Professor Che Connon is a serial academic entrepreneur, spinning out three companies from Newcastle University and bridging the gap between academia and private enterprise.
Originally a career academic, Professor Connon held senior posts at the Universities of Reading and Cardiff, before moving to Newcastle University to become Professor of Tissue Engineering in 2014.
As part of his work with the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle’s International Centre for Life, he discovered he had a talent for identifying the commercial potential of academic research.
To date he has founded three successful spin-out businesses using his combination of academic expertise and commercial acumen: Atelerix in 2017, and then 3D Bio-Tissues and CellulaREvolution in 2019.
Following this success, he was appointed Director of Business Development at Newcastle University in 2020, where he leads on various aspects of enterprise and spin-out company formation.