Simon Butler - Grow MedTech team

Simon Butler

Technology Innovation Manager


I am the Technology Innovation Manager for Sheffield Hallam University, based in the Research and Innovation Office in the City Campus.  My role is to help exciting medical technologies translate from the research labs at Sheffield Hallam into commercial opportunities so they can start to help patients.

I have a strong track record of initiating and converting cutting edge R&D into successful new product opportunities in healthcare technologies through business development and  knowledge exchange roles at north of England based universities.

Although I am a chemist by background I have extensive experience of working on innovative product development in the medtech sector with specific experience of medical devices, digital health, assistive technology and rehabilitation technology.

  • 14.5 years’ working at the interface between industry and academia supporting new innovative products and process development.
  • At the N8 research centre METRC, I was responsible for developing and managing over 120 innovation projects between 11 north of England based universities and industry. The economic impact of these projects was estimated by Deloitte to be as high as £98M and led to 98 new jobs over 10 years.
  • As Centre Manager for CATCH I supported SMEs to develop innovative digital health products; this resulted in 3 new products being launched on the marketplace that have the potential  transform the lives of  people living with disabilities.

  • Knowledge exchange.
  • Technology transfer
  • Business development
  • Assistive and social robotics
  • Digital health
  • Assistive technology
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Medical devices


What I find particularly exciting is how medical and health technologies can harness the power of what most of us carry around in our pockets or handbags: a smart phone that typically has more computing power than the computer that took us to the moon.