DR TONY RAVENChief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise
DR TONY RAVEN
Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise
Dr Tony Raven brings a wealth of entrepreneurial expertise and experience to the Big Innovation Centre, as member of the Steering Group. The first year of the Big Innovation Centre after launch in 2011, Tony also supported the Centre as in-house Visiting Fellow.
Tony is Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise, the technology transfer arm of the University of Cambridge. He graduated with a First in Physics from Manchester University and obtained his MSc and DPhil from Oxford University. He worked at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and Osaka University before joining the international consulting group PA Consulting in 1983. Tony has twenty-five years experience of start up company management and financing as well as extensive international commercial and regulatory experience, particularly in North America and Japan.
In 1985 he was the inventor behind the formation of Summit Technology, the Boston MA based market leader in laser refractive surgery, which was acquired by Nestle Alcon in 2000 for $893m.
In 1987 he was a co-founder of Sagentia Group plc, a London Stock Exchange listed technical and management consultancy based in Cambridge, UK.
In 1991 he founded Diomed Inc, the pioneer and world leader in therapeutic medical diode lasers which, after six years as a listed US company, was acquired by Angiodynamics Inc in April 2008.
From 2000-2011 he was Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Southampton and in 2011 took up his current post at the University of Cambridge.
In his spare time Tony is a keen on and off-road cyclist, skier and scuba diver.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Member of the Institute of Directors.