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2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Graeme Malcolm, CEO of M Squared Lasers

Graeme Malcolm

CEO, M Squared Lasers

Graeme is CEO and founder of M Squared, a leading developer of photonic and quantum technologies. Graeme oversees the development of a range of world-class laser and photonics systems, which are critical enablers in fundamental physics research, underpinning many world firsts. He is also instrumental in driving forward a range of new applications in quantum technology, biophotonics and chemical sensing with the aim of improving the lives of future generations. Graeme is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of The Royal Society Edinburgh, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and visiting Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde. Graeme was awarded an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for his services to Science and Innovation in the 2015 New Year Honours list and The Swan Medal from the Institute of Physics. He also won the title Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. 

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, Speaker at 2019 Company Creation Conference

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde

Professor Sir Jim McDonald joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 following seven years in the electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993.

He became Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009. He currently holds several senior business appointments with organisations including the Weir Group, Scottish Power, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the UK National Physical Laboratory.

He chairs two of the pan-Scotland research pools in Energy and Engineering, is Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Committee and is President of the Association of European Universities of Science and Technology (CESAER).

In the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List on 16 June 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute.

Meet our Parallel Session Speakers

2019 Company Creation Conference speaker, Kenny Arthur, Founder and CEO of Kaliaaer

Kenny Arthur

Founder and CEO of Kaliaaer

Kaliaaer designs, develops and brings to market performance enhancing goalkeeper products for football. Kenny was a professional football player for 20 years, during this time there were countless evolutions and product innovations making the sport more attacking focused and difficult for goalkeepers.  There was little innovation in goalkeeping products, something he found unacceptable. Kaliaaer’s mission is to redress the balance, creating performance enhancing products, making the life of a goalkeeper easier with everything we do and every product we release.

Photograph of White Rabbit Skincare Founder and Director Melanie Blane

Melanie Blane

Founder and CEO, White Rabbit Skincare

Melanie Blane is Founder and Director of White Rabbit Skincare, a premium, eco-friendly and award-winning natural skincare brand based in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. After being diagnosed with the skin condition psoriasis whilst at university, Melanie launched White Rabbit Skincare to provide consumers with a natural, plant-based alternative to traditional skincare solutions.

Enterprise partner. Managing Director of Marlin Bioconsulting Ltd

Gavin Clark

Managing Director, Marlin Bioconsulting Ltd

BSc Chemist UoS, 1978.  2 years as chemist at Ethicon (J&J) before crossing over to the “dark side” in commercial positions.  Gavin worked at Janssen, Bayer, Novartis, & GSK in marketing and global commercial positions until 1999.  VP at biotech Tibotec until acquisition by J&J.  Since 2003 supported companies as far away as Sydney and Boston (simultaneously at one point).  Co-founded MGB Biopharma Ltd and licensed Prof Colin Sucking’s new antibiotic class in 2009.  Advisory board member of the Scottish Life Sciences Association and serves as NXD on the boards of Enterobiotix Ltd, Lamellar BioMedical as well as founder and exec director at Glasgow based newco Agilinx Therapeutics Ltd. 

Carmen Cummiskey, Founder of Teqnox, Speaker at 2019 SEN Company Creation Conference

Carmen Cummiskey

Founder of Teqnox Ltd

Carmen graduated from Strathclyde in 2017 having studied Sports Engineering (MEng). During her studies, Carmen created what is now a multi award winning company and has since become a SEN Ambassador to be able to share her stories and experiences with others. Her company - Teqnox - is currently in the process of commercialising a highly innovative, and aesthetically appealing body protector to the high value, global equestrian market. Teqnox will act as a flexible shell of protection and provide a comfortable fit while delivering top quality performance and unique safety features that are currently not available in the market. 

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Anne Fraser

Enterprise Manager, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Anne Fraser is the Enterprise Manager at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy for Science, the Arts and Business. Her role has evolved and grown over the years. She has administered and developed the wide range of awards made by the RSE which include Research Fellowships, Prizes and Medals, Arts & Humanities grants, International Exchange awards and Enterprise Fellowships. Anne has managed the Enterprise Fellowships scheme for just over twenty years and encourages and nurtures early stage entrepreneurs through the programme. In 2005 Anne created the RSE Entrepreneurs' Club to create a networking opportunity for the alumni of the programme.  Anne works with various organisations across the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and manages the Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship programme under the Scotland CAN DO initiative. She is also co-author of “A Sketchbook of Edinburgh

2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Roseanne Grant, portfolio Manager in High Growth Ventures (Scottish Enterprise)

Roseanne Grant

Portfolio Manager (High Growth Ventures), Scottish Enterprise

Roseanne Grant is a portfolio Manager in Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Ventures team. The team’s role is to identify, through networks and referrals, very early stage companies and entrepreneurs with the potential and ambition to become significant companies of scale, based in Scotland. Working with a select number of high potential companies, the team focuses on company building - creating the right foundations and positioning for the selected start-ups to raise significant venture capital investment to set the company up for scale.  High Growth Ventures is at the front end of the Start2Scale service which focuses on building a strong SME base in Scotland and the specific needs of scaling companies. Roseanne manages the technology, advanced engineering and energy portfolios, including Oil and Gas, and is the creator of the Grey Matters and Principally Women programmes.

Speaker at 2019 Company Creation Conference, Anders Jensen, Patent Attorney with Lawrie IP

Anders Jensen

European Patent Attorney, Lawrie IP

Anders is a qualified European Patent Attorney, who works primarily with software, digital and hi-tech companies. In particular, he specialises in advising startups and SMEs based in Scotland and to help them both protect and use their IP actively to grow and develop their business.

2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Gillian MacAulay, Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund Manager, University of Strathclyde

Gill MacAulay

Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund Manager, University of Strathclyde

Gillian is the Manager of the Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF). SEF is a vital financial resource enabling supporters of the University to offer equity for the creation, development and early stage growth of innovative ventures from University staff, students and alumni. In addition, Gillian is the Director of Gabriel Investments and the Managing Director of SUI Limited. Since the birth of Scotland's first business incubator in 1990, Gillian has established the Strathclyde University Incubator (SUI) as one of the leading environments for young companies looking to develop and grow. As well as providing start up and business development advice, primarily in the areas of finance, grant assistance, business planning and marketing for young companies, Gillian is also involved in advising on exit strategies for her clients.

Image of 2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Julie McFarlane, Teaching Associate, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Julie McFarlane

Teaching Associate, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Julie recently re-joined the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship in September 2018 as a Teaching Associate, after a brief hiatus upon completing her PhD in 2013. During this time, she was an Assistant Professor of enterprise and marketing in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University, where she was Postgraduate Programmes Director of the Erasmus Mundus Master suite and the Leadership and Organisational Performance Master Suite. In the last five years, Julie has been primarily involved in the development, management and coordination of programmes, as well as the supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.

Image of 2019 Company Creation Conference speaker Claire Partridge, Innovation Specialist (Wider Innovation) Scottish Enterprise

Claire Partridge

Innovation Specialist (Wider Innovation), Scottish Enterprise

Claire is one of the advisors working in Scottish Enterprise’s Innovation Support Service – tasked with supporting 5000 companies in Scotland to start innovating. The team is on hand to assist Scottish companies looking to develop new products and services and the new market opportunities those bring.  Claire has worked with Scottish Enterprise for almost four years and prior to this worked in brand marketing and commercial product development in the food and drink sector.  She is qualified with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and in her spare time writes a Glasgow lifestyle blog – What Claire Did.   Today, Claire will take you through the various funding mechanisms for innovation projects and is happy to arrange 1 to 1 sessions after today’s event to discuss your project in more detail.

2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Maria Rankin, Business Relationship Manager, Santander

Maria Rankin

Business Relationship Manager, Santander

Having worked in banking and finance for over 15 years, Maria’s job is to help Glasgow’s local SME community with their business banking and finance.  She supports customers from the beginning of their journey in business right through the life cycle of their company.  In addition, Maria offers a relationship management service and ongoing support to help with a business’ growing financial needs.

Image of 2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Jonathan Simpson, SMART Grant Appraisal Officer, Scottish Enterprise

Dr. Jonathan Simpson

SMART Grant Appraisal Officer, Scottish Enterprise

Jonathan Simpson is a grant appraisal specialist at Scottish Enterprise in Glasgow, evaluating novel, technically challenging projects for SMART: SCOTLAND and R&D grant funding. Jonathan assesses grant applications from spin-out, start-up or established businesses of every size and sector, across Scotland. Applications are evaluated on novelty, degree of technical challenge and the positive impact they could have on the company (applicant), society and the economy. While Jonathan assesses applications from every sector, he has a particular interest in those from the life and chemical sciences, having graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2016 with a PhD in Chemistry. Jonathan is keen to meet with any potential applicants of either the SMART: SCOTLAND or R&D grant schemes and discuss their proposed projects further.

Lorraine Thompson, Marketing and Advertising Consultant, Enterprise Partner.

Lorraine Thompson

Principal, Losco Brand Building Specialists

Lorraine Thomson helps brands and businesses to grow profitably through insightful consumer understanding, distinctive brand positioning and identity and long-term consumer engagement. She has had a successful career in executive leadership and senior positions with blue-chip organisations such as Whitbread, Guinness, Diageo, Burger King and Excite; followed by extensive consulting assignments for Gillette, Nokia, Vertu, Qualcomm, Pernod Ricard brands (Absolut, Chivas, Havana Club), Quorn, Essity/SCA, Paulig Group, Selfridges & Co. Her knowledge, learnings and experience are international (UK, USA, LATAM/Brasil, Russia, India, China, Asia, Europe, MEA) and her notable innovations in communications include creating the world’s first chocolate beer (seriously), launching the left-handed Whopper and taking on the Government of the day.

Image of 2019 Company Creation Conference Speaker Jeremie Warner, Founder of Power A Life

Jeremie Warner

Founder, Power A Life

Power A Life is an impact mobile accessories brand specialising in portable power and is on a mission to empower every one with power. For every product the company sells, a solar light is gifted to a child in a developing country allowing them to walk home safely from school and study at night.