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LES North West Group Meeting

May 2012


Mad Inventors to Money: Tech Transfer at the University of Manchester

SPEAKER: Mrs Heather Thompson, Director of Licensing, University of Manchester Intellectual Property

Heather has 11 years’ experience of technology transfer and IP commercialisation at research intensive Universities; joining UMIST Ventures in 2000 and University of Manchester Intellectual Property in 2004. Her experience encompasses the development and market entry of a range of life science, engineering and technology innovations, typically starting at early TRL stages and with limited market knowledge. She directly managed licensing and venturing projects before heading up the Technology and Humanities team at UMIP. The group captures new IP with commercial potential from academics in Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Humanities departments, and develops IPR and technology to create new spin-out enterprises and co-development and licensing opportunities. More recently, Heather was appointed Director of Licensing assuming responsibility for the licensing business of UMIP across all technology areas.

Prior to joining UMIST Ventures, Heather spent 15 years in the pharmaceuticals and in-vitro diagnostics industries, latterly with Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company. As a product development scientist, Heather brought to market three diagnostic products launched worldwide in regulated markets.

The University of Manchester generates in excess of 350 invention disclosures per year, which are managed by its innovation unit UMIP. In this talk, Heather Thompson describes the challenges of protecting the university’s IP assets and monetising them through spinning off new enterprises and striking licence deals.

If you would like to attend, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.  The talk will commence at 6.30pm and will be followed by a buffet (including wine).

Please click here for registration details.