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Otago Innovation technology transfer team

David Christensen - Chief Executive Officer

Dave C profile Pic 2018Expertise: David has 20+ years of commercial experience, working in the broad area of University technology commercialisation since 2004. David joined Otago Innovation in 2007, his roles in that time have included Senior commercialisation manager and General Manager (2016 – 2018) while continuing his work with operational management, diagnostic biomarkers, physical medical devices, ICT opportunities and drug development.
Specialising in early identification of commercially valuable IP.

Tel +64 3 479 8781
Mob +64 212798781
LinkedIn: David Christensen on Linkedin

Dr Alex Tickle - Commercialisation Manager

Dr Alex TickleExpertise: Life sciences (including drug discovery and development, diagnostics, medical devices), Chemistry (academia and industry), Pharmaceutical and biotech industry and business development. Alex’s area of research is in organic chemistry. Before joining Otago Innovation, Alex was a product and marketing manager for Neuraxpharm in Germany. Joined Otago Innovation in 2003.
Tel +64 3 479 4145
Mob +64 274 392954
LinkedIn: Dr Alex Tickle on Linkedin

Dr Graham Strong - Commercialisation Manager                                          Dr Graham Strong

Expertise: Technology, software, life science, start-ups, Indigenous business development and nutraceuticals. Graham’s area of research is in plant sciences. Previously worked at Dunedin City Council - Economic development unit, where Graham developed the research support fund. He designed, implemented and developed the Dunedin Internship programme, developed in conjunction with the University of Otago the International Research Pilot. Graham assists in accessing grant funding and developing licensing/business opportunities for technologies. He joined Otago Innovation in 2012.

Tel +64 3 479 4170
Mob +64 21 279 4170
LinkedIn: Dr Graham Strong on Linkedin