Andrew Wilkinson has been appointed chief executive of UMI3, the University of Manchester's intellectual property commercialisation company.

A successful CEO and managing director with experience growing international tech companies, Wilkinson joins with an ambition to make UMI3 a global leader for turning academic ideas into enterprises with a social and economic impact.

The entrepreneur specialises in the industrialisation and commercialisation of innovative technologies, business growth and turn-around.

"My focus will be on accelerating the number and value of high-quality spin-outs and IP licencing deals coming out of the university," he said.

"I want my team to engage even more closely with academic colleagues, industry, the investment community, funding organisations and government. My goal is to make The University of Manchester a global centre of excellence for technology transfer."

Wilkinson joined the University of Manchester in mid-2016 as CEO of its subsidiary company Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd (GES), which supports the development and launch of new spin-out businesses which use graphene and 2D materials to enhance the performance of their products.

GES has supported the creation of several spin-outs including Grafine, Atomic Mechanics, Graphene Water Technologies and Laser Graphene.

He added: "The launch of successful university spin-out business and the licencing of university IP creates significant economic and social impact.

"Building on the excellent work that UMI3 has already achieved, I intend to evolve the organisation to meet the opportunities and challenges the University will face in the coming years."

Professor Luke Georghiou, who is also a non-executive director of UMI3, added: "Andrew has a strong track record of developing hugely successful spin-out companies from some of the world-class research carried out by our academics.

"He will be an important driving force in effecting the step-change we are planning, to create the economic impact, jobs and social benefits which are an important contribution from the University to our city and nation."

Wilkinson will take over from current CEO Clive Rowland, who has been appointed as the university’s associate vice-president for Intellectual Property Matters.

The new role will take effect in January 2019.