Dr Robert Phillips

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Position: Enterprise Lecturer
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Robert holds an MSc in Biotechnology from University College London, with a spell at GlaxoSmithKline R&D and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Southampton from an industrial CASE studentship with Actinova. He completed a postdoctoral appointment at the National Institute for Medical Research; London studying fast protein-protein kinetics measured using biophysical methods.

Robert runs the EPSRC funded Research to Enterprise program for research students and staff; an integrated university-wide programme of skills workshops, business mentoring, a popular annual event featuring well known entrepreneurs, an annual off-site residential enterprise school and other events such as Enterprise Futures at Media City. The programme has to date involved thousands of participants and was one of the first of its type in the UK.

He is involved with several biotech start-up companies including Alergenetica, an allergy vaccine R&D company based in Tenerife, Spain which has raised significant amounts of grant and venture capital finance. Between 2005-6 he was based for one day per week at the University of Manchester Incubator Company Ltd (UMIC)

Robert is also a regular writer on technology transfer issues and has written for a number of publications including national newspapers. His published academic work includes the areas of biotech start-ups and entrepreneurial intentions among scientific researchers. He has presented his work internationally at conferences including in the UK, USA, Korea, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands and Poland.

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship for postgrads

Biotech start-ups


Entrepreneurship for postgraduates

Biotech start-ups

Programme involvement

Specialist fields




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  • Phillips, R. (2014). A Retrospective Study on the views of Alumni Entrepreneurs towards University Enterprise Education and Training. In host publication.. Publication link: 56c8ebcb-7db6-4654-b1ed-1a656cb2e9f5


  • Shamenov, A. A., & Phillips, R. A. (2013). Assessment of an entrepreneur’s background according to the type of proposed innovation in venture capitalists investment decisions. Unknown Journal. . Publication link: 193e2cb0-77fa-4ade-ba5e-d7e890b6de60
  • Phillips, R. A. (2013). Analysis of a multi disciplinary Enterprise School for PhD and postdoctoral researchers in North West England. In host publication.. Publication link: cd5f60de-5331-4903-9434-d38958319d53



  • Phillips, R. A. (2010). Encouraging a more enterprising researcher: The implementation of an integrated training programme of enterprise for Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 15(3), 289-299. DOI: 10.1080/13596748.2010.503999. Publication link: cdbf861c-c350-40f0-ad43-8f772612add3
  • Phillips, R. A., & Styles, J. (2010). An analysis of the benefit of an enterprise stream education for students undertaking a year out in industry. In host publication.. Publication link: da53eb87-b21b-4142-b629-64de1542c74c
  • Phillips, R. A., McComb, T. L., & Hinchcliffe, R. (2010). Encouraging a National Network of enterprise activities. In host publication.. Publication link: fa7ff194-9b24-4814-805c-28af5be28db7


  • Styles, J., & Phillips, R. A. (2009). Beyond the science enterprise challenge: The story so far, evidencing the success of one enterprise centre. In host publication.. Publication link: 0eee59a9-17c3-4b82-bc62-a55f096e09cc


  • Phillips, R. A. (2008). The Use of Personal Journals for Assessment of an Undergraduate Enterprise Module. Journal of Asia Entrepreneurship ans Sustainability, Special Ed. . Publication link: 7d17a3c9-e6ee-4350-b87a-9f7ad2768902


  • Phillips, R. A. (2007). The Use of Personal Journals for Assessment of an Undergraduate Enterprise Module. In host publication.. Publication link: 7ce9dd65-05e3-417e-b86d-ccefeb3f7f49
  • Phillips, R. A. (2007). Using a Masters level course to stimulate creation of high technology enterprises. In host publication.. Publication link: 1d01ea49-1d3a-4708-b808-574b87211936


  • Phillips, R. A., & Styles, J. (2006). Lessons Learned from a Master of Enterprise course at Manchester University. In host publication.. Publication link: 7a7cfcd4-2541-4ea4-8a05-2512a0d52ad4




  • Phillips, R. A., Eccleston, J. F., & Webb, M. R. (2003). Kinetic mechanism of Ras.GTP hydrolysis catalysed by the GAP neurofibromin. BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL. . Publication link: 59beecbb-3efb-4859-9de3-c88645f1cc24


  • Shutes, A., Phillips, R. A., Corrie, J. E. T., & Webb, M. R. (2002). Role of magnesium in nucleotide exchange on the small G protein rac investigated using novel fluorescent guanine nucleotide analogues. Biochemistry, 41(11), 3828-3835. DOI: 10.1021/bi0119464. Publication link: b29845ae-917c-41d8-92a5-f2d77372a68e
  • Phillips, R. A., Shutes, A., Corrie, J. E. T., & Webb, M. R. (2002). The role of magnesium in the mechanism of nucleotide exchange on Rac. BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL. . Publication link: 492f006e-646b-4f68-b738-194e2203ffde


  • Phillips, R. A. (2000). Modified immunoglobulin-binding domains of Protein L from Peptostreptococcus magnus University of Southampton. Publication link: f9b8a24b-4f78-4023-a918-8a296ee729fc