About Mostafa

Mostafa ElSayed is the CEO and Co-Founder of Automata.

He has a Degree in Architecture from the American University of Sharjah; a Masters in Architecture and Urbanism; is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce; and remains a course tutor in the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association alongside his role as CEO of Automata. 

After completing his Masters in 2014 Mostafa went on to join the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, leaving the company as Lead Designer in the Computation and Design Group to found Automata with ZHA colleague Suryansh Chandra. (Chandra went on to launch new company, The Mind Distillery, in 2020 and remained a Director until resigning in 2021). 

ElSayed and Chandra started Automata after seeing the need for automation and robotics to be applied in other sectors outside of architecture. Initially focused on manufacturing affordable robotic arms, Automata is now on a mission to transform how scientists work, delivering industry-changing automation solutions that lead the way in quality design and engineering.

Supported by a strong team of designers, engineers, scientists and leaders from a variety of life science backgrounds, Mostafa continues to drive Automata to the next level of success in his role as CEO

The most rewarding part of working at Automata is…

…personally, I lost a parent to cancer a couple of years ago, so to now get the chance to work with biotechs developing new cancer therapeutics, and with the NHS on scaling genomics in oncology, makes me feel truly privileged. Yes to be working on this opportunity, at this moment in life science, but most importantly to be doing it with the team we’ve built at Automata.

Mostafa’s insights

From robot arms to automation platforms: the future of lab tech

Mostafa shares the latest news from Automata and his thoughts on the role automation can play in the future of life science.

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Beyond Innovation season 2: Mostafa ElSayed, Automata

Mostafa speaks to Beyond Innovation TV about how Automata is making lab automation an accessible, affordable solution.


Builder Nation episode number 73: The potential of automation

Hear more about Mostafa’s views on how automation technology can be redesigned to suit the unpredictable life science sector.