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IOP Business Forum: The UK's innovation landscape

25 April 2012
16:30 – 19:30
University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton



Dr Paul Nailor

Founder and principal of CheM&A

Dr Nailor has accumulated some 20 years’ experience as a strategist and financial professional. He has held posts at an extensive array of companies including PA Technology, chemical manufacturer Elementis PLC, Corporate Development International (CDI) and a range of top international investment banks. He was a founding member of Generics Group plc (now Sagentia) – a business and technology consultancy.

Dr Nailor currently serves on the IOP Membership and Qualifications Board and as a non-executive director of IOP Publishing. He has a PhD in particle physics and laser holography and holds master’s degrees from Oxford and Cambridge.

Dr Alec Reader

Director, Nanotechnology Knowledge Technology Network

Dr Reader has over 30 years’ experience in the micro and nano-electronics industries, working most recently at Innos and Polymer Vision. He is credited with establishing Innos at the forefront of industrial R&D, championing the company’s ability to bridge the gap between emergent technologies and commercial exploitation. Dr Reader’s previous positions include International Marketing Manager and Head of Department at ST-Microelectronics and Business-Line Manager at Philips Analytical (Semiconductors). He is a non-Executive Director of Jemi (UK) Ltd, the UK Semiconductors Trade Association.

Dr Reader holds a PhD in Materials Science (Solid State Physics) from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a BSc (Hons) in Physics.

Sandra Sassow

CEO, SEaB Energy

Sandra Sassow is CEO and co-founder of SEaB Energy. SEaB Energy has designed, manufactured and filed for a worldwide patent on a micro anaerobic digestion (AD) solution in a shipping container. Sandra’s previous appointments include Managing Director of the International Division at Optical Technology Group, and Commercial Sales at EMC. Sandra has launched a number of innovative world-class divisions and companies where she has led high performance teams to achieve significant global profitable revenue growth and market thought leadership.

Sandra holds a BSc in Biology (specialising in Micro-biology) and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

Don Spalinger

Director, Research and Innovation Services, University of Southampton

Don Spalinger has a relationship with the University of Southampton spanning ten years, which began with his licensing of University technology in the formation of Southampton Photonics, Inc. (SPI), SPI’s funding of on-going research programs, and its leveraging of University technology to become world leaders in fibre lasers. Prior to SPI, Don founded four other high tech companies: On-Stream Networking (acquired by 3Com for broadband access), Connexus (in a joint venture with Toshiba to form SpanWorks), Optical Networking Inc. (one of the first wireless LANs), and Kylex (pioneered large area, flat panel, display technology).

Don has held senior management positions at The Gartner Group, DSC Communications, Racal, and Exxon.

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