Dr Luke Watson

Technology Innovation Manager

Biography

I am the Technology Innovation Manager at the University of Huddersfield. My role is to enable the successful translation of Medical Technology based research outputs into the real world through Grow MedTech.

I have a research and technical background in chemistry, but have worked closely with academic colleagues on a wide breadth of topics including Medical Technologies, Engineering, Materials and Food Science.

I am experienced in protecting and exploiting University IP and commercialisation, having spun-out several university companies and obtained license deals. I have worked with external businesses including Venture Capitalists to gain investment into University companies, so am comfortable working alongside academic colleagues to bridge “the Valley of Death”.


Experience
  • I come from a research background, obtaining a PhD in Organic synthetic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield
  • I have extensive experience in Commercialisation and exploitation of University IP
  • I have worked with external companies to gain investment and help spin-out and licence University technologies

Expertise
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering and Physical sciences
  • Commercialisation
  • IP protection
  • Technology Transfer
  • Business engagement
  • Academic engagement

Interests

The field of Additive Manufacture, especially in metals is really exciting at the moment and I look forward to building on Huddersfield’s strengths in this area to make links into medical technology companies to use research outputs for the greater good of society.