About us

In a third of cases cancer is discovered by chance in A&E. It’s a similar story for many life-threatening illnesses such as chronic kidney disease and diabetes.

Too often we don’t realise we’re seriously ill until something is discovered by accident – when it’s too late.

Our mission is to change this by bringing early detection to the comfort of our homes. This allows prompt medical treatment and radically improves chances of survival.

Many serious illnesses can be avoided altogether if we have access to key insights into our health. Early provides this information too, so we can make timely changes to our lifestyle.

We do this with devices that are accurate, easy to use and beautiful. In other words, devices that fit into our regular routines, so we can get on with our long and healthy lives.

Our team

We believe the partnership between design, science and technology creates products which people use and love. We are a team of leading designers, scientists and engineers reinventing home testing.

D-J Collins

Co-Founder, CEO

D-J has worked for and advised many of the world’s most successful technology companies on their storytelling including Google, Meta and Amazon.

Thomas Heatherwick

Co-Founder, Creative Director

Thomas is one of the UK’s most prolific designers, whose varied work over two decades is characterised by its originality, inventiveness and humanity.

Stuart Wood

Group Leader

With a background in industrial Design and clear focus on innovation and technology, Stuart has led on some of Heatherwick Studio’s most iconic projects.

Isobel Steer

Lead, Biochemistry

Isobel has worked on biosensors in both translational academic & startup environments. She specialises in developing minimally-invasive medical testing.

Tom Glover

Lead, Product

Tom leads the design and production of products at Heatherwick Studio and Early. He is interested in ways design can humanise technology.

John Rippeth

Senior Scientist

John has 25 years experience in diagnostic product development, both in industry and technology consulting. An expert in biosensors his expertise lies on translating concepts to real life products.

Ian Ng


Ian is a designer at Heatherwick Studio and Early, where he designs and develops products and objects.

Riannah Deniran-Alleyne

Operations Manager

Riannah has worked in the biotechnology industry for over 8 years and joins early as operations manager.

Owen Griffiths

Senior Biochemist

Owen has worked on medical devices in both industry and academia. He specialises in biofluid sensors for diagnostic purposes.

Ruth Taunton

Software Engineer

After starting her career at Google, Ruth has spent the last 6 years building patient monitoring and early warning systems. She is passionate about harnessing technology to widen access to evidence-based medicine.

Dwija Thakar

Process Scientist & Lab Manager

Bioengineer with expertise in product development studies. Passionate about improving people’s lives by working with cutting-edge technology.

Sean Brennan

Mechanical Engineer

Sean is a Chartered Engineer and has worked throughout his career to bring products right through from R&D stages into manufacture. His interest lies in developing elegant solutions to address real-world user needs.

Kate Hobbs

Electronics Engineer

Kate joins with five years experience in product development at a technical consultancy. She is passionate about applying her electronics expertise to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Ashley Clift

Data Scientist

Previously an academic clinician, Ash moved into healthcare data science via positions in health tech startups and academia. He specialises in the development and validation of predictive algorithms using statistical and machine learning approaches.

Shuojin Hang

Firmware Engineer

With eight years of experience in industry and technology consulting, Shuojin specialises in embedded system development and software engineering in the field of medical devices and research instruments.

Key scientific partners

Our scientific partners bring unrivalled scientific and engineering experience to the team.

Mark Emberton

Dean of the Faculty of Medical Science, UCL

Mark is Professor of Interventional Oncology within the Division of Surgery. He is clinically active and holds the position of Honorary Consultant Urologist at UCLH where he works as a specialist in prostate cancer.

Yiannis Ventikos

Dean of Engineering, Monash University

Yiannis has worked for twenty five years on technology development for unmet clinical needs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic

Professor of Molecular Pathology and Biomarkers, Barts Cancer Institute

Tatjana is Professor of Molecular Pathology and Biomarkers at the Bart Cancer Institute in London. Her work on non-invasive testing for early signs of pancreatic cancer is world-leading.


We are proud to be supported by three of the world’s leading venture capital firms.


We don’t currently have any vacancies open. But if you are interested to join our talented team please send your CV to jobs@earlyhealth.com

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact us at info@earlyhealth.com

Early Health Ltd

2nd Floor, Northdown House

11-21 Northdown Street


N1 9BN