Tim’s 25 year career spans research, aerospace, venture capital, financial markets scientific instruments and corporate strategy
Photo: Miguel Fernández Castro, EmTech Spain o Technology Review en Español

Photo: Miguel Fernández Castro, EmTech Spain o Technology Review en Español

Tim Harper

“I design and execute strategies to keep clients at the forefront of technological innovation. Clients range from governments and international organisations trying to understand the implications and opportunities of emerging technologies to start ups.

For twenty five years, from the European Space Agency to Graphene start ups I have been identifying, understanding and acting on technology trends to build new companies or facilitate innovation in existing ones. My hands on approach as an early stage CEO uses skills such as open innovation, strategy, digital marketing, public relations and the analysis of new business areas or investment opportunities.

This has been complemented by my work in assessing and addressing the societal challenges created by the development and governance of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and geoengineering.

As a former scientist and engineer I am as comfortable in the lab as leading a buy out, with plenty of experience of balancing the expectations of scientific company founders and their investors.

I have instigated research, commissioned, written and published highly cited reports on the economic potential of nanotechnologies and life sciences at Cientifica, the World Economic Forum and World Gold Council. My work has been used by governments and public policy organisations, the financial sector and international business in setting, defining and measuring effectiveness of R&D programs, technology policy and innovation strategy.

I am recognised as a leading expert in the economics and commercialisation of nano- and other emerging technologies, and a respected science and technology communicator. I am a regular and innovative keynote speaker at high level conferences across the world.”

Specialties: Nanotechnology, materials, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, venture capital, technology transfer, strategic consulting, M&A, government policy, regulation of technologies.


Cientifica was founded as CMP Cientifica in Madrid in 1997 in order to meet the advanced analytical needs of the European Space Agency. The ESA awarded a contract to CMP Cientifica to run the advanced materials characterization program for the Astrophysics research division. Simultaneously the company began to move into networking and information, with the launch of the European Science Foundation sponsored EuroFE network in 1999, linking all the key researchers working on applications of field emission related technologies. By 2000 the company was already meeting the increasing demand for information on emerging technologies to both the business and academic communities. Cientifica also launched Europe’s largest nanotechnology conference; TNT 2000, the world’s first conference dealing with investing in nanotechnologies; I2Nano, and the worlds first weekly information source dedicated to Nanotechnology; TNT Weekly. In 2002 Cientifica published the first edition of ‘The Nanotechnology Opportunity Report’, described by NASA as “the defining report in the field of nanotechnology.” Cientifica is distinct from all other companies providing consulting and information services. It combines knowledge and expertise in both the science and business of emerging technologies, with

nearly 20 years’ experience in the field of science and research, and nearly 10 years’ providing information on the business and science of emerging technologies. Cientifica employees are all highly experienced technical project managers and familiar not only with the commercialization of technology but also with the technology transfer of science from the laboratory to the marketplace.Cientifica’s numerous reports on commercial aspects of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies are well known for cutting through the hype and getting to the root of the issues. In the same way, Cientifica uses its experience in the reality of commercializing technologies and its wide network of international science and technology practitioners to provide down-to-earth and practical advice to companies, academics and governments. Cientifica also provides advice to clients who are considering investment in emerging technology companies. Through this experience Cientifica has a deep understanding of the drivers and associated risks associated with investment and management of cutting-edge technology projects. Cientifica has worked in a wide variety of markets and with a diverse portfolio of clients, from oil and gas and biotechnical to automotive in both public and private sectors, providing technology advice on all aspects of the realities of emerging technologies.