Xampla continues growth with business development hire


  • Xampla – creator of natural alternatives to single-use plastic – hires first Business Development Manager, Stanley Mitchell
  • Stanley has worked with major corporations focussing on sustainability and technical innovation, including at Innovia Technology and the Ministry of Defence
  • He joins a team of more than 20 technical experts and scientists as the business prepares to launch its first products 

CREATOR of natural alternatives to single-use plastic, Xampla, has welcomed Stanley Mitchell as Business Development Manager to support the firm as it prepares to launch its first products. 

Stanley joins Xampla from his role as Innovation Consultant at Innovia Technology, where he worked with multinational corporations to develop and deploy new technologies across various sectors including healthcare, FMCG, oil and gas, and aerospace.

With these latest appointments, Xampla’s expert team has grown to 21 employees, after only making its first hire in January last year. Most recently, Xampla brought on Katrina Curl to head up Marketing and Communications. 

Xampla’s continued growth follows funding rounds with leading tech investors Horizons Ventures and Amadeus Capital Partners. 

The product of more than 15 years’ research at Cambridge University, Xampla’s plant protein material mimics the molecular structure of spider silk, creating a strong, flexible and entirely natural alternative to single-use plastic. Its technology has applications in flexible films, microcapsules and coatings. 

Xampla CEO, Simon Hombersley, said: “Xampla is at an exciting point of growth and we are delighted to welcome Stanley to further bolster our team of experts. After years of research and development, we are now at the point of commercialising our products with customers and his expertise will be extremely valuable in this next stage for Xampla.

“More and more people are seeking plastic alternatives in a bid to reduce their environmental impact. Stanley is joining our group of experts committed to our mission of reducing plastic pollution and we look forward to harnessing his knowledge as we launch our initial products.”

For more information on Xampla visit: www.xampla.com


Notes to editors

Media contact:

Polly Marsh 



About Xampla

  • Xampla is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge. Its Supramolecular Engineered Protein has been developed over the past 15 years. 
  • It has created the world’s first plant protein material for commercial use. Its material performs like synthetic polymers, but decomposes naturally and fully without harming the environment. 
  • Xampla is the first UK University spin-out to be awarded B Corp status. 
  • Its first products will be launched later this year.
  • For more information: http://www.xampla.com/ 

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