Jeff Skinner, London Business School

Jeff is the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He teaches MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurship

Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL’s Technology Transfer division – including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics, he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spinouts that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL.

He is past President of and remains closely involved with the leading UK & European tech transfer associations, PraxisAuril & ASTP. He speaks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialization. He chairs the Professional Recognition panel for the worldwide ‘Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals’ (ATTP).

Before joining UCL, he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics and he holds a Ph.D. in thin-film photonics (UCL) and an MBA from London Business School.

Peter Deakin
Peter Deakin, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola

Peter has been an Innovation Adviser in the Innovation Office at Chalmers Tekniska Högskola since 2016. In addition to this he has the responsibility to support Chalmers’ leadership in developing the Innovation support system across Chalmers, particularly regarding management of intellectual property and other knowledge assets.

Peter has developed and co-directed courses on licensing at both the Swedish (SNITTS) and European (ASTP) levels, as well as teaching commercial skills to entrepreneurship and materials science students. He is an active member of the SNITTS Professional Development committee, and was awarded Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) status in 2017.

Prior to moving to Chalmers Peter worked in intellectual property commercialization at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, having worked (with varying degrees of success!) on large projects from the fields of polymer and protein materials, laser and quantum physics, point-of-care diagnostics, and software across markets from fast-moving consumer goods, animal health, fluid purification, image recognition, medical imaging, and human health, amongst others. In 2016 one of the academic inventors he supported was nominated for the UK national prize of BBSRC Innovator of the Year following global press coverage the same year.

During his time in the specialty chemicals industry, Peter worked across Europe in roles covering technology scouting, marketing and technical sales, R&D management and product portfolio development. He gained his PhD in materials chemistry from the University of Oxford in 2007, and was awarded a first class Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Kent in 2003.