Supporting Agriculture

Over the past 40 years, conception rates in cattle have fallen by 20% and this is costing the average UK dairy farmer over £37k each year.

To assess semen quality on-farm, vets rely on visual assessment using an optical microscope and data has shown that veterinary assessment can vary by as much as 40% so that vets err on the side of caution when advising farmers.

Dyneval has successfully secured total funding of over £1.8M to establish a new quality control standard for semen analysis that will benefit users across the livestock production chain.

As part of the funding round Dyneval secured a £575K grant from InnovateUK under the Transforming Food Production Series A Investor Partnership.

Securing lead investor support from Jim Dobson of Cottagequinn Enterprises Ltd within the Series A Partnership, and through a collaborative funding investment round led by Kelvin Capital and supported by Par Equity, Gabriel Investments and Scottish Enterprise a further £1.293m of equity investment was raised.

Expert Solution

Dyneval was incorporated in April 2020, winning the Glasgow Biocity Accelerator in 2020.  Experienced entrepreneur and engineer Richard Cooper took the helm as Chairman and guided the founders through raising investment and product development.

In May 2021, the team gained confidence after winning the IBioIC Edge award of £100K at the Scottish Edge competition which helped them to develop their first product through subcontracting Scottish-based companies, i4pd, Firefinch Software and Albacom.

Dyneval plans to launch its first product, the ‘Dynescan’, in January 2022.

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The founders, Dr Tiffany Wood and Dr Vincent Martinez, met at the University of Edinburgh and both have a background in the physics of complex fluids which are ‘liquids with bits in them’.

Deeply motivated to improve the sustainability of farming, Dr Tiffany Wood, CEO, said"Dyneval’s technology is automated and easy to use so that anyone can check semen quality, from the time it leaves a genetics company, during storage on farm, and prior to insemination by a technician."

Growing The Team

Next month, Dyneval will move address to the Roslin Innovation Centre based at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus and within a cluster of the highest concentration of animal-related science expertise in Europe.

Dyneval is now recruiting for a number of exciting roles across the business that will enable the team to accelerate growth from 3 to 10 employees within the next few months as it launches its first product in January 2022 and extends the integration of its technology into other platforms.

Dr Vincent Martinez said,"Dyneval’s technology is completely innovative so, for the first time, users can measure the mean speed of spermatozoa across the range of concentrations, from the low concentration of sex-sorted semen to the high concentrations of fresh semen."