Founder views

How can Cambridge continue to grow and thrive? Some of the people at the heart of the cluster - Cambridge Network's Founder Members - give their views about their companies, Cambridge, and the challenges we face...

Jane Osbourn, Vice President of R&D and Site Leader in Cambridge for MedImmune

It’s a challenge – making sure that AstraZeneca lands at its new Cambridge headquarters in a sympathetic way to the community. Jane Osbourn, Vice President of R&D and Site Leader in Cambridge for MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, talks about the opportunities presented by the move to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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Sybo Dijkstra, Senior Director, Philips Research UK

Everyone knows the Philips name, but few realise its Cambridge R&D operation is helping to transform healthcare in the UK and beyond. Sybo Dijkstra, Senior Director at Philips Research UK, explains.

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Doug Edwards, CEO of Xaar

After starting his career in the UK, Dr Doug Edwards worked abroad for many years before joining Xaar as its CEO in January.  A few months on, he describes the exciting potential he sees for its inkjet printing technology.

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Paul Larbey,  Head of IP Video Business at Nokia

Did you know that the round-the-clock nerve centre for some of the world’s largest cable TV operators is located here? That’s just one reason why Paul Larbey now  Head of IP Video Business at Nokia (previously Head of IP Video Business at and CEO, Velocix and President, Video Business unit, Alcatel-Lucent)  thinks Cambridge is amazing – and he says we should be shouting about it.

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Simon Galbraith, CEO of Red Gate Software

An obsession about doing things right and "being a great place where great people can do great work" has catapulted Red Gate Software into a prime position on the Cambridge business scene. As the company celebrates its 15th birthday, CEO and co-founder, Simon Galbraith, explains how treating business users as consumers has led to success.

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Martyn Dawson, Regional Director for Anglia, Santander

“Our desire is to become the SME bank of choice, and our aim is to give Santander clients in this region access to the capability of the Santander Group worldwide,” says Martyn Dawson, Regional Director for Anglia. Here he talks about how the bank aims to achieve that vision, and about some of the hurdles the sector faces.

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Andy Harter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RealVNC

"There's probably no better place to start a technology business than Cambridge," says Andy Harter, Founder and CEO of RealVNC – and he should know, having set up one of the cluster's biggest success stories.  But for the region, "managing and sustaining growth is the fundamental issue," he says. Here he talks about his business and Cambridge’s continued growth.

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David Halstead, Head of Technology Practice, Deloitte

Longstanding Cambridge Network Director David Halstead, who leads Deloitte's UK based technology practice, is Sponsoring Partner of the Deloitte Fast50, so he has a unique perspective on hi-tech business.  In a recent interview, he gave his views on the outlook for the Cambridge cluster - and what it needs to do to move forward and thrive.

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Peter Taylor,  Chairman of The Technology Partnership (TTP)

Peter Taylor,  Chairman of The Technology Partnership (TTP) and a longstanding Cambridge Network Director, outlines some of the challenges facing TTP and its fellow Cambridge businesses. He says Cambridge companies need to recruit the right people, get to customers, and communicate effectively with markets...

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