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Imagine a device that works in a similar way to a pregnancy or covid test. A small, convenient, easy-to-use device that can detect an illness or condition in a matter of minutes. It could be used at home, surgery, or in the workplace.

Well, that’s what we develop at RAPIvD. These are exciting times in bio-diagnostics - and we're driving progress.

About Us

Making a difference - inspired by health & wellbeing - driven by science

Our Story

RAPIvD was established in 2018 by Dr Robert Porter. With more than 3o years of experience in the field of bio-diagnostics, Rob was keen to establish his own company to provide the expertise and facilities required by customers and collaborating partners to advance the technologies and availability of lateral flow and similar devices.

The company has grown quickly. The covid-19 pandemic focused attention on the value of large-scale, low-cost, convenient and accurate bio-diagnostic testing. The team at RAPIvD continues to expand, as do our laboratory facilities. We're small enough to remain agile and large enough to provide a full range of services in this specialised field.

Our Purpose

We find new and better ways to diagnose illnesses and/or conditions by helping to make the technology:

  • easier, quicker and more convenient to use

  • more accurate

  • kinder to the planet

  • more affordable.

Our Values

We have three core values that guide our work practices, recruitment and the interactions with our customers.

  • Knowledge: Our knowledge is our biggest asset, and we pride ourselves on our experience, expertise and a relentless thirst for progress in our field.

  • Quality: Our standards are extremely high… and we’re always looking for improvements.

  • Integrity: We aim to lead and never to deliberately mis-lead. Ethical and moral robustness is embedded in our culture.

Our Team

Dr Robert Porter

Dr Robert Porter (Rob)
Founder, CEO

PhD, Chemistry & Immunodiagnostics

MPhil, Chemistry

BSc, Chemistry


University of Wales, Swansea

Dr Tina Hurst

Dr Tina Hurst RNutr. MICRv

PhD, Exercise & Nutrition Immunology,

MSc, Environmental Analysis & Health

BSc, Microbiology


Loughborough University; University of Wales, Swansea

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Leanne Walker
Research Manager

MSc, Chemical Research (Biological Chemistry)

BSc, Chemistry


University of Leicester

Owen Drabwell, Research Scientist, RAPIvD

Owen Drabwell
Research Scientist

MSc, Cancer Cell & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology

BSc, Chemistry


University of Leicester

Bella Howard

Bella Howard
Research Scientist

BSc, Biological Sciences


University of Reading

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Leah Richards
Research Scientist


BSc. Psychology


University of Hertfordshire


Jessica Uche
Research Scientist


BSc. Biomedical Science


Birmingham City University


Callum Byrne-Stott
Laboratory Technician


Biomedical Science Undergraduate


Keele University


Chloe Armitage
Laboratory Technician


BSc. Biological Sciences 


Oxford Brookes University

Katy Kendrick

Katy Kendrick
Quality Manager & Office Manager

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Howard Sheppard
Head of Finance


Qualified Accountant

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Richard Wightman
Head of Marketing & Communications


BA Politics

University of Wales, Swansea

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