Enterprise champions

Enterprise Champions play an important role in providing Cambridge Enterprise with an essential communication channel to and from the University's departments.

They meet regularly to discuss topics related to commercialising technology and to discuss Cambridge Enterprise activities and progress. They also share departmental research priorities, 'hot' technologies and critique Cambridge Enterprise's performance.

Enterprise Champions have a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from collaborative research with companies to commercialising new technology, starting companies, fundraising and balancing the demands of academic research and business.

Within their departments the Champions act as a first point of contact for researchers and academics who want advice on commercialisation routes and additionally help their colleagues to make the most of what Cambridge Enterprise has to offer.

  • Michael Ramage

    Michael Ramage


    +44 (0)1223 760121 |

    Michael H. Ramage is a University Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Cambridge University. His specialties include designing and building structural masonry spans using traditional techniques and new materials. Ramage collaborates in a building practice that includes the structural design, analysis, and construction of the tile-vaulted domes. Recent projects are the Pines Calyx in Dover, England, and at Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa. He recently held a fellowship in the engineering firm of Conzett Bronzini Gartmann AG, Chur, Switzerland. Mr. Ramage has led workshops on timbrel vault building techniques at MIT and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. While at MIT, he was a research assistant with and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to catalogue important Islamic buildings in Anatolia. In addition to an MArch from MIT, Ramage has a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College. He held a Fulbright fellowship to Turkey in 1995-96, and was recently the recipient of MIT's Marvin E. Goody award and a Boston Society of Architects research grant. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

  • Dr Charlotte Sausman

    Dr Charlotte   Sausman

    Coordinator, Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative | Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative

    01223 334572 |

    Dr Charlotte Sausman is the Coordinator of the Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative, which aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines who work on public policy at the university, and generate new areas of public policy research. Previously Dr Sausman has held research posts in public policy research at the university, with particular focus on health policy research and policy implementation.

  • Dr Geoff Moggridge

    Dr Geoff Moggridge

    Reader in Chemical Product Design | Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

    01223 334763 |

    Geoff has a longstanding interest in the design and development of chemical products and this is reflected in my research which is focused on the production and control of microstructures in materials for particular functional applications. Current research projects include the development of a polymeric prosthetic heart valve and the understanding of diffusion in non-ideal liquid mixtures. He has published 3 books, 3 patents and over 80 journal papers.

  • Dr Andrea Kells

    Dr Andrea  Kells

    Computer Laboratory

    +44 (0) 1223 763667 |

    Andrea is Research and Partnerships Facilitator in the Computer Laboratory. She helps academics find funding and develop links with industry, is a first point of contact for potential research sponsors, and takes forward the research strategy for the Department. Andrea holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from the University of Southampton. After graduating, she worked as a science and technology consultant, specialising in innovation and university-industry partnerships. She then moved to the School of Biological Sciences in the University, where she set up and ran an international summer research programme across a consortia of three European universities. She joined the Computer Laboratory in October 2013.

  • Chris Rider

    Chris  Rider

    Electrical Engineering

    +44 (0)1223 767880 |

    Prior to joining Cambridge University as director of the CIKC in July 2009, he was Department Head for Printing and Patterning at Kodak European Research, Cambridge, developing a technology portfolio aimed at the growth of Kodak’s commercial businesses in continuous inkjet, electronic display, pre-press materials and electrophotography. He set up Kodak’s printed electronics programme in Europe combining the team’s expertise in inkjet and conventional printing with Kodak’s expertise in roll-to-roll manufacturing, to make multi-layer electronic devices such as solar cells, reflective displays and self-aligned organic transistors. During his Kodak career, he was an author or co-author on 51 patents.

    Chris is Director Designate of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics, which is due to start on October 2013. Chris is also director of Imbrys Limited, a microfluidics start-up. His current technical interests lie in energy harvesting, solar-powered desalination and in printed pressure sensors.

  • Helen Francis

    Helen  Francis

    Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Engineering

    +44 (0)1223 761429 |

    Helen Francis joined the department in February 2015 as a knowledge transfer facilitator within the Department of Engineering, with specific responsibility for the IfM and Whittle Lab.

    After graduating from the department with a degree in Electrical and Information Sciences, Helen went on to work in embedded software roles, initially for Ricardo and then for CSR. Whilst at CSR she completed a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing and made the transition into technical marketing. Prior to joining the department Helen worked as a Senior Marketing Manager for Atmel, where she was responsible for developing and leading their marketing strategy for capacitive touchscreen controllers in the handset and consumer electronics markets.

  • Philip Guildford

    Philip  Guildford


    +44 (0)1223 332671 |

    Philip is the Director of Research and Finance in the Department of Engineering (and Deputy Head of Department for Strategy and Operations). He guides the development of research strategies, helps sponsors navigate through the University, helps academics find sponsors and offers advice on commercialisation. Another important aspect of Philip's role is looking after over 250 postdoc researchers in the Department. This includes personnel management, training and career development. He also manages communications, finance, and other core operations. Information about the Department can be found at and Philip’s personal profile is at

    In addition to these duties, Philip gives courses on Scenario Planning for two Masters programmes (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment and the Engineering for Sustainable Development), and, for a few days each year, engages in some freelance business consulting in his spare time.

    Philip graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College). His career started in industrial R&D in the materials and aerospace sectors. He then progressed to R&D programme management in industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy. This led to him joining PA Consulting to work on technology strategy consulting and then Analysys where he became a Principal Consultant in the telecoms/media sector. In August 2003, Philip became the Department of Engineering's Director of Research; the first non-academic to be assigned to this role. A full CV is available at

  • Dr Chris Pearson

    Dr  Chris  Pearson

    Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Engineering

    Chris is a knowledge transfer facilitator within the Department of Engineering, with specific responsibility for electrical engineering. Chris has a D.Phil. in robotics and computer vision from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from Cranfield University. He joined electrical engineering in November 2013, after seven years in the Institute for Manufacturing.

  • John Aston

    John Aston

    Professor of Statistics | Faculty of Mathematics

    01223 766535 |

    John was appointed as Professor of Statistics in January 2014, having previously been at Warwick and at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He specialises in statistical analysis at the interface of methodology and applied statistics, and is interested in all applied statistical areas, but especially image analysis (neuroimaging, in particular), linguistic analysis and time series analysis of official statistics.

  • Dr Stephanie North

    Dr Stephanie  North

    Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Faculty of Mathematics

    +44 (0)1223 760414 |

    Stephanie is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator for the Faculty of Mathematics - covering both the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS). She holds a PhD in Chemistry from Queen Mary, University of London. Stephanie has extensive experience in industry, having held positions at GlaxoSmithKline as a Senior Medicinal Chemist, Information Manager and Global Alliance Data Manager. In addition, she has worked as an independent consultant in knowledge management. In her current role, Stephanie supports knowledge exchange and collaboration activities between Cambridge Mathematics and external partners such as industry.

  • Dr Eric Miska

    Dr Eric  Miska

    Gurdon Institute

    +44 (0)1223 334088 |

    Eric studied mathematics, physics and biology at Heidelberg, Berlin and Mainz, received a BA in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1996. He received his PhD in pathology from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK in 2000, working with Tony Kouzarides. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Bob Horvitz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA from 2000 to 2004.

    Eric is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

    Eric is a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Programme.

  • Professor Jim Huntington

    Professor Jim Huntington


    +44 (0) 01223 763230 |

    Jim Huntingdon is Professor of Molecular Haemostasis in the Department of Haematology.

    Jim was appointed principal investigator at the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research in 1999, University Reader in 2007 and Professor in 2011. His research focuses on serpin function and dysfunction, and on the regulation of blood coagulation. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Nature, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, PNAS, EMBO Journal and Blood, and has authored 8 patent applications. His recent work on thrombin inhibition has led to the founding of XO1 Ltd with his long-term collaborator Trevor Baglin. He is also founder of Serpin Haemostatics Ltd, a company developing a first-in-class agent to treat bleeding disorders, and is a co-founder of Cambridge Protein Works Ltd, a protein reagents company.

  • Dr Tim Minshall

    Dr Tim  Minshall

    Institute for Manufacturing

    +44 (0)1223 764305 |

    Tim Minshall joined the Centre for Technology Management in October 2002 as a University Lecturer in Technology Management. He is a member of the Board of St John's Innovation Centre.

    Before joining the Centre, he was a Project Manager and Board Member at St John's Innovation Centre Ltd where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. Two of his main projects were support for the setting up and early management of the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre (now Cambridge Enterprise and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning) and the management of the 'Developing Entrepreneurs' project. This project led to the formation of the 'Enterprise Link' networking group for new technology ventures, the production of the 'Cambridge Technopole Report', the formation of the Cambridge Technopole Group, and the publication of the 'Funding Technology' report series.

    Prior to working at St John's Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan. He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department.

    He is currently an External Examiner for MBA programmes at the Imperial College Business School, and a Visiting Fellow at Doshisha University Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness in Japan.

  • Dr Maria Adams

    Dr Maria  Adams

    Institute for Metabolic Science and Clinical Biochemistry

    +44 (0)1223 769059 |

    I am Senior Research Manager at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. The institute is focused on basic and translational research relevant to the understanding, prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and other related endocrine and metabolic disorders. Among other things, I support the development of major funding applications, strategic relationships and knowledge transfer activities. I also lead on public engagement and would like to develop fresh activities and events in this area.

    Before joining the IMS I spent several years working in research management, policy and dissemination in the medical research charity sector, and in publishing.

  • Dr Joanna Mills

    Dr Joanna  Mills

    Judge Business School

    +44 (0)1223 766900 |

    Jo Mills is Deputy Director of Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) at the University of Cambridge and has been involved in designing and developing content and curricula of many of CfEL’s programmes for entrepreneurs. Jo is the founding Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma at the Cambridge Judge Business School an innovative part-time programme delivered largely online which enables individuals to start a venture alongside the programme. Her current research interests lie in exploring the impact and value of online learning for entrepreneurs and in the impact of mentoring and peer learning within entrepreneurship educational programmes.

  • Paul Mantle

    Paul  Mantle

    Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Materials Science & Metallurgy

    +44 (0)1223 762981 |

    Paul is an EPSRC funded Knowledge Transfer Facilitator at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy since September 2013. Prior to that Paul spent 20 years at the sharp end, running technology businesses out of Hong Kong, Basle, Singapore and Istanbul.

    The current role at UCAM is all about finding fit between what is done here in the department and what companies need in order to puncture the business equilibrium. Companies work with us to set the pace for industry leadership. This is one of the most active departments for industrial collaboration with 35 academics talking constantly to current and potential partners. It is through these discussions that waves of creative destruction are born. The role of the KTF is to assist this process.

  • Dr Jordi Lanuza

    Dr  Jordi  Lanuza

    Metabolic Network Coordinator | Metabolic Research Laboratories

    01223769090 |

    Lanuza did his PhD at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona, where he studied cell signalling in pancreatic beta cells, before moving into a scientific communications role, also at the IRB. There, he held the responsibility of coordinating outreach activities, while as a member of the communications department he also took part in the whole communication strategy of the Institute. Now, as Coordinator of the Cambridge Metabolic Network, he is in charge of developing activities and events for all researchers with an interest in this area in order to increase the networking opportunities and, eventually, strengthen internal cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

  • Ben Hall

    Ben  Hall

    Group Leader | MRC Cancer Unit

    01223 363268 |

    Ben is a new group leader at the MRC Cancer Unit, on the Addenbrookes site. His research group focuses on using advanced computational methods to understand how a series of failures within cells leads to the development of cancers. Prior to his appointment, he worked at Microsoft Research Cambridge and held an Apple Laureate at the University of Oxford.

  • Dr Roman Hovorka

    Dr Roman Hovorka


    +44 (0)1223 762862 |

    Roman Hovorka is Director of Research at the Institute of Metabolic Science and Department of Paediatrics. His career has been dedicated to diabetes technology with the aim to gain insights into physiology and to improve management of diabetes. Roman joined the University of Cambridge in 2004 to pursue his work on the ‘artificial pancreas’, a medical device that measures blood glucose levels on a minute-to-minute basis using a continuous glucose monitor, and transmits this information to a control algorithm, which instructs an insulin pump to release the required amount of insulin into the body. The work has substantive funding from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes UK, National Institute of Health, NIHR, and the European Commission. He further worked on the mathematical modelling of how to deliver insulin using ‘control algorithms’ with funding from the Wellcome Trust, the UK Research Councils, Diabetes UK, and the European Commission.

  • Dr Dervila Glynn

    Dr Dervila Glynn


    +44 (0)1223 334052 |

    My research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and abnormal behaviour in Huntington's disease (HD). I am also interested in the role that changes in synaptic modulators play in neurological illness. The main portion of my research involves the study of motor, cognitive and social behaviour in mice (the R6/2 transgenic mouse model of HD in addition to Complexin knockout mice) in the context of HD. I am also interested in how the length of the CAG repeat affects the progression of the behavioural phenotype in the R6/2 mouse model of HD. Finally, my current work focuses on the cognitive enhancing properties of antidepressants in the context of HD.

  • Dr Agnieszka (Aga) Iwasiewicz-Wabnig

    Dr  Agnieszka (Aga) Iwasiewicz-Wabnig

    IAA Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Physics

    +44 (0) 1223 761669 |

    Aga is the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator at the Cavendish Laboratory. She holds a Physics MSc degree from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland; a MSc in Theoretical Physics, and a PhD in Experimental Physics (on high pressure studies of carbon nanomaterials) from Umeå University, Sweden. After graduating, she was a postdoc in Quantum Information Processing at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. Between 2009 and 2013 she was a Teaching Fellow at the NanoScience & Technology Doctoral Training Centre (NanoDTC) in Cambridge.

    In her current role at the Department of Physics she supports knowledge exchange and research impact acceleration activities, including interactions with industry and other external partners, help with bids for funding and commercialisation of research outcomes, primarily in the EPSRC remit.

    Aga is also a Coordinator of the NanoForum Strategic Research Network of University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Hughes Hall.

  • Professor Mike Payne

    Professor Mike  Payne


    +44 (0)1223 337381 |

    Prof Mike Payne is currently Head of TCM, and has worked on first principles total energy calculations since 1985 and is the author of the first principles total energy pseudopotential code CASTEP. He was awarded the 1996 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and gave the 1998 Mott Lecture. He is responsible for many of the technical developments that have led to the widespread adoption of the total energy pseudopotential technique and has pioneered the application of this technique to a wide range of scientific problems from physics, chemistry, materials science, earth sciences and, most recently, biology.

  • Professor Bill Colledge

    Professor Bill  Colledge

    Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

    +44 (0)1223 333881 |

    Prof Colledge is Professor of Reproductive Physiology in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. He obtained his BSc and PhD from Imperial College, University of London. After a post-doctoral position in Ottawa, Canada, he joined the laboratory of the Nobel Laureate Prof Sir Martin Evans in Cambridge. Prof Colledge is an expert in the manipulation of mouse embryonic stem cells and the generation of transgenic mice. During his career, he has generated several important transgenic mouse models of human disease including cystic fibrosis and cardiac arrhythmias. His current research is focussed on understanding the neuroendocrine regulation of mammalian reproduction. His laboratory has played a significant part in the seminal discovery that kisspeptin/GPR54 are key regulators of the hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis. He is currently serving as a member of Council for the Physiological Society and has acted as a scientific consultant for several biotechnology companies.

  • Mariana Fazenda

    Mariana Fazenda

    Innovation and Enterprise Project Officer | Plant Sciences

    +44 (0) 1223 333956 |

    Mariana is the Innovation & Enterprise Project Officer at the Plant Sciences Department. Her role is to coordinate CambPlants, a Cambridge University initiative that provides an umbrella for activities with relevance to plants as contributors to food, energy, materials, health and ecosystem services. She facilitates interactions between industry and plant-related research carried out in the University as well as outreach activities with a view to encourage and develop innovative cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

  • Dr Paula Frampton

    Dr Paula  Frampton


    01223 761851 |

    Paula Frampton is the Coordinator of the PublicHealth@Cambridge strategic research network. The PublicHealth@Cambridge Network aims to generate fresh insight into the health and well-being of populations by establishing a multidisciplinary community of researchers; supporting development of new research and co-ordinated activities in areas of importance to the health of the public; and facilitating translation of research to benefit current and future populations. Amongst other things, Paula organises a website, searchable researcher directory, networking events, and strategic discussions focussing on all aspects of population and public health.

    Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, Paula spent a number of years working in research and policy at the Medical Research Council and has also worked in the medical research charity sector.

  • Marla Fuchs

    Marla   Fuchs

    ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Coordinator | Research Strategy Office

    + 44 (0) 1223 332335 |

    Marla Fuchs is the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account coordinator. In this role Marla provides a central role supporting impact activities across the University.

    Marla studied mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and went on to complete an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable development at the University of Cambridge. She has worked in a variety of industries from nuclear fuels to inkjet technology, and later carbon consultancy. She returned to higher education to manage the Low Carbon KEEP programme on behalf of the European Regional Development fund, facilitating carbon reduction by small businesses via knowledge transfer in 2010.

    In her current role Marla is based in the Research Strategy Office. She helps facilitate impact with external partners and across disciplines.

  • Gordana Najdanovic

    Gordana  Najdanovic

    Research Strategy Office

    + 44 (0) 1223 332219 |

    Gordana is responsible for the oversight and coordination of University's relationships with major research sponsors. She also manages University's Higher Education Innovation Fund and oversees other knowledge exchange activities at the University.

  • Yrjö Helariutta

    Yrjö  Helariutta

    Group Leader/Professor of Plant Developmental Biology | Sainsbury Laboratory

    +44(0)1223 761144 |

    Ykä Helariutta received his MSc (1990) and PhD (1995) from the University of Helsinki. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in the Benfey lab at New York University, he returned to Helsinki (1998) to launch his own research group focused on vascular development and wood formation.

    In 2001 he was selected for an EMBO Young Investigator award, and in 2008 he became an EMBO Member. Ykä was also awarded an ESF Young Investigator grant in 2005 and became director of the Genome Biology Research Program at the University of Helsinki's Institute of Biotechnology in 2011.

    In 2013, he was selected to be a professor of the Academy of Finland. Furthermore, his lab has frequently been part of the Center of Excellence Programmes of the Academy of Finland. Ykä has joined the Sainsbury Laboratory University of Cambridge in August of 2014.

  • Katja Kivinen

    Katja  Kivinen

    Cambridge Cardiovascular | School of Clinical Medicine

    +44(0)1223 331504 |

    Katja manages two cardiovascular research centres (BHF Cambridge Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence; BHF Oxbridge Centre of Regenerative Medicine) and coordinates the University-funded Cardiovascular Strategic Research Initiative.

    The research centres and the Initiative have overlapping aims, and share a website ( A key part of Katja's role is to strengthen existing links between cardiovascular researchers and academic/industrial partners, and to identify new collaborative and funding opportunities.

    Before joining the University, Katja managed human genotyping and sequencing research in the Sanger Institute Malaria Programme, and performed parts of data processing and analysis as a member of the human GWAS/WGS workgroup.

  • John Rust

    John   Rust

    Director, The Psychometrics Centre | The Psychometrics Centre

    01223769483 |

    John Rust is Director of The Psychometrics Centre, a Strategic Research Network of the University of Cambridge. The Centre’s energies today focus on new applications of psychometric methodology in the internet age, particularly its ability to predict human characteristics and future behaviour from the digital traces that people leave online. It also provides open source software, Apps and APIs for use by both academia and industry that enable adaptive testing and human predictive technology to be researched and implemented at low cost.

    John’s background spans a wide range of disciplines, from psychology, statistics, computer science and philosophy to astrophysics. His major work has involved the development and adaptation of many of the leading psychometric tests in use today in applications ranging from the diagnosis of special educational needs and language difficulties in children to the assessment of critical thinking skills in senior managers. Today, the analysis of online digital footprints marks a revolution in psychological assessment that surpasses anything that has happened since the first introduction of IQ testing over 100 years ago.