Dr Sean Clarkson


I work as part of the Medical Technologies Innovation team, based in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds.  I mainly focus upon the Translate programme, providing sector-specific expertise to support the development and translation of early stage medical technology research in five partner universities across the Leeds City Region.

My role involves the development and identification of new technology opportunities through technology scouting activities and running unmet clinical need innovation workshops.  I provide sector-specific expertise, support, and management for projects (assisting with areas such as proof of market, proof of concept, business case development, access to funding, and access to collaboration partners), accelerating their progression towards commercialisation and investment readiness.

Career history

I have previously worked at Sheffield Hallam Universities’ world leading Centre for Sports Engineering Research, developing new technology innovations for elite sport and health.  Through a number of projects and collaborations with governing bodies, clinicians, and companies, I have experience in translating academic research into commercial products and propositions, and products for use within the NHS and elite sport training environments.


  • BEng in Electronic Engineering
  • MSc in Electronics and IT
  • PhD in the area of Sports Engineering

Professional memberships

  • IEng
  • MIET

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering