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The Team

Dr Cait Murray

Dr Cait Murray

Cait is the CEO of SSC in the UK and is the founder of Strategic  Scientific Consulting.

A research scientist who has moved through product development, sales and business development roles working in software companies providing decision support solutions for drug discovery and informatics.

She has also worked as a Commercialisation Manager working with public sector scientists as they engaged with innovation within Environmental and Earth Sciences Within SSC she specialises in helping companies find their business opportunities and expanding their networks through providing market research assessments, coaching scientists to develop their business skills, creating business plans, writing funding applications and assisting with direct sales.

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Dr Anna-Marja Hoffrén

Dr Anna-Marja Hoffrén

Ann-Marja is the Managing Director and owner of Strategic Scientific Consulting Finland Oy.

She is a widely experienced PhD scientist with lecturer qualification and business development education and has worked at Life Sciences companies and in the Environmental Science sector through academic research institutes.

Her experience has been gained over 25 years’ of working in business development, innovation management, consulting, pharmaceutical research and in marketing and sales.

She is especially interested in business development, coaching/training and commercialisation of innovative technologies.

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Bill Barnett

Bill Barnett

Bill is a widely experienced Chartered Manager, Qualified Paralegal, Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and LEAN/6 Sigma Green Belt.

This experience has been gained over 20 years' of providing support to Researchers across a range of activities including: project management; IP management; negotiation and drafting of contracts and agreements; company set-up, structure and compliance; and process improvement/change management.

He has a particular interest in the commercialisation of IP, having successfully delivered two spin-outs, four start-ups and a number of licence deals.

Bill is a Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, and an Associate of the European Knowledge & Technology Transfer Society.


Sheila Ash

Sheila Ash

Sheila has specialism in informatics and Life Sciences, in customer focussed product development and in team development.

Her career has stretched from research beginnings in Plant Science to Economic Development for some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world through her roles with VSO.

This has enabled her to share and teach her entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to form business in some of the most challenging of environments.


Andrew King

Andrew King

Andrew brings global level experience from the joint world of IT and software where he has successfully arranged collaborations and deals with multinational companies.

Andrew has over 35 years' experience in the IT and imaging industries, where he has had extensive experience in sales roles and business development creating successful business with rapid growth and expansion.

Alongside this he has vast experiences in teaching and coaching. He has been a teacher of IT and provided coaching and adult training for many years.

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Emily Medland

Emily Medland

Emily is SSC's training co-ordinator working with organisations and companies to perfect the design and execution of their training courses.

She has many years of experience from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and from working with the Environmental Sciences section for the Young Enterpreneur Scheme. 


Tony Medland

Tony Medland

Tony Medland is a programme manager with over 20 years experience working at a senior level within the government research sector in the UK. He has a broad skills set covering project management, business planning, research funding and evaluation, and financial management giving him a unique perspective balancing strategy and operational effectiveness.

He has managed high profile programmes in an international research environment and has a successful track record in developing and implementing strategies for delivery. He is also a professionally qualified internal auditor with wide audit experience of business processes, and has worked in corporate governance and risk management roles at a senior level.