Welcoming: Prof. Catherine O’Neill – Academic Ambassador
The Innovation Factory is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Catherine O’Neill as an ‘Academic Ambassador’ for the University’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. The role will involve Cath supporting academic colleagues wishing to commercialise their research.
Cath will help them by providing informal advice on how to define commercial value, create business plans, pitch to investors, access grants, build successful teams, negotiate commercial contracts and other activities necessary to successfully take innovations to market.
“Translation of science into commercial opportunities is an important part of the university’s impact agenda. I’m delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this”
Cath has successfully collaborated with the Innovation Factory (formerly UMIʒ) for many years being the founder of several innovative businesses, notably Curapel (2011) and SkinBiotix (2016). In 2017, Cath gained a secondment from the University to lead SkinBiotix, under their new name ‘SkinBioTherapeutics’. She took the new business through a successful IPO and the company listed on the AIM market having raised £4.5M.
Manchester born and bred, Cath combines her business career with being Professor of Translational Dermatology at the University of Manchester in the Dermatological Sciences Research group. Her research is highly translational and focuses on new therapies for skin in health and disease.
Cath now divides her work-life between the company and her academic research at the university. A devoted animal-lover, in her free time she enjoys caring for her two horses and making trips to the Lake District with her dogs who love a ramble in the fells.
Cath says of her Academic Ambassador role – “I’m thrilled to be appointed as an academic ambassador for the Innovation Factory. Translation of science into commercial opportunities is an important part of the university’s impact agenda. I’m delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this”.