Category: Interview

Brian McCaul: Qubis

We chat with Brian McCaul, the CEO of Qubis, the tech transfer company of Queen’s University Belfast, to find out why it continuously finds itself at the top of rankings, why a centralised TTO would not make sense even in a place as small as Northern Ireland and what drew him back into university commercialisation after heading his own startup.

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Alison Campbell: Knowledge Transfer Ireland

We chat with Alison Campbell, the director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, the national office responsible for policy, practice and performance of the Irish commercialisation system, about outside recognition of the tech transfer profession, diversity in leadership and working on a report for the European Commission on harmonising knowledge transfer metrics.

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Neil Crabb: Frontier IP

We chat with Neil Crabb, chief executive of UK-based commercialisation firm Frontier IP about why the firm expanded into Portugal, why it’s important that there are many different models of university technology transfer out there and why Frontier IP takes a cluster-based approach to its portfolio rather than a sector-based one.

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Kirsten Leute: Osage University Partners

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tech Transfer podcast we welcome Kirsten Leute, partner, university relations, at Osage University Partners to talk about why diversity is important for a VC investor, why it is the people that make tech transfer such a great career and why it is impossible not to be an optimist working in this field.

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Doug Hockstad: University of Arizona

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tech Transfer podcast we are joined by Doug Hockstad, assistant Vice President of Tech Launch Arizona, the commercialisation office of University of Arizona.

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Silvio Bonaccio: ETH Zurich

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tech Transfer podcast we are joined by Silvio Bonaccio, head of ETH transfer, the commercialisation office for ETH Zurich, to discuss how he built the office from scratch two decades ago and turned it into one of the most successful in the world, why spinout survival rates can be misleading and why all that talk about continental Europe not doing a great job churning out companies and raising big funds ignores all the fantastic work that is going on not just in Zurich but in other cities and countries too.
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Anne Lane: UCL Business

In this week’s episode of the Talking Tech Transfer podcast, we talk to Anne Lane, chief executive of University College London’s wholly-owned commercialisation subsidiary UCL Business about the importance of the UCL Technology Fund and Apollo Therapeutics, the advantages of social enterprises and working with carmaker Mercedes on a medical device to aid covid patients in intensive care.  

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George Baxter: Edinburgh Innovations

Thierry Heles talks to George Baxter, chief executive of Edinburgh Innovations about the strengths of the Scottish ecosystem, leading a tech transfer office that also handles student startups and the importance of public funding (and giving the taxpayer their money’s worth).

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Larry Loev: Ariel Scientific Innovations

Thierry Heles talks to Larry Loev, chief executive of Ariel Scientific Innovations, about leading a tech transfer office for a young but ambitious university, the opportunities of tech transfer in a country famed for its startup ecosystem and how to bring innovation to oenology.

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Mike Zimmerman: Main Sequence Ventures

Thierry Heles talks to Mike Zimmerman, partner at Main Sequence Ventures, about improving commercialisation activities in Australia, the importance of deep tech over the next few decades and developing a plant-based burger in partnership with Hungry Jack’s at breakneck speed.

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