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Technology Transfer (Technology & Engineering) Team

Dr Adam Daykin

Associate Commercialisation Director

About Adam

Adam has over 20 years’ experience of technology commercialisation. Having obtained a PhD in Materials in 1990 and following that worked as a post-doc, he moved to QinetiQ, first to project management and then to business group management. In 2002 he moved to healthcare company Weston Medical as IP manager and then spent a period at NHS Innovations London, specialising in medical devices. During his 13+ years at QMI, Adam been responsible for establishing 16 spin-out companies worth circa £160m at peak and executed in excess of 60 income generating technology licences.

+44 (0)207 882 5117

Dr Ben Golland

Commercialisation Manager

About Ben

Ben has over 2 years’ experience in technology commercialisation. Following an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, including a year with GSK, he moved from pharmaceuticals into engineering, and is currently completing a PhD in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine from the University of Leeds. During his PhD, he joined Medipex, the Yorkshire-based healthcare innovation hub, where he was responsible for managing the development of new medical devices from NHS Trusts across the region and advising on IP strategy. At QMI, Ben is responsible for the output from the Institute of Bioengineering.

Dr Jim Shaikh

Senior Commercialisation Manager

About Jim

Jim has over 16 years’ experience in early stage venture development having established and exited three businesses.  Following a PhD from Cambridge University in 1993, Jim followed an academic route with a post-doctoral post at Cambridge and a lectureship at Queen Mary.  He left academia in 1997 to join BMW/Rover, introducing simulation technology into the vehicle development process before moving into Engineering Consulting.  Jim completed a MBA at London Business School in 2004 and started and exited two engineering businesses before founding a consumer products business in 2009 based on a patented technology.  He raised investment and grew the business over a period of 10 years, establishing distribution in 20 international markets before exiting.  Jim has joined QMI with a focus on Science & Technology and supporting Queen Mary’s spin-out portfolio. 

Technology Transfer (BioPharma) Team


Dr Mark Gurden

Commercialisation Manager

About Mark

Mark has over 10 years’ experience working in drug discovery and translational research. Following a PhD at the University of Manchester in cell biology (2010), Mark started his career as a post-doctoral research fellow in academic drug discovery at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). Mark then joined Cancer Research UK, where he was responsible for managing their small molecule and biotherapeutics drug discovery funding portfolio. He then took a role as a Translational Research Manager at Imperial College London, working with scientists across all scientific disciplines to help translate novel cancer technologies, medical devices, methodologies and therapeutics into patient benefit. Now at QMI, Mark will be responsible for the commercialisation of research from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

+44 (0)20 7882 5581


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.

+44 (0)207 882 5117

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

Innovation China UK (ICUK)

Manyi Cristofoli


About Manyi

Manyi has been working in the UK higher education knowledge transfer field over the last 20 years and leading the Global Innovation Partners/ICUK programme since 2007. She also serves as the Board Directors of Queen Mary Research and Consulting (Hong Kong) Limited and Mary Education Management Advisory (Beijing) Co. Ltd. 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 wireless Bioinformatics and Engineering, responsible for in international business development and technology licensing based in London and Shanghai over 8 years. Manyi has BSc in Civil 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

Charlie Ellis

Senior Partnership Manager, Newton Fund and Commercialisation

About Charlie

Charlie supports the Global Innovation Partners team with international collaborations and commercialisation. Charlie has over 10 years’ experience working at the interface between academia and industry and fostering successful partnerships. In 2012, Charlie successfully delivered a programme aimed at providing business support and encouraging student entrepreneurship in collaboration with corporate partners Microsoft and BAE systems at the National Centre for Entrepreneurship for Education (NCEE). Before joining the Global Innovation Partnerships team, he supported academic researchers to develop collaborations with industry partners and helped foster strategically important institutional partnerships as Business Development Manager (Science and Engineering) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

+44(0)7818 422164

Phoebe (Qiong) Wang

Partnership and Communications Manager 

About Phoebe

Phoebe supports the Global Innovation Partners/Innovation China UK Program team with international collaborations. Before joining QMI, Qiong was Assistant Director (Research) for the Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at Beijing Institute of Technology for 3 years. Qiong developed her passion for identifying solutions and strategies to energy problems and climate finance mechanisms whilst working at the Research Centre for Climate and Energy Finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

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