Dr Tom Nicholson

Dr Tom Nicholson

Development & Partnership Manager

Research Gateway (Advisory) (Research & Innovation)


Research & Innovation Business Partner for Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Key responsibilities include:

External-industry engagement and business development

Enable increased engagement and interaction with external organisations, particularly industry / business, to enhance research collaboration, knowledge exchange and technology transfer.

Research translation, impact and commercialisation

Develop and enhance the translation and commercialisation of research outputs and associated services, facilities and expertise to generate income and increase impact.

Research Funding

Identify, develop and deliver diverse funding opportunities for researchers / Faculty / Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED).

Research support

Facilitate access to and delivery of Research & Innovation Directorate advice, expertise and support services to researchers / Faculty / ITSMED.

Strategy and planning

Assist the development and delivery of Faculty / ITSMED research strategy and associated business, operational and action plans.

Professional background

Spent three years as Scientific Director at VIVA Bioscience Ltd, an Exeter based life science research products and technology company, where my key responsibilities included: strategic and business development; collaborative research and project management; new product development and commercialisation; access to grant funding; technical marketing and coordination of operational activities. 

Prior to this I worked in management, scientific and technical roles at Enzo Life Sciences Inc., BIOMOL International LLP and Affiniti Research Products Ltd, and as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Bristol University.


PhD in Molecular Biology-Biochemistry, Bristol University / GlaxoSmithKline
MRes. in Chemistry, Southampton University
BSc (First Class, Hons.) in Chemistry, Southampton University