Michael is the Dean of Innovation and Business at Newcastle University. He trained as a medical biophysicist, moving into industry in 1984, initially in research and development before moving into commercial roles and then into general management.
Half of his 26-year career in industry has been spent working for large multinationals such as Ciba-Geigy, SmithKline Beecham and Nycomed Amersham, while the other half has been spent in entrepreneurial roles as chief executive of small venture-backed high-tech and biotech companies.
He has raised more than £60m of funding for SMEs, listed two companies on the stock exchange and had his fair share of M&A activity. In 2010 he started working with universities to help accelerate their impact agendas, taking up the position of Dean with Newcastle University in 2018.