Scientific Advisory Board
The Sphere Fluidics’ Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprises two of the Company’s Founders. They are responsible for ensuring quality of the Company’s science and engineering activity, encouraging innovation and identifying new science or applications to potentially add to the Company’s scientific portfolio.
Professor Chris Abell FRS FMedSci FRSC
Co-Founder and Chairman of the SAB
Professor Abell is in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, where his research applies inter-disciplinary approaches to solving challenges in biological chemistry. His research is primarily focused in two areas: developing picodroplets as an experimental platform, and pioneering new approaches to drug discovery. He was a co-Founder of Sphere Fluidics Limited.
Professor Abell also co-Founded Astex Therapeutics, the leading company in the area of fragment-based drug discovery. In 2013, Astex was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals for circa £570 million. In 2013, Professor Abell also co-Founded Aqdot, a company developing innovative encapsulation technology.
Professor Abell is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Academy of Medical Sciences and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Cambridge.
Professor Wilhelm Huck
Professor Huck, formerly at the University of Cambridge, is now in the Institute for Molecules and Materials at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where his research focuses on understanding complex molecular systems with a view to ultimately construct a living cell. His research uses picodroplets as an experimental platform for studying physical aspects of cellular organization and as a tool for high throughput single cell studies. He was a co-founder of Sphere Fluidics.
In 2015 Professor Huck co-founded Cytofind Diagnostics, a company developing a new route for detection and isolation of Circulating Tumour Cells.
Professor Huck is a Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.