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University of Oxford

Oxford University is one of the world’s top universities and it plays a pivotal role in the local, regional and national economies. As one of the world’s foremost research institutions the University attracts one of the highest levels of external research funding of any UK university.

Oxford University is world renowned for its research and knowledge exchange activity, which includes:

  • Researching real world problems and providing high calibre research impact for the benefit of society
  • Providing world-class consultancy, specialist facilities and equipment
  • Spinning out new technology companies – It is among the most successful European universities at spinning commercial ventures out of academic research, with over 70 technology-based companies having their origins in the University.
  • Licensing cutting-edge technology patents and software.
  • Providing support for new and small companies – owning one of the few UK science parks that combine university research with start-up accommodation for established companies, and is home to a number of incubators for emerging companies, and provides technology consultancy services
  • Supplying high quality graduates and post-graduates to organisations locally, nationally and internationally
  • Providing flexible, part-time short and accredited programmes specially designed to fit around professionals’ working lives
  • Providing support and mentoring for entrepreneurs

The University seeks to play an active role in attracting investors to participate with us in building innovation in the local, regional and national economies.

Matthew Smart

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Project Officer

Matt Smart is a funding and project manager in the University of Oxford’s central services. He works in ‘knowledge exchange and impact’: applying research knowledge to innovation, business needs, social challenges, and policy. Matt’s project stewardship portfolio includes all areas of the University, from medical technologies to arts and theatre, and economics and law, through to physics, museums, and zoology. He distributes funding to boost the economic and social impact of research into the management of the natural environment; bioscience and biotechnologies; detectors and sensors; and large scale facilities such as particle accelerators. He advises on funding and partnering models to combine business, policy and research for social and commercial applications. Matt runs a network of over 300 University staff with roles in business and policy engagement, and research administration. He also advises on equipment-based testing and analytical services that the University can offer for product development.

Chandra Ramanujan

Chandra Ramanujan

Business Relationship Manager

With over 16 years’ experience in Research, Manufacturing and Journalism, I have combined these skills successfully in Technology Transfer, managing over 40 projects and clients. This includes spinout support and running the Oxford Innovation Society, an Open Innovation network that is the flagship business unit for the Oxford University Technology Transfer company.

• Industrial liaison lead for the TT Office
• Negotiate deals and contracts: Licensing, CDAs, Industrial Support, Sponsorship
• Spinout support
• Technology Assessment & Scouting
• IP management and advice

• Run the Flagship Oxford Innovation Society
• Administration and Finances for multi-million pound NTT-Oxford Collaboration

• Senior Visiting Scientist, Senior NTT-Oxford Research Fellow
• Background in Nanotechnology and Biotechnology
• Published and presented internationally

• Product Engineering, Hewlett Packard Ink Jet Manufacturing Singapore
• R&D Engineer, Manufacturing, Safety and Quality, Schott Electronic Packaging Asia
• Industrial Research Lead for Wire Bonding, Institute of Materials and Engineering (IMRE)
• Clean room design, tendering & commissioning, IMRE

Murray Gardner

Industrial Research Partnerships Manager

Dr Murray Gardner is an Industrial Research Partnerships Manager (Life Sciences) at the University of Oxford where he liaises principally with Oxford academics, University management and support services, industry and public funding bodies to develop commercially-focussed research opportunities, and to promote exploitation of research outcomes. With a focus on non-clinical biosciences and the environmental sciences, Murray seeks to develop enduring and sustained research collaborations with industry, and to develop further our current strategic research partnerships. Murray has extensive experience in working between the UK research base, private, public, and third sectors to facilitate research and the translation of research into new innovations and solutions that bring tangible benefits to business performance and public policymaking.

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