cover art for Beyond the Breakthrough featuring Sean Fielding

We are joined by Sean Fielding, who was, until a couple of weeks ago, the director of innovation, impact and business at University of Exeter. He tells us about building a tech transfer office from scratch in the mid-90s, how the requirement to generate impact has changed the way universities think about research and his dream of having tech transfer professionals be as celebrated as rockstars.

He also talks about his experience of chairing PraxisAuril, the importance of SETsquared for Exeter’s ecosystem and his views of the European ecosystem.

Please note: This interview was recorded before he moved into his new job, which is still with Exeter: he has joined the senior executive to implement programmes linked to its 2030 strategy.


Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).