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Brunel is committed to strengthening ties with business through the formation of partnerships with selected companies. The University has an excellent record in developing successful and beneficial relationships with business and industry, locally, nationally and internationally. 

Brunel’s team of Business Development Managers support organisations to access the research support available from Brunel. They can introduce you to the right academic experts to help address the specific innovation needs, challenges or opportunities facing your organisation. 

The team comprises:

<span class='contactname'>Dr Hitesh Patel</span>
Dr Hitesh Patel Email Dr Hitesh Patel
Senior Business Development Manager - Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
Hitesh is responsible for developing collaborations in the area of Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive. This involves engaging and working with academics across Brunel University London to develop partnerships with external stakeholders. Brunel delivers cutting-edge research and innovation through access to unique expertise, facilities and capabilities in advanced materials and manufacturing, and structural integrity. This includes working on predictive numerical modelling, sensors and signal processing across all the aspects of structures and materials research. He looks forward to working with companies to access our capabilities and expertise to address your challenges emerging out of CoVID-19 and other factors.
<span class='contactname'>Dr Michael Joseph</span>
Dr Michael Joseph Email Dr Michael Joseph
Business Development Manager - Healthcare and MedTech
Michael is an experienced health innovation partnership management professional. Currently, he manages R&D and innovation partnerships in Healthcare and Medical Technology in Brunel University London. He also contributes to the commercialisation process in partnership with Brunel research experts and businesses and health care providers and Life Sciences organisations. He works with innovation ecosystem actors to develop collaborative R&D projects and secure joint funding. Michael has managed partnerships in over 30 countries securing funding with: UK Government funding bodies, EU, USAID, World Bank, UN, and other organisations, including as Head of Business Development for a global health consultancy.


For further information about the BRF or to discuss potential projects, please email