Dr Tim Hart
Tim has gained >20 years’ experience in technology commercialisation, particularly from university environments. He has a BSc and PhD in microbiology and has worked as an academic researcher, technology transfer professional, and entrepreneur; having spun-out and managed two life science companies from university research. Tim created his first company, Cybersense Biosystems Ltd, from the University of Surrey at the age of 28 as the founding academic and CEO. He led the company for seven years taking it through several investment rounds until its acquisition in 2008 by a FTSE100 company. Tim then spun out his second company in 2009, Zyoxel Ltd. Under Tim’s leadership the company raised just under £5m of public and private funding to commercialise two platform technologies, LiverChip and TissueFlex, licenced from MIT and the University of Oxford, respectively. Tim left the company in late 2012 to pursue new spin-out opportunities via his own consultancy business, before joining Isis Enterprise as a full-time Managing Consultant in 2014. Tim’s experience is truly international, having worked for and with some of the largest technology corporates and leading universities across Asia, Russia, Europe, North and South America, Australia, and Africa. Tim is passionate about scientific innovation and entrepreneurship and over the last 20 years has advised and supported a wide range of start-up businesses, and provides editorial and presentations on scientific entrepreneurship across the world.