Management team

Pete Rowe, CEO


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.


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. As CSO, he oversees the microbial aspects of the Deep Branch process.

Rob Mansfield, ChIEf Operations Officer


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.



Katie joined Deep Branch in May 2019. As a high performing Chemical Engineering student at the University of Edinburgh, she has gained crucial experience in plant design. Working with our scale up partners, Katie helps translate the fundamental aspects of the Deep Branch Biotechnology process into real world impact. Katie likes long distance running and pringles.


Mehrad joined the Deep Branch team in June 2019 in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, as part of his MSc in Biotechnology with Enterpreneurship. His main role is performing market analysis for the key sectors that Deep Branch biotechnology interact with. Mehrad is a keen musician, playing the taar (a traditional Persian instrument) and he likes cheese and onion crisps.


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.

Founding Story

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 the SBRC 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.