W. Graham Richards

University of Oxford

Prof. Graham Richards CBE recently retired from Oxford University where he was Head of the Department of Chemistry 1997-2006, the world’s biggest chemistry department. His research focused on the applications of theoretical chemistry to drug discovery and he devised the widely publicized screensaver project which involved over 3.5 million personal computers in more than 200 countries. He now operates from the drug discovery company Inhibox Ltd.

He is the author of over 360 scientific papers and 18 books, including ‘Spin- outs: creating businesses from university intellectual property’ and the recently published ‘University Intellectual Property: a source of finance and impact’. He has consulted for several major pharma companies and is now senior non-executive director of IP Group Plc as well as holding a number of other directorships of biotechnology companies.