Dr. Farid Amalou has strong scientific and technical background in Microsystems design and manufacturing. He received his PhD in Micro-Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2003. He is an expert in the development of fully automated and integrated bio-systems, with an extensive knowledge in micro-magnetics applied to bio-applications. He has actively contributed to life sciences related projects, which include the development of novel fully automated microfluidic platforms for synthetic biology applications at Heriot-Watt University. He has also introduced new manufacturing processes for miniaturized ultrasound devices for medical applications in collaboration with the University of Dundee. He has authored and co-authored several innovations and patents, and has published the results of his research in high-impact journals including Applied Physics Letters and Physical Review B. Farid is also Co-Founder of AccFluidics Ltd., a UK-based company that specializes in microsystems for life sciences applications, and has held the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship that is aimed at entrepreneurial young scientists who wish to set up technology companies in Scotland.