When the going gets tough

In conversation with Chris Busby

Sue Rees in Conversation with Chris Busby ICE Oxford was founded in 2004 by Chris Busby and Paul Kelly to design and manufacture specialist Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) and High Magnetic Field equipment for the cryogenic research community. Since then the company has grown to become a leading supplier of custom design, high-performance cryogenic systems to…

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Bringing Common Sense to Tech Company Boardrooms

In conversation with sue rees

Tips for start-ups and early growth companies from a hugely successful serial entrepreneur I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin Smith, a fellow Swansea native and fascinating business leader. Having been involved in the founding of six successful healthcare technology and wellbeing companies since the turn of the millennium, Kevin has learnt more…

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Starting a Company a Month Before Covid Hit


Sue Rees in conversation with Mark Preston Mark Preston is the CEO of Prismea, a biotech software development company that was founded in January 2020 – just a month before the UK entered its first lockdown due to COVID-19. Self-financed by Mark with his co-founder and CTO Andrew Smith, Prismea’s first product is SampleSafe.app that…

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Commercialised Science is a Team Sport


Sue Rees in conversation with Sarah Haywood Sarah Haywood is the Managing Director of Advanced Oxford, a not-for-profit membership group for innovating and disruptive businesses with strong ties to Oxfordshire. Describing herself to me with a smile as a “failed scientist”, Sarah has a biology degree from Oxford University, has been an NHS manager, Head…

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Oxfordshire Innovation and Investment

In Conversation with Sebastian Johnson

Sue Rees in conversation with Sebastian Johnson Sebastian is a stalwart of the Oxfordshire business and innovation scene. With over 35 years of experience running his own businesses and working in the voluntary and public sectors (including local and national government) there’s very little he doesn’t know about economic development, business management, and strategy and…

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When Good Business Makes Good Science

In conversation with Glenn Croker

Glenn Crocker of BioCity talks to me about building a life sciences incubator from scratch, the impact of Covid-19 on the sector, and advice for new startups Sue Rees in conversation with Dr Glenn Crocker, CEO and now executive chairman of BioCity Group It’s stereotypical in Life Sciences that new companies in the sector are…

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Keep Calm and Carry On

In conversation with Sue Rees

How Oxford University Innovation and its portfolio businesses have risen to the challenge of Covid-19 Sue rees in conversation with Simon Gray, Head of Marketing at Oxford University Innovation Ltd (oui) I recently spoke with Simon Gray, Head of Marketing at Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI). Simon manages the Marketing Team and leads on promotional and communications activities for OUI. He’s responsible for creating opportunities for…

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