Who We Are
We're a group of experienced software engineers and problem solvers based in Edinburgh. With a combined 50+ years in biotechnology, engineering and manufacturing we have a wide range of skills to rely on to get the job done.
Firefinch started in 2017 when four senior R&D members from a biotech multinational decided to go their own way. Founded with the aim to get software development right we use best practice and experience to get the right balance between cost and complexity for every customer. We've since grown to seven people by bringing in specialist skills from other sectors.
Our Board of Advisors
We asked the mentors who guided the development of our careers to help oversee and advise the Firefinch enterprise. With strong backgrounds and expertise in product and business development, engineering, marketing, and academia, our board of advisors continue to provide us with their insight and wisdom.
Stuart is an Engineering Consultant with more than 40 years’ experience of product development and business management across the defence, automated banking, mobile communications and life science sectors including management roles with Unisys, Motorola, and most recently as Technology Director for the Microfluidics Division of Agilent Technologies. He was also Co-founder and Director of three separate successful start-up ventures, the most recent being Lab901 which was acquired by Agilent in 2011.
Dr. James Hopgood
James is the Director of Electronics and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He works in the disciplines of Data Science and Machine Learning within the field of Statistical Signal Processing. Since September 2011, James has been the Editor-in-Chief for the IET Journal of Signal Processing. James has worked closely with the Firefinch team since 2014 on a Data Science research project.
Dr. Donna McDade Walker
Donna is Senior Director, Global Marketing at Twist Bioscience. She is an accomplished Commercial Leader with over fifteen years experience in the biotechnology & life science industries. Skilled in marketing strategy, brand development and R&D within fields such as DNA Sequencing, Molecular Diagnostics, and Synthetic Biology, Donna has worked with the Firefinch team since 2020.
Firefinch have a commendably low emissions footprint. As a company they clearly prioritise efficiency and have instituted savings across their carbon footprint through conscious choices in the ways they travel, produce and work as a company.
They are a clear exemplar for the ways that lean, efficient technology organisations can embed sustainability principles and act responsibly to minimise their impacts on the surrounding environment and economy.
Williamson Consulting would have no hesitation in recommending Firefinch for project involvement in public sector work given often progressive overarching regional and national emissions targets. With an acute understanding of how organisations are structuring sustainability programmes, we have confidence that collaboration with Firefinch will benefit these processes and help to reduce emissions.