David is Chief Executive Officer at Innovation Birmingham Ltd
David’s career over the last twenty years has been in knowledge transfer; working at the interface between applied research and commercial application and exploitation. His expertise and interests are directed at creating appropriate partnerships and infrastructures to promote the development and success of cross sectorial knowledge-based businesses.
He started out as a PhD microbiologist, with research interests in the application of microbes in what is now described as ‘clean technology’. In 1992 co-founded and led a start-up biotech venture and this experience developed into a wider interest in the translation of science into good and applicable technologies.
In 1998 he moved to the Babraham Institute in Cambridge to establish and lead a wholly owned trading subsidiary, Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd. As a knowledge transfer company the focus became the development of the commercial aspects of the Babraham Research Campus.
In 2008 he moved to Birmingham to develop and implement a new strategy to build on the legacy of what was then Aston Science Park’s 27 year history. This resulted in the creation of the Innovation Birmingham Campus; an urban focal point promoting digital innovation across all sectors that impact the smart city agenda.
David was awarded an MBE for contributions to Science in 2009 and more recently was recognised as the 2017 Inspiring Leader, by Birmingham Young Professionals.