Combining the power of nature and genomics to create new medicines

Our People

Professor Jeff Errington FMedSci FRS

Founder and Director of Drug Discovery

Jeff is the founder of Demuris. He is an eminent cell and molecular biologist with an interest in fundamental biological problems in the general areas of the cell cycle and cell morphogenesis. He also has a strong track record in the exploitation of basic science as founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Board member of Prolysis Ltd, an antibiotics spin-out from the University of Oxford established in 1998.

Previously Professor of Microbiology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (University of Oxford), Jeff was recruited to Newcastle University as Director of the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences in 2006. His academic and scientific contributions have been recognised by continuous substantial funding for his research, by his many publications in high profile journals (including Nature, Cell and Science) and by his election to prestigious organisations including Fellowship of the Royal Society, the European Molecular Biology Organization, the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Professor Mike Goodfellow MBE

Advisor and Board Observer

Mike studied microbiology at the University of Liverpool where he was awarded three degrees (B.Sc. [Hons], Ph.D., D.Sc.). Following postdoctoral positions at Penn State University and the University of Leicester he moved to Newcastle University and received a personal chair in 1989. Now Emeritus Professor at Newcastle, his main research interests remain focussed on unravelling the systematics and ecology of actinomycete bacteria, notably in the selective isolation and classification of those of commercial importance.

A leading authority on actinomycete systematics, Mike was Chair of Bergey’s Manual Trust (2007-2011) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He has received significant funding from governmental and industrial sources, has supervised over sixty Ph.D. students and written over 400 original papers and over 100 reviews. Mike’s many contributions have been recognised through the award of several prizes, including the J Roger Porter Award from the American Society of Microbiology, and he was recently awarded an MBE for his services to education.

Dr Nick Allenby

Principal Scientist

Nick joined Demuris in 2009 as the company’s first scientist. He initiated the natural product screening programme and currently manages all research operations. Nick has a background in molecular microbiology, gaining his PhD studying gene regulation in Bacillus subtilis. His post-doctoral work provided considerable knowledge and experience around the genomics of antibiotic production in actinomycetes, and how antibiotic production genes are regulated.

Claire Ellis

Administration Manager

Claire joined Demuris as Administration Manager in August 2009. She has a first class BA Honours degree in Business with Marketing and graduated from Northumbria University in 2008. Claire helped to establish many of Demuris’ business processes and is currently responsible for the day-to-day management of HR and accounting activities.

Demuris Limited
The Biosphere, Draymans Way, Newcastle Helix,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5BX, UK

Tel: +44 (0)191 580 6177


Demuris Limited is registered in England, company number: 06255507

Demuris Limited 2015