Managed by the MSD Translational Research Office (TRO), the scheme is designed to provide Oxford's research community with access to world-leading expertise and advice across multiple industry sectors in the following themes:
- Development of compelling translational project/technology strategies
- Navigating hurdles associated with commercialisation and spin-out, working alongside Oxford University Innovation
- Sourcing and development of high quality bids for external funding streams
Dr Nessa Carey will bring broad, multi-stakeholder and non-sector specific strategic oversight to the programme. With experience of the biotechnology industry landscape, she has vast knowledge of business, IP and commercialisation strategies across biomedical modalities, and will work with Oxford's academic community to enrich innovative translational programmes with commercial context.
Dr Carey will also work with our Business Development and Translational Research Office teams, as well as Oxford University Innovation, to facilitate the recruitment of ‘Experts’ with an in-depth sector-specific knowledge, which they will apply to research programmes to ensure routes to translation are optimised and potential hurdles identified early.
About the Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Scheme
The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) scheme, part of the Science, Industry and Translation programme, aims to increase the knowledge and awareness in UK universities of cutting edge industrial science, research and innovation. The successful applicants are funded to spend 20% of their time over two years with their host university and collaborators, sharing their experiences to help mentor and support students and academics. The scheme has now funded 49 placements in 29 universities across the UK since its inception in 2018.