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University of Bath

Dr Steven Boakes Business Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange Manager

Providing advice and guidance to academics on business-led research.


Steven is responsible for establishing and managing partnerships between academics and companies. His role includes:

  • facilitating relationships with business
  • identifying and promoting funding opportunities, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and other Innovate UK schemes
  • supporting the process of securing business funding
  • overseeing business partnerships when funded

Steven welcomes your enquiry if you want to work better with business.


Prior to this role Steven worked in Biotech, where he was an early member of a start-up company developing novel antibiotics. Initially working as a bench scientist, Steven was involved in taking drug candidates towards the clinic and in-so-doing securing external funding. Before joining this start-up, Steven worked as a research scientist at GSK, Stevenage, UK.


Steven holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and a BSc in Biology.