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Sixteen entrepreneurs, senior scientists and business leaders have been awarded a place on the Royal Society’s Entrepreneur in Residence scheme for 2021. We are delighted to welcome Dr Rodger Sykes to the department here at Durham as a newly awarded Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence.

Rodger is a Durham alumnus with a distinguished career in high technology business leadership, most recently as Executive Chairman of Thalia Design Automation. Thalia’s AMALIA IP re-use platform repurposes the design of analogue and mixed signal integrated circuits – migrating, refining and optimising existing IP for new technologies and applications.

He was also President and CEO of MMIC Solutions and a founder and CEO at SiConnect, a powerline networking company. We are looking forward to engaging his business expertise to develop and embed a strong entrepreneurial culture across the research and teaching activities in the Department of Physics.

This will be achieved through entrepreneurship training and targeted mentoring of selected projects. Activity will also include building co-operation with other departments and the business school as well as support of broader University and Regional Incubator and Venture Fund establishment ambitions.

About the Royal Society scheme

Entrepreneurs in Residence are funded to spend one day a week with their partner institution. They join a growing network in universities and research institutes across the UK, helping translate cutting-edge research into industrial success.

With expertise from across aerospace, sustainable finance, digital life sciences and beyond, this year’s cohort can help graduates develop skills that will be at the heart of a fair and green recovery from the pandemic.

Since its inception in 2018, the scheme has funded 65 placements in 38 universities across the UK.

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