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Sowing the Seeds of Innovation

The UK government’s Industrial Strategy sets out ambitious targets to “boost productivity and earning power” across the nation and position the UK as a center of innovation. Contribution to global challenges requires innovative minds and there is nowhere better to drive bottom-up initiatives than the university campus; however, innovation and entrepreneurship have been somewhat neglected in British universities. As educators, we have an important part to play in producing the entrepreneurs Britain will need to adapt and thrive in a changing global economy.

Multi-national organizations like Google, Apple, and Microsoft believe that open, collaborative styles of working are particularly conducive to productivity and innovation – so much so that they are rebranding their R&D hubs as “campuses.” Universities, by their very nature, operate on the frontiers of current knowledge, and provide a supportive, collegiate environment to nurture grand ideas. 

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About the Author

Ali Salehi-Reyhani

Ali is a lecturer in Chemistry & Innovation in the Dept. Chemistry at King’s College London. He is an EPSRC-UKRI Innovation fellow and holds a CAMS (Community for Analytical Measurement Science) lectureship. He is a founder of anywhereHPLC Ltd. seeking to commercialise portable HPLC. He leads a research group in microfluidic engineering applied to the miniaturisation of LC, cellular bionics and single-cell analysis.

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