We are Altered Carbon.
To improve life on earth and better utilise its resources by making cost-effective & scalable scent technology accessible to everyone.
Our aim is to reduce global food waste by 20%
Founded in 2018 in Bristol Robotics Laboratory, where the company is based. The team has a passion for solving some of the most challenging problems by innovating & collaborating. Our deep understanding and persistence to make the sense of smell accessible to mobile devices.
Our groundbreaking solution with its AI-driven digital nose technology capable of detecting an extensive range of scents (VOCs). This innovative technology holds the potential to transform various sectors, including food storage, ‘health wearables’, and environmental management. By providing precise and timely data, AC’s technology can facilitate informed decision-making, leading to enhanced operational efficiency and sustainability.
Altered Carbon’s technology consists of highly sensitive digital receptors grouped together as sensor array on a microchip. It’s capable of detecting millions of different gases and VOC combinations. Think of it as the digital version of a dog’s nose.
We then use Ai to give our sensor the ability to focus on specific target scents, such as food degrading. This is works similarly to the relationship between the nose and brain. Our sensor can be trained to detect a specific scent of interest to you and your business.
The sensors utilise the properties of the wonder material graphene. This enables us to provide ultra low power capabilities, detect many different target scents and produce at scale using simple manufacturing methods.
Despite a lot of hype and lab attempts by various other companies attempting to shift graphene gas sensors into market-ready products, the progress has been very limited. This makes us one of the leading companies in the world with commercially viable graphene sensors.
“We envision Altered Carbon technology K9Sense being integrated into every mobile device”
“Having backed Altered Carbon Ltd through its early development phase, we’re now incredibly excited to be supporting them again as they start to proliferate their unique technology. With a number of initial contracts already secured and a growing sales pipeline, the business is going from strength to strength and I’m excited by its potential to deliver a stellar return to investors in the years to come.” – Dominic Keen, Britbots
CPO & AI Lead
10 years + in robotics, communication, and hardware, designing and deploying unique technologies.
My idea of robotics is to enable us to do more with our lives.
8+ years managing technology products projects and developing solutions with a background in product design.
If you believe in an idea, you should do everything possible to make it a reality.
CTO & Graphene Lead
PHD student UWE.
I like the challenge of taking a world changing idea and making it a reality.
Investor & Interim Chair
Jake Ronay is an accomplished Ventures Director, having established over £120m of early-stage tech funding programs. He excels in strategic leadership, securing large-scale investments, and fostering business partnerships. Known for his hands-on approach, communication prowess, and process change management, he also lectures at Bath University and advises various startups. His people-focused style delivers outstanding business results and drives team development.
Lead Investor & Director
Dominic Keen specialises in identifying new markets and supporting tech-customer propositions. He plays an instrumental role in driving company growth.
Dominic represents the interest of minority shareholders on the board.
Former Head of Venturing, Egg plc, the uk’s first online bank
Business Advisor / Technology Strategist
Technologist and mentor. I am excited by ideas that make a difference.
CFO & Advisor
Co-founder of Helecloud, Alex Kolev has an impressive track record in finance, with experience in two PE investments with Warburg Pincus and EQT closing over 20 acquisitions and significant roles at Hewlett Packard and KPMG.
Orlin Georgiev, currently serving as the Senior Financial Controller at HeleCloud Limited, part of SoftwareOne AG, is an experienced financial manager. His expertise includes overseeing financial operations, coordinating with external accounting parties, and managing the audit process. He played a significant role in the financial due diligence during HeleCloud’s acquisition by SoftwareOne AG and successfully navigated the post-acquisition transition. His experience and financial acumen will be a valuable asset to Altered Carbon Ltd as the company scales its operations.
People & Operations HR
Experienced professional offering over 15 years of HR career distinguished by commended performance and proven results. Extensive background in HR, including a vast experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, HR records management, HR policies development, and legal compliance. Demonstrated success in negotiating win-win situations, developing team-building programs, and writing personnel manuals, corporate policies, job descriptions, and management reports.
Matthew Studley, an accomplished researcher at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and a leader in Research Ethics at the University of the West of England, has a rich background in international telecoms, e-commerce, and AI R&D. He led the H2020 ‘SciRoc’ project, promoting robotics through Europe-wide events. He focuses on ethical foresight in AI, human-robot interaction, and creating repurposable robots, all with an aim to involve communities in shaping their AI-influenced futures.
Biochemist & Project Coordinator:
Experience in conducting/overseeing lab experiments and project organisation working on
multiple projects for Innovate UK & NPL.
Experience hardware developer. Works on ink candidate creation and lab procedures.