• Dec 2, 2020 from 1:00am to 1:00pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Latest Activity: Nov 20

The University of Portsmouth invites you to explore the wide variety of ways in which your business could access student and academic expertise in consort with a range of collaborative funds. This event will detail the ways in which the University of Portsmouth is 'open for business', outlining some of the internal funds available for SMEs to access in order to enable innovation and business development projects, as well as some of the regional and national funding streams which are on the horizon. This event will be the first in a series of sessions through which your business can explore engagement with the UoP student and academic communities.

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom - meeting details will be emailed to you closer to the time.


  • 11:25 - EMphasis3 and Low Carbon Solent - Matthew Pullinger, Low Carbon Technical Specialist at Greentech South, and Wilson Barlow, Business Innovation Advisor at Greentech South
  • 11:35 - Introduction to Supporting Innovation and Growth Healthcare Technologies - Phil Jewell, SIGHT Business Development and Programme Manager at the University of Portsmouth
  • 11:45 - Working with Academics - Gordon Blunn, Theme Professor at the University of Portsmouth
  • 11:55 - SME perspective - Ian Graney, Director of NTL Biologica
  • 12:15 Solent LEP - Local Funds for Local Business - Jayne Sime, Solent LEP Growth Hub Adviser at Solent LEP Growth Hub
  • 12:25 Q&A
  • 12:45 - Close


Sally Beken - Knowledge Transfer Manager, at the Knowledge Transfer Network. Sally holds a degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D in Polymer Science. She has been in tech transfer for over 15 years and has built numerous collaborations and supported companies accessing funding for innovative projects with expert knowledge of polymers. She has been an Innovation Lead at Innovate UK and monitored a portfolio of over 60 projects and co-wrote scope for plastics related competitions. She founded and currently heads up the UK Circular Plastics Network and leads on the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at KTN.


Gordon Blunn - Theme Professor, at the University of Portsmouth. Blunn graduated from University College of North Wales and then carried out a PhD at Leeds University before moving to UCL where he spent over 25 years as a Biomedical Engineer. Blunn sits on a number of scientific advisory boards and has been involved in the generation of three spin out companies. He holds several patents. He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and a number of book chapters. Blunn has successfully supervised over 30 PhD and MD students.


Guy Hembury - Deputy Director (Commercialisation and External Partnerships), at the University of Portsmouth's Research & Innovation Services department. Hembury has the lead role across the University for commercialisation of research and innovation activity, developing strategies and mechanisms to increase commercial and academic returns. Working with faculties to develop strategic activities and build the partnerships with external organisations to create mutual value.


Jayne Sime - Solent LEP Growth Hub Adviser, at Solent LEP Growth Hub. Jayne joined the Solent LEP in 2018 after 3 years working with the Solent Growth Hub to assist SMEs in the region to access funding and support. Previously, Jayne has held business development roles within both the publishing and recruitment industries. Jayne holds a degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Hertfordshire, and has gained valuable experience creating and running her own business.


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