To combine research of the highest international quality with an environment that actively promotes the translation of research ideas into wider economic value and impact.
This includes creating spin-out companies, assisting external (spin-in) companies, working with InvestNI and UKTI to promote Foreign Direct Investment and working with companies nationally and internationally to promote technology transfer of research. As such, it is unique, when compared with other UK universities and indeed most universities worldwide. Its active facilitation of economic impact is facilitated through its own in-house commercial and business development team as well as a significant team of industry experienced engineering staff who have permanent contracts analogous to those in high technology companies. It is thus a rather different environment from the conventional academic one that typifies most other QUB schools or departments, both in its structure and activities.
The Commercial team act to facilitate the transfer and exploitation of innovative ideas through a broad range of activities, including:
- IP licensing
- Spin-out (through QUBIS Ltd.)
- Facilitation and support for spin-in companies
- Joint R&D with industry
- Creation of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes
- Value creation workshops
Our Commercial Team consists of industrially experienced professional business development, innovation and technical marketing managers who support the translation of research ideas into new products, services and businesses.
Head of Business Development
Mr Philip Mills
Head of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement
Mr David Crozier
CSIT Business Development Manager
Miss Judith Millar
Innovation Programmes Manager
Mrs Louise Cushnaham
CWI Business Development Manager
Mr Norbert Sagnard