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Dr Karen Smith

Relationship Manager, UEA

Medical and Life Sciences

I instigate new and develop existing opportunities for partnerships with private, public and third sector organisations based on the world-leading research conducted in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy. I work closely with academics to promote key research capabilities through knowledge exchange, impact, enterprise and engagement.

I also line manage the UEA Enabling Innovation: Research to Application (EIRA) team of Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellows and KE Manager working across the agri/bio-tech, artificial intelligence and digital creative sectors. The Eastern ARC Consortium (Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent) has recently been awarded £4.7 million for this initiative by UKRI to establish a network that will support business innovation in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

Following several years in management consultancy with EY and IMS Health I worked at the University of Cambridge in several roles including Head of the Corporate Liaison Office and Executive Director of the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute and at UCL as Director of Bioprocess Leadership.

I gained extensive experience in developing strategic, high-value relationships with stakeholders including companies of all sizes, academic institutions, government bodies, knowledge transfer networks, professional institutions and sponsors.

I hold several degrees including two Master’s degrees and a PhD from Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Neuroanatomy).