate at the University of La Plata in Argentina, today Ramiro specialises in animal biotechnology and undertakes research in animal cell development. His research has been fundamental in exploring the potential for genetic selection within livestock, and for developing underpinning technologies to produce cultivated meat.
Professor Austin Smith
Austin studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and gained his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford, becoming a specialist in the field of pluripotency and embryonic stem cells. Austin joined the Centre for Genome Research in Edinburgh as a Group Leader, and then Director. In 2006, Austin moved to the University of Cambridge and was the founding Director of the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. Today, he is Director of the Living Systems Institute at the University of Exeter.
Professor Dong Chen
Dong is a Distinguished Professor at Soochow University and Founding Head of the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Soochow University. His professional interests include life quality engineering, bioinspired chemical engineering, food engineering, and particle technology. Previously, he held Chair Professorships at Xiamen University, Monash University and The University of Auckland respectively. He was an academic at The University of Auckland and was a Senior Research Engineer at New Zealand Dairy Research Institute. Has received many awards including, but not limited to; The IDS Founder Award for Outstanding Contribution to Drying Research; IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award in Food Engineering and Most Favourite Teacher of Soochow University to mention a few. Dong has published roughly 650 journal articles, 230 conference papers and several books. He has over 23000 citations for his published work and a H-index of 74. Personal interests include painting, singing, reading and mathematics.
Dr. Bert Frohlich
Bert’s most recent role was at BlueNalu, a US-based cell-cultured seafood company. As VP of Engineering and Commercialisation, Bert designed and managed the construction of its largescale R&D and manufacturing facility. He has experience in the cell culture process development for human therapeutics, in designing chemical and biochemical processes, and has held numerous senior technical leadership roles within large, biotech businesses. Bert has an MEng in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering.
Professor Fred Relaix
Professor Fred Relaix is a recognised expert in the field of muscle stem cells, and currently serves as a Director of Team Biology of the Neuromuscular System at Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). Fred is a vice-dean for Research at UPEC Faculty of Medicine and leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in a range of studies related to stem cells, as well as on novel therapeutic approaches for muscular dystrophies.