Prof David Edward Williams

Chair of Scientific Advisory Board and Co-founder

David is a professor in Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland and a serial entreupenuer. In addition to co-founding Spot Check, he has also co-founded Aeroqual Ltd ( and Orbis Diagnostics in recent times.

He developed his research career in electrochemistry and chemical sensors at the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, in the 1980s. He became Thomas Graham Professor of Chemistry at University College London in 1991 and co-founded Capteur Sensors Ltd. He was Head of the Chemistry Dept at UCL from 1999-2002 and Chief Scientist of Inverness Medical Innovations ( )in the UK, from 2002-2005. He joined the faculty of the Chemistry Dept at The University of Auckland in February 2006.

He is a Principal Investigator and Deputy Director in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, and Associate Investigator of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Biodiscovery and of the Centre for Medical Device Technology. He is an Adjunct Professor at Dublin City University where he was a Principal Investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Biomedical Diagnostics Institute. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London, where he has strong research links, and University of Southampton, and has been Visiting Professor at University of Toronto and Cranfield University of Technology and Honorary Professor of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

He has published around 200 papers in international journals, and is an inventor on around 40 patents.