A Global Research Institute of Queen's University Belfast

ECIT

Our aim

To combine research of the highest international quality with an environment that actively promotes the translation of research ideas into wider economic value and impact.

This includes creating spin-out companies, assisting external (spin-in) companies, working with InvestNI and UKTI to promote Foreign Direct Investment and working with companies nationally and internationally to promote technology transfer of research. As such, it is unique, when compared with other UK universities and indeed most universities worldwide. Its active facilitation of economic impact is facilitated through its own in-house commercial and business development team as well as a significant team of industry experienced engineering staff who have permanent contracts analogous to those in high technology companies. It is thus a rather different environment from the conventional academic one that typifies most other QUB schools or departments, both in its structure and activities.

The Commercial team act to facilitate the transfer and exploitation of innovative ideas through a broad range of activities, including:

  • IP licensing
  • Spin-out (through QUBIS Ltd.)
  • Facilitation and support for spin-in companies
  • Joint R&D with industry
  • Creation of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes
  • Value creation workshops
  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Publications

Commercial Team

Our Commercial Team consists of industrially experienced professional business development, innovation and technical marketing managers who support the translation of research ideas into new products, services and businesses.

Key Contacts

Commercial Director

Currently vacant

Team Administrator

Mrs Caroline O'Neill
02890 97 1839
caroline.oneill@qub.ac.uk 

Business Development Manager 

Mr Philip Mills
02890 97 1794
p.mills@qub.ac.uk

Technical Marketing Manager

Mr David Crozier
02890 97 1754
d.crozier@qub.ac.uk

Innovation Programmes Manager

Mrs Louise Cushnaham
02890 97 1758
l.cushnahan@qub.ac.uk

Technical Marketing Assistant 

Mr William Gilmore
02890 97 1754
w.gilmore@qub.ac.uk

EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS

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