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Mr Tom Hockaday

Leeds-HKU Conference: Moving Beyond Research to Engagement and Impact

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Mr Tom Hockaday

Mr Tom Hockaday
Managing Director, Isis Innovation Ltd, University of Oxford

The Price of Impact – What Do You Want from Your Technology Transfer Office?


The Impact Agenda and subsequent implementation in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework has dramatically changed universities' views on the activities and funding models for their Technology Transfer activities. Whilst discussions around 'impact versus income' are overly simplistic, it is a useful framework to address the issues. This session will describe the issues and how they impact on technology transfer, knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange and wider engagement activities in universities.


Tom Hockaday is the Managing Director of Isis Innovation Ltd, the University of Oxford's Technology Transfer company. Tom joined Isis in March 2000 and became Managing Director in 2006; he has led the international expansion of Isis including establishing Isis offices in Hong Kong, Madrid and Kyoto, and a number of joint ventures in China. Tom's move to Oxford followed seven years in technology transfer at Bristol University, where he was Managing Director of Bristol Innovations Ltd, and four years previously at University College London. In 2003 Tom was Chairman of UNICO, the UK's university technology transfer association. Tom has advised numerous universities and organisations on technology transfer and innovation management, and spoken at conferences around the world.

Isis Innovation is an international technology transfer and innovation management company. Established in 1988 to provide Oxford University researchers with commercial advice on patenting, licensing, spin-out company formation, and proof of concept and seed funds, Isis has grown over the years and now includes Oxford University Consulting which provides access to the expertise of Oxford University's academic researchers, and Isis Enterprise which offers consultancy to government, university and industry clients around the world.

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