Chris Thornton is the Professor of Fungal Immunology in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Dr Tori Hammond is the Research Commercialisation Manager in Innovation, Impact and Business.

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Newman Collaborative Lecture Theatre (C/D) Streatham Campus. Video linked to Tremough House Meeting Room, Penryn Campus.

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Impact and Engaged Research Network: Skills for impact and engagement

The Entrepreneurial Academic: Setting up a spin-out company

A Research Services research event
Date1 December 2017
Time12:30 to 13:30
PlaceNewman Collaborative Lecture Theatre (C/D) Streatham Campus. Video linked to Tremough House Meeting Room, Penryn Campus.

What is the event about?

Join Professor Chris Thornton (Biosciences) and Dr Tori Hammond (Research Commercialisation Manager, IIB) to talk about the process, rewards and challenges of commercialising research through setting up a spin-out company.


Prof Thornton established Isca Diagnostics Ltd in 2012. Isca Diagnostics is focused on the development and delivery of reagents and test systems for research and diagnosis of fungal pathogens, improving the medical treatment of infectious diseases caused by fungi. Come along to hear Chris talk about how he has achieved success in bench-to-bedside medical diagnostics research and its commercialisation, and the people who have helped him along the way.

Dr Hammond will explain the support available from the university, the process for spinning-out a company and factors for success. There will be an opportunity to sketch out your own spin-out proposal, however nascent, and these will be collected to facilitate further engagement with the research commercialisation team.


12:30 Welcome and Introduction
12:35 Professor Chris Thornton, Professor of Fungal Immunology discusses the development of his spin out
13:00 Dr Tori Hammond, Research Commercialisation Manager on the support IIB provides in development of a spin out and commercialisation activities
13:15 Questions
13:30 Close of session

Who should attend?

All researchers and Professional Services staff are welcome to attend.


Please use the online registration form if you are interested and would like to attend. If you have any questions about the event please email

Event recording

A recording of the event can be found on the University's Recap Webpages.

ProviderResearch Services
OrganizerResearch Services/ Innovation Impact and Business

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