Skip to main content

Department Seminar

Translating research to impact patients – An introduction to LifeArc and the Philanthropic Fund

  • Date 17 Nov 2021
  • Time 1-2pm
  • Category Seminar

Dr Anji Miller, LifeArc

Location: Bourne Lecture Theatre 1

LifeArc is a self-funded charity focused on translation. We partner with a broad range of groups including medical research charities, research organisations, industry and academic scientists. We focus on translation: the science and advice needed to progress early lab-based findings to a point where it can be used to benefit humans. This seminar will provide a whirlwind introduction to LifeArc, our ethos, our funding for translational funders and discuss the key elements that we look for in translational research proposals.  

Biography: Anji Miller M.Sc Ph.D CLP RTTP

Anji is a technology transfer professional with more than 18 years’ experience of working with early-stage translational research. Anji has extensive experience of IP and contract management, licensing, business development of healthcare technologies and development of knowledge transfer policies. Her current role at LifeArc involves working with academic and charitable establishments to identify, cultivate, fund, and commercialise early-stage healthcare technologies, focusing on rare diseases and advance therapies.

As a proponent for professional advancement in technology transfer, Anji developed and leads the LifeArc-AUTM Technology Transfer Training Fellowship programme. This collaborative initiative with AUTM, is designed to train and assist scientists to become technology transfer professionals. An advocate of equality diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Anji cofounded Global Equality, Diversity and Equality in Technology Transfer (GEDITT), an initiative with a mission to raise awareness and promote EDI in the technology transfer sector.

Previous roles include Intellectual Property, Contract, Technology Transfer and Business Development positions at the Wellcome Trust, St George’s University London and Thomson Pharma.

Anji holds an M.Sc. in Human Molecular Genetics and Ph.D in Cancer Genetics from Imperial College, as well as an M.Sc. and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a certified project manager (PRINCE2), registered technology transfer professional (RTTP) and a certified licensing professional (CLP).

Anji is VP of Communities on the ASTP Board, a member of: the BioIndustry Association Cell & Gene Therapy Advisory Committee, and AUTM Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Committee.

Technology Transfer Fellowships at LifeArc

Technology Transfer is a marriage of science, business and law and can be quite complex as the underlying science needs to be understood in order to devise the best route to the patient. Individuals who can do this well are rare and, although TT is a respected profession, there is no formal training programme. To address the need for a path into this profession, LifeArc has developed two programmes: The LifeArc Fellowship and LifeArc AUTM Fellowship programmes. Both programmes aim to help life scientists to transition out of the lab to become technology transfer professionals by creating a clear supportive career path. Further details can be accessed on our website here.

Anji Miller - Biological Sciences

Related topics

Explore Royal Holloway

Get help paying for your studies at Royal Holloway through a range of scholarships and bursaries.

There are lots of exciting ways to get involved at Royal Holloway. Discover new interests and enjoy existing ones

Heading to university is exciting. Finding the right place to live will get you off to a good start

Whether you need support with your health or practical advice on budgeting or finding part-time work, we can help

Discover more about our 21 departments and schools

Find out why Royal Holloway is in the top 25% of UK universities for research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

They say the two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why

Discover world-class research at Royal Holloway

Discover more about who we are today, and our vision for the future

Royal Holloway began as two pioneering colleges for the education of women in the 19th century, and their spirit lives on today

We’ve played a role in thousands of careers, some of them particularly remarkable

Find about our decision-making processes and the people who lead and manage Royal Holloway today