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Meet the Team

Susan Smith

Senior Business Manager

Susan manages the Healthcare Gateway team and has responsibility for a range of projects emerging from cardiovascular research (pharmaceutical and device interventions as well as software simulation) at the University of Sheffield. Before taking up her position, Susan spent five years as a Research Translator in the Department of Biomedical Science, Sheffield, and has 7 years experience working in biotech firms in Germany and the US. Susan has a PhD from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg and a BA (Hons) in Biochemistry from Oxford University. Susan is responsible for the following department:
  • Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Jen Carlring-Wright

Business Manager

Jen completed her PhD in Tumour Immunology after which she worked as a research scientist on several pre-clinical projects in the immunology and oncology fields at the University of Sheffield. Jen has three years experience working as a project manager for the biopharmaceutical company spin out company Adjuvantix Limited, where she managed multidisciplinary collaborative research and development projects. In the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Jen is the key contact for the following departments:
  • Oncology and Metabolism
  • School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) - Public Health
  • Dentistry - Person centred and population oral health

Thomas Bartlett

Business Manager

Thomas recently relocated from Vancouver, Canada where he was working for a preclinical drug development organisation called the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD). CDRD collaborates with academics and SMEs seeking to translate their discoveries into new therapies. Thomas was part of the CDRD team that identifies and evaluates new technologies across a broad range of therapeutic areas including neurology, psychiatry, anti-infectives and oncology. Thomas has a BSc in biochemistry and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Bristol. While completing his academic training, Thomas also worked for a year in the Pain Biology group at Pfizer Global R&D. In the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health, Thomas is responsible for the following departments:
  • Neuroscience
  • Infection, immunity and cardiovascular disease
  • Dentistry - Integrated Bioscience

Professor Robert Storey

Deputy Director

Deputy Academic Lead for Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Rob is a Professor of Cardiology and Academic Director of the NHS Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Directorate, spending 50% of his time in the NHS and 50% in the University. He has worked extensively with industry on clinical trials, acting as Chief Investigator for platelet function substudies within numerous of these trials, and leads a thrombosis research group that conducts translational research. He has published many high impact papers as a result of his collaboration with industry. This work has given him insights into cardiovascular drug and device development and the workings of both small and very large companies.

Professor Simon Dixon

Academic Lead for Innovation

Simon is responsible for linking non-clinical aspects of the Faculty with the work for the Sheffield Healthcare Gateway.  This principally relates to the work of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) where he was Director of Health Economics and Decision Science for over 6 years.  ScHARR has a large portfolio of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (IKT) activities covering consultancy for global pharmaceutical companies, the NHS and third sector organisations.  In addition, ScHARR hosts several regional units that are central to IKT activities including the National Institute for Health Research funded Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YH RDS), the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and care, Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH) and the Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU).  Simon’s personal IKT work includes undertaking economic analysis as part of grants from NIHR i4i, MRC DPFS, European Commission 7th Framework Programme, plus training and consulting for several multinational pharmaceutical companies.