Meet the team
The team at Medipex brings together specialist experience from NHS, industry, academia and business.
Richard Clark C Eng, CEO
Richard is a chartered engineer with 35 years experience of project management, consulting and technology transfer in environmental, power generation and medical engineering industries. Richard is very familiar with the health care innovation environment, having set up and run Medilink where he was responsible for business development and support services to innovative medical technology SME’s and helped establish it as a national network. He was also involved from the outset in the establishment of Medipex and has helped to make it one of the most successful Hubs with an international reputation. He has successfully lead the creation of an innovation pathway within NHS with over 80 commercial deals including 8 new start up businesses and he has been responsible for securing investment and incubating the businesses until they are able to become self managing. He therefore has a good appreciation of the needs of healthcare SMEs.
Dr Terry Corbitt PhD, Director of Innovation & Deputy CEO
Terry is responsible for managing the NHS IP pipeline and has extensive experience of negotiating technology transfer and research collaboration agreements. Previously he was at the University of Hull Research Enterprise Office where he was the Intellectual Property & Contracts Manager with responsibility for the management and exploitation of the University’s IP portfolio and negotiation of contracts. Previously Terry was employed by MAFF Central Science Laboratory 'CSL' and King's College London. At CSL he was responsible for the administration/co-ordination of the IP portfolio and commercial activities including license and other agreements. At King's he was employed as a Technology Transfer Executive in Bioscience.
Dr Clare Lankester PhD, Senior Project Manager & Membership Manager
Clare is a project manager with direct experience of working across the academic, industrial and clinical interface to develop and exploit opportunities for the commercialisation of multi-disciplinary research. After completing a PhD in Biochemistry, Clare worked for a University spin out Company for six years where she was responsible for leading the scientific and technical development of innovative healthcare technologies. Clare’s role included the initiation and management of multi-centre clinical trials and she is fully trained in the requirements of GCP and GMP, having experience of formal MHRA audits. Clare contributed to the writing and delivery of business plans, grant proposals, pitches to potential investors and the due diligence process across several major commercial deals. Clare is APMP qualified (Association for Project Management, IPMA Level D Certification) and has managed international projects worth in excess of $1M.
Dr Lindsay Georgopoulos PhD, Senior Innovation Manager
Lindsay has managed a wide range of medical-related technology transfer projects since 2009, working across the NHS, academic and private sectors. Most recently, Lindsay spent three years as Intellectual Property and Contracts Officer for the large, multidisciplinary Medical Technologies team at the University of Leeds, aiming to invent and improve medical technology products and services and accelerate the commercial development of these innovations. Lindsay joined Medipex in July 2014, where her primary role is to identify and assess new inventions, explore the IP landscape and market for these inventions, and to help develop plans to get new medical products to market. This includes helping to secure IP protection and resources where required before negotiating deals with external organisations.
Dr Alice MacGowan PhD, Innovation Manager
Alice has 12 years’ experience in the healthcare technology sector, having managed product development opportunities in both private and public sector organisations. Following the completion of a BSc (Glasgow) and PhD (Sheffield) in developmental biology, Alice worked in research and development for a pharmaceutical company specialising in topical therapeutics and diagnostics for dermatological disorders, as well as early stage programmes in oncology and inflammatory disease. In this role, Alice was responsible for leading multidisciplinary teams to progress a portfolio of projects spanning discovery to market authorisation.
Alice also has experience in supporting investment and innovation in medical technology in the Yorkshire and Humber region. This includes evaluating novel development opportunities, supporting development of business plans and mapping clinical needs to identify areas for market growth. Most recently, Alice worked at the University of Leeds managing the Stratified Medicine Innovation Hub, which supports the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from the University’s research to help bring novel diagnostics and targeted therapeutics to the clinic.
Dr Fabian Seymour PhD, Innovation, Network & Training Manager
After undertaking five years’ post-doctoral research in molecular genetics at Nottingham University and The British Antarctic Survey, Fabian moved to develop a career in life sciences and healthcare technology transfer and knowledge exchange in 2006. Since then he has worked at the interface between academia and Small Medium Enterprises to develop collaborative research ventures, commercialise University IP and to market research and regional expertise in medical device capability to attract inward investment. He has worked with the White Rose University Consortium, the North East Universities of Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria; and Lancaster, Dundee and Swansea Universities. Throughout his technology transfer career, he has had a passion for the development and delivery of bespoke ‘hands on’ training courses in all aspects of commercialisation and entrepreneurship. His White Rose University course ‘The Enterprising researcher’ gained national recognition by the UK Research Councils and the government of the time (2008). Most recently Fabian worked for Health Enterprise East, the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England. He was responsible for commercial due diligence of new innovation disclosures and IP project management. He also re-established and led the Health Innovation Scout Network involving 32 NHS Trusts for the East of England. A key aspect of this involved developing and delivering Masters-level CPD accredited training and bespoke event organisation.
Stephen Taylor-Parker BA (Law), Innovation Manager
Stephen trained as a lawyer but has spent most of his business career in the computer industry initially working with a UK hardware manufacturer and software systems developer. From that he created a vertical market software company providing specialist systems to the Legal and Insurance sectors. He has held board positions on both private and AIM listed companies. In 1998 Stephen joined the University of Leeds technology transfer unit tasked with the creation of a Multi Media division. Over the ensuing three years he lead the development, in collaboration with key academics and clinicians, of a number of successful medical software products addressing a variety of interventions including Pre-natal screening, Renal patient management, and a wide range of Mental Health applications. The Multi Media division was spun out from The University of Leeds in 2002 and under his guidance continued to expand providing development, marketing and sales of the medical software interventions working closely with academic and medical teams around the world. Stephen brings a wealth of practical experience in Intellectual Property management and Digital content and application exploitation in addition to his knowledge of creating and successfully managing start-up Companies.
Agnes Crutchard MA, Market Intelligence Manager
Agnes joined Medipex in March 2010. Agnes has a varied role through the provision of Innovation Intelligence to support the company’s activities. Agnes is in charge of the assessment of incoming Medical Innovations and in determining their potential as future prospects. She is working closely with Innovations Managers in the evaluation of technologies, provision of market & business information at commercialization stage. Furthermore, Agnes undertakes Market Research Projects commissioned by Medipex partners or clients, in the Healthcare and Medical fields.
An experienced Research & Strategic Analyst, with 12 years in the New Technologies sector, Agnes has gained strong investigative and organizational skills, necessary to carry full assessment and analysis of New Technologies and provide accurate knowledge that will be necessary for an organization to make important decisions. Agnes was previously employed by an International Research & Project Development Group, as Head of Research. As part of her role, she was responsible for providing Competitive Intelligence on new Environmental Technologies and identification of market opportunities. Agnes holds a Master degree in Marketing Management from the University Paris XIII and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Clare Steele-Childe, Finance & Office Manager
Clare has been with Medipex since March 2009 as a self-employed book-keeper/payroll administrator. As of November 2013 she joined Medipex as the Finance & Office Manager. She is responsible for day to day running of the financial operation of the company including inputting sales and purchase invoices onto a computerised system (Sage Line 50), paying suppliers, monthly bank reconciliations, credit control and payroll, running an e-commerce website, vat returns, budgets and management accounts. This can also be provided as an outsourced service to other small businesses. Clare previously worked for a chartered accountancy firm in Leeds for 9 years where she gained considerable experience in working for SME clients.