BCP News • October 26, 2017
Today we welcomed the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training to a morning of talks about the entrepreneurial journey. Starting the day, we heard from our Managing Partner, Dr Ben Miles, who introduced BCP’s work in the science entrepreneurial ecosystem and our pilot entrepreneur training programme the Science Entrepreneur Experience. Dr Harry Destecroix, the CEO of Unit DX and Ziylo, gave an account of his journey – how the lack of laboratory space in Bristol limited his ability to build a business for his glucose monitoring technology. This problem spurred him on to build the Unit DX incubator.
Then we heard from Dr Andy Chapman, Ziylo’s Chief Scientific Officer, who described how a PhD can nurture entrepreneurship skills. He described his experience transferring from academia to the scientific start-up ecosystem in Bristol.
The second half of the morning focused on start-up commercialisation skill-sets and business ideation. Dr Charles Renney, HGF, gave a talk about Intellectual Property and the patent process, and touched on what constitutes IP and the route to protecting innovations. Finally, we heard from Dr Nick Pope, who provided insights and key considerations when taking a product to market, drawing from his own background in market analysis within the life science industry.
These sessions introduced the science start-up way of life and the processes involved in founding a scientific venture. We greatly enjoyed meeting the students from the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training and are looking forward to seeing their future entrepreneurial activity.