Surrey Researcher-Entrepreneurs: From Research to Innovation

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Surrey Researcher-Entrepreneurs: From Research to Innovation
6th Dec 2017

University of Surrey researchers conduct research across the continuum, from blue skies discovery to translatable innovation actively impacting industry, professional practice and policy. The Surrey Researcher-Entrepreneurs series celebrates this journey from discovery to innovation and highlights the enterprising spirit of our researchers. In each event, we will bring together people from local businesses and industry with enterprising Surrey researchers at all stages of their careers, from doctoral researchers to professors. Through these interactions we aim to strengthen the intersectoral networks, creating new pathways for research to have societal benefit and inspiring creativity and collaboration.

The first event of this series will focus on research translation, with talks from researchers who are actively working to ensure their discoveries have a real world impact. Come and meet people from different backgrounds who share a common curiosity and desire to learn about future innovation.


17:30 Poster session by PGRs and ECRs

18:00 Short talks, followed by panel discussion

19:00 Networking and nibbles

20:00 Close

About the Speakers:

Dr Thomas Frame

Dr Frame began his career as a professional engineer having spent his career in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, developing X-ray machines and instrumentation before moving into the space sector where he has been influential in a broad range of satellite missions and technology developments across Europe and the US.

In December 2012 after identifying an opportunity inspired by technology widely used in the control of satellites, he founded Fourth State Medicine Ltd to take advantage of a proprietary platform technology developed with his co-founders. Fourth State is a manufacturer of medical devices and healthcare solutions built on a portfolio of proprietary technologies that find application in a broad range of sectors. The products encompass a broad range of solutions, first of which is a new cosmetic enhancement tool, with significant benefits over existing treatments including reduced scarring, quicker recovery times and less discomfort for the patient. The technology is also being launched as a wound sterilisation system, which significantly reduces bacterial load leading to improved recovery times whilst also reducing scar formation.

In this venture, he has raised significant capital, grown the business from the ground up, generated a portfolio of international patents and translated it into both veterinary and food sectors. This venture has seen equity investment from NHS organisations, being supported as the next big thing in Wound-Care, as well as a range of awards for innovation in engineering and technology development. It is also supported by awards from the British Skin Foundation, MedCity and the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of the technological innovations.

Dr. Shakardokht Jafari

Shakar is a medical physicist and passionate about using science and research outcomes to make a difference to people’s lives. That is why she started TrueInvivo with her co-founder; to rescue her PhD findings from the library shelf and bring them to life. She discovered that low cost commercial glass beads can be used as excellent radiation detectors – far better than other devices used now. Shakar also work in the Queen Alexandra hospital as a clinical scientist and as a visiting researcher at the University of Surrey. Her focus is on research and development of new radiation detection technologies and improvement of existing ones – not only for clinical use but also to apply it in other industries such as nuclear, food irradiation, blood sterilization and UV dosimetry. Finally she mentor/supervise some students in the UK, and other countries on their research into the use of silica TLDs.

Dr Anna Vartapetiance

Anna is Co-Founder, Co-Director, and CEO of Securium; a start-up company focused on Computer Forensics. She is also Visiting Researcher at the University of Surrey's Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS). With an endorsement from Tech City UK, Anna has been acknowledged by the Home Office as an Exceptional Talent in Natural Language Processing, Cyber Security and Data Sciences.

Prior to the start of Securium (in March 2016), Anna was a Graduate Entrepreneur of the University of Surrey and a Post-Doctoral Researcher after graduating with a PhD in Computational Approaches for Deception Detection using Natural Language Processing (NLP).

Her research has found application in systems that enhance ethical outcomes and issues related to Data Protection, Online Gambling, Virtual Worlds, Machine Ethics and most recently in the Protection of Vulnerable People Online. The outcomes of her work have been published in over 15 peer-reviewed journal papers, proceedings and book chapters, and she has given more than 15 talks, and was awarded the Best Speaker Prize at the annual London Hopper Colloquium held at British Computer Society to promote Women in Computing.

Last year, Anna received the award for having “the most potential to inform thinking about how to prevent crime” at the Home Office International Crime and Policing conference based on her work for Protecting Vulnerable People Online. She was also invited to present this work at the House of Commons as part of the SET for Britain awards, and has appeared on BBC radio to discuss this.

Colm Watling

Colm has joined Innovate UK as of the 8th May 2017 as Regional Manager (London and South East). An aeronautical systems engineer, Colm has an engineering background including innovation in defence systems (MOD) and the automotive sector (Triumph Motorcycles and CCM). He brings regional business support programme experience from his time at PERA where he ran the East Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service, as well as having Technology Transfer roles at Loughborough and Nottingham Trent Universities. He is located on the Isle of Wight.

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About the Venue:

The University of Surrey’s Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory houses shared learning areas for engineering, biosciences and computer science students. It is the newest building on the Univeristy of Surrey's main campus and will be the backdrop for the evening.

Parking on campus is open to the public and free after 5:00pm. We recommend parking in the main campus car park, or in the smaller carpark adjacent GSA (building 52 on thee campus map)

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