Women in Science
Building spin-off companies and collaborating with industry
Interview excerpt: Developing a spin-off company allowed Alison to go beyond her academic interests.
When I first became an Oxford academic I was involved with one spin out which was subsequently sold and I wasn't associated with it anymore after this. More recently, in 2012, I co-founded a second spin out (Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd). I enjoy thinking about the whole pathway of how you take research through to an innovation, through to commercialisation.
While it may not be for everyone, if you want to go beyond publishing papers, talking about research, and teaching and training people then - you might want to consider getting involved in research impact activities. It can be tremendously rewarding to feel that your work may have impact on society.