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With NTU’s support I was able to travel all around the world, pitching my ideas.

Henry Pegram

PhD student studying spinal cord injury implants

My supervisor helped me to discover the commercial as well as scientific opportunities in my work.

Everyone has an expected end goal when doing a PhD. 

But inevitably something unexpected comes up. 

It could be a research idea or a business venture…That’s one of the best things about a PhD - discovering the unexpected.

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At NTU you’re given the freedom, support and flexibility to explore ideas when they come up.

To start expecting the unexpected. So it probably wasn’t such an accident that during my research I developed a model for spinal cord injury. My supervisor, who has himself started many businesses, helped me to discover the commercial as well as scientific opportunities in my work.

There’s a lot of information out there on how to publish, but not a lot on how to commercialise and take your idea through to clinical trials. 

But with NTU’s support, I was able to access the iCURE programme for funding that enabled me to travel all around the world, pitching my ideas. 

For 3 months I talked to investors and incubators in New York, Shanghai and Germany, sharing my work. The feedback was invaluable and now I’ve got a real taste for the academic, commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities that lie ahead.

Both those I expect, and those I don’t.

My name is Henry Pegram.

I’m in the fourth year of my PhD on spinal cord injury implants.

My name is Henry Pegram.

Prior to joining NTU, Henry obtained a BSc (Hons) in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Transfusion and Transplantation Science also from the University of Bristol.

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