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Robert holds an MSc in Biotechnology from University College London, with a spell at GlaxoSmithKline R&D and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Southampton from an industrial CASE studentship with Actinova. He completed a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institute for Medical Research; London studying fast protein-protein kinetics measured using biophysical methods.

Robert runs the EPSRC funded Research to Enterprise program for research students and staff; an integrated university-wide programme of skills workshops, business mentoring, a popular annual event featuring well known entrepreneurs, an annual off-site residential enterprise school and other events such as Enterprise Futures at Media City. The programme has to date involved thousands of participants and was one of the first of its type in the UK.

He is involved with several biotech start-up companies including Alergenetica, an allergy vaccine R&D company based in Tenerife, Spain which has raised significant amounts of grant and venture capital finance. Between 2005-6 he was based for one day per week at the University of Manchester Incubator Company Ltd (UMIC)

Robert is also a regular writer on entrepreneurship, student enterprise and technology transfer issues and has written both opinion pieces and comments for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Science Magazine, Times Higher Education, Forbes, Pioneers Post, Financial Director, Real Business and Laboratory News. His published academic work includes the areas of biotech start-ups and entrepreneurial intentions among scientific researchers. He has presented his work internationally at conferences including in the UK, USA, Korea, Brazil, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, France, The Netherlands and Poland.

Robert is also a Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK (Awarded August 2020) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Awarded March 2023)

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Research interests

Entrepreneurship for postgrads

Biotech start-ups

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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