David Connell joined the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge in 2006. He was previously founding Chief Executive of TTP Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital fund specialising in early stage science and technology-based ventures with funding from Boeing, Siemens and financial institutions. From 1989 to 1997, he was Head of TTP Groups Strategy Division, providing consulting advice on technology exploitation, innovation and business development strategy to a wide range of clients including Shell, BP, Nortel, ICI, Barclays Bank and the University of Cambridge.
His research on the US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other US procurement based policies has had a major influence on Government thinking and his proposals form the basis of the UK SBRI programme. He advised the Department of Innovation Universities and Skills and the Technology Strategy Board on implementation His work also influenced the introduction of the EU’s new SME Instrument, as part of Horizon 2020.
He is a member of the NHS England SBRI Management Board and in 2017 carried out a major review of the use of SBRI nationally on behalf of the Prime Minister.