IMT seminar: Dr Thane Campbell - Open Innovation Challenge: A Data-Driven Entrepreneurship Programme


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Friday, February 12, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:00


"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste." Paul Romer.

The Data Driven Entrepreneurship programme (DDE) is encouraging students, academic colleagues and the business community to take entrepreneurial pathways.

Over 400 science companies will emerge from this full-stack approach to business creation, taking the most pressing societal problems as opportunities for an enhanced new normal. PhD and Postdocs can enter DDE through the Open Innovation Challenge. In our age of accelerating technologies, PhDs are launching the sector-defining companies that industry incumbents cannot. The Open Innovation Challenge is your opportunity to take the University of Edinburgh's world-class research from the class into the world.


Dr Campbell is from the Bahamas. He received hi MSc in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship in immunology from the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh.During his PhD he combined enzyme kinetics, fluorescent biomarkers and neural networks to predict immune responses, with GlaxoSmithKline. His work withing Innovation Forum supported entrepreneurial PhDs to commercialise and received a BBSRC knowledge transfer award. Post-PhD he started workig at Edinburgh Innovations, establishing Scotland's first venture builder in partnership with Deep Science Ventures, DSV FAST. He is now focusing on integrating Edinburgh's entrepreneurial ecosystem and a PhD programme for designing and spinning-out mission-oriented science ventures.

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Dr Thane Campbell, Edinburgh Innovations
Dr Thane Campbell, Edinburgh Innovations, University of Edinburgh

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