Industrial Liaison Director

If your organisation would like to explore areas of mutual interest please contact Dr Gavin Clark the Industrial Liaison Director on +44 191 222 5332 or e-mail

Through support from the regional development agency, One North East, the Centre Industrial Liaison Director is tasked with growing the linkages between the academic base and industrial community to ensure the long term strength and capability of the technology base. To achieve these objectives the primary roles of the Director are to:

Identify quick wins

This involves recognising industrial challenges where quick win solutions will potentially deliver rapid pay-back; building the team, identifying funding opportunities and leading the academic / industrial team to obtain any necessary financial support required for the achievement of a solution.

Facilitate the solution of collaborative research problems

Identify projects where a matched industrial need and academic capability to deliver exists and lead the establishment of the research project team that have the necessary skills-base to deliver the solution. In addition, the Director communicates the long-term industrial research challenges of the biopharmaceutical industry to the academic community to direct research goals towards industrial needs.

Identify, coordinate and deliver knowledge transfer and training

The Director leads the establishment of continuing professional development and training activities that deliver specific requirements for local industry. Looking to the future, they also identify medium term training needs of local industry and develop activities that satisfy these through building the academic delivery team and identifying and exploiting funding opportunities.

In these activities a close working relationship with the Centre for Process Innovation and the Centre of Excellence in Life Sciences has been established to build complementary activities that maximise the benefits and cost effectiveness of training and research provision to industry and the region.

Continuing Professional Development

In order to meet industry demand for higher level skills training, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses will be delivered by a combination of academics and industrial experts.

These courses will run throughout the year in a range of subjects including:

  • Process Understanding
  • Quality by design
  • Process Analytical Technologies

For further information call the Industrial Liaison Director.

A full list of University Research Facilities available for commercial use can be found on the Services for Business webpage.