FungiAlert is extremely passionate about sustainable agriculture, with the vision of revolutionsing disease management practices using innovative technology. We believe the FungiAlert technology will help control plant disease, by guiding and shaping spraying practices to help reduce crop loss, and to limit the development of resistance to pesticides.
Kerry and Angela co-founded FungiAlert while studying towards their PhD’s in Crop Sustainability at Imperial College London. Both co-founders became passionate about embarking on a journey to contribute towards sustainable agricultural farming using their scientific expertise. Although passionate about research, both co-founders decided to leave their posts as Post-Doctoral researchers to focus on the development of their technology, FungiAlert.
FungiAlert is an award winning technology, receiving a number of accolades for the novel approach to sustainable agriculture. FungiAlert were awarded top prizes from the CDT Den 2015 and the Venture Catalyst Challenge 2015, for which they received proof of concept funding. FungiAlert were also awarded funding from the Althea-Imperial Prize 2015.
Meet the Team
Dr. Angela de Manzanos Guinot
CTO and co-founder
Angela completed her PhD in Chemical Biology at Imperial College London in 2016. Her research studied the inefficiencies in the photosynthetic enzyme Rubisco, with the aim to increase crop yields. As recognition for her successful involvement in multiple extramural activities during her PhD she was awarded with the Student Outstanding Achievement Award at the post-graduate ceremony in May 2016. She was also shortlisted for the WISE Tech Start-Up Award in 2016. Angela completed her MRes in Chemical Biology of Crop Sustainability and Protection at Imperial College London in 2012, where she was awarded with the Lord Porter Prize due to her excellent academic results. Previously she studied BSc and MSc in Biotechnology at the School of Agricultural Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
Dr. Kerry O’Donnelly Weaver
CEO and co-founder
Kerry has a PhD in Chemical Biology from Imperial College London, and subsequent two years of Post-doctoral research experience, with her research focusing on the use of novel technologies to help increase crop yields. Prior to this, she achieved a Distinction for a MRes in Chemical Biolgy of Health and Disease at Imperial College London, and holds a First Class MSCi degree in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde. In 2011 she was part of the winning team of the Thought For Food challenge. In 2015 she was showcased as one of the 175 faces of Chemistry by The Royal Society of Chemistry. She was awarded the prestigious ‘Outstanding Achievement Award‘ by Imperial College London in 2016 for extramural activities during her PhD studies.
Dr. Paul D Atherton
Chairman and Investor
Dr Paul Atherton is a successful, serial, technology entrepreneur who focuses on start-up companies from UK universities. He co-founded Queensgate Instruments in 1978 whilst studying for a PhD in astrophysics and was Managing Director from 1987 until its sale in March 2000. He was an Angel Investor in Natural Motion and supported it through 5 investment rounds until its sale to Zynga for $527M in February 2014. Paul was a Non Executive Director of Imperial Innovations from 2004 until 2014 helping it raise several hundred million pounds for investment in UK technology start-ups. He is founder and Executive Chairman of Nexeon Limited (Li-ion battery materials) which has raised more than £85M of venture capital investment so far. He is Chairman of Phase Focus Ltd Ltd (lensless live cell imaging) and is a Director of Infinitesima Ltd (high speed AFM for wafer inspection). Paul is Chairman of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision Engineering (Cambridge and Cranfield Universities). Paul has a PhD in Physics from Imperial College and an MBA from the London Business School (of which he was a Governor for 6 years). He was made a Fellow of London Business School at the annual graduation ceremony in July 2013, and became a Fellow of The Institute of Physics in April 2016.