Ben Teeling - CEO
Ben Teeling holds an Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.
Ben is the CEO of Allogen Biotech and is shared controlling stakeholder of the company.
Upon completing an engineering Internship with SeatTech, Ben began on his Business career. He attended an Entrepreneurship course with Derek and it was there the business concept was devised.
Ben Teeling and Derek Graydon founded Allogen Biotech in 2011. Allogen Biotech is developing a portable food contamination and allergen-testing device that will enable food manufacturers and food processors bypass time consuming and expensive centralised laboratory testing. We are entering the worldwide and rapidly growing area of "Gluten Free" (37% growth rate, UK) and "Free-From" (24% growth rate, UK) food manufacturing, and processing areas. Major market changes seen in the past few years include steadily increasing legislation of food labelling. This includes labelling specifically to allergens listed in foods.
To date, the company has successful run two proof of principal studies with the help of Enterprise Ireland, MiCRA and the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Allogen Biotech has recently commenced "Phase 1" of a long term product development programme, in conjunction with MiCRA, to further develop our portable food contamination and allergen-testing device.
In September 2012 Allogen Biotech received its first major investment from Enterprise Ireland in the form of the Competitive Start Fund. In November 2012 Allogen Biotech was given a Highly Commended Award from Intertrade Ireland. In June 2013 Allogen Biotech was awarded the Food & Drink Entrepreneurial Startup of the Year, Product Startup of the Year, Startup Business Plan of the Year and the Grand Prix winner of the Startup Awards 2013.
Derek Graydon - COO
Derek Graydon too holds an Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.
Derek is the COO of Allogen Biotech and is shared controlling stakeholder of the company.
Derek’s industrial experience is in the area of HVAC design, fabrication, and installation. He has also worked as a student engineer for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.