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Our mission

Our mission is to secure clean water to empower the bottom billion of the world's population.

Who we are

WaterScope, which was founded in 2015, is a not-for-profit impact-defined company based in Cambridge.

We formed after participating in the Centre for Global Equality Development i-Teams programme, a project that involved an interdisciplinary group of academics investigating the cost of effective methods for testing water quality in the developing world.

Since then, we have gone on to win awards and funding to develop and refine our technology and create social impact with our fast and inexpensive water testing methods.  By 2021, we aim to be a self-sustaining business working internationally to bring safe drinking water to rural and urban settings in developing countries. 

Our founding team is comprised of biologists, physicists, material scientists and engineers, which means that each unique skill-sets contributes different perspectives to achieve our goal.

Recognition

We are very proud to have been awarded a series of grants, prizes and awards in recent years from the likes of the University of Cambridge, as well as receiving acknowledgements from organisations such as Cambridge TV, Fast Company and Labiotech.

  • 3D printing of our OpenScope on 3ders.org
  • Labiotech.eu's article on the cost-effectiveness of WaterScope
  • Fast Company's article on the flexibility of WaterScope in the field
  • WaterScope on Cambridge TV
  • Founders, Alexander Patto and Tianheng Zhao, interviewed by Cambridge TV
  • The Open-Flexure microscope in Physics World article on bringing open source hardware to the developing world
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The team 

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Alexander Patto
CO-FOUNDER, CEO
PhD in Genetics, Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow & Borysiewicz Biomedical Fellow, University of Cambridge
Nalin Patel
CO-FOUNDER, TREASURER
Winton Programme Manager, 
University of Cambridge.
Tianheng Zhao
CO-FOUNDER, ENGINEER
PhD Student in Chemistry, 
University of Cambridge.
Richard Bowman
CO-FOUNDER, PHYSICIST
Junior Research Fellow of Queens' College, 
University of Cambridge.
Sammy Mahdi
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
PhD Student, Sensor Technologies 
University of Cambridge
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Boyko Vodenicharski
Summer intern
University of Cambridge
Open-Flexure development
Filip Ayazi
Summer intern
University of Cambridge
Open-Flexure development
Cassi Henderson
Research and Development
University of Cambridge
Valerian Sanga
STIClab
Open-Flexure development
Paul Nyakyi
STIClab
Open-Flexure development

Advisory board 

steve temple
lara allen
toby norman
ian willis
Stephen Temple
Founder of XAAR. 
Over 20 years of start-up experience, and a mentor in the Ignite programme.
Lara Allen
Director of the Centre for Global Equality. 
Bringing connections in the humanitarian sector.
Toby Norman
CEO of SimPrints. 
Working to collate medical records in the developing world with fingerprints.
Ian Willis
Executive of Centre for Global Health Research. Extensive field work experience in developing countries.