Dr Ian Goodyer

Ian is the founder of ZiNIR Ltd. He received a BSc. (Hons.) in Biochemistry and a PhD in molecular cell biology from the University of Bath (Department of Biological and Biochemical Sciences). During his PhD Ian performed multivariate data analysis on complex biological systems. Ian then had two postdoctoral fellowships, one in the USA and one in Oxford where he specialised in tracking of fluorescently tagged molecules in biological systems using primarily confocal microscopy. Ian then moved into industry and worked for Amersham Biosciences (now GE Healthcare) as a scientist developing fluorescent cell based assays and their associated analysis routines for the pharmaceutical industry. During this time, Ian developed a number of novel data analysis techniques and is the author on a number of patent applications in this field. Since leaving Amersham Biosciences. Ian set up Zinir Ltd and also works as a consultant helping high-tech businesses commercialise their ideas.


Professor Stephen Sweeney

Stephen is ZiNIR's Chief Technology Officer. In addition to his role with ZiNIR, he is a Professor in the Advanced Technology Institute and Department of Physics at the University of Surrey and an EPSRC Leadership Fellow.

Stephen received a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Applied Physics and the Certificate of Education from the University of Bath (Departments of Physics and Education) and a PhD from the University of Surrey in experimental semiconductor laser physics. Following two post-doctoral research positions, he joined Marconi Optical components (now Bookham) as Lead Scientist in the Laser and Amplifier group. In 2002 Stephen joined the University of Surrey where he now holds a Chair in Physics and is Head of the Photonics group. At the University of Surrey, Stephen leads a large group of approximately 50 researchers investigating novel concepts in photonic materials and devices.

Stephen has produced >300 journal & conference papers, four patents, written several book chapters on photonics, edited two journals and is a regular invited speaker at international photonics conferences. Stephen is an expert on III-V and silicon semiconductors and their application in photonic technologies. He sits on the Steering Committee for the UK III-V Semiconductors National Facility, is a member of the EPSRC(UK) Peer Review College and Expert International Advisor for the National Science Foundation (US) and the US Department of Energy. He is regularly called upon to peer review research programmes for the UK research councils, the EU, the NSF (US) and the Singapore government.


Dr James Murray

James is our in-house intellectual property expert. James gained his B.Sc in Biochemistry from the University of Essex, M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde and Ph.D in Molecular Biology from the University of Bath. After his Ph.D James first held a first post doctoral research position at the Cambridge University studying protein folding in the Centre for Molecular Recognition and then a second post doctoral position in the Department of Biochemistry. Subsequently, James worked for Parke-Davies Pharmaceuticals Limited where he was a laboratory head, and then for Pfizer UK in their intellectual property department. James worked for many years for a patent agency where he specialised in biotechnology and pharmaceutical intellectual property. Jim now works in technology transfer.


Tracy Nuttall

Tracy is ZiNIR's Commercial Director focusing on Market strategy, Business Planning, Communications and PR. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of York, an MA in Contemporary Japan from the University of Essex and is part way through an MBA. Previously she worked as a change communications consultant at Board Level for blue-chip Financial Service companies and in the public sector supporting product launches, the outsourcing of operations, company restructures and stakeholder consultancy programmes.


Dr Jo Coote

Jo Coote is a photonics design engineer for ZiNIR. She studied physics at Imperial College London, then joined the Photonics group at the University of Surrey, where she undertook PhD research into modifying semiconductor lasers for use as miniature biosensors. Jo has particular research interests in photonics and optical sensors, and is also a visiting researcher in the Neuroimaging department of Kings College, London.