David Weinkove

Biologist, CEO

David Weinkove

Biologist, CEO

“C. elegans is a really powerful model for ageing research and with Magnitude Biosciences, we want to bring that power to a wider group of people”

David has 20 years experience with C. elegans, learning as a postdoc with David Gems, Ronald Plasterk and Erik Jorgensen. He discovered a mutation in the E. coli bacteria that increases C. elegans lifespan (Virk et al 2012) and has characterised a number of compounds that slow ageing (Bass et al 2007, Virk et al 2012, Cabreiro et al 2013). He led a manual screen of 1000 E. coli mutants to find those that increase lifespan (Virk et al 2016) and development of a defined nutrient media to increase reproducibility (Maynard et al 2018).

However, to improve throughput and data quality, David has turned to automation. He brought together the Magnitude Biosciences team as the right people to design, implement and deliver a reliable automated service that can bring increases in productivity to the whole field.

Chris Saunter

CTO, Physicist

With a deep mathematical understanding, Chris is the genius behind the software at the heart of the Healthspan Machine. He has over 15 years experience adapting imaging technology to answer questions in biology and is an Associate Professor at Durham University Physics Department

Frederique Tholozan

Business Development Lead

Fred has a PhD in Cell Biology and many years experience working in the life sciences CRO environment. She brings substantial Business Developments skills to Magnitude Biosciences.

John O’Brien


With decades of experience helping small tech companies fulfil their potential, John brings commercial expertise and first-hand knowledge of the investment community. John has worked around the world and is building Magnitude’s global business.

Adelaide Raimundo

Lab Manager

Adelaide has over a decade of experience of working with the nematode C. elegans. She has previously organised a manual lifespan screen of a 1000 E. coli strains, using 100 worms on each strain (Virk et al 2016). Her attention to detail and worm picking skills are of the highest level, meaning that your worm strains and experiments are in good hands!

Giulia Zavagno

PhD Researcher

Funded by the ERDF Intensive Industrial Innovative Programme and a graduate of Durham University (BSc) and Bath University (MSc), Giulia brings a wide range of interests to Magnitude Bioscience, including neurodegenerative disease and the role of the microbiome in health and disease.