The University of Warwick has announced the appointment of Dr Tim Hart as the new Director of Warwick Innovations, the university's technology transfer and commercialisation office.
Dr Hart brings over 30 years of invaluable experience in technology commercialisation, with a focus on university environments and the life sciences sector.
Throughout his career, Dr Hart has held various roles as an academic researcher, technology transfer professional, and entrepreneur. He has successfully spun out and managed two investment-backed life science companies originating from university research, while also providing advisory services for the formation and growth of numerous others.
Prior to joining the University of Warwick, Dr Hart served as Development Director at Oxentia Ltd, where he led the design and delivery of innovative management programs for both public and private sector organizations worldwide. His extensive networks and experience span across technology sectors, government bodies, and the investment community.
Dr Hart commented: "This is a very exciting time to be joining Warwick. This university has such an ambitious, can-do attitude, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to support the academic community with the increasingly diverse range of knowledge exchange and commercialization work possible here.
“Warwick holds an important strategic position in the regional and national innovation ecosystem and will continue to set the standard on how the public and private sector can work together for mutual and wider societal benefit. I hope to bring my experience, networks, and energy to contribute to the local, regional, and international impacts from innovation that this university will continue to deliver.
“There is much to do, and I'm looking forward to building on the achievements to date and working with so many great intellectual and entrepreneurial minds across the Warwick community."
Chief Innovation Officer David Plumb said: "Tim brings a wealth of experience in the commercialisation of new technology, from the perspective of universities, spin-outs, investors and partners.
“These changes are part of an exciting package of measures for growing the impact of our innovation. To support our ambitions, we are also growing the Warwick Innovations team, dedicating legal support to tech transfer, redesigning our website and rolling out more sessions to support researchers. With lots more to do, and Midlands Mindforge coming on-stream later this year, we have a strengthening eco system available to academics, founders, spin-outs and spin-ins.”
With Dr Hart at the helm of Warwick Innovations, the University of Warwick anticipates further strengthening its position as a leading hub for technology transfer and commercialization.
About Warwick Innovations:
Warwick Innovations is the technology transfer and commercialization office of the University of Warwick. It is responsible for identifying, protecting, and commercializing intellectual property generated by the university's researchers and supporting the development of innovative ideas into successful ventures that benefit society and the economy.