Director of Innovation and Business


UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UK Dementia Research Institute


London, England


Queries concerning the role should be addressed to Dr Adrian Ivinson, COO for the DRI (email:

Queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Miss E Bertram, HR Manager, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (email:

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The UK DRI Director of Innovation and Business will be responsible for establishing TT policies and procedures, managing TT activities, educating the research community on TT potential, negotiating and managing licences and other partnerships, and generally building a valuable TT and IP portfolio across six sites in order to fully exploit discoveries emerging from research.

The post holder will be part of the UK DRI headquarters leadership team. Reporting to the COO, s/he will also have close working relationships with the UK DRI Director, Professor Bart De Strooper, other members of the science leadership team, the TT and BD offices of its partner universities, equivalent UK DRI functional heads for HR, IT, Comms, Finance and Science Affairs, colleagues across the UCL community, and UK DRI Ltd's independent Board of Trustees. S/he will bring imagination, energy, expertise in TT, a strong understanding of the science, and valuable connections across the biomedical neuroscience TT community. In return is an opportunity to build a TT and innovation program from the ground up, excellent scientific partners, a collegial and dynamic work environment, an excellent package, and the opportunity to make a tangible difference in our collective effort to conquer dementia. 

The role will involve travel to the UK DRI centres and occasionally abroad. The post is available immediately and is funded by the DRI for five years in the first instance.


Applicants must hold an Honors degree (minimum 2:1) and relevant postgraduate qualifications (M.B.A., Ph.D., M.D., L.L.M., etc.) or relevant experience. Experience of directing, or working at senior level, within a significant biomedical-focused TT operation, and a proven track record of identifying, protecting, and out-licensing academic research are essential. The ability to build relationships and provide effective leadership in a highly collaborative culture, a can-do positive attitude, and enjoyment of the challenges of a start-up culture are also required.