|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Leeds University|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur & former CEO of NetScientific Group|
Farad Azima is an Industrialist, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. His postgraduate studies were at Leeds University, where he is an active alumnus. The diversity of his life and work extends from pioneering research in new technologies, to the worlds of design, culture and the arts. His passion for new ideas has led to a variety of inventions over the years, represented by numerous international Patents in diverse areas of engineering.
Early life and business
In 1977 he founded the British audio manufacturer, Mission Electronics in Cambridge. This was followed by other well-known startups, notably Cyrus Electronics and later, NXT plc together with Sir Gordon Brunton. The Company licensed patented technologies to multinationals in consumer electronics. Cyrus Electronics manufactures specialist equipment with a serious following among the audiophile community.
In 1997, together with Daily Mail newspapers, Verity Group Plc., of which Farad was the CEO, founded Eastern Counties Radio. During this period he also co-produced a series of Baroque Music CDs with the Gramophone Magazine. Azima has also served on the Industrial Advisory Board of Churchill College, Cambridge University from 2001 to 2005.
His passion for new technologies has led to a number of inventions, represented by his numerous International Patents in diverse areas of engineering.
More recently, Farad has devoted time to philanthropy and, together with his two children; Artemis and Cyrus has founded a UK registered charity, The Azima Foundation of which Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is the President. The Foundation supports good causes in medicine and culture. The Foundation is also a supporter of Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.
Azima’s wide cultural interests include the Menuhin International Violin Competition, of which he is a director. Azima also is a member of the 2010 Art & Illustration Fundraising Committee of the Natural History Museum. In 2010 he was appointed an honorary member of Asia House in London. He is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Since 2008 Farad’s principal business focus has been in the bio-medical and clean energy technologies, founding the NetScientific Group where he was Chief Executive until January 2015, with Sir Richard Sykes as the Chairman. The Group supports industry-driven research projects at leading universities in Britain and the United States. Many of these ‘spinouts’ are now entering the commercialization phase.
- Cabume September 16, 2013: Healthcare investor raises £30m through London IPO
- Mondo Visione September 16, 2013: London Stock Exchange Welcomes Netscientific, 20th Technology Admission Of 2013
- Global University Venturing September 10, 2013: NetScientific targets £30m IPO
- Daily Express September 9, 2013: Medical specialist NetScientific looks to raise £30million
- Sunday Times September 8, 2013: Former Glaxo boss back with healthcare investor
- StockMarketWire.com July 2, 2014: NSCI (NetScientific) secures DNA sequencing research programme
- "Clean Diesel Technologies Announces Agreement with Mr Farad Azima for Business Development". Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. June 10, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2009.