Plymouth Science Park has made two major appointments with the successful recruitment of both a new Chief Executive Officer and a Chair of its Board of Directors.
Ian McFadzen has taken up the role of CEO, moving from the University of Plymouth where he was Commercial Director of the Marine Innovation Centre. Founder and CEO of Plessey, Michael LeGoff, has been appointed as the Park’s Chairman.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, McFadzen brings with him expertise in translating research outputs into commercially viable business opportunities, particularly in the fields of biomedicine and life sciences.
McFadzen is the founding director of two biotechnology companies, including Biovault, the UK’s largest accredited private sector human tissue bank, and has worked with a range of science parks across the UK, including Plymouth, Cambridge, Bristol and Bath.
Speaking of his appointment, McFadzen said: “The primary objective of Plymouth Science Park is to support the University, and in so doing the city of Plymouth, to further its aims and reputation with respect to science, innovation and its commercialisation.
“It is of paramount importance that Plymouth Science Park creates a ‘safe’ environment for entrepreneurial development, supporting a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and science and technology-based organisations who can ‘learn’ from one another other.”
LeGoff commented: “Together with Ian at the helm, we can look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Ian has presented a very clear vision of how he sees PSP developing and the role it should play in the city and region. The board has already declared it is highly supportive of the executive team in taking that forward.”
Plymouth Science Park is co-owned by Plymouth City Council and the University of Plymouth. Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “Plymouth Science Park is one of the city’s huge success stories. It was set up to encourage collaboration and shared knowledge so that businesses here would flourish and now over 1,000 people are employed here.
“Plymouth is open for business and we look forward to seeing how Ian and Michael will continue to build on this phenomenal success.”