The University of Manchester Innovation Factory has appointed Roisin McCallion as their Business Development and Investment Director.

Roisin holds a PhD in drug delivery, conducting postdoctoral research in cellular and molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis and wound healing. She worked as a research scientist in the Medical Device Industry, before moving into Corporate Business Development.  She joined the Innovation Factory in 2017 and, because of her previous industry experience in business development and negotiating complex licensing deals, quickly made a positive impact.

Andrew Wilkinson, Chief Executive of the Innovation Factory said: “Roisin has achieved great success generating new licensing income and investment, particularly in the life science sector.  She has been an excellent mentor and advisor to colleagues working both in our organisation and other parts of the University.   She is also highly respected by external licensees and investors.

“I am confident that Roisin will be able to use her considerable experience to successfully lead the BD&I team and create positive social and economic impact from opportunities coming from all of the University’s three faculties.”

Roisin said: “I am looking forward to building on the successes already achieved by the Innovation Factory and leading the BD&I team to continuously improve the effectiveness and impact of commercialisation of the University of Manchester innovations.”