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Dr Neil Hayes

Dr Neil Hayes

Assistant Director, Enterprise & Innovation Programmes


 01392 723180

 Innovation Centre 


Innovation Centre,  University of Exeter,  Rennes Drive,  Exeter,  EX4 4RN, UK


Neil leads the Enterprise & Innovation Programmes team which is responsible for seeking, securing and managing commercial opportunities arising from exploitation of the University's intellectual property, contract research and consultancy services, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and managing translational funding awards. He specialises in research commercialisation and is the key point of contact for IP management, licensing and spin-out company creation for Engineering and the Physical Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.


PhD Physical Chemistry, University of Liverpool

BSc Polymer Science & Technology, Manchester Polytechnic

APMP Project Management

Chartered Chemist & Chartered Scientist

​Registered Technology Transfer Professional


Neil joined the University in 2010, having previously worked as project manager for the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology. Past roles include New Product Introduction, Research and Development and Operations management. Neil has worked for various sized enterprises from large multinationals to SMEs, including a spell as a director of a technology spin-out. His experience spans a number of sectors including materials science, surface coatings and analysis, optoelectronics / telecommunications, sensor systems and biosciences. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Member of the Association for Project Management and a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society

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