Who to contact in the Business Development Team

Do you have an idea, activity, discovery or design that could be used by external organisations, or the public, as a commercial process, a service, a tool, or a product? The Business Development can help you. Please explain your idea by completing our SHORT disclosure template v1.1 (MS Word , 33kb) and sending it to bdteam-disclosures@york.ac.uk.

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Dr Rukmal Abeysekera
Knowledge Transfer Manager
rukmal.abeysekera@york.ac.uk 
01904 321124

  • Responsible for management and reporting of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme
  • Business development lead for KTPs and other small grant schemes
  • Business development lead for Yorkshire Innovation Fund Small Innovation projects
Rukmal Abeysekera
Emma Brown
Head of Business Development
emma.brown@york.ac.uk  
01904 321125
  • Strategic lead for the support and development of business development and knowledge exchange activities
  • Promoting the provision of research-based services by the University to external users
  • Identifying and developing new opportunities for commercial exploitation of the University's research technology and licensing activities
‌‌Emma Brown

Kate Freeman
Team Administrator
Business Development Team
kate.freeman@york.ac.uk
01904 321126

 

  • Administrative support for the BD Team
  • Assists fund managers with the process of internal allocation of 'priming' funds: setting up funding calls, receiving applications, circulating outcomes, monitoring budgets and maintaining records on finances and project outputs
  • Maintains departmental webpages, creates promotional materials and organises events
 
Position vacant
Business Development Manager
- Physical Sciences
  • Intellectual property evaluation and development/exploitation planning, with specialist expertise in physical sciences
  • Securing translational and commercial development funding
  • Industrial collaboration and contract research development
 

Emma Urjasova
Knowledge Transfer Administrative Assistant
emma.urjasova@york.ac.uk
01904 321128

  • Administrative support for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme
  • Support the Knowledge Transfer Manager on business development activities for KTPs and other knowledge transfer schemes
  • Ensure controls are in place to deliver accuracy, efficiency and timeliness

Dr Geoff Whiteley
Business Development Manager
- Medical Sciences
geoff.whiteley@york.ac.uk
01904 321129

 

  • Intellectual property evaluation and development/exploitation planning, with specialist expertise in biological sciences
  • Securing translational and commercial development funding
  • Industrial collaboration and contract research development
 ‌Geoff Whiteley

Dr Clare Green
Grow MedTech Project Manager
clare.green@york.ac.uk
01904 328965

 

  • Identifying Medical Technologies emerging from the Grow MedTech Consortium
  • Matching opportunities with academic capability, company partners and other collaborators
  • Providing support and management to de-risk these technologies ready for investment