Our People

Dr Graeme Brown

Director of Technology Transfer at QMUL & Executive Director of QMI

With 16 years’ experience of commercialising university research, Graeme is responsible for the delivery of QMI’s technology transfer services and for the overall management of QMUL’s shareholder interests in its subsidiary companies and technology spinout portfolio.

Having trained and worked for a number of years as a scientist in the field of human molecular genetics, Graeme spent two years at the Wellcome Trust before joining QMUL in 2003 as business development manager, becoming Director of Technology Transfer in 2005.Over the period, Graeme has been involved in the development of many successful licences and spinouts, and has held board positions on various QMUL spinout companies.

+44 (0)207 882 3107

Technology Transfer (Tech, Engineering & Creative) Team

Dr Adam Daykin

Head of Technology Transfer

About Adam

Adam has over 15 years’ experience of technology commercialisation. Following a PhD from Liverpool University in 1990, he moved from research to QinetiQ, the defence, aerospace and security expert, where he worked first as a project manager and then as a business group manager. In 2002 he moved to healthcare company Weston Medical as IP manager, followed by a period at NHS Innovations London, focusing on medical devices. At QMI, Adam has established six spin-out companies and executed in excess of 40 technology licences.

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Dr Colin Davies

Senior Commercialisation Manager

About Colin

Colin has over 10 years’ experience in technology development and commercialisation. Following a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge he worked at The Technology Partnership for six years, where his responsibilities included hands-on technology and product development, project management and business development. Following this, he spent three years at Arthur D Little helping clients to develop growth strategies and improve their management of innovation. He has experience across a wide range of sectors including consumer products, healthcare and life sciences, industrial products, chemicals and advanced materials, food, and transport.

Dr Maria Mastrogianaki

Commercialisation Executive

About Maria

Maria is responsible for managing intellectual property arising from research across the Institute of Bioengineering, the Life Sciences Initiative and the Institute of Dentistry. Her role is to support the development and commercialisation of technologies such as smart biomaterials, biosensors, novel drug delivery systems and medical devices. Maria has a PhD in Molecular Endocrinology and an interdisciplinary biomedical science background with a track record related to disease mechanisms, tissue regeneration and cancer over 8 years of research experience. Prior to joining QMI in October 2016, Maria supported the development of various translational funding proposals and collaborative R&D initiatives led by the Business Development in QMUL.

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Technology Transfer (BioPharma) Team

Dr Michele Hill-Perkins

Head of Technology Transfer

About Michele

Michele started her career as a research scientist in academia and then the biotechnology industry. She has held senior business development roles at Cancer Research Technology and the Wellcome Trust where she was involved in licensing transactions and the provision of “development gap” funding to spin-out companies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector. Prior to joining QMI, Michele worked as Project Director at Partnerships UK in the science commercialisation team, advising public sector organisations on commercial strategy, and also in its venture capital arm, PUK Ventures, advising on life science and medtech investments. Michele was investment manager at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation responsible for investments in child survival. Michele has a PhD in biochemistry, an MSc from University College, London and an MA (Oxon) in Human Sciences.

+44 (0)207 882 5581

Dr David Phillips

Senior Commercialisation Manager

About David

David Phillips is a molecular geneticist and virologist by background and has worked managing and licensing intellectual property for nearly 20 years. He has twice worked for the University of Oxford’s technology transfer office, where he was involved in technologies as diverse as novel anti-cancer agents and software for medical imaging and scanning. He has also spent considerable time in industry, working for multinationals such as GlaxoSmithkline and Mercury Pharma, through to small university-based start-up companies. In his spare time David particularly enjoys winter sports, actively competing on Skeleton around Europe.

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Eleftheria Ledaki

Commercialisation Executive

About Eleftheria

Eleftheria is a member of the Biopharma team and focuses on the commercialisation of technologies in the life sciences arena. Prior to joining QMI, she worked in Brunel University’s technology transfer office after completing studies in Intellectual Property Law from the same university. These studies certified her as a part- qualified patent attorney. She began her career as a molecular biologist with a first class honours MSc in “Molecular Basis of Human Disease” from University of Crete, Greece. She has worked as a scholar in acclaimed research laboratories worldwide, with scientific findings in colon, breast and ovarian cancer, and DNA damage and repair. After her post-graduate studies, she worked at University College London as an honorary researcher. Eleftheria also holds an esteemed tech transfer career training fellowship from LifeArc and AUTM, which supports her professional development as well as being part of the AUTM small tech transfer offices’ committee.

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Core Team

Reitesh Desai

Finance Director

About Reitesh

Reitesh joined QMI in 2008 and became Finance Director in 2012. He is responsible for the financial oversight of the company and its subsidiaries. Prior to QMI, he worked in new media for over seven years and gained valuable insight into managing the finances of a growing company. Reitesh has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 15 years.

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Paula Alessandro

Legal Manager

About Paula

Paula has 20 years’ experience as a solicitor advising C-suite level executives within industry and the public sector on business strategy, restructurings and governance frameworks. Paula is a prolific legal advisor whose expertise includes structuring, negotiating and drafting banking, venture capital and intellectual property transactions.  As QMI’s Legal Manager, Paula is responsible for all its legal affairs and has advised on key IP licensing and spin-out transactions, helping bringing these to a successful close.

Having started her career at Allen & Overy, a top five law firm, Paula has since led the Legal & Governance teams of major financial institutions in London and abroad, including Morgan Stanley and ran her own business & legal consulting company.  She was awarded a scholarship from Warwick Business School where she achieved a MBA and was in an elite group of students chosen to participate in an overseas exchange. Paula is Chair of the PraxisAuril Legal & Investor Forum and regularly advises on innovation strategy at UK Government roundtables. Paula is also currently Vice-Chair of the Board of the Islington Law Centre where she has created a new organisational strategy, implemented a restructuring and leads oversight of its investment-related activity.

+44 (0)207 882 5289

Safo Asai

IP Manager

About Safo

Safo is responsible for managing the College’s patent portfolio which includes database, renewals and contracts management as well as liaising with academics, patent attorneys, licensees and with the Technology Transfer Managers. Prior to joining QMI in 2008, she worked for six years at Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd as a patent administrator. She started her career in Qiagen KK’s BioRobot Team in Tokyo.

+44 (0)207 882 5123

Office Manager

Lessia Djakowska

Office Manager

About Lessia

Lessia provides crucial administrative support for the QMI team, acting as a first point of contact for all licensing and spinout enquiries.

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Innovation China UK (ICUK)

Manyi Cristofoli


About Manyi

Manyi has been working in the UK higher education knowledge transfer field over the last 15 years and leading the ICUK programme since 2007. She also serves as the Board Directors of Queen Mary Research and Consulting (Hong Kong) Limited, Mary Education Management Advisory (Beijing) Co. Ltd and Juwei Co. Limited. She is a frequent contributor to the UK government policy research in UK-China joint innovation, intellectual property protection and technology commercialisation.

Before joining the public sector, Manyi was the founding member and senior executive of two technology start-ups specialised in Bioinformatics and Engineering, responsible for in international business development and licensing and based in London and Shanghai over 8 years. Manyi has BSc in Engineering from Tongji University, a MBA in Innovation Management from Imperial College London, and a LLM in Intellectual Property Laws from University of London.

+44 (0)207 882 8341

Dr Xuemei Li

Partnerships Manager

About Xuemei

Xuemei has joined the ICUK team since September 2018, responsible for developing best-to-best collaboration and long-term sustainable partnerships; supporting major funding applications for UK-China collaborative research; assisting technology transfer activities involving Chinese enterprises, and working with key UK and Chinese authorities in developing high-profile bilateral partnerships.

Before Joining ICUK, Xuemei was the Science Officer at Bactest, responsible for providing scientific understanding, technical and sales support for the online-respirometry: Shepherd, and publication of papers. She was a professor at Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2011 to 2015 and at Nanjing University of Technology during 2007-2011. She holds a PhD in nanofabrication (University of Twente, 2003), a Master of Engineering degree (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, 1997), and a Bachelor of Engineering at Dalian University of Technology (1994).

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Shirley Lam

Project & Event Manager

About Shirley

Shirley joined the ICUK team in May 2016, focusing on the management of major FCO funded UK-China innovation projects and partnering events organisation. She also supports the development of new partnerships between QMUL life sciences and medical school academics and Chinese research institutes and technology companies.

Before joining ICUK, she worked as a conference organiser and organised events in a wide range of sectors covering finance, digital marketing, innovation and big data. After graduating from her Masters, she worked in various labs as an intern (University of Hong Kong, Dept of Microbiology and Imperial College London, Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology) and research assistant (University of Oxford, Dept of Experimental Psychology). Shirley obtained her B.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry from King’s College London, M.Sc. in Infection and Immunity from UCL and M.Ed. Psychology of Education from University of Bristol. She also attended a short course in Bioinformatics at the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics.

+44 (0)207 882 8342

Xiaojing Guo

Enterprise Relationship Manager

About Xiaojing

Xiaojing has joined the ICUK team since September 2018, she works closely with QM academic at the School of Business and Management and members of ICUK to conduct a comprehensive market analysis and to develop detailed business plan for the joint technology developed by the UK and Chinese partners.

Before joining ICUK, she worked as an international officer in the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, responsible for planning strategies, budgets and coordinating for international office team to develop business in China; exploring and maintaining partnership operations with Chinese agents and education providers. She has a BA in Literature in Hunan International Economics University, an MSc in International Business Management from Bournemouth University and an MBA in Marketing from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

+44 (0)207 882 6748

An Excellent & Dynamic Team

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