Microbira Ltd which was founded in 2019 is based in the UK. Microbira focuses on utilizing artificial intelligence coupled with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery. Our solution results in creating reagent free, rapid, low-cost in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tools for clinical and research usage.


Marianne Ismail, CEO

Marianne has a wide range of skills which include strategic planning and implementation, financial planning and budgeting, business communication and has demonstrated leadership in large organisations. She has a track record of successfully improving profitability and restructuring investment portfolios and businesses. While the CEO has a strong financial background, she also holds a masters degree in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Edinburgh University. Ismail’s skills and experience has led Microbira to acquire private investors and funding, network and collaborate with various institutions in the UK and lead the future direction of Microbira.

Lisa Lam, Lead development scientist

The lead development scientist, Lisa Lam, has a multidisciplinary background and expertise in food sciences, data sciences, project management and has demonstrated leadership skills in various social entrepreneurial competitions which lead to first and second places. Most importantly, she had completed her Ph.D. in clinical microbiology with an emphasis on biotechnology on a research topic directly related to science behind MAAP-IR titled Attenuated total reflectance–Fourier transform infrared spectral profiling of bacteria and yeasts for routine microbial diagnostics at McGill University.

Professor Walter Nimmo, Chairman

Dr. Nimmo is a retired distinguished professor in anaesthetics at Sheffield University. In 1988 Nimmo set up Inveresk Clinical Research that eventually became a market leader in clinical research and drug testing which was then sold to Charles River Laboratories in 2004.

Ian Gray, Non-executive Director

A chartered accountant and previous director of Candover Investments plc. a British-based, private equity firm which specialises in arranging and leading large buyouts and buy-ins

Mark Holleran. General counsel

Mark Holleran is the founder of The Lithium Capital Team, he is a highly experienced and well connected corporate finance and business advisor, having twice been shortlisted at the North West Business Insider Awards as well as being a practising solicitor in England.