About The Speaker
Rich Ferrie joined University College Cork (UCC) as its Director of Technology Transfer in November 2018. He leads the University’s KE, business incubation and consultancy services and has overall responsibility for two of its entrepreneurship programmes. UCC is the lead partner of the Bridge Network Technology Transfer Consortium with Teagasc, CIT and IT Tralee.
Prior to joining UCC, Rich spent 18 years at UMIP, the technology transfer office of the University of Manchester, the last 7 of which as Director of Operations. Rich was a member of Knowledge Transfer Ireland’s Review panel for 6 years and is an active member of Praxis Auril’s Professional Development Committee, where he directs its New Venture Creation course.
Previously, Rich spent 11 years in various scientific and commercial development roles with the diagnostics business of AstraZeneca culminating with leadership of its international Sales and Marketing function.
A Biochemistry graduate (Sussex), Rich gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Reading. After a short period of post-doctoral research with the UK Forensic Science Service, Rich continued his work developing DNA fingerprinting technology at ICI and Cellmark Diagnostics. Rich is an inventor on 4 international patent applications. This work enabled the development of the first commercial cystic fibrosis genetic testing product.