PraxisAuril Trainers

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PraxisAuril trainers are expert practitioners who volunteer their time to ensure that best practice in Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation is shared and implemented across the sector.

We have trainers in a range of disciplines, and in a number of countries. We're always keen to hear from expert practitioners who wish to share their knowledge and experience with their peers. Full training in delivery and support in constructing training modules will be provided.

PraxisAuril trainers are drawn from a range of specialist areas and are stringently reviewed and selected to ensure we are delivering a first-class experience for delegates. To register your interest in being a PraxisAuril trainer, please contact: georgina.wark@praxisauril.org.uk

Typical PraxisAuril trainers include:

Dr Phil Elstob, Commercialisation Director with Cambridge Enterprise Ltd

Phil is Commercialisation Director at Cambridge Enterprise where he partners life sciences technologies from the University of Cambridge with industry and investors. Phil joined Cambridge Enterprise from Cancer Research UK, where he spent over fifteen years working on the identification, protection, development and commercialisation of novel cancer therapeutics, ultimately as Head of Commercial Portfolio. Whilst at Cancer Research UK, Phil established a partnership with Newcastle University, and notably worked for both organisations to build a strategic alliance with Astex Pharmaceuticals to discover and develop new cancer drugs. Phil also spent two and a half years as Chief Executive Officer of Demuris Limited, a Newcastle University spin out company focused on antibiotic drug discovery. He has a PhD in developmental biology from the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research (Mill Hill) and was a delegate on the very first PraxisUnico course held in Bristol in November 2002.

Paul Maclennan, Partner, Anderson Law LLP

Paul advises on a wide variety of commercial agreements focusing on transactional work within the IT, life sciences and university sectors. His clients include leading UK universities and an international IT/telecoms company. Paul is listed in Chambers & Partners as a leading UK lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property and is a contributor to a number of Anderson Law's publications on intellectual property and commercial law, most recently Technology Transfer (3rd Ed, Bloomsbury, 2010).

Sue Johnson, Consultancy Manager, The University of East Anglia in Norwich

Sue is responsible for the management of the consultancy office and is a Director of UEA Consulting Ltd. Sue joined Research and Business Services at The University of East Anglia (UEA) in her current role in 2005. Her background is in plant molecular biology having previously worked at the John Innes Centre. After moving to The School of Biological Sciences at UEA she completed an MBA at the Norwich Business School which led to her move to the Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Group. Since becoming Consultancy Manager she has seen the business grow considerably and has overseen the formation of a number of successful consultancy clusters including Health Economics Consulting and Virtual Past. She is currently working with the LEP to deliver an Innovation Voucher Scheme, as part of the Regional Growth Fund, offering match funding to smes wishing to access university expertise.