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Durham Business & Innovation Services

Key Contacts

Mr Michael Bath - Technology Transfer Manager

Michael leads the Commercial Exploitation of Durham research related to Physical Sciences and Engineering by; securing patents, raising finance, negotiating licenses and creating spin-out companies.

Michael has worked in Research Commercialisation since September 1999. Employed by RTC North Ltd (an independent Technology Transfer company) until June 2005, and then by Durham University to date. Before this, he worked for twelve years in a number of manufacturing and materials management roles, mainly at Rolls-Royce.

Recent work includes the creation of Applied Graphene Materials PLC (AGM). He was a Director for three years, building the business from scratch by; recruiting viable management and operations teams and, securing equity investments, grants, awards and commercial contracts. This work culminated in AGM floating on the London Stock Exchange (AIM listing) in November 2013.


Mr Geoff Whiteley - Technology Transfer Manager

Geoff manages the Commercial Exploitation of Durham research, serving academic departments across the University but with a specialist interest in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. The role of the Research Commercialisation Team is to manage the portfolio of patents held by Durham and facilitate the transfer of Durham research outputs into commercial products or services through licensing, spinouts, industry research collaborations and related mechanisms.

Before becoming a Technology Transfer specialist, Geoff spent 15 years at the University of Leeds as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in School of Biology. He left Leeds to lead a spin out company where he retains a Directorship. Geoff joined the University of Reading as Technology Transfer Manager for Lifesciences in 2007 where he was responsible for licensing and spinouts for Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Food Science . He joined the University of Leicester in 2010 as Technology Transfer Manager with specific responsibility for College of Medicine and Biological Sciences and for collaborations with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He graduated from the Waite Research Institute (University of Adelaide) with a PhD in Applied Soil Physics.

Rebecca Dunn - Operations Manager

Rebecca is responsible for the delivery of administrative support services to the Department. This includes responsibility for management of departmental budgets.

She also administers the University IP and Patent portfolio, provides support to commercialisation and spin-out activity, financial control of royalty income and University equity holdings.