Quentin Compton-Bishop, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7657 3750
E-mail: Q dot M dot Compton-Bishop at warwick dot ac dot uk
Quentin Compton-Bishop is responsible for research translation and technology transfer at the University of Warwick and manages the University’s spinout equity portfolio. He also is the lead sponsor of the Warwick Enterprise Partnership which supports and promotes enterprise amongst students, staff and the wider university community.
Prior to Warwick Ventures, he was a co-founder and CEO of a number of technology start-ups, including P2i and RolaTube Technology, both materials-engineering businesses. His earlier career included business development roles in software, telecommunications and renewable energy companies in California and the UK.
He is a director or board observer of several Warwick spinout companies, UPS Pension Trustee Ltd, an advisory committee member of Mercia Fund Management and of the National Energy Foundation and Chairman of the Levantine Heritage Foundation.
Kevin Marks, Chief Operating Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7657 5491
Email: k dot t dot marks at warwick dot ac dot uk
Kevin received his BSc in Engineering Science from Warwick before joining Lucas as a Graduate Apprentice. He then moved to the Wolfson Research Laboratories at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham to design and develop blood analysers, and became a Chartered Engineer and member of the IEE. After 7 years he progressed to the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering having research interests in sensing systems and Automotive Electronics. At this point he gained his MPhil in short range identification systems.
He was then asked to set up an Automotive Electronics development department at T&N Plc’s central research facility in Rugby which migrated into a team developing control systems for novel production processes and machine tools. After specialising in Aluminium gravity foundries, Kevin became a chartered foundryman and led the Group’s development programme across 160 manufacturing sites throughout Europe, US and South Africa.
Kevin then became Manufacturing Director of Lec Refrigeration plc, who at the time manufactured some 400,000 domestic refrigerators per year. Despite building a new factory and introducing a new environmentally friendly product range, Kevin was finally forced to outsource production to China and close the factory. During this period Kevin successfully completed a Warwick distance-learning MBA and became a fellow of the RSA.
Kevin left Lec to join the MBO of the commercial refrigeration trading company Caravell (UK) Ltd. By the middle of 2008 the company was sufficiently viable to be sold to the Austrian trans-national AHT. Kevin joined Warwick Ventures in March 2009.
Dr Theresa Harrison, Business Development Associate
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 75485
Email: t dot harrison at warwick dot ac dot uk
Theresa joined Warwick Ventures in 2016 having completed its Impact Fellow programme in 2015.
Following an early career as a physics teacher, Theresa embarked on a BEng in the Special Engineering Programme at Brunel as a mature student, gaining industrial sponsorship for the course with Gillette UK. Her work with Gillette provided broad experience within both the process and design engineering groups, following which, she was awarded the IMechE project prize and a first class degree.
With the combination of a physics and engineering background, together with some industrial experience, she undertook a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics. Working in collaboration with a UK crystal manufacturer, Hilger Analytical, she helped to develop and refine production of CsI(Tl) crystals to the exacting specifications of the BaBar particle physics detector at Stanford, USA. As a postdoc, she continued with research on the BaBar experiment at Birmingham University until taking a career break to raise her family. She has been a research associate with the Warwick University Physics Department since 2013, writing articles for the CERN Courier and contributing to various activities in the public understanding of science.
Dr Laura Lane, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 75745
Email: l dot lane at warwick dot ac dot uk
Laura joined Warwick Ventures in September 2012. Having read Natural Science at Jesus College, Cambridge she pursued a PhD in the Chemical Laboratory at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Carol V Robinson FRS.
Following the completion of her studies Laura decided to pursue her interest in the commercial aspects of research and development at the pharmaceutical consultancy, Black Swan Analysis, where she gained experience in delivering projects for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and university clients across a broad spectrum of disease areas.
Dr James Lapworth, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 75481
Email: J dot Lapworth at warwick dot ac dot uk
James joined Warwick Ventures in July 2016 following three years as a Senior Licensing & Commercialisation Manager at the University of Leicester, where he focused on pharmaceutical and medical technologies projects. During this time, he was responsible for the completion of six new licenses with a value of ~£9m and for securing >£4m to support translational projects. Previously, James spent four years as a Business Manager at the University of Sheffield’s Healthcare Gateway, where he managed commercialisation projects across the med-tech theme.
After graduating with a First in Biology & Chemistry, James completed a PhD in Polymer Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at the University of Sheffield and, during a subsequent year as an associate Yorkshire Enterprise Fellow, he established a new commercial service, supplying 3D cell culture scaffolds for research applications. James has also held internship positions at ICI Paints plc (now Akzo Nobel), SRM Ltd., Lancaster Communications Ltd. and HGF Ltd. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and a Registered PRINCE-2 practitioner.
Dr Shum Prakash, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7657 4145
Email: s dot prakash at warwick dot ac dot uk
After her BSc in Chemistry (Wales), Shum read for her PhD in Biochemistry (Kent) and undertook R&D with Nihon Medi-Physics Co. Ltd and Johnson Matthey Plc to develop radiopharmaceutical drugs for cancer therapy and brain diagnosis. After her MSc in Science and Technology Policy (Sussex) and research fellowship in Innovation Policy at Canterbury Business School, Shum influenced UK and European policy through consultancy projects at SQW Ltd, Technopolis Ltd, and at the European Parliament.
She joined Warwick Ventures in December 2001 as a Business Development Manager where she also managed the inaugural year of the HEIF funded Midlands Medici Programme at Warwick and led the DTI funded Mercia Biotech BEP (Biotechnology Exploitation Platform) Programme. Whilst at Warwick, Shum has successfully completed her MBA (Warwick) for which she was awarded a Sainsbury Management Fellowship. Shum has taken a broad range of technologies from concept to royalty generating commercial licenses and to trading spin off companies.
Brendan Spillane, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 75480
Email: b dot spillane at warwick dot ac dot uk
After PhD research on DNA fingerprinting at Cardiff University, Brendan embarked on a career in software sales and marketing, working for a range of blue chip companies, including New Brunswick Scientific, Pharmacia Biotech, PDI and Computer Associates.
From 2000, he turned his attention to business development, building substantial sales pipelines for a number of start-up companies. More recently Brendan has moved into the field of technology commercialisation, becoming a Senior Technology Transfer Manager at Isis Innovation, the University of Oxford’s technology transfer company.
Dr Suzanna Wood, Business Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7657 5490
Email: s dot k dot wood at warwick dot ac dot uk
Suzanna was formerly a Consultant at Isis Enterprise, the consulting arm of the University of Oxford’s technology transfer company, Isis Innovation Ltd. There she worked with a number of UK and international universities and government organisations to help them commercialise academic inventions.
After a period working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of London, Suzanna left academia to pursue a career in sales. She has established a long track record working in a variety of sales roles within the biotech industry. Prior to her appointment at Isis she worked as the UK Product Manager at MWG Biotech and later as the Key Account Manager in the UK for Proligo, both multinational biotech companies.
Jacob Langlands, Head of Contracts
Tel: +44 (0) 24 765 74156
Email: J dot M dot A dot Langlands at warwick dot ac dot uk
Graduating from Warwick in 2003 with a first class Master of Physics degree, Jacob went on to complete his Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Birmingham. He trained and qualified as a solicitor within a well-respected Warwickshire law firm, specialising in agricultural property. Following the collapse of the property market, Jacob joined the University in 2011 as a Research Contracts Officer. In March 2013 he took on the management of the University’s commercial contracts provision and is the Head of Contracts within the University’s Finance Office. As part of this role, Jacob provides legal support to Warwick Ventures, advising on all types of tech transfer arrangements.
Corine Bowell, Senior Finance Assistant
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7657 4146
E-mail: corine dot bowell at warwick dot ac dot uk
Corine is an AAT qualified accountant with over 13 years financial experience. Having joined the University in 2000 in accounts payable got to know SAP well. She moved to Warwick Ventures in 2005 Managing customers and vendor queries, preparation of management accounts and Maintenance of balance sheet accounts. Corine's role further covers management of approximately 30 live spin out files and associated documentation including share certificates and storage of legal documentation.
Deborah Brown, Administration Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 73750
Email: D dot Brown dot 9 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Deborah did her Social Sciences BA Hons degree as a mature student here at The University of Warwick and graduated in 2003. She worked as a Temp for Warwick Ventures as PA/ Project Administrator in 2003/04 before working for 12 years as a Library, Resources and ICT Development Manager at Woodway Park Secondary School which later became Grace Academy Coventry. Deborah joined Warwick Ventures in May 2016 as the Office Administrator through Unitemps and became a permanent member of staff in August 2016.