Billy Boyle, Co-Founder and President, Operations, Owlstone, and Cynthia Larby, Biotechnology Entrepreneur, speaking at the Enterprise Tuesday lecture series in February 2011.
Our speakers look at the need for different team members at different stages of the venture; they offer advice on how you define the dream team for each of these steps; and how you can look for, attract, reward and focus the team so that you deliver the results. Cynthia Larby focuses on the need for understanding structures before building the team. She has experience of working with both successful and recovering teams. One of the companies she has worked with is Smart Holograms, a spin out from Professor Chris Lowe’s Department at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Biotechnology which pioneered a unique form of sensor technology. She also has strong tips for how to galvanise teams in difficult situations. Billy Boyle has grown his company, Owlstone, from his student days and now employs forty three people. The company uses nanotechnology to put chemical sensors on microchips and is an example of a Cambridge success story. Billy shares his views on the need for values, for understanding the changes needed during different stages of growth and that autonomy is a stronger motivator than financial rewards.