Ferryx is developing safe and effective bacterial products for the treatment and prevention of gut inflammation.

Ferryx Ltd was formed in 2019 as a spin-out from the University of Bristol to take anti-inflammatory bacterial products into commercial production for the benefit of humans and animals. Their proprietary bacterial products can be developed as food supplements or prescription therapeutics and will be licensed to marketing and distribution partners for market entry.

Meet the people behind Ferryx

Dr Jenny Bailey

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Jenny Bailey is Co-founder of Ferryx Ltd and is responsible for developing and delivering the company strategy. She has a PhD in gastrointestinal immunology and 16 years’ research experience in gastrointestinal disease in humans and animals. Jenny has been responsible for the development of FX856 since its early stages and has led its commercialisation over the last two years

Dr Jenny Bailey

Dr Tristan Cogan

Chief Technical Officer

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.

Dr Tristan Cogan

Dr John Fox

Chair of the Board and Development Advisor

Dr John Fox has over 30 years’ experience of drug development, due diligence and licensing in multinational and early biotech companies. After obtaining his PhD from Queens University Belfast and spending some years in the Dept. of Therapeutics and Pharmacology, he joined the pharmaceutical industry with Eli Lilly. Subsequently he managed translational development projects at Shire Pharmaceuticals and was appointed Group Director of Planning before co-founding Hunter Fleming to license and develop university technologies in the field of neuroprotection. As Chief Operations Officer he was instrumental in licensing, funding and developing a number of projects from bench research to clinical development. After Hunter Fleming’s portfolio was acquired by Newron SpA, Dr Fox served as Chief Development Officer and subsequently Chief Executive of Merrion Pharmaceuticals plc, a drug delivery company based in Dublin, before returning to the UK.

He is currently Chief Executive of a London-based university spin-out, a non-executive director of a drug delivery spin-out from Queens University Belfast, and has supported entrepreneurs as a mentor through the Duke of York’s initiative Pitch at the Palace and ICURe. He has been involved in commercial feasibility assessment of university research in both Ireland and the UK, and has served as a non-executive director of Southampton Innovations.

Dr John Fox


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