Naturiol
About Us

Naturiol extracts and offers high value chemicals from indigenous plants.

Our Company

Our Company

Naturiol was established as a spin-out from Bangor University in 2014 to exploit background and foreground Intellectual Property in the identification, isolation and chemical modification of bioactive substances from indigenous plants.

Meet the Team

The directors of Naturiol have some 120 years of experience in plant chemistry, plant biology and entomology.

Mark Baird

Managing Director

Mark Baird spent over 50 years as an academic chemist, most recently in Newcastle and Bangor Universities; he is currently employed part-time in Bangor. He has been Director of the Institute of Environmental Science in Bangor and has wide experience of academic-industry collaborations such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships; as an academic he initiated a number of major programmes to promote links between the University and SMEs within Wales.

His expertise is in the isolation and identification of molecules from plants, and in their chemical modification to enhance biological activity. He established Naturiol as a spin-out of Bangor University particularly to exploit the applications of novel saponins and unusual fatty acids. As a result, he has experience in a wide range of screens for biological activity. Mark graduated with a B.Sc. from Queen Mary College, London, and went on to complete a Ph.D at Cambridge (Churchill College). He carried out postdoctoral work at Yale University, as a Fulbright Scholar , and at Cambridge, where he was a research fellow at Clare Hall before moving to Newcastle. He has an Sc.D from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dawn Watson

Financial Controller

Dawn is an experienced Financial Director of both high potential start-ups and established businesses, across a range of business sectors. Following her BACC at Glasgow University Dawn became a qualified CA with Ernst & Young where her experience included business services, corporate finance and a year promoting business development working within Scottish Enterprise. After many years working in a variety of roles within different business sectors Dawn set up her own company FinStra Ltd providing strategic and financial consultancy support to a variety of SMEs. Outside work Dawn enjoys curling and golf.

Owen Jones

Director

Owen Jones is a specialist in the use of biopesticides for insect control, biostimulants and micro nutrients for plant growth and vigour. His main areas of expertise are related to semiochemicals, microbial products and plant nutrition. Until August 2012 he was responsible for Global Strategy at Suterra LLC and was based at AgriSense BCS Ltd (now trading as Suterra), a company which he helped establish in 1984 to develop and commercialise insect monitoring and control systems based on pheromones. He was also the President of the International Biocontrol Manufacturers’ Association (IBMA) for two years until December 2012 and on the board of IBMA for 5 years prior to that.

Before joining AgriSense as its Technical Director and co-founder in 1984, he spent seven years at the Chemical Entomology Unit, Southampton University, as a Senior Research Entomologist. Dr Jones’ academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bangor University and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Cambridge (Churchill College). Dr Jones has been a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London since 1978, an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University and an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University since 2007. Managing the process of research and technology commercialisation is one of Dr Jones’ key strengths which is why he has been engaged by several companies and research establishments in the UK and overseas in countries such as Spain, Belgium, Germany and the USA to help with such activities.

Malcolm Jones

Chairman

Malcolm worked 32 years in the Chemical Industry, in R&D , for 30 with the Dow Chemical Co, the 2nd largest chemical company worldwide. After 8 years in laboratory research in analysis, organic synthesis, process and scale up within the Agricultural Chemistry Division, Malcolm took on R&D Management roles within Dow based in the UK, USA and Germany. These roles were held in the Dow Divisions, Ag. Chem, Specialty Chemicals and Emulsion Polymers, with the last 2 roles as Global R&D Director for Emulsion Polymers ($1B sales) and Vice President for Technology for Dow Reichhold Emulsions Ltd in North Carolina. This experience, in a wide range of chemicals, encompassed responsibilities for laboratories worldwide covering synthesis of fine chemicals, polymers, scale up, formulation of such chemicals into final products and package testing. IP was always a key component of all the Divisions Malcolm worked in while the management structure of the each business in Dow included R&D as a key contributor in developing strategy, production and commercialization plans.

After retiring in 2004 and moving back to the Caernarfon area, where he grew up, Malcolm was invited to join Bangor University’s Council and was a member of a number of Committees, notably Resources, and was instrumental in setting up and advising on their IP strategy out of which some spin out companies were established, of which Naturiol is an example.

Malcolm stepped down from the Council in 2014 after the maximum 8 years, was invited to join 2 BU spin-out companies, including Naturiol, as Chair, and was also appointed onto the Board of the Menai Science Park, wholly owned by the University, which is planned to open in 2017.

Latest Articles

2nd Mar 2015

New Innovate UK grant starts April 2015

Naturiol is co-ordinating a new grant in the development of modified saponins for the control of liver fluke in cattle and sheep...

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10th Feb 2015

Naturiol wins an IBLF award

Naturiol has won a £10k voucher in an IBLF competition to use in patenting its proprietary technology for insect control...

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Can Naturiol be of help to you in any way?

If you are interested in any of the platform chemicals that we are working on or would like to use some of our specialist services in chemical synthesis or chemical analysis please get in touch...