Supporting World Class Innovation – Across the Globe

Headquartered in greater New York, our operations and support networks extend across the US and Canada, Central & Latin America, South East Asia, Australia, South Africa and Europe. As we expand our footprint, we are building new connections and new capabilities for our clients in some of the world’s leading innovation centers.

Our team includes leaders in science and technology and specialists in innovation commercialization. We are experts in new market development, technology driven business formation and growth, IP, technology transfer and licensing.  At UI we work across all industry sectors – from biotechnology and medical devices to advanced engineering and wireless.

We help our innovation partners build bridges to new opportunities. We do this through customized support programs designed to commercialize new innovations and new opportunities.



Andrew Powell – Director – South East Asia


Though born in England, Andrew spent most of his formative years in Ayr, Scotland. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with honours in Biology and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, Canada in Plant Sciences. He has held research and academic positions at the University of Guelph, Canada, the National Institute for Health Sciences in Tokyo, and Tsukuba, Japan and the National University of Singapore.

Betty Cosgrove –  Business Development Director – North America


As former researcher in molecular biology, Betty now does business development for bioscience ventures selling into large pharma companies. She coaches startups as owner-consultant for EACBIO, and mentor for three accelerator programs in NYC (ELabNYC), CT (ABCT) and the Brooklyn Technology Incubator (Next Milestone). She mentors early stage ventures to strategize for commercialization of products and services, such as: Research Tools, Medical Devices, Biotherapeutics. Digital Technology and Healthtech.

Bob Creighton – Founder & CEO


Bob has been supporting universities and spin-out businesses internationally for over 20 years. Working closely with the UI team and its extensive networks, he helps clients deliver effective development strategies designed to generate investment funding and new business. Much of his current work is focused on building partnerships to support new approaches to commercialization in the US.

David Katerere – Director – South Africa


David is a Professor at Tshwane University of Technology, Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

He is co-founder and Chair of PharmaConnect Africa Conferences, a non-profit which convenes stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector across the African continent. He is also a seasoned regulator and assessor with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) and a trainer and technical mentor at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria. David has formerly chaired of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Working Group on the Pharmaceutical Industry in South Africa.

David Rodgers – Innovation Adviser – US West Coast


David is based in Southern California where he is the Director for Infectious Disease and Immunology at a publicly traded biotech company. He has a PhD in Immunology and has worked in the areas of inflammation, autoimmunity and immune-oncology. He co-invented a CAR-T cell therapy product that is now being tested in the clinic and has developed a diverse array of drug modalities from small molecules, antibodies and oligonucleotides.

Eli Velasquez – Innovation & Investment Advisor

Eli oversees the U.S. State Dept. Global Investors Program. He has assisted with training, supporting and launching new angel networks in Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Vietnam, Mexico, and Colombia. He also serves as a Board Member on the Angel Capital Association, Capital Advisor to the Stanford Latino Business Action Network, and US Senator for the World Business Angel Forum.

Kashmir Gill – Director – Canada


Kashmir Gill hails from the Punjab, India and was raised in the UK where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool. He later moved to Alberta, Canada, and went on to further studies for his Master’s degree from the University of Calgary, and a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Rob Geddes – Director – Australia


Rob became Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) in June 2020. The AIC helps clients innovate and successfully commercialise new products and services, building thriving and sustainable customer-focused businesses.

Robert Goodfellow – Business Development Director – Europe


A Registered Technology Transfer Practitioner (RTTP), Robert is Director of 511 Innovation Ltd, a UK specialist company supporting Technology Transfer, Business Development, Knowledge Exchange and new business ventures commercializing University research.

Robert Speight – Innovation Adviser – Australia


Robert has broad experience at the interface of academia and industry with a passion for delivering new technologies that impact on society. He is based in in Brisbane, Australia where he is Professor of Microbial Biotechnology at the Queensland University of Technology.

Roseanna Avento – Innovation Adviser – Europe


Based in Kuopio, Finland, Roseanna is the Founder of Kobe Global working on the interface of sustainable community development, nature conservation and indigenous knowledge.

Elías Tefarikis – Director – Central & Latin America


For the past 13 years, Elías has worked on programs designed to strengthen the innovation ecosystems and public policies across Central and Latin America. Program partners have included the Inter-American Development Bank and the Pacific Alliance.