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Over 15 years ago, Professors Aline Miller and Alberto Saiani at The University of Manchester synthesised a self-assembling oligo-peptide with interesting gelation properties. This work started with a small grant from the University.

Over subsequent years, the team meticulously crafted and studied self-assembling peptides to perfect their platform technology and produce a range of hydrogels ideal for 3D cell culture.

In 2014, due to a demand for their materials, our company, Manchester BIOGEL was founded to enable these hydrogels to be readily available to researchers wishing to create new opportunities in the high-growth fields of 3D cell culture, 3D bioprinting and medical devices. Since opening our doors, we have supported scientists in the UK and beyond to create optimal environments for a wide variety of cell types.

Our Team

Aline Miller
Aline Miller BSc PhD FRSC FInstP

Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer

Aline has significant technical experience of functional and responsive hydrogels for applications across the life-science sector. She currently oversees all aspects of the business from product production and development to marketing and sales, to ensure our customers receive the very best product and service.

Aline has over 20 years of experience working within academia and is currently also a Professor of Biomolecular Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester.

Alberto Saiani
Alberto Saiani PhD FRSC

Co-founder and Scientific Director

Alberto co-founded the company in collaboration with Aline Miller and has extensive knowledge of the structure and properties of peptide hydrogels. He advises on product development and company collaborative opportunities.

Alberto is also a Professor of Molecular Materials in the School of Materials at The University of Manchester, focusing on the development of polymer and biopolymer materials for biomedical applications.

Rob Winkler
Rob WinklerBSc ACA

Chief Financial Officer

Rob helps our customers manage their accounts and commercial arrangements. He also ensures our suppliers get paid on time, as well as taking care of back office work.

Rob is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked in corporate finance advisory, providing insight and advice to clients on a broad range of financial issues.

Chloë Oakland
Chloë OaklandBSc PhD

Product and Marketing Manager

Chloë is the first point of contact for customers and provides advice and support on the most appropriate products for their needs. She is also responsible for all the marketing and communication output for the company.

Previously, Chloë worked in Medical Communications and also ran her own science communication business. She has a PhD in Nanoscience on the development luminescent biosensors from The University of Manchester.

Mi Zhou
Mi Zhou MEng PhD

Production and Development Manager

Mi is responsible for the production of our PeptiGels® and develops tailored materials for customers requiring bespoke products. She also provides technical support and advice to all our product users.

Mi undertook a PhD in biomaterials and tissue engineering before gaining significant postdoctoral experience in the field of regenerative medicine at University College London and The University of Manchester.

Roger Doo
Roger DooBSc ACGI CEng MIMechE

CHAIRMAN

Roger has over 20 years’ experience as a company director. He provides advice on intellectual property, research and development and business growth.

Roger is an Engineer by training and his background includes a major role in the development, through to significant global market success, of a start-up technology company, Henrob Limited.

Get in touch

For more information about our technology, our products or how we can support your research please get in touch:
E: info@manchesterbiogel.com | T: +44 (0) 1625 238800