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20 February, 2019 - 12:51 By Tony Quested

Open Innovation on menu at Awards dinner

Innovate UK and the University of Cambridge plan to add flavour to the Awards dinner on March 20 with a double helping of inside track intel on what technologies are making the difference heading into 2020.

Paul Mason, director of Commercialisation & Open Programmes at Innovate UK, and Professor Tim Minshall – the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation and head of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge 

University – are joint guest speakers for the gala event at Queens’ College on March 20, addressing the issue of open innovation.

Paul Mason is Director, Commercialisation and Open Programmes at Innovate UK. Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency and forms part of UK Research & Innovation.

He has overarching responsibility for the commercialisation agenda within Innovate UK for programmes that support innovation in any market or technology area (such as Smart, ICURe, KTP, Analysis for Innovators, and Design), for emerging technologies and industries and for international open-scope programmes such as SME Instrument, Eurostars and some parts of EUREKA. 

This role follows periods as director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, deputy director of Research and chief scientific adviser, and as head of development.

Paul led the creation of the very first Innovate UK sector strategies (in areas such as manufacturing, advanced materials, medicines & healthcare and energy); oversaw Innovate UK’s digital, space, electronics, photonics, electrical systems and robotics investments including the relevant Catapults; and established new programmes in agriculture & food, stratified medicine, disease diagnosis, creative industries, design, and emerging technologies.

Before joining Innovate UK, Paul worked for 25 years in the chemical industry. There he held roles in R & D, market analysis, technical management, process improvement, change management, sales, and manufacturing management; gaining experience in Europe, the US and Japan. Paul read Chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tim Minshall took over from Professor Andy Neely as head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

He joined the IfM in 2002 as a member of the Centre for Technology Management. He established his own research group within the centre focusing on technology-based enterprises and became a University Reader in Technology and Innovation Management in 2013.

He has also been a recipient of the University’s Pilkington Prize, awarded to its most exceptional teachers. Most recently, he has been leading research into the industrial adoption of 3D printing and has been part of the team developing the UK’s National Additive Manufacturing Strategy.

Throughout his time at Cambridge, Professor Minshall has played a very active role in the development of innovation and technology management activities across the university. He also works closely with companies throughout the Cambridge cluster.

He is flying in from Japan to address the Awards dinner – drones over Gatwick permitting!

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