About Us

Founded late in 2017, we have a small but growing team based near Oxford, UK. We are backed by Oxford Technology's SEIS fund (a seed venture fund) and a selection of private SEIS and EIS investors. 

Management Team

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PHIL TAYLOR – CEO

19 years R&D experience working on diverse projects in materials/aerospace/defence

10 years experience in Industry 4.0 machine design and build

PhD in Materials Science from University College London, BSc in Biotech from Imperial College London

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BILL PATERSON – FOUNDER AND CTO

40 years experience working polymer chemistry and nanomaterials

15 years experience with medical device technology/regulatory

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CHARLES SPENCER – CSO

7 years R&D experience working with thin film materials and Industry 4.0 automation.

PhD in condensed matter physics from University of Leeds, BSc in Physics from Exeter University.

PolyCAT Partners (Global Sales and Business Development)

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LENNARD VAN SOEST – OPERATING PARTNER (BELGIUM)

Masters of Science (Deflt) and MBA (IESE) – Speaks English, Spanish, French, Dutch.

15 years with Ansell (PPE) as VP Sales and Marketing, 3 years with Schlumberger as Engineering Manager.

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RYAN LISIAK – OPERATING PARTNER (USA)

Masters of Engineering Management and MBA (Kellogg).

2 years MW (Manufacturing) as VP General Manager, 3 years Waste Management as Director of Supply Chain.

8 years with Danaher (Manufacturing) in operational management, marketing and M&A.

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RAFAEL ESCANEZ – OPERATING PARTNER (SPAIN)

Masters of Science (UCL) and MBA (IESE) – Speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and Catalan.

12 years with Metropolitan Partners (Private Equity) as Associate Director.

3 years with Advisum (Strategy Consulting) as Associate Director, 2 years with Zobele (CPG) in business development.

Investment and Advisory Board

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PROF PETER J DOBSON

OBE, BSc, MA (Oxon), PhD, C Phys, F Inst P, Member of the ACS, FRCS. (The Queen’s College, Oxford)

Professor of Nanomaterials at University of Oxford. Published over 190 papers and 32 patents. Spun off 3 companies: Oxonica in 1999, Oxford Biosensors in 200, and Oxford NanoSystems in 2012.

Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK (2009-2013) and sits on several EPSRC panels.

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PROF ALISTAIR KEAN

Professor of Medical Nanotechnology at UHI in Inverness, visiting professor at Manchester Met University

Sharp Laboratories of Europe in Oxford, before founding 2 start-ups (Nikaworks Ltd in 2013 and NikaLyte Ltd in 2019).

Strategic advisor to Johnson Matthey PLC, driving ongoing R&D push into PVD materials and nanotech.

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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN PATTERSON CB

Major General in the British Army before moving to Strategic Command as Director of Capability in 2014.

Responsible for a £3bn pa technology portfolio including information systems, communications and cyber resilience, space, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and special projects.

Holds a number of non-exec board positions in start-ups covering the defence and security sector.

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DR MIKE BARTLEY

Angel investor and strategic advisor, founded and self-funded global IC design and test company with >400 employees

Exited via trade sale in 2020, currently working with acquirer on upcoming IPO

30+ years in software and hardware industries, BSc, 5x MSc’s, 2x MBA’s, and PhD in Maths/Computer Science related fields

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JONATHAN HIRST

25 years experience running EMCO Technologies, a leading fresh produce industry technology supplier

Food industry expertise in fresh produce supply chain, gas measurement, spectroscopy, and dosing technologies

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ANDREA MICA

Partner and Investment Director at Oxford Technology Management (OTM), a leading Oxford, UK based early stage VC

Represents OTM’s SEIS and EIS fund shareholders on PolyCAT’s board