Date published: 07/06/17
Career Development – Dr. Andrew Aldridge
My name is Dr. Andrew Aldridge and I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher working in the field of Regenerative Medicine, specifically the use of adult stem cells in combination with tissue scaffolds. I decided to apply for a secondment to help my understanding of the commercialisation pathway that universities have to progress their emerging technologies.
I work closely with the NHSBT-TES so my research has always had a clear goal in mind (the development of a product for patient benefit) but I wanted to further understand how the research that goes on in universities goes on to be a commercial product. I always felt that there seemed to be so many great research projects that just ended up getting abandoned when the grant funding had finished.
I choose the Medical Technologies IKC to do my secondment in as I had seen the work they had done with some of my colleagues, and their role seemed to be to help academics take their research further, to try to help secure external interest to allow the research project to develop into the beginnings of a commercial technology. I had seen members of the IKC team give presentations at various conferences I had attended, and not only were the people there very knowledgeable and experienced, but approachable and friendly too.
I am hoping that I will be able to expand my current knowledge about what attracts commercial partners to a good research project, what factors to consider when doing research that could improve the chances of it becoming a commercial product, how to assess research projects and new technologies and how to manage the intellectual property arising from a research project; better understanding what can be divulged and what should be kept unsaid.