Dr Danielle Miles


I am a Technology Innovation Manager working in the Medical Technologies Innovation team on the Translate Programme. My role involves supporting medical technology research translation and embedding innovation capability in the Leeds City Region. I complement the activities of knowledge and technology transfer staff at each of our partner institutes by providing sector specific expertise to support the generation, evaluation and development of potential project opportunities. I build consortiums to address un-met clinical needs through running innovation workshops, brokering relationships and carrying out technology scouting activities. My role also involves working with academics across our five partner universities to provide translation know-how in order to secure external funding for projects involving applied research innovation and translation. Finally I provide support with market and regulatory requirements, risks and barriers to commercialisation and IP strategy.

Career history

I come from a research background, gaining my PhD in chemistry on self-assembling peptides. This lead to me becoming a Research Fellow specialising in hydrogels for biomedical applications, where I as actively involved in shaping and implementing project IP and commercialisation strategies, as well as creating clinical collaborations. I also bring industrial experience with me to this role having spent time in both the pharmaceutical and the medical devices industries, where  I gained intelligence on evaluating early stage technologies and regulatory pathways in particular for advanced therapeutic medicinal products.


  • PhD in Chemistry – Self assembling peptides for biomedical applications
  • MChem Ind
  • PGCert Professional Innovation Management

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering