Cambridge Enterprise Limited, the commercialisation office of the University of Cambridge, has appointed Dr Paul Seabright as Head of Consultancy Services.
Cambridge Enterprise appoints new Head of Consultancy Services
The worldwide demand for consultancy projects undertaken by University of Cambridge academics for both public and private sector organisations worldwide grew by 25% last year and this year sees a further increase. As a result Cambridge Enterprise Limited, the University of Cambridge’s commercialisation office, has strengthened its consultancy team by the appointed of Dr Paul Seabright, formerly Head of Business Development at Health Enterprise East, as full time Head of Consultancy Services.
Dr Richard Jennings, Director of Technology Transfer and Consultancy Services, said “With the current emphasis on outsourcing and open innovation, consultancy has moved to centre stage as a demonstrably effective form of knowledge transfer complementing our technology licensing and spin off activities. We welcome Paul to help us grow this important activity.”
Traditionally the focus of consultancy has been based on the provision of expert technical advice by individual consultants to external clients. Now, the work is more varied and ranges from expert witness work in high profile patent litigation cases, scientific advisory board work for all sizes of companies to advisory work for private sector organisations, and local and national government departments. Consultancy is a cost effective way for industry to engage with the University’s expertise, often paving the way for long term relationships and research collaborations between the University and companies.
During the financial year 2007/08 there were 124 new consultancy projects with 89 consultancy agreements signed which generated £3.2 million of which 92% was returned to academics and departments. The academic consultants come from a wide variety of subject areas across the University, including engineering, economics, medical and life sciences, materials science, computer sciences and law.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul Seabright said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to help industry and policy makers engage the foremost academic minds in the UK to solve their immediate and specific problems and lift us out of recession.“
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.