Dr Paul Atherton is a successful, serial, technology entrepreneur who focuses on start-up companies from UK universities. He co-founded Queensgate Instruments in 1978 whilst studying for a PhD in astrophysics and was Managing Director from 1987 until its sale in March 2000.
Paul was Chairman of C2V (Micro Gas Chromatographs) until November 2009 when it was acquired by Thermo-Fisher. He was founder and Chairman of Midaz Lasers until July 2012 when it was sold to Coherent Ltd.
He was an Angel Investor in Natural Motion and supported it through 5 investment rounds until its sale to Zynga for $527M in February 2014. Paul was a Non Executive Director of Imperial Innovations from 2004 until 2014 helping it raise several hundred million pounds for investment in UK technology start-ups.
Paul is Chairman of Sussex Place Ventures – the London Business School Venture Fund. He is founder and Executive Chairman of Nexeon Limited (Li-ion battery materials) which has raised more than £85M of venture capital investment so far.
He is Chairman of Phase Focus Ltd Ltd (lensless live cell imaging) and is a Director of Infinitesima Ltd (high speed AFM for wafer inspection).
Paul’s most recent investment is in the start-up FungiAlert (an Imperial College spin out focusing on fungus detection in crops). Paul is Chairman of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision Engineering (Cambridge and Cranfield Universities). Paul has a PhD in Physics from Imperial College and an MBA from the London Business School (of which he was a Governor for 6 years).
He was made a Fellow of London Business School at the annual graduation ceremony in July 2013, and became a Fellow of The Institute of Physics in April 2016.