The next step change in productivity

Led by an expert team, Machine Discovery is a trusted partner for innovators.

The timely answer to a pressing need

Complex numerical simulations are critical to the work of scientists, but they take time. You need to learn new input file formats, manually deploy simulations to supercomputers, and then wait hours, weeks or months for simulations to run.
  • What if less expertise was required for simulations?
  • What if simulations were orders of magnitude faster?
  • What if you could explore the entire design space and stay on schedule?
We saw an opportunity to abstract away the process of deployment and parameter optimisation. Using emulation methods, we enabled access to actionable results in a tiny fraction of the time.

Our technology was born in the Department of Physics at Oxford University, and the positive response our first iteration met within our community far exceeded anything we’d imagined. This propelled us to build the Discovery Platform, our full-fledged simulation management and acceleration platform.

With our game-changing technology, AI expertise and proactive collaboration, we empower our customers to discover new possibilities.

Led by industry experts

Bijan Kiani

Bijan's role includes overseeing all product groups, field engineering, customer support, strategy, sales, marketing, and business development. His previous appointments include VP of Marketing at Synopsys Design Group and CEO of InCA. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering.

Brett Larder
Co-founder + CTO

While researching Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford, Brett developed the first prototype of the Discovery Platform. As CTO, he leads the vision and development of the platform, productisation of research, and architecting of the company's technological infrastructure.

Muhammad Kasim
Co-founder + CSO

Muhammad invented the machine learning technology that launched the company, establishing the foundation of all of our work so far. As CSO, he leads the company's machine learning and deep learning technology R&D, from exploring new applications to developing new architecture and algorithms. Machine Discovery is the second Oxford spin-out he has co-founded.

Janet Collyer
Board Chair

Janet’s role includes keeping the Board focused on the mission, vision and strategic direction. Previous roles include Strategic Group Director at Cadence Design Systems. She is Chair at Quantum Dice and NED at EnSilica and the Aerospace Technology Institute. She advises organizations on increasing female presence in STEM and mentors women on the path to the C-Suite. Janet is also a member of the UK Semiconductor Advisory Panel, a collaboration between government and industry to deliver the National Semiconductor Strategy.

Christina Sweeney
CFO + Company Secretary

Christina supervises the cost effective management of investor funds while upholding all legal and regulatory responsibilities. She also undertakes HR and ESG duties. She has been financial controller for several start-ups and has experience in investment banking, project management, and the non-profit sector.

Gianluca Gregori

Gianluca advises our research and machine learning algorithm development team, focusing on the technological and business applications for the clean energy market. He’s also a senior faculty member in the Department of Physics at Oxford University and runs a research group in fusion energy and laboratory astrophysics.

Sam Vinko

It was Sam's vision to meet the critical need to support the next generation of computational discovery. His interests span quantum materials, fusion plasmas, and computational physics. He is an Associate Professor of Physics at Oxford, a Fellow of Trinity College, and a Research Fellow of The Royal Society.

Christopher Wiles
Board Director

Chris works at Foresight Group and is the Investor Director on the Machine Discovery board. At Foresight, he is responsible for making investments from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS and VCT funds. Prior to joining Foresight, Chris worked at Centrica as a Venture Principal in Centrica Innovations, the £100m corporate venturing and innovation team of Centrica Plc.

Luke Rajah
Board Director

Luke is BGF's Investor Director on the board of Machine Discovery. Luke focuses on early-stage Deep Tech and Climate Tech investments at BGF, having been both an operator and an investor in the space. Prior to this, he worked at the Boston Consulting Group in London, advising clients across the Energy and Life Sciences sectors. He has a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Cambridge.

Rory Scott Russell
Board Director

Rory is a Partner at East Innovate, the venture capital arm of East Alpha, the quantitative commodity technology and research company. East Innovate invests and partners with early-stage research-driven start-ups addressing the global energy challenge. He is the founder and co-founder of several technology companies, following an early career in international energy. He has a BSc in Computer Science and AI from the University of Edinburgh.


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Our values

Like our technology, our business is built on strong foundations. As a company, we exist to empower our customers with powerful solutions and supportive service to help fast-track the innovations the world needs.
  • Our purpose is progress

    We exist to empower R&D that leads to a step change in discovery and innovation.
  • Our passion is performance

    We are driven to simplify complexity, accelerate process, and fast-track the future.
  • Our promise is partnership

    We are a trusted ally for innovators, providing a streamlined, user-centric experience.

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Be part of our growing team developing game-changing technology to support the next generation of discovery.