Diarmuid O’Brien has been chief executive of Cambridge Enterprise since August 2021, when he joined from Trinity College Dublin to take over from Tony Raven (a previous guest on the podcast).

He joins us on Talking Tech Transfer to reveal what attracted him to Cambridge Enterprise and what differences he sees between Ireland and the UK.

He discusses his ambitious vision for Cambridge Enterprise to play a more active role in the regional cluster and ponders why Cambridge is doing better at having female founders than the national average (spoiler: it helps that the investment team consists almost entirely of women).

O’Brien also examines the changes he has seen over the nearly two decades he has worked in tech transfer and considers what role TTOs will play in the years to come.

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