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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Monday 4 July, 1045 

TRACK: Entrepreneurship & Enterprise

"A hitchhiker's guide to enterprise: planning and serendipity"


Professor Higson’s career has been focussed towards bringing fundamental
research through to practical implementation and full commercialisation –
based on technologies ranging from electrochemical fuel cells and
electrolysers as enablers for the hydrogen economy – through to biomedical
biosensors and sensors for use within the water industry and environmental

Professor Higson serves in an advisory and/or consultative capacity for a
number of public and professional bodies, has acted as an expert witness for a number of high profile intellectual property and patent legal cases in the US
and Europe as well as being the founding Director for Microarray Ltd - a
company formed in 1999 upon science and patents originating from his group
and for which he still serves as a director.

A chartered Scientist and Engineer, Professor Higson is a Fellow of the
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and serves on the accreditation
board for the Engineering Council. Professor Higson is author of in excess of 130 research papers along with a
number of textbooks including the flagship Oxford text, 'Analytical Chemistry':
(ISBN: 0 19-8502893).

In July 2018, Professor Higson was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) from
Cranfield University in recognition to his research over two decades and the
impact this has had to a number of fields.

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