Dr David Secher

Dr Secher is an international expert in intellectual property technology transfer and research management. His international experience includes Japan, Jordan, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Argentina, India, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon as well as Europe and the USA. Dr Secher was previously Senior Bursar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge where he was responsible for the investment of a £210m endowment. He is currently Life Fellow at the university and is a member of their Finance Committee.

Dr Secher is Patron and Past Chairman of PraxisUnico. Until 31 October 2013, he was co-founder and chairman of Praxis Courses Ltd, the leading UK technology transfer training programme. He served as Director of Research Services, University of Cambridge where he was responsible for creating and directing a new division of 80 staff, for designing and implementing and IP policy for the University and for technology transfer throughout the University resulting in £2m licensing revenue, 40 new licences and six spinouts per year.

Dr Secher was Chief Executive of N8 Ltd., a consortium of eight research-led universities in the North of England, securing initial funding of £6m from Regional Development Agencies. His earlier career was in molecular biology research with MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Celltech Ltd and Cancer Research Campaign. Dr Secher holds three patents and is the holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion (2007) for creating “environments that favour enterprise, specialising in the practical aspects of commercialising the results of academic research”.