About Us

Zetta Genomics is a spin out from two genomic data pioneers, the University of Cambridge and Genomics England. Our people have worked at the cutting edge – shaping big genomic data’s state-of-the-art technologies and their research and clinical application.

XetaBase was inspired by the realisation early in Genomics England’s 100,000 Genomes Project that existing technologies couldn’t cope with genomic data’s volume, complexity and reinterpretation demands. It drove the development of OpenCB, led by our co-founder Ignacio Medina, and the creation of Zetta Genomics.

Today, we are a fast-scaling, global genomics data technology company headquartered in Cambridge, UK. Our team brings together genomic, big data and start-up expertise to drive Zetta Genomics as it delivers data management fit for the precision medicine age.


Our Leadership

Bryony Burrows

Chief Operating Officer

Bryony is a strategic and analytical finance leader, having previously held senior roles with companies that include Google and Sainsbury’s. In a career spanning 18 years she has developed expertise in areas such as financial planning and analysis (FP&A), strategy development, financial control, systems implementations and process improvement – working for both established companies and high growth start-ups.

Nathan Sommerford

Chief Revenue Officer

Formerly IQVIA’s Global Lead for Drug Discovery & Development Consulting, Nathan’s 20-year healthcare career and senior leadership experience bring Zetta a global perspective and North American expertise.

With additional experience at global life sciences giants such as Roche Diagnostics, Nathan blends the commercial and analytics insights that make him ideally suited to lead Zetta Genomics’ commercialisation strategy and deliver on its goal to scale to 500,000 genomes under management.

Ignacio Medina

Founder, CEO & CTO

Head of the Computational Biology Lab at the University of Cambridge Research Computing Service and Team Leader of Big Data Analytics at Genomics England.

Ignacio is founder and architect of the OpenCB project, and a world leader in the application of distributed database technologies to genomics.

Ludo Chapman


Ludo has led businesses through every stage of growth, from driving successful start-ups to revitalising established companies.

Starting out by launching a software training firm, he is now Chair of scientific equipment provider Grant Instruments and has leveraged 40 years of business expertise to found ‘The Innovation Practice’ – to design, develop and deliver programmes that empower leadership teams to excel.

Mark Bailey

Board Advisor

Mark is a highly successful health and science tech leader who is focused on accelerating Zetta Genomics’ growth. Previously CEO at Fendix, Mark transformed NHS digital engagement – disrupting how service providers interact with the NHS workforce and creating powerful new revenue streams in the process. Over two decades, he has driven rapid growth at exciting med-tech companies, including Cegedim, Sciensus and Fendix Media.

Leanne Elske

Chief People Officer

Leanne Elske is a chartered MCIPD People Director with 16 years multi-sector experience, specialising in the fast-emerging technology, cloud and healthcare sectors. She is passionate about building and developing high performance teams- using an agile and Design Thinking approach – to tailor skills and personalities to achieve outstanding business outcomes.

Maria Athanasopoulou

Chief Compliance Officer

Maria, the former Head of Bioinformatics Quality at Genomics England, stands as a venerable Clinical Scientist and esteemed Genomics expert, holding a MSc in Bioinformatics. Boasting an impressive tenure spanning over a decade, she spearheaded the implementation of a robust Quality Management System at Zetta, meticulously ensuring unwavering compliance with stringent quality assurance protocols, in vitro diagnostic (IVD) regulations, and exacting ISO standards. Her experience establishes a benchmark for excellence in the realm of genomics and bioinformatics.

Liam White

Head of Product

As Head of Product, Liam White and his team work closely with their commercial colleagues to develop the company’s pioneering Xetabase platform. Liam is highly experienced in the genomic technology space, having previously worked in product teams at Congenica and Prenetics. Liam’s passion for people and processes have helped drive businesses to deliver successful, commercially sustainable products developed by committed and passionate workforces.


Our milestones

2018. Launch

Spun out of The University of Cambridge.

2019. Accelerator

Francis Crick/Cambridge University Accelerator Programme. First Paying Managed Service Customer.

2020. MVP

Bootstrapping, providing managed services.

2021. Funding secured

First SaaS customer goes live.

2022. Seed funding

£2.5 million secured from leading global health-tech investors.

2022. Talent growth

New Chair, CEO, CFO, Chief People Officer and Head of Product.

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