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We’re dedicated to creating the best solution in point-of-care diagnostics.

A team of experienced scientists, skilled in laser science, material science, medical diagnostics and biochemistry.

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With over 50 years of experience between the founders, that’s a lot of expertise to talk about.

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Robert Eason
Founder & Director

Robert Eason is the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, and a Professor of Optoelectronics in the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. He received a B.Sc degree in Applied Physics in 1975 from University College London, and a D.Phil in Physics from the University of York in 1982.

He has worked in laser and optical technologies for almost 40 years, has supervised 38 PhD students to successful completion, has been the principal investigator on >20 EPSRC grants, securing more than £5M of research funding as PI, and >£25M as Co-I, and has given more than 40 invited talks.

Rob’s most recent research topic addresses laser-processed point-of-care diagnostic tests, and he has recently secured a 3-year EPSRC grant entitled Laser-based engineering of paper for manufacturing fluidic sensors: (Lab-flo), with a value of £750K (FEC). The project will produce point-of-care diagnostic sensors that allow detection of specific diseases and conditions as well as dramatically reducing detection limits, and will involve methodologies for fluid delay, multiplexing, and patterning of 3-D devices.

Collin Sones
Founder & CSO

Dr. Collin Sones is a Principal Research Fellow/Associate Professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. He has been working at the Optoelectronics Research Centre since 2003 and as a Senior Research Fellow since 2008, before which he was a Lecturer in Physics/Electronics in India for 7 years. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees in Physics-Electronics in 1989 and 1991 from the South Gujarat University, India.

Collin has been working in the area of laser-materials interactions and laser-based micro-structuring/patterning techniques for applications in integrated and non-linear optical devices for the last 17 years. More recently, he has been working towards the development of laser-direct-write printing and patterning technologies, and his group has been responsible for some key achievements, particularly in the area of laser patterning of fluidic devices in porous materials such as paper.

His current research is focused on laser fabrication of low-cost, point-of-care medical diagnostic sensors targeted for use in resource-poor settings of lower and middle-income countries. His research activity in this field has been funded through successive grants from the EPSRC, UK, and these have helped his team explore the feasibility of laser-based printing and patterning methodologies for large-scale manufacture of affordable paper-based diagnostics targeted at tackling global challenges that include the endemic of Tuberculosis and Antimicrobial Resistance. Collin has authored 135 academic contributions that include journal papers and conference proceedings, 4 institutional reports, and 1 book chapter, and has >730 citations.

Ioannis Katis
Founder & Lead Scientist

Dr. Ioannis Katis is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, and is a co-founder and lead scientist for Highfield Diagnostics.

He has an extensive educational background that includes a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from DUTH, Greece, an MSc in Bionanotechnology and a PhD in Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton, UK.

Ioannis’ main research areas are laser-based technologies for manufacturing of paper-based diagnostic devices and lateral flow assay development. He is currently developing devices for diagnosis of Leishmaniasis and Tuberculosis and has a keen interest in bringing novel products and technologies to the market.

Peijun He
Founder & Lead Technologist

Dr. Peijun He is currently working at University of Southampton, and is co-founder and lead technologist for Highfield Diagnostics. Peijun brings to his position a well-established background in laser engineering and paper microfluidics.

He has an impressive educational background that includes a bachelor`s degree from Tianjin University, China in electronic science and technologies and a MSc in photonic technologies and a PhD in optoelectronics from University of Southampton, UK.

Peijun’s main research area for his PhD were developing a laser direct write technology for fabrication of paper-based microfluidic devices, followed with focus on lateral-flow devices and various assay implementations, i.e. ELISA. After his PhD, in May 2017, he joined in the University of Southampton as a research fellow with the research areas of using paper-based diagnostic devices for bacteria detection.

Amber Curry Gracia
Commercial Lead

Amber is Principal at Ambershore Group and leads early commercial efforts for Highfield Diagnostics. She is an accomplished and vocal advocate for purpose-driven business with an unconventional blend of experience in design, innovation, corporate strategy, international affairs and marketing. For almost a decade, Amber has worked with global health innovators and community leaders to solve some humanity’s
most vexing challenges including early in her career, serving at the United Nations with UN-HABITAT during the crafting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

She has also worked closely with business leaders and NGOs to develop and iterate strategies for growth. Using research, analytics, innovation, product development, brand design and operational alignment, she led the generation of over US$300MM in incremental value, was recognized in Fast Company and published
in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Amber co-founded Impact AO, a nonprofit consultancy providing capacity building and early-stage funding for local entrepreneurs working
toward the global goals in East Africa.

Amber holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of International Management, with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship from Thunderbird School of Global
Management.

Matt Williams
Commercial Advisor

Matt is Founding Partner / CEO of Ambershore Group and commercial advisor to Highfield Diagnostics. He has a deep passion for entrepreneurship in emerging markets and has cultivated expertise in finance,
development and academia for over a decade. Prior to Ambershore, he worked with clients ranging from individual investors and early-stage companies to State-Owned Enterprises and served as an advisor to organizations in China, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Matt has spearheaded U.S. market business development for a medical device company and clinical trials for earlystage diagnostic and medical device technologies in India. As Global Relationship Director at a New Yorkbased frontier markets listed equities fund, Matt gained extensive experience building relationships and in strategic, financial and legal evaluation of markets and investments.

Matt has a BA in Political Science, with honors, from Swarthmore College, an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law. He is proficient in Mandarin and has published op-ed articles in the Huffington Post, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Christian Science Monitor.


Zee Zhu
General Counsel

Zee is a partner at Ambershore Group and General Counsel for Highfield Diagnostics. He has served as a trusted advisor to international companies on cross -border issues across a diverse range of industries and has deep knowledge of China’s medical device regulatory landscape . Zee practiced law at a global law firm and represented clients in a wide range of business transactions, including cross -border mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings of Chinese firms in the US markets, private equity fund formation, and venture capital investments.

Zee has a BA in Economics, with high honors, from Swarthmore College, and a JD from Columbia Law School. He was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. Zee is a licensed New York attorney, a licensed U.S. Customs broker, and is fluent in Mandarin.

Ioannis Katis
Founder & Lead Scientist

Dr. Ioannis Katis is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, and is a co-founder and lead scientist for Highfield Diagnostics.

He has an extensive educational background that includes a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from DUTH, Greece, an MSc in Bionanotechnology and a PhD in Optoelectronics from the University of Southampton, UK.

Ioannis’ main research areas are laser-based technologies for manufacturing of paper-based diagnostic devices and lateral flow assay development. He is currently developing devices for diagnosis of Leishmaniasis and Tuberculosis and has a keen interest in bringing novel products and technologies to the market.

Peijun He
Founder & Lead Technologist

Dr. Peijun He is currently working at University of Southampton, and is co-founder and lead technologist for Highfield Diagnostics. Peijun brings to his position a well-established background in laser engineering and paper microfluidics.

He has an impressive educational background that includes a bachelor`s degree from Tianjin University, China in electronic science and technologies and a MSc in photonic technologies and a PhD in optoelectronics from University of Southampton, UK.

Peijun’s main research area for his PhD were developing a laser direct write technology for fabrication of paper-based microfluidic devices, followed with focus on lateral-flow devices and various assay implementations, i.e. ELISA. After his PhD, in May 2017, he joined in the University of Southampton as a research fellow with the research areas of using paper-based diagnostic devices for bacteria detection.

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