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Editorial panel

Dr Arun Harish

Editorial panel member

Arun leads strategies for CPI’s sustainable growth and impact generation. Since joining CPI in 2008, Arun has held diverse roles spanning technology commercialisation, innovation consulting, fund-raising from private and public sources and business development. Prior to joining CPI, Arun worked with venture capital funded technology start-ups in the UK (Farfield Group) and India (Tejas Networks), where he held business development and R&D roles. Arun is passionate about the role of innovation centres in enabling economic and societal impact and supporting cluster formation. He is a thought leader on investment readiness for high-growth SMEs, and has acted as Co-Chair for the European Commission’s Independent Steering group on investment readiness linked with SME actions. Arun holds a PhD in medical nanotechnologies from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University and an MBA from Warwick Business School, where he specialised in entrepreneurial finance and venture capital.

Anil Vaidya

Editorial panel member

Anil has over 25 years of experience working at the interface of business, life science and engineering supporting the creation and commercialisation of innovative products and services either through corporate development or his own start-ups. An entrepreneur at heart, Anil has experience starting up companies in wound care management, tele-radiology and consumer digital health. In addition Anil brings a global perspective and deep expertise in business planning, technical and commercial due diligence, trade and market entry strategies and foreign direct investment (FDI) especially into Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India.

Safwan Akram

Editorial panel member

Safwan works at Teesside University’s School of Science & Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in Biological & Process Engineering. Previously he as an Assistant Professor at University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He obtained his PhD in Analytical
Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge.

Penny Trayner

Editorial panel member

Penny is both a clinician and a healthcare technology entrepreneur. She is a Chartered Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist and also founder of Goal Manager, a cloud-based platform bringing healthcare teams together in pursuit of patient goals.