Rick Watson
Scaleup Director

BSc Chemistry, MSc Analytical Science (Hull) PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences Dept (Nottingham) Qualifications in Strategic Innovation Management (Cornell University, USA), Artificial Intelligence (Imperial College Business School) and Blockchain Technology (Saïd Business School, The University of Oxford).

Over 25 year’s experience working with a range of clients large and small in the commercial and University sectors to support, develop and scale their innovations.  

Rick has experience of product and process development, quality management, and business development from his time working for a DNA extraction product and genomics service PLC.

Rick is a specialist in IP and technology management having worked in roles where he has been responsible for innovation triage, stage gate development, IP management and commercialisation, and developing and managing relationships between industry and academia. During his career he has sponsored early stage high value projects and developed IP strategies for a wide range of disruptive innovations, including Nobel Prize winning Graphene and opportunities from Astronomy to Zoology.

As an independent consultant Rick has completed assignments on wide ranging topics helping 100+ SMEs to innovate and scale through market research, technical research, data visualisation and analysis, marketing innovation, and new product and service development.

These experiences have given Rick a broad exposure to a wide variety of technologies and their management. He is able to advise you on systems to help you select the right ideas, to generate options for IP strategy, and scaling up with the right partners. This equally applies to developing intrapreneurs within your company, encouraging innovation and the scale-up opportunities they bring, thereby aiding staff retention and development.

Rick is a well-rounded professional and able to bring additional support to your company from many different technologies and commercial perspectives.

In his spare time, Rick enjoys the Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword, watching films, and cooking, especially when it involves using a new kitchen gadget or two.

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