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Darren Rowles

Darren Rowles

President and Chief Scientific Officer


  • 2003 – BSC in Biomedical Science and Toxicology, University of Wales Institute Cardiff
  • 2017 – Master of Business Administration, University of Bath


A commercially-minded scientist, Darren joined Sona after 14 years’ experience in the diagnostic and nanoparticle industry.

He previously worked for one of the leading providers of technologies to the global diagnostics market, where he specialised in product manufacture and development in the area of noble metal nanoparticles and lateral flow diagnostics.

Darren is a key opinion leader at industry seminars and conferences and acts as an advisory board member to the World Gold Council.

Enthusiastic, driven and goal-oriented, Darren is ideally suited to lead Sona into its next phase of growth. His knowledge and experience will be vital as we develop our product range and introduce them to new markets.


Business leadership and development, team management, strategy, innovation, nanoparticle fabrication, lateral flow diagnostics, product manufacture and market entry.

Other interests/hobbies

Passionate about corporate social responsibility and the link between business and the community, Darren has led a number of civic improvement projects and mentorship programs in his native Wales.

Since 2015 he has been a Grow Movement volunteer consultant, mentoring small business owners in Africa.

Outside work he is an avid Welsh rugby fan and committed family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons.

In his own words

“Sona’s products are genuinely unique and have the potential to transform competitive markets. I am looking forward to the challenge of growing the business while continuing to produce innovative new products.”

Scientific Team