People

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

    Architecture

    +44 (0)1223 760121 | mhr29@cam.ac.uk

    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 ArchNet.org 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 Barry Dixon

    Dr Barry Dixon

    Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    +44(0) 1223 764079 | barry.dixon@admin.cam.ac.uk

    Barry Dixon is a Research Facilitator for the Schools of Arts and Humanities and the Humanities and Social Sciences, with a focus on European and overseas funding bodies. Working alongside researchers from across both Schools, and in concert with the administrative bodies of the university, he offers procedural and strategic information on the various research funders and their schemes, as well as structural commentary on application drafts. He also works on a strategic level across the Schools on all issues related to European and overseas engagement.

    Barry has worked previously for the European Science Foundation and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and has taught at the National University of Ireland at Galway and University of Paris XIII.

  • Dr Tennie Videler

    Dr  Tennie  Videler

    Cambridge Immunology Network

    07850-996863 | hv219@medschl.cam.ac.uk

    Tennie Videler is the coordinator for the Cambridge Immunology Network which aims to bring together researchers from across Cambridge with an interest in all different aspects of immunology. She organises among other things a website, seminar series, the Immunology PhD and postdoc day and the annual Immunology Forum.

    Tennie completed a doctorate and a dozen years of post-doctoral research in different fields of structural biology and was then a programme manager for Vitae, an organisation set up to support postgraduate researchers and research staff.

  • Professor Chris Lowe

    Professor Chris  Lowe

    Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

    +44(0)1223 334157 | crl1@biotech.cam.ac.uk

    Chris Lowe is Professor of Biotechnology in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    His principal research interests cover areas of healthcare biotechnology including biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and sensors, ageing and medical microbiology. The work is characterised by not only being highly inter- and multi-disciplinary and encompassing aspects of biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, electrochemistry, physics, electronics, medicine and chemical engineering, but also covering the entire range from pure science to strategic applied science, much of which has significant commercial applications. He has 345 publications, 8 books and monographs, >100 patents and has many collaborations worldwide, especially in Europe, the Middle and Far East, Australia, USA and South America. He is an editorial board member of a number of academic journals, a member of a number of grant awarding and government committees and is active in a number of legal and entrepreneurial roles.

    He has supervised 85 PhD students and been awarded multiple national and international prizes and distinctions, including the Pierce Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Affinity Chromatography (1989), the David Curnow Prize in Clinical Chemistry (1991), Schlumberger Stichting Prize (1994), Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement (1996), Silver Jubilee Medal – Chromatographic Society (2002), Henry Dale Medal and Prize: The Royal Institution (London)(2003), Dade-Behring Award for Clinical Chemistry (2006), “Most Entrepreneurial Scientist of the UK” Award: UKSEC (2006), Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education: The Royal Anniversary Trust (2007), Officer of the British Empire (OBE): New Year Honours (2010) and BBSRC Commercial Innovator of the Year (2011). He holds visiting Professorships at the Universities of Bath (UK), Lund (Sweden) and the Australian National University (ANU)(2013).

    He has been the driving force for the establishment of 10 Spin-out companies, including ProMetic BioSciences, Purely Proteins, Affinity Sensors, Cambridge Sensors, Smart Holograms, Psynova Neurotech, Rebha, Sparq Electrical, Quantz Medical and MonoJo. He is on the Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Boards of many companies.

  • Dr Andrea Kells

    Dr Andrea  Kells

    IAA Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Computer Laboratory

    +44 (0) 1223 763667 | ark20@cam.ac.uk

    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 | cbr24@cam.ac.uk

    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.

  • Philip Guildford

    Philip  Guildford

    IAA Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Engineering

    +44 (0)1223 332671 | pg28@cam.ac.uk

    Philip is the Director of Research in the Department of Engineering. He guides and supports the development and expression of research strategies, helps sponsors navigate through the University, and helps academics find sponsors. Another important aspect of Philip's role is looking after ~250 postdoc researchers in the Department. This includes personnel management, training and career development. He manages the marketing activities for the Department too. Information about the Department can be found at www.eng.cam.ac.uk

    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), helps to design and facilitate research events involving academics and industrialists on request, 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 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/guildford

  • Dr Chris Pearson

    Dr  Chris  Pearson

    Knowledge Transfer Facilitator | Engineering

    cp349@cam.ac.uk

    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.

  • Dr Eric Miska

    Dr Eric  Miska

    Gurdon Institute

    +44 (0)1223 334088 | eam29@cam.ac.uk

    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

    Haematology

    +44 (0) 01223 763230 | jah52@cam.ac.uk

    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@eng.cam.ac.uk

    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 Shai Vyakarnam

    Dr Shai  Vyakarnam

    Judge Business School

    +44 (0)1223 766900 | s.vyakarnam@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    Dr Vyakarnam worked in industry for several years before completing his MBA and PhD. He has combined his academic interest with those of small business and entrepreneurship. He has worked in entrepreneurship policy for the UK government, UN agencies and for the EU and World Economic Forum. He has advised government agencies in several countries on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, technology commercialisation and entrepreneurship education. He has mentored entrepreneurs and held non-executive directorships of small firms in addition to developing growth programmes for SMEs over several years. More recently he has been asked to develop educational approaches for generating an entrepreneurial culture and mindset shifts in larger "blue chip" organisations. His main contribution over the past 10 years has been to develop practitioner-led education for entrepreneurship.

    Dr Vyakarnam is presently Co-Founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia. He is on the board of Enterprise Educators UK and the UK India Business Council. He is on the editorial board of the International Small Business Journal and the Journal of Strategic Change.

  • Dr Dervila Glynn

    Dr Dervila Glynn

    Pharmacology

    +44 (0)1223 334052 | dg248@cam.ac.uk

    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 | ai261@cam.ac.uk

    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

    Physics

    +44 (0)1223 337381 | mcp1@cam.ac.uk

    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 | whc23@cam.ac.uk

    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.

  • Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

    Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley

    Plant Sciences

    +44 (0)1223 333956 | bgs21@cam.ac.uk

    Beatrix' role is to facilitate interaction between industry and research carried out in the department as well as outreach activities. In her role as the Cambridge-based staff member of the InCrops Project, she supports companies in the East of England in taking up low-carbon solutions based on plant materials. As one of the University's Enterprise Champions, she represents the Department at Cambridge Enterprise, and provides a link to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. She coordinates CambPlants, an initiative that provides an umbrella for activities across Cambridge University with relevance to plants as contributors to food, energy, materials, health and ecosystem services. As part of this, she also coordinates the Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative, a consortium working on sustainable bioenergy solutions, and convenes the Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences, a forum that brings together plant-related companies and research institutes in the area to facilitate efficient knowledge transfer between academic research and industrial application.

  • Dr Paula Frampton

    Dr Paula  Frampton

    PublicHealth@Cambridge

    01223 761851 | pf311@medschl.cam.ac.uk

    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.