From September 2018, a new innovation and enterprise initiative (known as Nexus) comprising a £40 million campus-based centre will transform the University’s relationships with industry and help it bring its research to market. Nexus will provide businesses with a single gateway to Leeds’ broad world-class research and innovation expertise showcasing strengths in data, health, environment and engineering. At its core will be a vibrant and dynamic community of innovators spanning academia and industry. Nexus will provide access to office and lab space, shared areas for networking and collaboration, and Leeds’ state-of-the-art facilities, alongside an end-to-end professional support service.
Its new Director, Dr Martin Stow, a PhD biochemist, has more than 25 years’ research and development experience both in large multinational companies at the Vice-President level as well as leading start-ups. He stresses its focus on addressing real world market needs and driving business growth.
Roger Marsh OBE (Metallurgy 1976), Chairman of the Leeds Enterprise Partnership, which promotes the Leeds City Region’s interests nationally and internationally says: “Local businesses and entrepreneurs will have a place where they can engage and benefit from the knowledge and capabilities of the University, enabling the development of next generation technologies and products.”