Alison has a background in science, having obtained a first degree in Physical Sciences from the Robert Gordon University followed by a PhD in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen. A long and exciting career in contract research followed, in which Alison worked in various locations throughout the UK and Norway gaining experience of multiple sources of grant funding as well as developing a broad knowledge of life sciences.
Experience of Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept and subsequent SE/RSE Enterprise Fellowship broadened Alison's interests into commercialisation of research. Following a period working in a business development role for a multinational CRO, she led the Knowledge Transfer Team at the Robert Gordon University before commencing her current position at the West of Scotland KTP Centre.
Alison believes that working at the interface of academia and industry is an exciting place to be, because the challenges faced by each group are quite different. Of the many types of knowledge exchange ongoing at present, KTP has been shown to add real value to all the partners involved. There is a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise in our Universities and FE institutions that when properly channelled, can add real and significant value to industry. Delivering this through a project, which also enables the training and development of an early stage career individual, is extremely rewarding.