Pete Rowe, PhD

CEO & Co-Founder

Molecular biologist turned entrepreneur, Pete is an expert in innovation management, biotechnology and a certified AgTech consultant. As CEO, he leads the team’s effort in transforming the polluters of today into the producers of tomorrow.

Previously, Pete has held technical and commercial roles in biotechs and academia, running projects spanning from developing CRISPR-based genome editing tools to developing circular economy solutions for the poultry sector.

Rob Mansfield, PhD

COO & Co-Founder

Trained as a metabolic engineer, Rob earned his stripes developing new ways to engineer industrial microbes to optimise product formation.

Rob has extensive experience in successfully organising and executing international, interdisciplinary research projects. He translates this skillset into his role as COO, keeping the Deep Branch machine well oiled and operational.

Lisa Thomas, PhD | ACA

Finance & Innovation Director

Lisa is chartered accountant with a technical background in life sciences. With 15+ years experience of R&D and technology transfer in the private and public sector and have worked as financial and innovation advisor to a range of companies.

Lisa’s primary focus is to embed good financial practices, enabling reliable management information and data-driven decision making.


Bart Pander, PhD

Head of Fermentation & Co-Founder

Microbiologist with deep knowledge of gas fermentation. Bart has an encyclopaedic knowledge of gas utilising microbes and unrivalled knowhow in growing them at steady state (in a continuous process).

Bart has previously worked as a PhD researcher and post-doctoral research fellow at The University of Nottingham and The University of York. Bart oversees the microbial aspects of the Deep Branch process.

Preben Krabben, PhD

Head of Process Development

Preben has over two decades’ experience in innovation and scale-up of microbial biotechnology processes. He has a strong inter-disciplinary skillset, with a deep understanding of chemical engineering, fermentation, microbial physiology, molecular microbiology, bioinformatics, and techno-economis.

Preben has previously worked as a Head of Innovation at Green Biologics, scaling their biobutanol production process.

Craig Woods, PhD

Head of Strain Development

As Head of Strain Development, Craig uses his extensive expertise in optimisation of gas fermentation processes to improve the profile of Deep Branch single cell protein.

During his PhD and subsequent Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre, Craig developed high-throughput strain development techniques for use in commercially-relevant gas fermenting microbes.

Zahara Mortimer, BSc

Microbial Biotechnologist

Zahara joined Deep Branch in June 2019. She holds a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Nottingham. Working under the supervision of Bart, Zahara helps optimise the nutritional profiles of Deep Branch Biotechnology products. Zahara likes lacrosse and Wotsits.


Ahmed El-Kadars, MBA

Head of Business Development

Holds a BSc in Finance and an MBA, with 10+ years of experience in driving business development and revenue in industries including B2B software sales, sports, management consulting, and food. Consulting experience in North America, Europe and Asia for a range of industries.

Ahmed joined the team because he wanted to combine his passion for sustainable food with his professional skillset for venture growth.

Joshua Maliepaard, BSc

Business Development Associate

Joshua joined the Deep Branch team in November 2019 in collaboration with the Leiden University, as part of his MSc in Biopharmaceutical Sciences with Business Studies. His main role is performing market analysis for the key sectors that Deep Branch biotechnology interact with.


The Deep Branch Biotechnology co-founders met whilst at the University of Nottingham’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC). Whilst working together on ways to utilize gas fermentation for production of chemicals, the team discovered they had a shared desire to make a positive impact of the world. Pete and Bart left the SBRC to pursue new challenges in commercial and academic biotech, whilst Rob remained at to continue the work of his PhD. The team kept in touch and when in the summer of 2018 Bart proposed a new twist on how gas fermentation could be used for clean production of single cell protein, Pete and Rob were sold. They were able to go from idea to raising pre-seed funding within four months, and haven’t looked back since.


John Carolin, MBA

Non-Executive Director

Lars Topholm

Non-Executive Director

Oliver McFall, MBA

Strategic Advisor

Prof. Nigel Minton

Scientific Advisor

Prof. Han De Winde

Scientific Advisor