Robotic automation for biotech

Deep Tech

Company mission

To bring full-scale automation to the Life Sciences industry.



HQ Location

City of London, London, UK


25% female employees

66% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take on Automata

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

Automation is transforming just about every aspect of society and sector of the economy. Both repetitive software-based jobs and creative industries are leaning heavily on automated systems to cut costs and increase efficiency. Consequently, the industrial robotics industry is growing quickly.

Founded in 2015 by architects Mostafa ElSayed and Suryansh Chandra, Automata is setting out to help the life sciences industry automate repetitive physical work, freeing humans to do more fulfilling jobs. Besides Eva, its six axis robotic arm, the company developed its own software system, called Choreograph, which allows companies to configure all the sequences they need their robotic arm to complete.

Automata has now raised the funds to execute its vision of attempting to automate entire lab processes from start to finish. The company’s most visible success is an NHS testing facility that has been as optimised for robotic automation, and which has now processed over a million samples. Its recent expansion to the lucrative US life sciences market puts it in an excellent position to continue its growth.

Total funding - $48.7m

Last 2 fundraises

Apr 2018



Feb 2022



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Company benefits

    🌍 Company-wide benefits

  • Well-being budget ☀️ Invest in your own well-being, personal growth, and hobbies
  • Holiday 🏖 30 days + 8 bank holidays
  • Additional leave days ☺️ 'Me days', birthdays and volunteering days off
  • Birthday trees 🌳 Planting a tree for every employee on their birthday, every year
  • Mental health support 🧠 Emotional support tool 'Spill' and 24/7 access to an EAP
  • Pension scheme 👵🏽 Pension scheme provided by NEST
  • Career progression frameworks 💫 Each department & discipline has a progression framework
  • Flexible working ⏰ Work when and where is best for you
  • 🇺🇸 US benefits

  • Paid sick leave 🏥 Stay home and focus on rest and recovery
  • 🇬🇧 UK benefits

  • Private healthcare 🏥 A health insurance scheme with Vitality Health
  • Family friendly 🏡 Enhanced parental leave and pay, workplace nursery scheme
  • Cycle to work & tech schemes 🚲 Spread the cost of your new bike gear and/or gadgets
  • Keeping you fed 🍜 Well-stocked office pantry and a weekly lunch pop-up
  • Dog friendly workplace 🐶 Being around dogs can reduce your anxiety levels

Company values

  • Think from first principles - Be guided by how things should be, not what they need to be
  • Solve large scale problems - Have as wide an impact on as many people as possible
  • Push the belief envelope - Create things that are almost too good to be true
  • Enjoy a good intellectual challenge - Means are just as important as the end
  • Speak less, do more - Your work should speak louder than you


Previously Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects and Course Tutor Design Research Lab at Architectural Association in London since 2011

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