Who to contact in the Commercialisation 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 business@york.ac.uk.


Dr Rukmal Abeysekera
Knowledge Transfer Manager
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 Urjasova
Knowledge Transfer Administrative Assistant
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
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
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Dr Clare Green
Grow MedTech Project Manager
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