Team

VivoPlex combines technical and clinical expertise to develop advanced, miniaturised biometric sensors. Our implantable and wearable devices use wireless, batteryless technology capable of capturing and analysing biometric data in real-time. Using our products, we enable the improved understanding and management of global health and wellbeing challenges.


Dr Chris Dickson

Executive Chairman

Chris Dickson has held board positions within healthcare information system companies supplying the UK NHS for over 10 years . He was on the main board of Ascribe PLC when listed on the London stock exchange and during an MBO, subsequent PE ownership and sale to EMIS Group PLC, where he became Director of International Strategy. After qualifying as a medical doctor and following a career in healthcare, Dr Dickson went on to become Medical Services Manager at Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong and Head of Healthcare Services at BUPA before specialising in medical software.

Charles Dickson

Charles Dickson

Executive Director

Charles Dickson is a Chartered Accountant with ICAS. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Economics and Accounting in 2004 and joined Ernst and Young LLP where, after completing the graduate training programme, he qualified in 2007. Charles went on to join McQueen, an independent corporate finance house, based in London, before moving to the Tarncourt Group in 2008. He completed a leadership programme at Harvard Business School in 2009. Charles has been a non-executive director of Apache Capital Partners since 2010.

Jo Smart

Chief Operating Officer

Joanna Smart has over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector in Europe and the US, including roles in corporate development, licensing, strategy, and corporate finance. She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University before joining Nomura International in the Healthcare Corporate Finance team. Jo spent seven years in senior corporate development roles for Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Chiron Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been an independent consultant to Life Sciences companies and academic groups since 2010. She is Deputy Chair of the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Challenge Award Panel and a panel member for the Product Development Awards.

Hywel Morgan

Prof. Hywel Morgan

Director and Co-founder

Hywel Morgan is Professor of Bioelectronics at the University of Southampton and specialises in bio-sensors, nanotechnology and lab-on-a-chip technologies. Prof. Morgan studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Wales, Bangor, after which he completed a PhD in biophysics, graduating in 1985. He moved to the University of Glasgow in 1993 and was promoted to a professor at Glasgow in 2001. He has been awarded a Royal Society-Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford and the Desty memorial prize for innovation in separation science. Prof. Morgan is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, is a Royal Society Industry Fellow with Sharp Labs Europe and also holds a Royal Society Wolfson research merit award. He is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Prof. Ying Cheong

Director and Co-founder

Ying Cheong is Professor in Reproductive Medicine in the University of Southampton and a consultant and sub-specialist in Complete Fertility Centre Southampton. In 2011 she co-founded, and is now the Clinical Director of the Complete Fertility Centre Southampton at the Princess Anne Hospital, which treats thousands of patients with fertility problems. Prof. Cheong’s expertise centres on unravelling the impact of reproductive disorders on implantation and reproductive health and her research networks extend nationally as well as internationally to Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. She has over 80 peer review publications and book chapters.

Dr Shilong Lu

Research & Development Director

Shilong Lu has many years of experience in the development of medical devices, intelligent real-time monitoring systems and smart wireless networks. He studied at the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, where he obtained his MEng before completing his PhD at Southampton University. He has been continuously hands-on in the field of electronics engineering since 2003 and currently leads our Research and Development team working on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), analogue & digital mixed circuit design, embedded programming, wireless sensor networks, ASIC design and Internet of Things (IOT) technologies and products. Dr Lu was awarded the Gold Award for postgraduate research and holds a number of patents and publications.

Nick Macklon

Prof. Nicholas Macklon

Clinical Advisor and Co-founder

Nick Macklon is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton and the University of Copenhagen and is recognized as an international leader in infertility. Having trained in Edinburgh he became head of the largest IVF unit in Holland before being appointed Professor at the University of Utrecht. His extensive research on human implantation and uterine receptivity has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Diczfalusy Prize from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. A fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, he is co-founder of the Complete Fertility Centre Southampton, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Tianze Guo

Tianze Guo

Embedded System Engineer

Tianze Guo has many years of experience in the development of wireless medical devices and wearable electronics. He graduated from Imperial College London with an Meng of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 2009. He then moved to the University of Southampton and was awarded with MSc in Bionanotechnology in 2011. His main expertise is in embedded system design, LF/HF RFID technology and wireless power transfer technology.

Tania Read

Dr Tania Read

Research Scientist

With a background in Analytical Chemistry obtained through a BSc at the University of Plymouth Tania went on to obtain her MSc in the subject at the University of Warwick, specialising in the use of analytical methods and techniques for real world analysis. Continuing her studies at the University of Warwick her PhD focused on the development of boron doped diamond electrodes for electrochemical heavy metal analysis, a subject on which she has published a number of academic papers. Tania joined the company in the position of research scientist upon completion of her PhD in 2016.

Glenn Harrison

Glenn Harrison

Project Manager

Glenn Harrison has 18 years’ experience within the product development sector, having project managed multidisciplinary engineering teams in the UK and Australia. Glenn earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the university of Sheffield Hallam, graduating in 1998. He has since worked for a number of global companies including CooperVision, Nokia and Mars Inc. Glenn also holds Prince 2 and Agile project management qualifications.

Monika Ortega-Llarena

Monika Ortega-Llarena

Product Specialist

Monika has over 10 years of experience in the medical industry. She holds a nursing qualification and specialty training in human assisted reproduction and clinical embryology. She has worked as a healthcare professional in both the public and private sector. She has held varied positions with med tech companies in global product development, clinical trials, assessment of market viability, marketing and sales. She is a member of the British Fertility Society, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She joined VivoPlex as a Product Specialist.

Lee Martin

Lee Martin

Web Developer

Lee Martin has over 15 years of experience designing and developing interactive websites and services. He is a full project lifecycle web developer and has custom built numerous ecommerce platforms, order fulfilment systems and content management systems, for companies ranging from small start-ups, to charities, to large worldwide corporations.