Today’s guest is Dr. Anji Miller; a senior business manager in the technology transfer division at LifeArc, a self-funded medical research charity which has a 25 year legacy of collaborating with scientists in order to transform medical innovations into benefits for patients. Her role focuses on the evaluation and translation of academic derived science.
Anji’s had had a lifelong love for science, and has three degrees in the field, as well as a Masters in the management of intellectual property. Her expertise, combined with her passion for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the technology transfer sector, make her a powerful force.
Alongside her role as business manager, Anji also leads the LifeArc Autumn Technology Transfer Fellowship Program, and is the co-founder of GEDITT, both of which you will learn more about in this episode.
In our conversation today we also cover why it is so important that technology transfer professionals ensure that they are keeping their skills and their credentials up to date, and the factors that Anji believes are key to the success of innovative technology projects. Anji also shares her three wishes which, if realized, would not only improve the technology transfer sector, but would make the whole world a better place!
In This Episode:
- [00:50] An introduction to today’s guest, Dr. Anji Miller, and the work she does.
- [03:03] Anji explains her journey into the technology transfer field.
- [05:06] Challenges that Anji has experienced due to working in technology transfer field.
- [05:50] How Anji acts as a role model for young people aspiring to be in the science field.
- [07:49] An explanation of what LifeArc, the charity that Anji works for, does.
- [08:57] What the LifeArc Autumn Technology Transfer Fellowship entails, and the success rate of people finding jobs after the program.
- [11:00] The gene therapy hubs that are being developed, and the benefits that these will bring about.
- [11:56] Funding schemes that are offered by LifeArc.
- [13:11] Factors that Anji thinks are most important for ensuring success of innovative technology projects.
- [14:18] Importance of the relationships that LifeArc has with corporates.
- [15:55] Humanized antibody products that LifeArc has helped bring to market.
- [17:14] Two of the main challenges that LifeArc experiences.
- [18:20] Equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK technology transfer sector.
- [20:00] How GEDITT is addressing the lack of diversity in the technology transfer field.
- [20:38] Anji’s opinion on the importance of credentialing.
- [23:11] Big dreams that Anji has for the future of her field.