The People

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Senior Commercialisation Manager

In my role at Ploughshare, I work with innovators to ensure that UK government research delivers significant impact. For me, the best thing about my role is seeing innovations that I have worked on being used in the real world and having a positive impact.  

During my studies, I enjoyed the challenge of deciphering and understanding complex molecular systems. As a postdoctoral researcher, I worked across several research projects in oncology focused on investigating biological mechanisms and developing novel therapies. In my research career, I published over 12 peer-reviewed articles and enjoyed the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that being at the cutting-edge of science demands.

A move from the bench and into the commercial world was motivated by my desire to work on innovations that were closer to realising their impact. I spent the first part of my tech transfer career supporting commercialisation of research from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, before moving to Ploughshare in 2021. In my role at Ploughshare, I work to evaluate and commercialise innovations from across defence and security, health and wellbeing, and climate, environment and sustainability. In the past year, I have also worked closely with the National Oceanography Centre to support them in the commercialisation of their research. I find leading the commercial journey of innovations and championing their translation through new venture creation, licensing, or otherwise very fulling.

Outside of the office, I am normally doing something active! I am always keen to try new things, and recently took up sailing, which saw a lot of trips around the south coast of the UK and hopefully beyond in the years to come!