Speaker biographies

Innovation Summit 2009: Speaker Biographies

Listed in order of presentation

Richard L Hudson, CEO and Editor, Science│Business

Richard has been a leading science and technology journalist in Europe for 20 years. He was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe from 1997 to 2003. A graduate of Harvard, a former Knight Fellow at MIT and Visiting Scholar at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, he is co-author of a book with Yale/IBM “fractal” mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot: The (mis)Behavior of Markets: A fractal view of risk, ruin & reward.

Dr Graham Spittle, Chairman, Technology Strategy Board
The role of the Technology Strategy Board in creating value from science and engineering research

Graham is VP Software for UK, Ireland and South Africa with IBM. His roles have
included development and strategy responsibility for major IBM products as well as Business Development. He has lectured and published on Software Contracting and Intellectual Property.

Professor Erkko Autio, Imperial College Business School

The importance of Gazelles as a subset of SMEs

Erkko is the first holder of the QinetiQ-EPSRC Chair in Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. His talk will discuss the creation, growth, and international (‘Born Global’) growth of technology-based new firms (university and industrial
spin-off firms and independent technology-based ventures).

Dr Tim Minshall, University of Cambridge

Opportunities and challenges with open innovation

Tim is Senior Lecturer in Technology Management and a member of the Centre for Technology at the University. His research interests cover the areas of technology enterprise, funding of technology enterprises, University technology transfer and open innovation.

Dr Martyn Sene, National Physical Laboratory

The impact of the Intermediate Research and Technology Sector

Martyn has a range of scientific and management experience in the academic, public and private sector. He is a member of the NPL executive board, responsible for the laboratories six science divisions.

Dr David Connell, University of Cambridge

Exploding the Myths of Government Innovation Policy; Why Encouraging R&D Contracts for Customers is the Key to a Successful Innovation Economy

Before his current role as a senior research associate, David was Chief Executive
of TTP Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital fund specializing in early stage science and technology-based ventures with funding from Boeing, Siemens and financial institutions. He will present his research on the US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other US procurement based policies to explode the myths of Government innovation policy.

Dr Oliver Alexy, Imperial College Business School

Harnessing open innovation

Oliver will present results on how firms may benefit from freely revealing their Intellectual Property. Relevant issues such as business models, organisational processes, and individual motivation will be explored to reveal how open
innovation can be harnessed.

Professor Bart Clarysse, Imperial College Business School

Venturing and the limits to starting up companies

Bart will present his analysis the growth strategies of technology ventures and the valuation patterns of these ventures as a basis for acquisition decisions.

Professor Maryann P. Feldman, University of North Carolina
The role of American universities in creating wealth in the 21st century

Maryann is the S.K. Heninger Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A large part of Maryann’s work concerns the geography of innovation – investigating the reasons why innovation clusters spatially and the mechanisms that support and sustain industrial clusters.

Professor Alan Hughes, University of Cambridge and Dr Ammon Salter, Imperial College Business School

The role of British universities in creating wealth in the 21st century

As Director and Research Director, respectively, of UK~IRC, Alan and Ammon will present evidence of how UK universities can play a role in generating wealth for the UK economy.

Panel Debate: “This house believes that the narrow focus on commercial exploitation of IP in university/business relationships hampers development of vibrant innovation ecosystems.”

Chair: Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive, EPSRC

David was previously Vice Provost for Research at UCL. He will chair the panel

Sir John Chisholm, Chairman, QinetiQ.

Between 1991 and 2005 Sir John held the position of Chief Executive Officer with QinetiQ and, prior to 2001, with the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA). Previously, he was UK managing director of Sema Group plc. In 1979 he founded and became managing director of CAP Scientific Ltd. He is president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly Institution of Electrical
Engineers) and a Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institute of Physics.

Professor David Gann, Imperial College Business School

David is Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School. He has deep experience in industry, starting new businesses and advising on government policy. He also holds a Chair in Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College.

Susan Searle, CEO, Imperial Innovations
Imperial Innovations is an integrated business combining the activities of technology transfer, incubation and investment across healthcare, engineering, environment and IT sectors. Susan has been instrumental in growing the business sinc e joining the Ltd company in 1994.

Professor Thomas Hoehn, Member of the UK Competition Commission

Tom is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School, where he teaches the IP Valuation course on the MBA Programme. From December 2009 Tom will also be the Director of the IP Centre at Imperial College Business School.