Dr Tristan Cogan is Co-founder of Ferryx Ltd and a Senior Lecturer in Infectious Disease at the University of Bristol’s Veterinary School. He has worked on gastrointestinal disease for 20 years, first for the Health Protection Agency and more recently at the University of Bristol. His research expertise is in the dynamics of bacterial populations during disease and their interaction with the host. He has obtained and supervised at either PI or Co-I level over £4.5 M of grant funding in this area. He works with a number of companies across Europe and North America advising on and carrying out the development of novel antimicrobial agents in animal health indications. He has expertise in bacterial physiology and growth and how culture can be scaled up from the lab to industrial capacity, areas on which he has advised the Kuwaiti government. His interests lie in the development of novel or disruptive technologies and progressing these from idea to proven treatment.