“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.