Reporter 459, 20 November 2000

Transfer wing changes gear

Technology transfer company University of Leeds Innovations (ULIS) has relaunched as Leeds Innovations, a change reflecting its new management structure and business strategy.

Leeds Innovations is central to the University’s research exploitation process, providing expert advice and support for new business ideas. It was one of the UK’s first university technology transfer companies and has created more than 30 spin-off companies.

Recent restructuring includes the appointment of four new business development managers to liaise with academic staff, identifying and developing research with commercial potential.

Dr John Hulbert will cover life sciences. He has a long association with the University, having gained his degree and MPhil in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has been involved in the creation of two successful spin-off companies and has been the managing director of Bloodhound Sensors, a company based on his research into electronic sensor technology.

Dr Laurence Hogg will work in the science and engineering fields. After post-doctoral research in chemical engineering and an MBA, he worked as technical director at Bradford University spin-off company Photox and project manager for Azurix Servicers.

Dr Lorraine Ferris will cover the physical sciences departments. After her PhD in chemistry at Leeds, Dr Ferris worked for 12 years at ICI with postings to Belgium and the USA.

Dr Nicola Broughton will also work on life sciences. Her post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto was followed by an MBA from Newcastle Business School.

She also worked in technology transfer at the Newcastle Centre for Life.

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