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Programme

 Wednesday 15 June 2016
13:00Parallel SessionSite visits and Social Programme
Site visits and Social Programme

13:00 – Delegates visiting Hook Norton Brewery or The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering should meet in the Holiday Inn foyer at 13:00. Coach transport will be provided to and from the venues.

13:45 – Delegates visiting The Shakespeare Institute or attending the walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon should meet in the Holiday Inn foyer at 13:45.

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19:30-21:30Parallel SessionPraxisUnico Conference registration, drinks reception and buffet at the Holiday Inn
 Thursday 16 June 2016
08:30-09:00Parallel SessionInternational delegates' reception
09:00-09:45Parallel SessionRegistration
09:45-10:00Parallel SessionWelcome to PraxisUnico conference

Dr Angela Kukula, Chair of PraxisUnico and Director of Enterprise, The Institute of Cancer Research

10:00-10:30Parallel SessionPutting technology transfer in context: development of the KE Framework

Speaker: Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University and Knowledge Exchange Framework Champion for HEFCE

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Putting technology transfer in context: development of the KE Framework

Speaker: Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University and Knowledge Exchange Framework Champion for HEFCE

HEFCE was asked by government in 2014 to produce a Knowledge Exchange Framework that will aim to pull together evidence from the sector on effective approaches for ensuring that the education and research in universities has a major impact on society and the economy.

While the framework will address all forms of knowledge exchange, an early phase has focused on technology transfer specifically - particularly considering the tensions that are inherent in technology transfer from universities, and in particular the establishment of spin out companies. There is evidence to demonstrate that the UK compares favourably in technology transfer with other countries when the level of research investment or the broader technology transfer eco-system is taken into account. It is also clear that there is no single approach to technology transfer that is appropriate for all universities given the existence of a range of portfolios, environments and missions. However, there is a need to increase communication of the range of drivers and motivations that the various players bring to technology transfer from both inside universities and outside.

The presentation will outline some of the key conclusions of a sector-based working group that has been considering the technology transfer issues in order to inform universities and policy makers, as well as setting this in context of development of the wider KE framework.

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10:30-11:00Parallel SessionTea/Coffee
11:00-12:30Parallel SessionSession A1 - Innovative approaches to knowledge transfer in Europe - what can we learn from our neighbours?

Chair: Sean Fielding RTTP, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Exeter

Speakers: Paul Van Dun RTTP, General Manager, KU Leuven Research & Development; Håkan Spjuth, Director of External Relations, Karlstad University

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Session A1 - Innovative approaches to knowledge transfer in Europe - what can we learn from our neighbours?

Chair: Sean Fielding RTTP, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Exeter

Speakers: Paul Van Dun RTTP, General Manager, KU Leuven Research & Development; Håkan Spjuth, Director of External Relations, Karlstad University

The knowledge transfer community in Europe is developing a range of creative new approaches to connect universities with users and drive impact. Increasingly these activities are not funded by the state or have been driven by the need to reduce state expenditure. In our own changing environment combined regional KT hubs, integrated networking organisations and start-up approaches to research partnership are new trends that we should watch.

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11:00-12:30Parallel SessionSession A2 - IP: beyond the fringe

Chair: Dr Rupert Osborn, CEO, IP Pragmatics Ltd

Speakers: Lloyd Hoarton, Managing Partner, Forresters; Helen Johnstone, Partner, Potter Clarkson; Marion Rees, IP Director, Circassia; Dr Tim Francis, IP Commercialisation Executive, Coventry University

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Session A2 - IP: beyond the fringe

Chair: Dr Rupert Osborn, CEO, IP Pragmatics Ltd

Speakers: Lloyd Hoarton, Managing Partner, Forresters; Helen Johnstone, Partner, Potter Clarkson; Marion Rees, IP Director, Circassia; Dr Tim Francis, IP Commercialisation Executive, Coventry University

Have you ever had someone walk into your office with a good idea that you don't know how to manage? Have you ever lost the chance to exploit something because you thought it wasn't patentable? This session will discuss recent changes in IP law and practice that both offer new opportunities and great challenges. We will consider novel strategies that could introduce different forms of protection, including design rights, trade marks, as well as patenting. The session will finish with a clinic where delegates will be able to quiz the panel and crowdsource ideas from the audience to address a current challenge.

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11:00-12:30Parallel SessionSession A3 - Knowledge Exchange: the hidden and real value

Chair: Dr Iain Thomas RTTP, Head of Life Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise Ltd

Speakers: Professor Karl Coleman, Director of Research, Durham University; Ann Connolly, Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation; John Halfpenny, Director, HE Ltd; Dr Anne Lane, Executive Director, UCL Business plc

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Session A3 - Knowledge Exchange: the hidden and real value

Chair: Dr Iain Thomas RTTP, Head of Life Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise Ltd

Speakers: Professor Karl Coleman, Director of Research, Durham University; Ann Connolly, Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation; John Halfpenny, Director, HE Ltd; Dr Anne Lane, Executive Director, UCL Business plc

Ambition, vision and an understanding of risk are all critical to enabling early stage technologies to be successfully managed to effective commercial outcomes and achieve economic value and social impact. All this can be undermined by the many devils that lurk in the many details along the way.

Helping researcher colleagues have ambitious yet realistic, views on how to commercialise their technology, adopting sophisticated intellectual property strategies, doing in depth due diligence and negotiating deals that contemplate success and aim to facilitate that are all vital to effective tech transfer but are all under-the-bonnet unglamorous activities.

This session will explore how good tech transfer adds real commercial value to opportunities and also keeps the whole process from stumbling in the near and long term.

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11:00-12:30Parallel SessionSession A4 - Measure for measure. Can metrics ever be meaningful?

Chair: Ronni Littlewood, Research Planning Partner, University of Birmingham

Speakers: Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE; Dr Mark Barnett, Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&D, Magna International; Kathryn Walsh, Director of Enterprise Office, Loughborough University

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Session A4 - Measure for measure. Can metrics ever be meaningful?

Chair: Ronni Littlewood, Research Planning Partner, University of Birmingham

Speakers: Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE; Dr Mark Barnett, Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&D, Magna International; Kathryn Walsh, Director of Enterprise Office, Loughborough University

Are quantitative metrics ever useful markers of performance?

At present, both HEFCE and the Research Councils collect metrics around knowledge exchange activities (e.g. the HEBCI survey and annual reporting on Impact Acceleration Accounts). These surveys collect metrics on activities (e.g. numbers of patents, licences, spinouts, IP, collaborative research) but how useful are they to our community in terms of understanding the added value of our roles or what constitutes good practice?

BIS has recently announced a review of approaches to the evaluation of UK higher education research to explore greater use of metrics in future REF exercises in an attempt to reduce complexity and bureaucracy in research funding. However, the ‘Metric Tide’ report compiled for HEFCE also highlighted the potential limitations and unintended consequences of metrics, particularly with regard to ‘impact’. Are metrics just about reporting back to Government or is there a way in which we can make metrics work for researchers, universities and our own practice as knowledge exchange and commercialisation professionals?

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11:00-12:30Parallel SessionSession A5 - Reaching for Excellence in KEC: Impact case studies and the KE Performance Framework - sponsored by RCUK

Chair: John Francis, Executive Director of Research and Business Engagement, University of South Wales

Speakers: Rachel Tyrrell, Senior HE Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE; Anjuu Trevedi, Head of Regional Business Engagement, University of Leicester; Dr Seshadri Vasan RTTP, Senior Business Development Manager, Public Health England; Dr Andy Pickard, Manager, Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Lancaster University

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Session A5 - Reaching for Excellence in KEC: Impact case studies and the KE Performance Framework - sponsored by RCUK

Chair: John Francis, Executive Director of Research and Business Engagement, University of South Wales

Speakers: Rachel Tyrrell, Senior HE Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE; Anjuu Trevedi, Head of Regional Business Engagement, University of Leicester; Dr Seshadri Vasan RTTP, Senior Business Development Manager, Public Health England; Dr Andy Pickard, Manager, Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, Lancaster University

The panellists will share their learnings and experiences since the 2015 RCUK/PraxisUnico Impact Awards. HEFCE will highlight their current thinking on effective and transferable practice as part of the KE Performance Framework. This will be followed by group discussions and questions to share common practices from the RCUK/PraxisUnico Impact Awards and the reports commissioned by HEFCE which are contributing to the development of the KE Performance Framework. The session will explore whether more could be done to collaborate and share effective practices of the generic common or transferable sort between KEC professionals and the wider user communities.

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12:30-14:00Parallel SessionLunch
14:00-15:00Parallel SessionBuilding with BRICs and Planning for MINTs

Chair: Dr David Secher RTTP, Patron, PraxisUnico

Speakers: Gloria Wu, Partner, Kangxin Partners; Dr Mireya McKee, Senior Consultant, Isis Enterprise; Shirley Coutinho, Vice-President, FORTEC

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Building with BRICs and Planning for MINTs

Chair: Dr David Secher RTTP, Patron, PraxisUnico

Speakers: Gloria Wu, Partner, Kangxin Partners; Dr Mireya McKee, Senior Consultant, Isis Enterprise; Shirley Coutinho, Vice-President, FORTEC

The BRIC and MINT countries are said (by Jim O'Neill) to contain half the world's population, 3.5 billion people between them. With an estimated gross domestic product of $20 trillion (£12.4 trillion), expected to grow to $40 trillion by 2020, these countries provide immense opportunities for technology transfer. However, understanding the enterprise culture and key drivers in these economies are key to building with these countries. This session aims to discuss ways knowledge exchange practitioners can actively and successfully engage with relevant entities within these countries, in order to facilitate knowledge transfer opportunities.

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15:00-15:45Parallel SessionTea/Coffee
15:45-16:45Parallel SessionInnovating Exploitation Models

Chair: Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE RTTP, Director Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline

Speakers: Dr Robert Sorrell, Vice President for Public Partnerships, BP; Dr Lesley Thompson MBE, Director of Academic and Government Strategic Alliances, Elsevier; Fraser Burton, Head of University Research, BT

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Innovating Exploitation Models

Chair: Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE RTTP, Director Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline

Speakers: Dr Robert Sorrell, Vice President for Public Partnerships, BP; Dr Lesley Thompson MBE, Director of Academic and Government Strategic Alliances, Elsevier; Fraser Burton, Head of University Research, BT

Industry is increasingly externalising parts of their R&D function through innovative collaborations with universities and platform delivery companies. Universities are being encouraged by government and funding agencies to demonstrate the impact of their public sector funded research. This perfect storm has caused companies to develop models of interaction not previously seen in academia. This session will briefly describe some of these models before entering into a broad ranging panel discussion that challenges and benefits those associated with these innovative academic-industrial partnerships. Senior industrialists from BP, BT, Elsevier and GSK will openly share their experiences.

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16:45-17:00Parallel SessionTopical issues (call for topics)

Facilitators: Dr Rupert Osborn, CEO, IP Pragmatics Ltd; Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise, Imperial College London; Paul Findlay, Director of Business Development, University of Hertfordshire

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Topical issues (call for topics)

Facilitators: Dr Rupert Osborn, CEO, IP Pragmatics Ltd; Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise, Imperial College London; Paul Findlay, Director of Business Development, University of Hertfordshire

This is your opportunity to talk to a group of like-minded people about the things that are important to you. A selection of topical issues, as suggested by conference delegates, will be discussed in small interest groups on Friday. Topics can be suggested in advance by email to conference@praxisunico.org.uk or on the day.

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17:00-17:30Parallel SessionAGM
19:30Parallel SessionPre-dinner drinks followed by gala dinner at the Holiday Inn
Pre-dinner drinks followed by gala dinner at the Holiday Inn

Dress Code: Black tie preferred.

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 Friday 17 June 2016
08:45-09:45Parallel SessionWhat Government wants - can we deliver?

Chair: Sir Keith O'Nions, Chairman, Cambridge Enterprise Board

Speakers: Professor Tim Dafforn, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS); Charlotte Heyes, Deputy Director, Innovation & Place, Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)

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What Government wants - can we deliver?

Chair: Sir Keith O'Nions, Chairman, Cambridge Enterprise Board

Speakers: Professor Tim Dafforn, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS); Charlotte Heyes, Deputy Director, Innovation & Place, Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)

This session will provide an opportunity to hear about government policy and ambitions, following a time of uncertainty and change. The challenges for the KEC community in meeting government expectations and delivering success will also be discussed.

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10:45-11:15Parallel SessionTea/Coffee
11:15-12:45Parallel SessionSession B1 - The Tech Transfer Office is here to help you... Honestly

Chair: Patricia Latter RTTP, Head of Knowledge Transfer & Impact, Royal Veterinary College

The players: Gerald Law, Chief Executive, UK Innovation Forum (UKIF); Sean Fielding RTTP, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Exeter; Sue Ratcliffe, IP Counsel/Technology Transfer Manager, University of the West of England; Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE RTTP, Director Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline; Dr Mark Barnett, Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&D, Magna International

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Session B1 - The Tech Transfer Office is here to help you... Honestly

Chair: Patricia Latter RTTP, Head of Knowledge Transfer & Impact, Royal Veterinary College

The players: Gerald Law, Chief Executive, UK Innovation Forum (UKIF); Sean Fielding RTTP, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, University of Exeter; Sue Ratcliffe, IP Counsel/Technology Transfer Manager, University of the West of England; Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE RTTP, Director Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline; Dr Mark Barnett, Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&D, Magna International

The role of the TTO is often not appreciated by our colleagues and we do a lot in the background that is not immediately evident. This session explores how the different skill sets and roles that we have can assist our colleagues from the very senior to those new to the academic world. We will use role play scenarios to show how to communicate how we can add value to what our colleagues want to achieve and how we can facilitate their aims, from grant writing all the way through to setting up a company. We do much behind the scenes, including helping with bid writing, working with commercialisation partners, budget keeping as well as identifying and recording research and commercialisation outcomes which may not be obvious but are crucial to the overall success of an institution. The TTO is the oil that lubricates the machine and without it everything will seize up. We need to get this message across.

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11:15-12:45Parallel SessionSession B2 - How does a TTO Operate Globally?

Chair: Dr Adam Stoten, Head of Technology Transfer, Life Sciences, Isis Innovation Ltd

Speakers: Dr Frank Allison, IP Commercialisation Manager, Dhahran Techno Valley Company; Tom Hockaday, CEO, Isis Innovation Ltd 2006-2016; Kristin Martinez, Manager, International Relations, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Technology Transfer Office

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Session B2 - How does a TTO Operate Globally?

Chair: Dr Adam Stoten, Head of Technology Transfer, Life Sciences, Isis Innovation Ltd

Speakers: Dr Frank Allison, IP Commercialisation Manager, Dhahran Techno Valley Company; Tom Hockaday, CEO, Isis Innovation Ltd 2006-2016; Kristin Martinez, Manager, International Relations, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Technology Transfer Office

As TTOs, we are members of the global economy and the best partners for our technologies and expertise often reside outside of the UK, and potentially outside the western world. The importance of working globally was underlined during the recent recession and the relative buoyancy of the Chinese economy. Conversely, our resources to access international markets are frequently limited and, even when we can, do the benefits of finding a partner outweigh the associated logistical issues? In this session we examine practical solutions for TTOs to market themselves and their technologies in a global market, identify potential pitfalls and ask: where are our efforts best directed?

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11:15-12:45Parallel SessionSession B3 - Surviving a reorganisation

Chair: Dr Jeff Skinner RTTP, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship London Business School

Speakers: Dr Lucas Zinner, Head, Research Services and Career Development, University of Vienna; Dr Tony Raven, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise Ltd; Dani Salvadori, Director of Academic Enterprise, University of the Arts London

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Session B3 - Surviving a reorganisation

Chair: Dr Jeff Skinner RTTP, Executive Director, Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship London Business School

Speakers: Dr Lucas Zinner, Head, Research Services and Career Development, University of Vienna; Dr Tony Raven, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise Ltd; Dani Salvadori, Director of Academic Enterprise, University of the Arts London

Received wisdom has it that the ‘half-life’ of a TTO director is around seven years - the primary decay mechanism being an internal review or reorganisation. These can be extraordinary painful and stressful exercises and those who have experienced one (irrespective of survival) emerge with a much better idea of things they'd do differently next time - both in terms of preparation and ensuring that they remain aligned to the mood and metrics of their institution. In this session a few of those who have lived through the trauma share what they've learned with those who are about to.

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11:15-12:45Parallel SessionSession B4 - Driving commercialisation and impact of research through tactical marketing and social media

Chair: Paul Findlay, Director of Business Development, University of Hertfordshire

Speakers: Rowan Grant, National Outreach Manager, Medical Technologies, University of Leeds; Professor Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation (N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme, Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and Centre for Rural Economy), Newcastle University; John Eggleton, Director, Business Development & Operations, Research Media

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Session B4 - Driving commercialisation and impact of research through tactical marketing and social media

Chair: Paul Findlay, Director of Business Development, University of Hertfordshire

Speakers: Rowan Grant, National Outreach Manager, Medical Technologies, University of Leeds; Professor Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation (N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme, Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and Centre for Rural Economy), Newcastle University; John Eggleton, Director, Business Development & Operations, Research Media

Social media is often seen as the marmite of marketing tactics – you either love it or hate it. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid in the HE sector as it becomes ever more useful in driving the impact of research.

Blogging and twitter are well developed as crucial platforms for promoting research and engaging the public and peers in academia, but do you know how to use these tactics to maximum success?

What other marketing methods can you use to create research impact? Do you know how to create a powerful brand to promote your start up or University spin-out and attract appropriate investment?

In this session we will hear three short case studies – one on social media and blogging, one on other marketing tactics, and one on developing a strong brand to aid with the commercialisation of research. The session will then be opened up to questions from the floor and a debate around the merits of each.

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11:15-12:45Parallel SessionSession B5 - Engagement Strategies

Chair: Dr Neil Hayes RTTP, Head of Commercialisation, Contracts and Programmes, University of Exeter

Speakers: Bryan Austin, Director & General Manager, Renishaw Medical Dental Products Division ; Michael Hill-King RTTP, Collaboration Director, Huawei UK R&D Centre; Dr Brian More, IP Commercialisation Director, Coventry University

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Session B5 - Engagement Strategies

Chair: Dr Neil Hayes RTTP, Head of Commercialisation, Contracts and Programmes, University of Exeter

Speakers: Bryan Austin, Director & General Manager, Renishaw Medical Dental Products Division ; Michael Hill-King RTTP, Collaboration Director, Huawei UK R&D Centre; Dr Brian More, IP Commercialisation Director, Coventry University

Collaborative research is one of the most powerful means of creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and it is now recognised that proactive engagement between academia and industry can lead to improved research outcomes and commercial results. But what are the most effective ways to foster these relationships? And what makes for a successful and sustainable partnership? This session will give an insight into the different strategies employed to establish collaborative relationships. Speakers from both an academic and industrial background will give their experiences on how they have approached engagement, what the resulting benefits were and why they continue to work in this way.

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12:45-13:15Parallel SessionThe state of the relationship: recognising and celebrating success

Speaker: Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities & Business

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The state of the relationship: recognising and celebrating success

Speaker: Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities & Business

Evidence shows that collaboration between universities and business is growing year-on-year and in diverse ways. Companies of all sectors and sizes are increasingly engaged and responding to the opportunities offered by contact with the research base, and the KEC sector is responding by proposing innovative collaboration models, tools and access to finance. We have much to celebrate; regionally, nationally and internationally.

And yet we still find it hard to shout about our KEC success: What numbers are the right numbers? What should universities be aiming for in KEC alongside teaching and research targets? What does success look like in the future? The metrics which hit headlines and tend to inform policy are becoming more sophisticated as we talk about trends rather than data points; about pipelines rather than outputs. And there is greater insight into constraints on both supply and demand side and the role of the KEC professional in mediating between the two.

This keynote will draw on evidence gathered by the NCUB to discuss how wider perceptions of KEC – in the public, government and business – can be made more positive and focused on success to increase confidence and drive innovation.

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13:15-13:30Parallel SessionClosing messages

Dr Angela Kukula, Chair of PraxisUnico and Director of Enterprise, The Institute of Cancer Research

13:30Parallel SessionTake-away lunch

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Dr Adam StotenHead of Technology Transfer, Life SciencesIsis Innovation Ltd
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Adam is Head of Technology Transfer, Life Sciences, Isis Innovation Ltd. He is responsible for management of all medical/life science out-licensing and new venture formation activities at Isis Innovation Ltd, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. He has worked for more than a decade in the pharma/biotech sector in commercial roles encompassing business development and licensing, new venture formation, product development, lobbying/advocacy and general management. Between 2010 and 2013 Adam worked as Deputy General Manager for the Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium Ltd, a joint venture between the University of Oxford and Emergent BioSolutions Inc., which conducted the first ever efficacy study of a next generation TB vaccine in infants. Prior to this Adam worked in healthcare consulting with Technomark Ltd and then in increasingly senior commercialisation roles at Isis.

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Alice FrostHead of Knowledge ExchangeHEFCE
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Alice Frost is the Head of Knowledge Exchange and Skills Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE - the primary public funder of higher education in England). She has previously held a number of policy positions at the Council, including Head of Research Policy, Head of Learning and Teaching and Head of Business and Community Policy. Alice Frost has had a varied career in the UK in national public policy (including in the Department for Education, Cabinet Office/Office of Science and Technology and House of Commons), higher education policy (Universities UK and the charitable sector), and in HE and the regions. Her areas of policy interest include science and technology policy and regional economic development. She studied politics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University.

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Dr Andy PickardManager, Centre for Global Eco-InnovationLancaster University
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Andy is the manager of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University. The Centre supports businesses with R&D for a better environment and is the winner of 2 national awards 2015.

A chemist by training with an industrially based PhD, Andy has worked for a supporting regeneration and business growth for DEFRA, and the Regional Development Agency and many years working in business in sectors from textiles to retail.

The Centre was formed at Lancaster University in 2012 in partnership with University of Liverpool and private sector consultancy Inventya Ltd, the Centre was part funded by ERDF. It aimed to unite the expertise, global contacts and resources of the partnership to develop new eco-innovative products, processes and services in collaboration with ambitious Northwest businesses.

Over a 3 year period, the Centre worked with 300 SMEs. Challenge led, rather than technology driven, it supported 50 long term collaborative research projects across 13 departments in the two universities. Additionally businesses undertook shorter pieces of work through student projects or internships to address a practical or commercial problem.

The Centre is now building a broader range of partnerships with universities, large corporates and SMEs to develop a sustainable & circular economy.

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Dr Angela KukulaChair of PraxisUnico and Director of EnterpriseThe Institute of Cancer Research
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Angela Kukula is Director of Enterprise at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. The Enterprise Unit manages all intellectual property and commercial issues at The Institute including arranging collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, negotiating clinical trial agreements, patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies. Angela has a BA in Biochemistry from Oxford University and PhD in Immunology and Genetics from the Institute of Child Health University of London. She also has an MBA specialising in technology management and an LLM in commercial law.

After a post-doc position at Osaka University in Japan, Angela spent a number of years managing international collaborative R&D programmes in the Pharmaceutical industry, before moving into technology transfer. Prior to joining ICR, Angela was Head of IP and Commercialisation at Aston University where she was responsible for all of the University's technology transfer activities.

Angela has managed portfolios of over 100 patent families and has concluded a large number of licensing and commercialisation deals. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of several spin-out companies. She regularly lectures on innovation and intellectual property matters and sits on a number of national and international research and exploitation bodies.

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Anjuu TrevediHead of Regional Business EngagementUniversity of Leicester
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Anjuu has worked for the University of Leicester as the Head of Regional Business Engagement since December 2008. Anjuu, as a senior member of the Research and Enterprise Division, has overall responsibility for identifying and developing sound knowledge exchange and commercialisation propositions. Prior to joining University of Leicester, Anjuu worked for the University of Brighton as their Senior Business Development Manager and joint Director of ProfitNet (an SME action learning programme) for nearly five years. Before joining Brighton, Anjuu worked as a business advisor at BizExtra Enterprise Agency, London, as Enterprise Hub Director, Eastbourne and as Senior Research Analyst at the Sussex Innovation Centre, Brighton for nearly five years.

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Ann ConnollySenior Director, New VenturesJohnson & Johnson Innovation
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Ann is Senior Director of New Ventures at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, London.

Previously, Ann was the Senior Director Business Development with UCB Pharma, where she was responsible for business development activities supporting both Immunology and CNS divisions with their early stages of development.

Ann was also the Director of Worldwide Business Development at GSK, and supported the Respiratory franchise to complement the existing R&D portfolio, as well as supporting device licensing activities. She also has experience in Preclinical Development and was involved in progressing many programs across therapeutic sectors for SmithKline Beecham/GSK.

Ann holds a PhD in Biochemical Toxicology from the University of Surrey.

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Dr Anne LaneExecutive DirectorUCL Business plc
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Anne has a PhD in medicine from UCL and an Executive MBA from Molson Business School, Montreal. After research at UCL and Harvard Medical School, Anne worked for RTP Pharma Inc. in Montreal, out-licensing and preparing valuations of the company's portfolio for public listing. Anne joined UCL Ventures in 2000 and acted as consultant for the National Transfer Centre in the US. She is now Executive Director of UCLB, acts as Director and interim CEO on several of UCLB's spinout companies and oversees the company's licensing activity. Anne is also a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and is on the committee for the Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation (TIPLO).

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Dr Brian MoreIP Commercialisation DirectorCoventry University
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Brian More works as Director for Intellectual Property and Commercialisation at Coventry University with responsibility for policy, protection, valuation and commercialisation of all forms of IP. He manages a portfolio of 20 patent families, 10 trademarks, designs and copyright.

He has had 30 years' experience working with Intellectual Property, as inventor on 6 patents and jointly owned four trade marks. Brian has been active in starting 18 companies using IP and attracting investment into them. He has published 20 peer reviewed papers on research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Brian studied for a PhD in Grenoble as an employee of the CEA, and subsequently worked at the NPL and BNFL's Company Research Laboratory. Prior to joining Coventry University, he worked as Business Development Manager for the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham. He is a Director of 4 companies and sits on 3 national advisory panels.

He has worked for private contractors on assessment of development proposals in the field of Nanotechnology and worked on EU Framework projects as commercialisation consultant. Brian has an MBA in Technology Transfer and Innovation from Coventry University and was awarded the 2009 Lord Stafford Award for Technology Transfer.

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Bryan AustinDirector & General ManagerRenishaw Medical Dental Products Division
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Bryan's background is in mechanical engineering and over the last fifteen years he has been heavily involved in the digitisation of dental services in the form of dedicated dental CAD CAM systems and the manufacturing protocols required to support this. More recently his focus has been in setting up systems for the design and manufacture of custom-made medical devices using metal 3D printing technology. The main focus for Bryan is to see how technology works within the medical sector in relation to health economics and the regulatory environment surrounding the production of medical devices.

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Charlotte HeyesDeputy Director, Innovation & PlaceDepartment for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)
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Charlotte joined the Civil Service in 2000, starting her career in the Home Office. She has worked in a range of different Government departments as a policy official, and has a breadth of experience including in policy development, policy implementation, legislation and regulation. Prior to joining the Business Innovation Directorate in 2015, Charlotte was Head of Growth Deals Policy in the Cities and Local Growth Unit. Her current portfolio includes responsibility for Local & Regional Innovation Policy, Science and Innovation Audits, commercialisation of research, University Enterprise Zones, and Science Parks. In addition Charlotte is also responsible for international innovation policy.

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Dani SalvadoriDirector of Academic EnterpriseUniversity of the Arts London
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Dani Salvadori is Director of Academic Enterprise for the University of the Arts London (UAL). Dani's remit is to increase income through leading a range of commercial education businesses and knowledge exchange operations across UAL.

After a degree in physics from Imperial College, she worked as an arts manager in theatre, dance, international festivals and international cultural exchange. Dani moved to Central Saint Martins (CSM), one of the six constituent colleges of the University of the Arts London, in 1994. She worked in a number of income generation roles and was Director of Innovation from 2006 to 2014. In January 2015 Dani took up a new post of Director of Academic Enterprise for the University of the Arts London. She is in charge of the broad portfolio of knowledge exchange activities in the University's colleges as well as the commercial short courses and FE level qualifications offered by UAL.

Dani is a Trustee of Space Studios and represents UAL on the Knowledge Quarter's Board. She is also an award winning mobile photographer and video maker who has exhibited internationally.

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Dr David DochertyChief ExecutiveNational Centre for Universities & Business
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David Docherty is Chief Executive of the National Centre for Universities and Business, and Chairman of the Digital Television Group, the industry body for digital television in the UK.

He was the first BBC Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of BBC Television. After leaving the BBC he led cable company Telewest's (now Virgin's) drive into broadband content and services as MD Broadband.

In the public sector, he was Chair of Governors of the University of Bedfordshire, and a member of various government advisory panels on new media, technology, and higher education. He serves on the Research Excellence Framework Panel and the Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects Committees for the Higher Education Funding Council of England as well as HEFCE's Enterprise and Skills Committee. He is on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Digital Economy Panel, the Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Economy Board and the Technology Strategy Board Interim Advisory Board for the Digital Economy Catapult.

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Dr David Secher RTTPPatronPraxisUnico
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In 2002, together with Lita Nelsen of MIT, David Secher founded Praxis (now PraxisUnico). He has served as chairman or as a director at PraxisUnico since then and in September 2012 became one of our Patrons. David is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). David Secher is an independent consultant in the areas of research commercialisation, intellectual property and technology transfer in the UK and internationally. Recent assignments include work in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Chile, Lebanon, Jordan, Mexico and Europe. As a consultant, he has advised universities, governments and individuals on commercialisation of intellectual property, as well as acting as a non-executive director of high technology and investment companies.

David is based in the University of Cambridge and is a Life Fellow and Senior Bursar of Gonville and Caius College.

Previous roles include Chief Executive of the N8 Research Partnership (a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England); Director of Research Services, University of Cambridge; Director of Drug Development, Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK); and Director of Monoclonal Therapeutics, Celltech Ltd. His PhD work at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology was with the late César Milstein (Nobel Prize-winner for discovery of monoclonal antibodies). Together with Derek Burke, David made and patented the first monoclonal antibody to human interferon.

David was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to creating "environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research".

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Dr Frank AllisonIP Commercialisation ManagerDhahran Techno Valley Company
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Frank joined DTVC in early 2014 to establish an effective technology commercialisation organisation with the resource and capability to commercialise technologies to maximise social and economic benefit for Saudi Arabia. Prior to this Frank spent 10 years working at The University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP), with responsibility for managing a portfolio of spin-out companies and licensing opportunities. Frank has also held a number of board positions for spin-out companies, been a committee member on a variety of steering and energy foresight groups and devised and delivered a number of regional innovation funding initiatives.

Frank's career started in the steel industry before moving to the US to work as an engineer in both the space and aerospace industries. Frank graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and a PhD in Biomaterials Science from the University of Nottingham.

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Fraser BurtonHead of University ResearchBT
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Fraser Burton runs BT's University Research programme. The aim of the programme is to better serve BT's customers by working with the world's best Universities and Business Schools to: access world class expertise and facilities, identify challenging new ideas, conduct research with a broader view and longer timescales and to build essential new skills. We focus on leading universities in UK, USA, Middle East and Asia. Fraser has degrees in Physics and Engineering from Oxford and UCL, and has spent the last quarter of a century in a wide variety of technical and commercial roles across the BT Group.

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Gerald LawChief ExecutiveUK Innovation Forum (UKIF)
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Together with Ian Tracey of STFC Innovations, Gerald established the UK Innovation Forum in 2009 to serve the needs of the business community wanting access to UK research institutes' technology and to help the research bodies to commercialise their IP. Three years on, with close to 3,000 business members and direct active membership of more than 30 universities; association with all other UK universities through strategic partnerships; alliances with Universities UK and PraxisUnico, as well as strategic partnerships with the UK Science Park Association and a range of regional and sector specific bodies, the UKIF is firmly established and extremely active.

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Gloria WuPartnerKangxin Partners
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Gloria is a partner of Kangxin Partners, P.C. one of the leading IP firms in China. She has over ten years of experience in IP-related prosecution, litigation, dispute resolution and strategic planning, and has been recognized for her expertise by Chambers and Partners, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review. She is now also active in IP transaction and licensing area, and has successfully assisted some international companies in monetization of IP assets through various routes in Chinese market, and facilitated the communication and cooperation between Chinese companies and foreign universities and companies in M&A and technology transfer.

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Håkan SpjuthDirector of External RelationsKarlstad University
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Håkan Spjuth is the Director of External Relations at Karlstad University which includes the Grants and Innovation Office (GIO).

GIO is responsible for supporting researchers and university management regarding research strategies, external cooperation, funding opportunities, impact planning and utilization activities.

Håkan joined the university in 2006, before that he had been working within the IT-industry for almost 20 years. Between 1987 and 1992 Håkan worked as an IT-consultant and from 1993 until 2000 Håkan held various management positions at Ericsson.

Between 2000 and 2005 Håkan was co-owner and Vice President for an IT start-up company with an exit to Oracle.

Håkan has been a board member of Swedish Network for Innovation & Technology Transfer Support (SNITTS) since 2014.

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Helen JohnstonePartnerPotter Clarkson
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After returning to university and gaining an MBA with distinction from Leeds University, Helen took up the position of Deputy Head of the Patents Department at Reckitt Benckiser before joining Potter Clarkson in January 2001. Prior to studying for her MBA, Helen had worked for British Telecommunications plc, and another UK firm of Patent Attorneys.

Since joining Potter Clarkson, Helen has continued to specialise in the mechanical, electro-optical and electro-mechanical areas, as well as medical devices. Helen also has extensive experience in the design field, dealing with all aspects of design protection, both registered and unregistered. In addition, Helen represents clients at hearings before the European Patent Office and has been involved in litigation before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Patents County Court. In addition she regularly advises clients on IP strategy issues such as global filing strategies, and has been involved in due diligence exercises. She also has extensive experience of working with academic institutions and associated technology transfer departments. Helen became a partner in 2007.

Helen is a member of the Education Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. She has recently qualified as a Patent Attorney Litigator, having been awarded a Certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Certificate with commendation, by Nottingham Trent University.

When not at work, Helen enjoys spending time with her young family and running in an attempt to keep fit.

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Dr Iain Thomas RTTPHead of Life SciencesCambridge Enterprise Ltd
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Iain Thomas is Chair of PraxisUnico's Training Committee and Head of Life Sciences team at Cambridge Enterprise, the University of Cambridge's technology transfer company. Cambridge's life science product portfolio includes alemtuzumab (Sanofi), breast cancer markers (Brevagen) and mouse touch screen chambers (Campden Instruments). Recent spin-outs include Mission Therapeutics and Cambridge Epigenetix.

Whilst at CE, Iain has completed over 70 licences, options or other commercial agreements and recent transactions include licences in fields as diverse as therapeutics, diagnostics, biofuels, IVF and epigenetics. Iain led discussions with GSK in respect of the University of Cambridge – GSK open innovation drug discovery initiative. Iain has also performed the same role at a commercial technology transfer company. Prior to working in technology transfer Iain gained a PhD from the University of Sydney and 4 years' postdoctoral experience in Oxford and Cambridge before undertaking an MBA.

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Dr Jeff Skinner RTTPExecutive DirectorDeloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship London Business School
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Jeff Skinner is Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricular student activities at the School.

Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London (UCL), he conceived, built and ran UCL's Technology Transfer division – including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside senior faculty, he co-founded over 30 technology-based spin-outs that, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance.

He is past President of PraxisUnico and ASTP, the European Technology Transfer association. He talks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialisation. He chairs the professional accreditation panel for the worldwide Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.

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John EggletonDirector, Business Development & OperationsResearch Media
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John has worked at Research Media (a specialist research communications agency) for three years. Prior to this he worked for 10 years at a large independent publisher of journals and books. Beginning his career granting rights and permissions to academics, John now works closely with a diverse range of global organisations, supporting their research communication activities.

Enabling universities, associations, societies and charities to bring clarity from the complexity of their outputs, John assists them in developing and championing the ever broadening methods of communication beyond the traditional peer-review channels. Seeking to design new dialogue in research communication, John works closely with clients, exploring new ways to creatively share research whilst supporting student recruitment drives. John also assists spin-outs and start-ups in the development of an impactful brand that will stand-out in a crowded marketplace.

Outside of the office John enjoys spending time with his family and reading; especially about agriculture/farming as he grew up on a sheep farm.

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John FrancisExecutive Director of Research and Business EngagementUniversity of South Wales
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John is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and entered the University sector in 2003 after a career in the automotive and electronic instrumentation sectors. He has experience of industrial research and setting up several companies as corporate and HE spin-outs as well as his own successful instrumentation company.

At the University of South Wales he is leading the drive to engage with alumni and to enable businesses locally and internationally to access the outstanding talent, applied research, knowledge, skills and facilities within the University and to facilitate access to funding for research and innovation. John is a keen supporter of creating an environment in the community where high growth businesses can prosper and where innovation and enterprise can thrive. He brought Venturefest to Wales which has become a very successful annual event with a 1000 plus delegates.

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John HalfpennyDirectorHE Ltd
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John has a successful track record as CEO of high tech and clean tech companies with experience in company level transactions, having grown and sold several start-ups.

He was responsible for CMR Fuel Cells'' London Stock Exchange AIM listing, was Director of Embedded Software at ARM plc and CEO at Splashpower Ltd.

He founded and sold Micrologic Solutions to ARM plc and has extensive international commercial experience, having negotiated IP licensing, outsourced manufacturing, distributor and JV agreements with organisations across Europe, Asia and the US.

John started his career with Texas Instruments in 1982 and has a Masters degree in Engineering Science from The University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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Professor Karl ColemanDirector of ResearchDurham University
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Karl Coleman is a Professor of Chemistry at Durham University UK and the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Applied Graphene Materials.

His work has been recognised with numerous awards, including the international Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 for his development of intellectual property around the production of graphene, and the Times Higher Education Research and Innovation Award 2012. He is the chairman of the Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology subject group of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Karl established Applied Graphene Materials in 2010, which is now listed on the FTSE AIM index.

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Kathryn WalshDirector of Enterprise OfficeLoughborough University
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Kathryn is Director of the Enterprise Office at Loughborough University. She is responsible for around 40 staff with expertise in knowledge exchange, research commercialisation, spin-out company formation, consultancy, business development, partnership management and company incubation via the University's Innovation Centre. Her responsibilities also include support for extracurricular Student and Graduate Enterprise including the Studio graduate incubator. She has over 15 years of experience in knowledge exchange, based both within a University Professional Service and previously as Director of a TSB Knowledge Transfer Network.

Kathryn has extensive experience of project evaluation and review, including Horizon2020. She was a member of subpanel 13 (Electrical engineering, metallurgy and materials) for REF2014 and chairs Loughborough University's Enterprise Projects group, which allocates knowledge exchange project funding within the University.

Kathryn is a Director of Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd, and of Antrum Ltd, a University spin out company specialising in antennas and microwave devices.

Prior to joining the University, Kathryn worked for 10 years in industrial research laboratories, including the BP Research Centre, and Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Oxford, generating 10 patents in the area of optoelectronics. Her degree and PhD were gained in Physics at King's College London.

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Sir Keith O'NionsChairmanCambridge Enterprise Board
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Sir Keith O'Nions, a Cambridge scientist and former President and Rector of Imperial College London, is Chairman of the Cambridge Enterprise Board. This is a return to Cambridge for Sir Keith, who held a Royal Society Research Chair at the University from 1979 to 1995. He joined Imperial College in 2008 and in 2010 was appointed as Rector.

Among his many distinguished roles in academia and government, Sir Keith O'Nions served as the Director General of the UK's seven Research Councils where he managed an annual multi-billion pound budget and developed the UK science and innovation policy and strategy. He was Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Ministry of Defence, Head of Earth Sciences and Professor of Physics and Chemistry Minerals at the University of Oxford, and Director General, Science and Innovation, in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Sir Keith received a knighthood for services to Earth Sciences in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983.

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Kristin MartinezManager, International RelationsCedars Sinai Medical Center, Technology Transfer Office
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Kristin A. Martinez is Manager of International Relations for the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has over 13 years of experience in supporting all phases of the research progresses including basic science, translational research, clinical trials and technology transfer.

In her current role, Ms. Martinez identifies, directs and implements projects with global partners of the TTO. Through these relationships with institutions and companies, Cedars-Sinai increases opportunities to bring innovative medical solutions to people across the world. The program currently comprises over 40 active partners from across the globe, including those in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain and South Korea.

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Dr Lesley Thompson MBEDirector of Academic and Government Strategic AlliancesElsevier
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Dr Lesley Thompson joined Elsevier in 2016 as Director Academic & Government Strategic Alliance in the UK. Prior to joining Elsevier, Lesley worked for 26 years at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, the largest of the UK's 7 Research Councils. In 2006 she was appointed Research Director, and made responsible for the strategy and delivery of the scientific programme, with an annual budget of 800 M UK pounds. As Research Director she was responsible for driving the quality of the research portfolio as well as fostering the collaboration with industry. EPSRC's collaboration with industry grew from 12 to 54% from 1994 to 2015 while the international research standing grew ensuring the portfolio delivered Excellence with Impact.

During her time in EPSRC, Lesley introduced a number of innovations including; Ideas Factories, designed to encourage radical thinking with funding available to enact research following a sandpit in a research area; Discipline Hopping enabling academics to take time out in another discipline and cohort based doctoral training growing the investment of 2 centres in 2001 to 115 centres in 2014. She has always championed early career researchers, interdisciplinary research and diversity.

She is a member of the Royal Society Diversity group and in January 2016 was awarded an MBE for services to research. Lesley has a PhD in Biology from the University of Essex and is married with 2 children.

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Lloyd HoartonManaging PartnerForresters
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Becoming a patent attorney was Lloyd's first job after graduating in aerospace systems engineering at Southampton University. Lloyd is now the Managing Partner at Forresters where he handles patent and design prosecution work in diverse technical fields including medical devices, miniature precision motors, white goods, digital watermarking, social computing, cyber-security and nano-engineering whilst retaining an active involvement in encryption techniques, telecommunications, electronics and computer/software related inventions.

Lloyd manages patent and design portfolios across a wide range of technologies and regularly represents clients in oral proceedings before the European Patent Office Examining Division, Opposition Division and Board of Appeal.

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Dr Lucas ZinnerHead, Research Services and Career DevelopmentUniversity of Vienna
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Lucas Zinner is head of the Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna. He began his career as a mathematician at various universities in Austria and Sweden. After working at the Austrian Science Foundation as a program manager, he returned in 2004 to the University of Vienna and helped to set up the Research Services Office, including Technology Transfer. Since 2007, he has also been focusing on the reform of doctoral education and has been involved in the re-organisation process in Europe and at his home university. Since 2013, he has headed the central university unit in charge of research services, technology transfer and support for early stage researchers. He is involved in various international projects related to the Research - Education – Innovation triangle and is currently coordinating the EU funded project focusing on “Professionals in Doctoral Education”.

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Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE RTTPDirector Academic LiaisonGlaxoSmithKline
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Malcolm Skingle is on the Board of PraxisUnico and is Chair of the Industry Engagement Committee.

Malcolm has BSc in Pharmacology/Biochemistry and a PhD in Neuropharmacology. He has gained a wide breadth of experience in the management of research activities and has more than 60 publications including articles on the interface between industry and academia.

For more than two decades he has managed Academic Liaison at GSK managing staff in the UK and US. His role involves close liaison with several groups outside the Company e.g. Government Departments, Research and Funding Councils, Small Biotechnology Companies and other science-driven organisations.

He sits on many external bodies and several UK University Department advisory groups. He also chairs several groups including the Diamond (Synchotron) Industrial Advisory Board, the Science Industry Partnership addressing skill needs for scientists in England and the ABPI group working on academic liaison.

Malcolm was awarded a CBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of his contribution to the pharmaceutical industry as well as an Honorary Professorship from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham and honorary degrees from the Universities of Dundee and Hertfordshire.

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Marion ReesIP DirectorCircassia
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Marion Rees is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney, working in the life sciences area. She began her training at JAKemp before moving in-house to GSK. She subsequently managed the IP and licensing issues at Virax, a virtual vaccine company in Melbourne, PowderMed, a spin out from PowderJect focused on DNA vaccines, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies, a spin out from Oxford University developing DNA sequencing devices. She is currently IP Director at Circassia.

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Dr Mark BarnettSenior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&DMagna International
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Mark received his BSc in Physics from University of Birmingham in 1994, where he then continued with a Materials PhD in collaboration with QinetiQ. In 1997, he became a permanent employee of QinetiQ, applying and developing advanced instrumentation and analysis technologies to problems within the field of structural materials. In 1999, he was seconded to UK Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for proritisation of defence research areas and budget alongside technology procurement policy to QinetiQ and UK defence industries.

In 2001, Mark relocated to Silicon Valley, CA, to provide technical oversight of analytical instrumention within the park alongside collaborators UCal, University of Berkeley and US Department of Defence. He returned to the UK in 2005 to head Bruker AXS Electron Optic group, with responsibility for product development, budget, service delivery, application development, and marketing. In 2007, Mark joined University of Warwick, offering expertise in development of strategy, policy, partnerships and market engineering to advance academic-industrial collaborations and technology transfer. In 2012, Mark began the development of Warwick Scientific Services, which he lead from August 2013 - December 2015. Mark joined Magna International as Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&D in January 2016.

Mark is a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist with interests in electronic and structural materials; analytical instrumentation; industry-university interaction methods; sane business planning; leadership strategies; ‘effective governance without red-tape’ and maximising operational effectiveness in organisations.

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Professor Mark ReedProfessor of Socio-Technical Innovation (N8 Agri-Food Resilience Programme, Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation and Centre for Rural Economy)Newcastle University
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Prof Mark Reed is a recognized international expert in impact research with >100 publications. He has won awards for the impact of his work as a Professor at Newcastle University and Research Manager for an international charity. His work has been funded by ESRC, NERC, AHRC and BBSRC, and he regularly collaborates and publishes with scholars ranging from the arts and humanities to physical sciences.

He has been commissioned to write reports and talk to international policy conferences by the United Nations and is a science advisor to the BBC. His interdisciplinary approach to impact has been featured by Research Councils UK as an example of good practice and he has trained their staff and been invited by them to provide internal seminars on impact.

Through Fast Track Impact, Mark provides training and advice to Universities, research funders, NGOs and policy-makers internationally, and regularly works with business. Find out more about his work at: www.profmarkreed.com and www.fasttrackimpact.com.

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Michael Hill-King RTTPCollaboration DirectorHuawei UK R&D Centre
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Michael Hill-King joined Huawei Technologies in June 2015 as Collaboration Director, UK R&D Centre. His role is to support all research projects between Huawei and UK universities and to support interactions with the UK based technology suppliers.

Prior to joining Huawei, Michael served as Director of Partnerships at King's College London. There, he led a portfolio of functions for the university including major commercial partnerships, and knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial schemes. Michael joined King's in September 2009 from Imperial College London where he led the College's business development activities in Engineering and Technology, having joined the College in 2003 to manage major research bid and projects.

His areas of expertise are in business growth and technology development, knowledge transfer, collaborative research, intellectual property and industry-academic relations. Previously, Michael spent over fifteen years in business, primarily in sales and marketing roles with industrial and scientific equipment companies. Michael read Physics at the University of Sheffield and holds an MBA with distinction.

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Dr Mireya McKeeSenior ConsultantIsis Enterprise
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Mireya has 15 years' experience in chemistry, medical, and nanotechnology research and technology transfer across three countries - Mexico, the US and the UK. During her research career she focused on natural product analysis, anti-cancer drug discovery, and later in nano-biotechnology. She then transitioned into business, completing a programme on the commercialisation of scientific research at Oxford's Saïd Business School. Mireya then became a consultant and later a senior consultant at Isis Innovation, where she has had the opportunity to provide technology transfer, strategy, and innovation management services to clients from private industry, universities, research centres and government agencies worldwide.

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Dr Neil Hayes RTTPHead of Commercialisation, Contracts and ProgrammesUniversity of Exeter
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Neil is Commercial Manager at the University of Exeter. He previously worked as project manager for the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology. Past roles include New Product Introduction, Research and Development and Operations management.

Neil has worked for various sized enterprises from large multinationals to SMEs, including a spell as a director of a technology spin-out. His experience spans a number of sectors including materials science, surface coatings and analysis, optoelectronics / telecommunications, sensor systems and biosciences. He has an Honours degree in Polymer Science and Technology, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

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Patricia Latter RTTPHead of Knowledge Transfer & ImpactRoyal Veterinary College
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Patricia is Head of RVC Enterprise, the knowledge transfer and business development team of the Royal Veterinary College, leading a small team supporting both the College's commercial interactions and other forms of impact from research. In addition, she is Deputy Director and Company Secretary of the London BioScience Innovation Centre – the bio-incubator owned by the College.

Patricia has worked in technology transfer in the biosciences from academia to industry for longer than she would care to admit – originally at Imperial Cancer Research Fund, followed by a short time at British Technology Group, focusing there on marketing for the pharmaceutical group. She then joined Royal Postgraduate Medical School, managing consultancy; clinical trials; research collaborations; and technology licensing. In 1997, RPMS merged to become part of Imperial College. Patricia subsequently became Head of the Medical Sciences Team of the merged technology transfer companies – IC Innovations Limited, which concentrated activities in spin-out creation. She joined RVC, and became one of the original committee members of Praxis in 2002.

Patricia is Head of RVC Enterprise, the knowledge transfer and business development team of the Royal Veterinary College, leading a small team supporting both the College's commercial interactions and other forms of impact from research. In addition, she is Deputy Director and Company Secretary of the London BioScience Innovation Centre – the bio-incubator owned by the College.

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Paul FindlayDirector of Business DevelopmentUniversity of Hertfordshire
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Paul is Director of Business Development at University of Hertfordshire. Paul's background is in microelectronics, where he conducted contract research, led professional training, was awarded a patent and concluded a successful licensing deal. Having been awarded a Business Fellowship by HEFCE - one of only eleven granted across England - Paul joined the University of Hertfordshire's Enterprise and Business Development unit, with responsibility for developing University-wide capacity in knowledge transfer and innovation.

Paul authored the University's Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) strategies, all of which received regional and national approval, with the round 4 and 5 strategies being specially commended. At present Paul is Director of Business Development, managing Business Development and Knowledge Transfer Units and the in-house IP Pipeline aimed at developing research outcomes into commercial propositions. He is also a member of the Association of University Technology Managers, the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Institute of Knowledge Transfer.

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Paul Van Dun RTTPGeneral ManagerKU Leuven Research & Development
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Paul is general manager of KU Leuven Research & Development, the technology transfer unit of KU Leuven, and coordinates the activities in collaborative research, patenting, licensing, spinoff creation and regional development. He is also managing director of the venture fund of the university (Gemma Frisius), board member of the Fondation Fournier-Majoie pour l’Innovation (cancer biomarkers), chairman of the Center for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3), and board member or president of several high tech companies. From 2006 – 2010 he was elected vice-president of ASTP, the European association of technology transfer professionals.

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Rachel TyrrellSenior HE Policy Adviser, Knowledge ExchangeHEFCE
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Rachel Tyrrell joined the Knowledge Exchange policy team at HEFCE in 2014 as a Senior Policy Adviser. She leads on evaluation of HEIF and developing the evidence base for knowledge exchange policy, including working on the KE Performance Framework. She led on the commissioning of knowledge exchange learning pilot projects in social innovation this year. In a previous role at ESRC she worked in research commissioning and in postgraduate training - supporting large research investments & leading on the commissioning of the Q-STEP programme.

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Dr Robert SorrellVice President for Public PartnershipsBP
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Robert Sorrell is BP's Vice President for Public Partnerships. He is the Associate Director for the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials; a 10 year $100m investment by BP with the hub at the University of Manchester and spokes at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Robert is also BP's technology policy advisor for the UK and EU. Robert is a non-executive Director of Breathing Buildings, a natural ventilation company. He is also on the board of Innovate UK.

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Ronni LittlewoodResearch Planning PartnerUniversity of Birmingham
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Ronni has over 13 years' experience in the Higher Education Sector. Her current role is Research Planning Partner at the University of Birmingham. Within the past year Ronni has also been involved with setting up the Research Impact Network: researchimpactnetwork.wordpress.com/about; a grass roots network of UK Higher Education administrative and professional staff working in a variety of roles related to research impact.

Prior to her current role she was a Research Impact Officer for Social Sciences at the University of Warwick and prior to that a Research Development Officer, working with academic colleagues in Economics, Politics and International Studies and Warwick Business School to win funding for research.

Ronni has worked as a Development Officer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education with responsibility for implementing reviews of Higher Education in Further Education.

Ronni also held a variety of roles with the Economic and Social Research Council, ranging from working on commissioning and evaluating ESRC-funded research to establishing the first of ESRC's impact case studies and contributing to international benchmarking reviews of social science disciplines. Her last role with ESRC was as Deputy Head of Evaluation and Impact, with responsibility for establishing a team of dedicated Impact Officers to work with ESRC funded research investments.

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Rowan GrantNational Outreach Manager, Medical TechnologiesUniversity of Leeds
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Rowan Grant is the National Outreach Manager for Medical Technologies at the University of Leeds: the single gateway to the full capability of research and translation in medical technologies at the University. The Outreach Manager plays a key role in leading the development of the national Centres, supporting engagement with UK and global academic, clinical and business partners interested in innovation in medical devices. It is Rowan's responsibility to plan and implement marketing and communications strategies for the growth in membership and engagement for each Centre, and to position the programmes as national Centres for excellence. More about Rowan and the programmes: uk.linkedin.com/in/rowangrant

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Dr Rupert OsbornCEOIP Pragmatics Ltd
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Rupert Osborn is a co-founder of IP Pragmatics and was appointed CEO in January 2009. He has worked for 15 years at the interface between early stage biotechnology developers (e.g. academic/public sector institutions, SMEs) and downstream multi-national exploitation partners. A plant molecular biologist by training he spent 10 years with Zeneca Agrochemicals (now Syngenta) working in both research and then business development/licensing before moving to take up a business development position at a public sector owned intellectual property development and licensing company. At IP Pragmatics Rupert manages a growing IP consulting and services business which assists universities, government research organisations and companies with the assessment and exploitation of early stage life science technologies. A significant proportion of this work is for organisations outside of the UK including universities in Japan, Australia and in mainland Europe. Rupert has a MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Warwick.

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Sean Fielding RTTPDirector of Research and Knowledge TransferUniversity of Exeter
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Sean Fielding is the Director of Innovation Impact and Business at the University of Exeter.

Sean's team handles the University of Exeter's support for collaboration with external partners whether for research, education or commercial business such as spin-outs and licensing. He is also responsible for strategic alliances, regional economic development and the generation of impact from the University's research. Each year his team works on c1000 projects worth around £40-50million.

He is also responsible for strategic knowledge transfer projects such as the University's Innovation Centre and the new Exeter Science Park.

Sean is chair of the SETsquared Management Board. He is a former member of the Board of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Association for Knowledge Transfer. He is a Director for The Exeter Science Park.

Sean previously worked for national University bodies where he setup and led joint-ventures for commercialising and marketing national and international HE services. He has been Managing Director and Director of several companies.

Sean studied languages at University College London.

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Dr Seshadri Vasan RTTPSenior Business Development ManagerPublic Health England
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Dr Seshadri Vasan is Senior Business Development Manager for Public Health England (PHE), and prior to that for the Health Protection Agency. Previously, he was Head of Public Health for Oxford University's spin-out company Oxitec Limited, which was recently acquired for $160m. A former McKinsey Consultant and Rhodes Scholar, Dr Vasan also holds an Adjunct Professorship in Public Health. He is PHE's business lead for Ebola-related activities, global health, innovation and international consultancy, and a member of PHE Global Health Committee and Finance and Commercial Wider Senior Leadership Team. He represents PHE's overseas commercial engagement in the UK Interlab Forum and is a member of the Filovirus Task Group of the Australia-Canada-UK-US Medical Counter-Measures Consortium, and the Four Eyes BSL4 Laboratories Network. He obtained his doctorate from Trinity College, Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Royal Entomological Society, Royal Society for Public Health and the Chartered Management Institute.

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Shirley CoutinhoVice-PresidentFORTEC
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Shirley gained a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in 1990, from Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and Bachelor's in Pedagogic, in 1963, from Federal University of Espírito Santo. From 1993 to 2000, she had liaison responsibility as an independent consultant and official project manager between the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and the Brazilian business community, and also collaboration with the Enterprise Incubator of Genesis Institute at PUC-Rio, to launch new business ventures with recent graduates, focused on technology based products and services. In 2001, Shirley initiated the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office at PUC-Rio, Innovation Agency being its Executive Manager. She is co-founder and Vice-President of FORTEC – Forum of Innovation and Technology Transfer Managers and, in this capacity, a member of its Board of Directors. Previous experience includes various management positions held in Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, VALE, Brazil's largest mineral and logistics company.

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Dr Simon HepworthDirector of EnterpriseImperial College London
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Simon is seeking to connect more of Imperial's academics, students and discoveries with leading entrepreneurs and pioneers from industry. His ultimate goal is to generate more opportunities for collaboration that make a real world impact.

Simon joined Imperial College in September 2009 with 14 years' corporate experience in the automotive and electronics sectors. He was a founder of the Corporate Partnerships activity at Imperial, and led the development of the Imperial Business Partners membership programme and the Foresight Practice. He is currently Chairman of the board of Imperial College Consultants Ltd (ICON) and sits on the Innovations Partnership Board, which oversees the technology transfer operations of the university.

Prior to joining Imperial, Simon held engineering and commercial roles at Visteon and Ford Motor Company in the UK and overseas. He is an Engineer by training, with a DPhil in neural network based control from Oxford University and a BEng in systems engineering from Salford University.

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Sue RatcliffeIP Counsel/Technology Transfer ManagerUniversity of the West of England
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Sue is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), a European Patent Attorney and a Registered Trade Mark Attorney. She is IP Counsel & Technology Transfer Manager at the University of the West of England, Bristol and is also a part time senior lecturer at Swansea University on an LLM Course there. Sue has acted for major “blue chip” corporations and Governments, as well as individuals, SMEs and university spin outs. In particular she has provided advice on IP portfolios to the investor community.

Sue has been very much involved in training, being a tutor for the European Patent Institute and a member of the Joint Examination Board for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), which sets the professional exams for the patent profession. She has also lectured to the business and academic community, including to the Institute of Directors, and written articles for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and for World Export publications. Sue has been voted an IP Luminary by her peers in a worldwide review of IP advisors, which was sponsored by the Managing Intellectual Property publication, and she was a judge for The Female Inventor of the Year awards. She has also served on the Council of CIPA.

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Professor Tim DaffornChief Scientific AdviserDepartment for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)
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Professor Tim Dafforn took up his post as Chief Scientific Adviser at BIS in June 2015. Prior to this appointment he was entrepreneur in residence at BIS with a remit to champion activities in synthetic biology in the department. His career highlights include: Head of Policy and member of the executive at the Biochemical Society; member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) new ways of working strategy panel; member of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council; former Director of Knowledge Transfer, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham and founder of Linear Diagnostics Ltd and Dioptica Scientific Ltd. Tim's career includes over 100 publications and a lifetime research grant capture of £10 million.

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Dr Tim FrancisIP Commercialisation ExecutiveCoventry University
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Since 2012 Tim has worked as an IP Commercialisation Executive at Coventry University, managing intellectual property from the University to ensure that it is successfully protected and commercialised. Tim moved into technology transfer in 2005, joining Warwick Ventures, from an R&D background in the life science sector. This was followed by a number of years at a technology consultancy. Here he led a cross-disciplinary team of sector analysts producing in-depth technology and market intelligence for organisations that ranged from SMEs to multinationals. Prior to joining Coventry University Tim managed a large open innovation programme at the NC3Rs (Medical Research Council), with global pharmaceutical and chemical companies as clients.

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Tom HockadayCEOIsis Innovation Ltd 2006-2016
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Tom Hockaday was the CEO of Isis Innovation Ltd, the University of Oxford's Technology Transfer company from 2006 to March 2016. He has since set up Technology Transfer Innovation and is working as an independent consultant. Whilst at Oxford, Tom oversaw the expansion of Isis Innovation into one of the world's leading university technology commercialisation organisations with its activities greatly contributing to the substantial impact of the University of Oxford around the world. He led the international expansion of Isis including establishing offices in Hong Kong, Madrid and Kyoto, and a number of joint ventures in China. Before Oxford, Tom spent seven years at Bristol University, leading technology transfer activities, and four years previously at University College London.

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Dr Tony RavenChief ExecutiveCambridge Enterprise Ltd
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Tony is Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge. Tony has over twenty-five years' experience of start up company management and financing as well as extensive international commercial and regulatory experience, particularly in North America and Japan. Tony has many years of experience in university technology transfer. He joined the University of Southampton from 2000, during which time he established Southampton's reputation as a leading entrepreneurial university internationally, creating a portfolio of 11 spin out companies of which four listed on the London Stock Exchange, before taking up his current role at the University of Cambridge in 2011.

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Professor Trevor McMillanVice-ChancellorKeele University and Knowledge Exchange Framework Champion for HEFCE
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Professor McMillan became Vice-Chancellor of Keele University in August 2015. Before moving to Keele as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost in January 2014 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Lancaster University, prior to which he held the position of Dean of the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences. Professor McMillan studied biological sciences at Lancaster and was awarded a PhD in Biophysics at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London in 1984. He has worked on several national committees that have examined the harmful effects of radiation in the environment. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists and Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

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