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Director of Industry Partnerships & Commercialisation (FoE)



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Rebeca is the Director of Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation for the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial, leading the Faculty’s Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation (IPC) team in maximising the impact of Imperial’s research and technologies through collaboration and commercialisation.

The IPC team promotes College’s capabilities and secures collaborative research and commercialisation income; supports the assessment of research discoveries, analysis, evaluation, and advancement of those technologies through to market adoption via collaboration with industry, access to translational funds, licensing or startup formation and manages industry partnerships and key stakeholder relationships.

Rebeca is responsible for the day to day operations, strategy and organisation of the Faculty IPC team, seeking to grow engagement and improve the service provided to academics. She works as a service provider to the Faculty of Engineering and other academic across the College, leading a team that supports Imperial’s academic community in their interactions with industry and commercialisation activities, guiding the protection, development and commercialisation of Imperial’s discoveries which have a transformative impact on society.

The team has College-wide relationship management responsibility for a number of Industry Partners, such as major energy, automotive, tech, mining and engineering firms seeking to maximise joint value across our activities in research, education and translation.

Since joining Imperial, Rebeca has led the establishment of a number of strategic partnerships with Corporate sponsors in a variety of engineering sectors (Energy, Tech, Engineering, Automotive, Mining, Pharma, Manufacturing etc.) and has supported the opportunity development, negotiation and creation of a number of industry funded research centres across the Faculty of Engineering and industry funded research programmes sponsored by Corporate firms such as Shell, Dyson, Rolls-Royce, ABB, Heartflow, Petronas, EDF, Facebook, AZ, MHI and Lilly etc. Since March 2019, the team has supported licensing of IP and formation of a number of Engineering startups and completed a variety of commercialisation deals.

For all Engineering staff wishing to engage: Please look at our "Working with Industry and Commercialising your Research" Guide here. And see some of our featured partnerships here.


Rebeca joined Imperial in October 2012 - having spent eight years in Industry and five years in Academia - working as a Marie Curie Industry Host Research Fellow in Eurofins Scientific Analytics (R&D, Nantes, France) and then leading the Inorganic Mass Spectrometry team at LGC Ltd, UK (former UK’s Laboratory of the Government Chemist) followed by two years at the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO, Barcelona) where she led the establishment of the Energy Research Programme and developed strategic partnerships with industry, securing research funding from both public and private sources. 

Rebeca holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Plymouth.  She is trilingual in English, French and Spanish  and completed formal training on Technology Transfer and Innovation Management at ESADE Business School in 2011. She volunteers with Praxis Auril and currently co-Directs Developing Strategic Partnerships Course for KE professionals.