Rohan McDougall: Curtin University

Rohan McDougall is the director of commercialisation at Curtin University and he joins us to discuss the challenges faced by a remote ecosystem such as Perth.

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Alexis Dormandy: Oxford Science Enterprises

Alexis Dormandy has been the chief executive of Oxford Science Enterprises, the investment company set up by University of Oxford, since January this year and he joins us to talk about the changes he has already enacted (which included rebranding the organisation from its original name of Oxford Sciences Innovation), what he plans to do next (such as surveying the portfolio to understand how to increase diversity) and the importance of building businesses that can rival the Microsofts and Intels of the world.

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David Coleman: University of Birmingham Enterprise

David Coleman is the chief executive of University of Birmingham Enterprise, and he’s a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. That is just one of the topics covered in this interview –he also tells about the importance of MICRA and its ambition to raise a fund, how the TTO has grown over the years and also manages a research park, life science incubator and engages with local entrepreneurs, and why Birmingham is the place where he has ended up staying for more than a decade after working for several other universities previously.

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Itzik Goldwaser: Yissum

Itzik Goldwaser is the president and chief executive of Yissum, the technology transfer company of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and he joins us to discuss how the country’s mandatory army service helps foster an entrepreneurial mindset.

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Christy Wyskiel: Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

Christy Wyskiel is the executive director of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV), the tech transfer office of Johns Hopkins University, and senior adviser to the president for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Tim Boyle: ANSTO

Tim Boyle is the director of innovation and commercialisation at nuclear research institute ANSTO and the chair of ATTP, the global body responsible for RTTP accreditation. He joins us to talk about what makes ANSTO different and how a chance encounter on Imperial College London’s campus pushed him into a career in tech transfer.

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Christina Takke: V-Bio Ventures

Christina Takke is a managing partner of V-Bio Ventures, a venture capital firm she co-founded to invest in spinouts from research institute VIB and other promising companies across Europe. She tells us why she helped set up V-Bio Ventures, why it is qualitative money that is missing in continental Europe and what can be done to improve the gender ratio in venture capital.

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Rich Chylla: MSU Technologies

Rich Chylla is the executive director of MSU Technologies, the tech transfer office of Michigan State University. He joins us on Talking Tech Transfer to discuss the importance of collaboration across institutions and countries, as well as tell us more about his experience of being a chair of AUTM, why MSU Foundation plays a crucial role in his job and why “flyover country” is an unfair – if sometimes all too persistent – description of Michigan.

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Thomas Schmidt: University of Southern Denmark

Thomas Schmidt is the head of technology transfer at University of Southern Denmark, or SDU, and he joins us on Talking Tech Transfer to discuss the importance of time management skills, the challenges – and opportunities! – of being a regional university, and why senior leaders are the ones who really ought to consider becoming RTTP certified.

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Jay Schrankler: University of Chicago

Jay Schrankler is the associate vice-president and head of the Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Chicago, having spent the first part of his career in industry. He’s here to tell us about the transformative experience that convinced him to join the world of university tech transfer, what makes the Polsky Center such a unique organisation and why earlier this year it launched the US’s first ever accelerator focused exclusively on quantum technologies.

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