The Apiceutical Research Centre has been established as a not-for-profit social enterprise. It’s work is guided by a number of highly qualified academics and entrepreneurs who are committed to the principles and aims of the organisation.
Despite training as a lawyer James Fearnley has spent the last 30 years involved with researching and manufacturing natural medicines derived from both from the beehive and from plants. For the last 20 years he has focussed on trying to understand the remarkable properties of propolis, a resinous product used by the bee to keep the hive free from infection.
Over this period he has carried out research at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, Strathclyde York and Bradford and has published a number of peer reviewed articles. He is author of Bee Propolis: Natural Healing from the Hive and Propolis in Oral Healthcare with Dr. Phil Wander.
Dr Dave Watson has worked in the fields of mass spectrometry and chromatography for nearly 40 years. He has applied these techniques to a wide range of problems in the fields of natural products analysis and clinical chemistry. In the last ten years he has focused on metabolomics and was the local organiser for the 2013 Metabolomics conference in Glasgow.
He has worked on propolis for the last eleven years and is particularly interested in its activity against infectious diseases which are prevalent in the developing world.
Prof Anant Paradkar is the current Director of the Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science at Bradford University. He is a highly experienced natural product researcher and formulator, with special interest in the health promoting benefits of Turmeric and Propolis.
Vassya Bankova obtained her PhD in Natural Product Chemistry at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. She has worked as a guest-researcher at the Ruhr University – Bochum, the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, the Bandeirante University, Sao Paulo, and the Institute of Molecules of Biological Interest, Naples. In 2004 she became full professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, where she is now head of Lab “Chemistry of Natural Substances”.
Janko Božič teaches several courses in the field of animal behavior and beekeeping at the University of Lublijana. His research is focused on honeybee physiology related to the different behavior stages. That includes basic investigations of social communication as well related topics with beekeeping technology and bee products. Part of that are also investigation of behavior and physiological background of collection and processing of the materials for different kind of bee products, including propolis.
Hugo Fearnley is a Director of Nature’s Laboratory, a leading herbal medicine and apiceuticals company. Originally training in languages and with experience in the charity sector, Hugo is particularly interested in the potential of beekeeping and apiceuticals as a tool for social and economic development. Hugo is focussed on developing the Bee Pharma Africa project and was recently awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to begin this work.