Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BioSystems Technology

Molecular Microbiologist Dr Olivia Champion was as a research scientist for twenty years in Europe and North America, in the field of infectious disease, starting her career as an intern at the World Health Organisation in Geneva she then became a Clinical Scientist for Public Health England, working on outbreak investigations. Dr Champion carried out an MSc in Clinical Microbiology at Queen Mary and Westfield University and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She worked on a vaccine development research programme before she commercialised her academic research and founded Exeter based biotechnology company, BioSystems Technology in 2015. BioSystems Technology provides tools for scientists carrying out research into infectious diseases. BioSystems Technology has developed screening platforms for antibiotic discovery and drug re-purposing. In 2018 Dr Champion founded Entec Nutrition Ltd, an Agri Tech company using circular economy principles to produce insects as an alternative protein source. During her career Dr Champion has published over 25 peer reviewed research articles, six book chapters, filed four patents and given a TedX talk about her work and motivations, against a background of three career breaks for maternity leave. Dr Champion has been a microbiology consultant on several television documentaries including the recent Channel 4 documentary “Coronavirus: Can you avoid it” and she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Exeter 2018.


16 November 2020