Dr Tom Williams

Dr Tom Williams

Co-founder and CEO, Number 8 Bio

Dr Tom Williams is the co-founder and CEO of Number 8 Bio. Originally from New Zealand, Tom studied biochemistry and microbiology at The University of Waikato before completing his PhD in synthetic biology at The University of Queensland in 2015. Tom then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University building synthetic genomes, biosensors, and metabolic pathways in industrial microorganisms. In 2022 Tom became a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, Chief Scientist of the Australian Genome Foundry, and co-founded Number 8 Bio.

In early 2023 Tom left academia to commit 100% of his time to Number 8 Bio and their mission to decarbonize agriculture and help establish a circular bio-economy.

Peter Dearden

Peter Dearden

Professor, the University of Otago, Co-director, Genomics Aotearoa

Manya Sabherwal

Manya Sabherwal

National Account Manager, Cytiva

Jai Denton

Jai Denton

Director - Crop Biotechnology Policy, CropLife Australia

Mark Piper

Mark Piper

CEO, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research

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