Please see below for examples of current and recent projects
Isis Innovation Ltd When Tom joined in 2000 Isis had a staff of 16 and turnover of less than £1m. Tom worked closely with the MD to grow the organisation and when Tom became MD in 2006 it had a staff of 35 and turnover of £3m. Tom then led the continued growth of Isis to its current position with 100 staff and income of £24.6m. Tom led the establishment of strong overseas presence with offices in Hong Kong, Madrid, and Kyoto, and Isis representatives in Australia, Mexico and Oman. Tom has had full responsibility for leading the organisation and managing the P&L since 2006.
University Technology Transfer Tom has worked in university technology for 25 years and is one its leading figures in the UK and overseas. He has been invited to speak on technology transfer at the Royal Society in London and the Association of University Technology Managers in the USA and at their Asia meeting in Kyoto in 2012, and in many other countries. In 2004 Tom was invited to be the international expert on reviews of the technology transfer activities at the University of Sydney, Australia and University College Cork, Ireland.
National level technology transfer systems In 2011 Tom was an invited international expert on a panel in Paris to evaluate proposals and allocate €900m of French government funding to establish regional SATT’s - Sociétés d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologie. These are the foundation of the French national technology transfer strategy.
Science Diplomacy In 2011 Tom participated in the founding meetings of GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) held in Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco. GIST is an initiative organized by CRDF Global, Arlington, VA and funded by the US Department of State. GIST’s purpose is to accelerate technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in the MENA and Asia regions through global networking, entrepreneurship skill-building, mentorship and strategic funding.
Seed Investment Funds Tom has been involved in managing the Oxford University Challenge Seed Fund since it started in 2000. The initial £4m has been regenerated by successful exits and the Fund has invested £7m in over 100 proof-of-concept and seed investments. Isis also manages the Oxford Invention Fund which Tom is involved in and works with external managers on other seed funds.
Entrepreneurship Tom has seen the creation of 100 new businesses from Isis, with his personal involvement ranging from detailed business planning and fund-raising to general oversight. Tom is on the Steering Group of the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Saïd Business School in Oxford. Tom is featured in a chapter in ‘Entrepreneurial Excellence’ by Dr Richard Goossen, published in 2007. China Tom managed the set up and growth of Isis Asia, setting up the company and office in Hong Kong in 2009. Isis Asia has now created four joint venture companies in China with local government and local investor involvement in Changzhou & Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Liuzhou, Guangxi Province and Shenzhen, Guandong Province, and Tom has substantial experience in understanding China.