Roy Sandbach OBE's Profile

Roy Sandbach OBE

Roy Sandbach is President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry & Technology Council. He is also the former Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University and remains engaged as a visiting Professor. He is a Director with the National Centre for Universities & Business and sits on the Advisory Board for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Longevity.

Roy previously chaired the North East LEP’s Innovation Board. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017 for services to science, innovation and skills.

Roy is passionate about Northern Accelerator’s potential and ability to shape the region’s innovation ecosystem:

“A vibrant and dynamic region needs to encourage and gain value from the ingenuity of its people. Northern Accelerator is the way our best North East academics can develop their ideas for economic benefit and social good.”

There is a togetherness in the North East business community that results in a commitment to support new initiatives. I’m very pleased that Northern Accelerator has been able to enrol some of our most eminent business leaders in providing strategic advice and I am proud to chair such a committed, engaged and knowledgeable group.”

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Investment Raised by Spin-Outs since 2016


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