Mantas Matjusaitis, Co-Founder and CEO
Mantas Matjusaitis has been interested in synthetic biology and ageing research for a good part of his academic career and when technical opportunity presented itself in late 2015, he moved forward and founded a company with an idea to use synthetic biology approaches to specifically target senescent cells. Mantas is currently a third year PhD student at MRC Centre of Regenerative Medicine (University of Edinburgh). As a branch president of Innovation Forum, he has successfully led a team of scientists to deliver on multiple projects and fundraising efforts, which led to Innovation Forum team being recognised by University with an award for Excellence In Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation. Mantas holds a BSc (First-class honours) in Biomedical Science from University of Sheffield with an award for an outstanding academic performance.
At CellAge, Mantas is responsible for overseeing R&D, fundraising and managing the team.
Azuolas Ciukas, Co-Founder and COO
Azuolas Ciukas joined CellAge as a COO to help manage the business side of the company as he believes that the science behind CellAge is truly ground-breaking. Azuolas' experience ranges from project management to corporate finance as he worked in an M&A advisory boutique Porta Finance which is Rothschild's exclusive partner in the Baltics and KPMG's Deal Advisory division. Azuolas is a final year student and is about to obtain a Master of Arts with Honours in Economics degree from the University of Edinburgh.
At CellAge, Azuolas is responsible for exploring new business opportunities and fundraising.
George Mantalas, Crowdfunding Manager
George Mantalas did his MSc in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology in the University of Edinburgh. His undergraduate degree is in Chemical Engineering and was obtained from the University of Patras, Greece in 2014. George's dissertation as a BSc student involved investigating surface antibacterial properties by treating biomaterials with atmospheric pressure plasma. He has previously worked as an intern in the department of Quality Control in ELPEN pharmaceutical industry, Athens, in 2012 and in the department of Surface Engineering in University College Dublin in 2014. As a MSc student he joined the Horsfall lab for his industrial MSc Research Project for Recyclatech studying bacteria with lignin degradation capabilites.
At CellAge, George is responsible for managing post-crowdfunding operations and reward delivery.