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Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2018

Andrew Wilkinson has been appointed chief executive of UMI3, the University of Manchester’s IP commercialization company.

Wilkinson joined the University of Manchester in mid-2016 as CEO of its subsidiary company Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd (GES), which develops new spin-out businesses which use graphene and 2D materials to enhance the performance of their products. Companies launched by GES include Grafine, Atomic Mechanics, Graphene Water Technologies, and Laser Graphene.

He’ll now turn his attention to the wider portfolio of technologies at U Manchester. “My focus will be on accelerating the number and value of high-quality spin-outs and IP licensing deals coming out of the university,” he says. “I want my team to engage even more closely with academic colleagues, industry, the investment community, funding organizations and government. My goal is to make The University of Manchester a global centre of excellence for technology transfer.”

Professor Luke Georghiou, who is a non-executive director of UMI3, noted Wilkinson’s “strong track record of developing hugely successful spin-out companies from some of the world-class research carried out by our academics. He will be an important driving force in effecting the step-change we are planning, to create the economic impact, jobs and social benefits which are an important contribution from the University to our city and nation.”

Wilkinson is taking over from current CEO Clive Rowland, who becomes the university’s associate vice president for intellectual property matters.

Source: BusinessCloud

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