Executive Team

Prof. Mark Davies

Executive Chair

Mark is Professor of Engineering Science, University of Limerick and is the founder of Hooke Bio. He has extensive experience in the commercialization of research having co-founded and held the position of CEO of Stokes Bio which he sold to Life Technologies in 2010 for $44m. He holds numerous patents from his time at Stokes Bio as well as recent patent applications related to Hooke Bio Ltd. He is a fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors.

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Dr. Mark Lyons


Chief Executive Officer

Mark holds a DPhil in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford. He previously held positions as Team Leader at Radisens Diagnostics and has lead multidisciplinary teams in successful delivery of key milestones to multinational companies as well as successive multi-million euro European Space Agency projects. Mark has also overseen product development from R&D to launch of FDA regulated diagnostic tests during his time with Olympus Diagnostics. He has a background in assay and platform development and industrialisation in the areas of microfluidics, cellular biology, immunoassay and clinical chemistry.

Dr Finola Cliffe

Chief Operations Officer

Finola’s PhD is from the University of Limerick in Biotechnology and she is a Research Fellow at the Stokes Institute, University of Limerick. Finola has been a team member of Hooke Bio since 2014, working as a senior scientist with the interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers. She has previously held positions as Research Scientist at Monaghan Biosciences, Researcher with the Molecular Glycobiotechnology Group and in Quality Control with Vistakon Pharmaceuticals. She has particular interest in cell culture and process optimisation.

 A little bit about our core team members... 

Our company is made up of a multidisciplinary team consisting of three expert biologists, five highly skilled engineers, three engineering PhD researchers and an executive administrator. Skills of the selective team members include microbiology, biochemistry, precision manufacturing, microfluidic technology expertise and prototype design development.