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Paul Thorning

Dir-Centre for Bus & Comm Interaction

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty Professional Support
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 236151


Paul is an Honorary Professor of Innovation and Director of Open Innovation in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford. Paul directs the UK-China Healthtech Open Innovation programme, which has secured over £11m for collaborative research and innovation between UK/EU and Chinese academics, clinicians and companies. Paul is also responsible for the University of Bradford Accelerated Global Entrepreneurship Programme. 

Paul is also a co-founder and CEO of CrystecPharma, a University of Bradford technology spin-out company focused on improving the performance of medicines, working with industry clients world-wide as well as developing its own portfolio of differentiated pharmaceutical products. The company has operations and strategic partnerships spanning the UK, Europe, China and the US.

Paul has broad technical and business experience from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, where he held engineering, research, product development and commercial roles to executive level. He also has experience of establishing and running NGOs and spent three years as a Director of a UN refugee health programme in Tanzania. Paul speaks four languages (and is learning Chinese), holds an MBA, professional membership of the Institute of Marketing, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.