Technology Transfer Manager Dr Alison Campbell OBE appointed CEO of new Government Technology Transfer Unit

  • The UK Government hires Dr Alison Campbell OBE, former Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), as CEO of the Government Office for Tech Transfer (GOTT)
  • GOTT will support the way the government manages and markets its estimated £104bn knowledge assets
  • Dr. Campbell will oversee the further development stages of GOTT ahead of the official launch later this year

Dr Alison Campbell EBO was named as CEO of the new Government Office for Technology Transfer (GOTT), the government announced today (25 April 2022).

Technology transfer is the general term applied to the transfer of assets, such as intellectual property rights, technology or new knowledge, from one organization to another, with the aim of stimulating the development and adoption of new products, processes and services that benefit society.

A seasoned leader in the knowledge transfer industry, Dr. Campbell joins GOTT from a former position as director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), Ireland’s national office that helps businesses benefit from access to public sector research expertise and technology.

The new government unit will sit within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and is developed to ensure that the public sector maximizes the value of its estimated £104 billion knowledge and innovation assets – including intellectual property, software, processes and data – leading to long-term to new productivity drivers of innovations that will serve business and public services and translate into benefits for the economy.

She brings more than 20 years of experience to this position, having started her career in the biotechnology industry, holding positions, including acting CEO of the Medical Research Council’s Technology Transfer Society (MRCT) and a leader in technology transfer and research support at King’s College London. Dr. Campbell has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AUTM (the United States-based International Association for Technology Transfer).

She received a EBO in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to knowledge transfer.

incoming GOTT CEO Dr Alison Campbell EBO mentioned:

I am excited to take on this new role, helping to support knowledge asset management across the public sector to achieve societal and economic impact.

Here at the Government Office for Technology Transfer, we will have a solid platform to build on thanks to the extensive work and delivery of the existing knowledge asset team and the commitment and support of key stakeholders. of the public sector.

Science Minister George Freeman said:

Home to some of the world’s leading institutions and scientists, the UK is an exceptional research, knowledge and innovation base.

However, for too long we have allowed British discoveries to slip through our fingers and be commercialized elsewhere: often commercialized in the US, taking the expertise and financial benefits of British research abroad.

That’s why I’m so pleased that Dr Alison Campbell, a tremendous leader in the field of knowledge transfer, is joining us to lead our excellent new government office for technology transfer, an organization that will be essential to maximize the outstanding work of the UK government. knowledge for the benefit of the economy, society and the country’s position as a global scientific superpower.

The unit will launch later this year, providing specialist skills to support how the government manages its knowledge assets. Alongside this, 2 public sector financing schemes:

  • a grant fund, investing in pre-commercial proposals
  • a managed fund focused on providing pre-seed and seed capital to public sector knowledge assets

The Grant Fund has already granted a funding round, whereby GOTT funds several exciting scientific projects, including technology for earlier and more effective diagnosis of breast cancer.

Further details of the government’s strategy for knowledge and innovation assets in the public sector can be found in the Mackintosh report, in which the development plan GOTT has been stated.


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