Cambridge Enterprise Limited today announced the appointment of Dr Richard Jennings to the role of Director of Technology Transfer and Consultancy Services.
New appointment at Cambridge Enterprise Limited, University of Cambridge
Dr Jennings has played an important role in the development of technology transfer and consultancy within the University since joining the Wolfson Cambridge Industrial Unit as Assistant Director in Industrial Co-operation, responsible for biomedical projects in 1988. He was appointed Director in 1994, and also of Lynxvale Ltd, the forerunner of CE Ltd and CUTS Ltd. When the Wolfson Unit became part of Research Services Division (RSD) in 2000, he was appointed Director of Research Policy and joined Cambridge Enterprise when it separated from RSD in 2005.
Dr Jennings has an extensive track record of setting up a wide range of University-industry collaborations and commercialising University-derived intellectual property though consultancy, licensing and spin-off companies. Dr Jennings is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College. Before joining the University, Dr Jennings was Head of Chemical Research at Napp Research Centre on the Cambridge Science Park.
Teri Willey, Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise said “Richard has a rare and valued understanding of the University, as well as the field of knowledge transfer. He has a proven ability to negotiate and close complex deals and coach others to do the same. This appointment allows the organisation to better leverage his experience and I appreciate his willingness to embrace this expanded role. The new role of Director of Technology Transfer and Consultancy Services completes the senior management team for the next development phase of the business.“
Cambridge Enterprise exists to help University of Cambridge inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs make their ideas and concepts more commercially successful for the benefit of society, the UK economy, the inventors and the University.