Cohort of Commercialisation Fellows grows in 2022-23
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Let’s learn about what motivated them to pursue innovation and impact:
Tell us about yourself, and why you applied for this fellowship
I am a research fellow in drug sensing and validation in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. I am currently validating a drug sensor for lithium in a patient facing trial. I have previously worked in industry designing and developing electrolysers for the food industry. During my postdoctoral projects, both in academia and industry, I have been involved with teams that engaged in productising research outputs and as a result I am inspired to develop expertise in research commercialisation.Dr Marian Perera
I hope this fellowship would provide me an opportunity to learn and apply key commercialisation skills that empower me to successfully commercialise my current research work and help me plan future research that will create impact.
I am a lecturer in hospitality information technology, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), specialised in sustainability-oriented innovations, consumer nudging, and experimental research methods. Before joining SHTM as a PhD student, I worked several years in the industry and set up my own business.Dr Pablo Pereira Doel, Lecturer in Hospitality Information Technology; Digital Lab Commercialisation Officer; ESRC-SeNSS Research Fellow; Sustainability Fellow at Institute for Sustainability
I applied to this fellowship motivated by the opportunity to learn more about scaling innovation, impact, knowledge exchange and commercialisation, as this will directly benefit my own research and teaching agenda.
Currently, I am an experienced researcher who is seeking to move to the next career position as a lecturer or senior researcher; thus, getting more involved in research innovation and commercialisation will be key to developing future funding proposals that can secure a long-term position at Surrey.Dr Marwa Mohsen Hussain Ali Hassan, Research Fellow B
This Fellowship will provide me with the opportunity to focus more on research innovation, knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities to make an impact.
What experience have you had of research commercialisation and innovation?
I currently have no experience with research commercialisation.
My experience on commercialising an innovation was demonstrated through my own PhD, where I had to convince tourism businesses to install a smart water-saving device in their premises to develop my experimental research . The learnings and findings from the PhD led to £400k investment in the company behind the technology to develop a second version. Also, that research led to a University of Surrey ESRC IAA 9-month project, a 6-month Global Challenges Research Fund project and to a 18-months ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, the first ever awarded in tourism & hospitality.
My research experience has always involved a translational aspect, mainly in the form of developing diagnostics for bacterial infections and AMR. I have worked with many national and international industry partners. As an outcome, I have one patent (Glycopeptide antibiotic constructs, US20200078466A1) that was undergoing licensing, and some of my work has contributed intellectually to another patent (Detection of nucleic acids using unmodified gold nanoparticles, WO2012139122A1).
What do you think Surrey does well?
The University of Surrey emphasises the importance of innovation throughout the research process; from making innovation a core value and aim of the University R&I Strategy to incentivising researchers for achieving real-world impact.
Surrey is great as a living laboratory where to apply research and innovation, with the help of students, academics, staff, and the local community. In fact, Surrey purchased the improved version of the technology I used in my PhD to further test it in halls of residence. Also, through a CapEx Cross Faculty project, Surrey acquired the latest eye-tracking technology for the SHTM biometric laboratory.
At Surrey, we are good at always moving forward and trying to do better, and with the current FHMS focus on impact, innovation, and commercialisation activities we are building a strong repertoire of knowledge to create a real impact.
What could Surrey do better?
Improving knowledge sharing of research and governance processes for interdisciplinary research projects.
To further enhance the value and importance of creating societal, environmental, and economic impact through applied cross-disciplinary research and innovation, especially in postgraduate projects.
As an early career researcher, I understand the value and impact research innovation can have and I believe we can do better in increasing the visibility and accessibility of current and future opportunities to ECRs.
What are the key expectations/learning objectives for your Fellowship with us?
I am working on a project which developed and validated a drug sensor for measuring lithium levels in blood:
- I would like to gain an understanding on enhancing the commercialisation potential of the research outputs and how to find the right industry partners to make the sensor into a marketable product.
- I would also like to learn about how best to manage intellectual property of a product once commercialised.
As part of this Commercialisation Fellowship, I will be optimising the use of the SHTM world-class biometric research laboratory to facilitate consumer behaviour studies using psycho-physiological measurements. Also, I will create a new cross-disciplinary research group to continue my impact work on Showering Smartly.
In terms of learning objectives, I will gain skills and knowledge on Intellectual Property, spin-out companies, and Scrum Project Management.
I want to use this opportunity and time to:
- Focus on knowledge exchange and innovation activities through supporting antimicrobial resistance and diagnostics projects, and,
- Drive more interactions and collaborations with SMEs to support my future career aspirations.
- I also hope I can help other ECRs with their knowledge exchange and innovation activities to create impact within the School and Faculty.
The cohort will each spend several months working on real projects across Innovation Strategy, FEPS, FHMS, and FASS. We will continue sharing these types of articles on their experiences to foster a culture of innovation within academia.
Check out the experiences of our previous Commercialisation Fellows 2021-22:
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