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About Us

Telling Science, technology and medical stories to people who can make a difference

Our Story

Having worked in the Advanced Ceramics industry for over a decade in the 90’s, founder, Dr. Ian Birkby recognized that engineers, designers and scientists often required educating in the potential uses and applications of Advanced Materials before they could utilize them in their products and processes.

This recognition of market demand and the emerging power of the internet led to the launch of our first site, – The A to Z of Materials in 2000.

Although the business has grown significantly to include a range of science, technology, medical and life science platforms, it has always stayed true to its principal aim:

We love telling science, technology and medical stories to people who can make a difference. Everything else follows from that.

Today we tell these stories across all digital platforms to an annual addressable audience of over 100 million unique individuals.

Our customers come from all scientific, technological and medical sectors. Our extensive web footprint and subscriber base allow us to display a measurable return on investment to billion-dollar multi-nationals and SME start-ups.

From Content Creation, through targeted distribution to closing the loop with the unique AZoIntel Content Performance analytics platform, AZoNetwork now provides a highly effective Science Marketing Platform based on its own unique Marketing Science.

The company is an Australian Public Company with headquarters in Sydney, Australia and satellite offices in London, Manchester, UK and Upstate New York, USA.

Check out our timeline below to see how we grew to become the company we are today.

Dr. Ian Birkby about AZoNetwork


Years Old

The AZoNetwork reaches 1 million active subscribers

August, 2023

AZoNetwork launches the A to Z of Artificial Intelligence

August, 2023

The Lead Generation eBook is launched

May, 2023

The AZoNetwork sites celebrate Women in Science Day

February, 2023

AZoLifeSciences reaches 1Million website visits

February, 2023

The #MarketingScience 2023 Webinar series launches

February, 2023

The Something About Science podcast launches

January, 2023

The fourth season of the #MarketingScience podcast is completed with The State of Scientific Marketing 2023

December, 2022

AZoNetwork exhibit at the 10th anniversary of Lab Innovations and Advanced Engineering

November, 2022

AZoNetwork visit Düsseldorf for Medica 2022

November, 2022

Industry Focus eBooks are launched across the AZoNetwork sites

September, 2022

AZoNetwork visit Birmingham for Advanced Materials 2022

June, 2022

AZoNetwork visit Munich for Analytica 2022

June, 2022

Named in the Northern Tech Awards Top 100 fastest growing companies

April, 2022

We welcome 4 new starters to the team, totalling 54 employees.

December, 2021

The team goes from strength to strength, reaching 50 employees

September, 2021

Welcomed 70+ to the Life Science Marketing Roadshow at the Francis Crick Institute.

May, 2019

Ran first Marketing Science Webinar with over 300 registrants Life Science Marketing Roadshow.

March, 2019

Exhibited at Pittcon in Philadelphia.

March, 2019

First SEO Workshop held in Manchester.

February, 2019

Marketing Science Roadshow heads to Cambridge and Alderley Science Park.

May, 2018

AZoIntel integrated directly with other CRM systems.

March, 2018

The first Marketing Science Roadshow is held in Manchester.

January, 2018

We celebrate our move to NEO, Manchester

April, 2017

We join the MPA

September, 2016

The 200 millionth unique user is reached

July, 2015

We proudly sponsor the Medilink UK Awards

April, 2015

Our London office opens

January, 2015

We attend Inbound content marketing conference for the first time


Our first subject specific newsletter is sent out


AZoNetwork raises 2.6M AUD to fund the development of our inbound marketing and data analytics platform


AZoNetwork, the online publisher, pivots to become an inbound marketing platform for scientific, medical and related technologies


We launch AZoQuantum - The A to Z of Quantum Technology.


AZoRobotics launches with all of the latest news, insights and information from the robotics industries


We add AZoMining to serve the booming mining industry


AZoCleantech is launched to provide the latest news and content from new and exciting clean technology industries


AZoM wins a Hitwise top 10 award


AZoNetwork, our parent site, is launched to tie together our rapidly expanding portfolio of sites, products and services


AZoOptics is added to cater to the optics and photonics communities


AZoBuild is developed to share news from the building and construction industry

2007 becomes a Google News accredited site


News-Medical, our life science and medical news site, is added to the portfolio


AZoNano is created as an online resource for nanotechnology news and content


AZoM registers 3 million visitors


Trading name 'AZoNetwork' is registered to reflect the move into related sectors


Our first article is published


Founding content providers include The Institute of Materials (UK), Ceram Research Ltd. (UK) now Lucideon, Rapra Ltd.


Dr. Ian Birkby founds - The A to Z of Materials in Sydney, Australia. It is his second entrepreneurial venture after founding Dynamic-Ceramic Ltd., a UK-based advanced materials producer.