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Sensor City

Future Cities Forum is delighted to welcome Dr Joanne Phoenix, interim Chief Executive of Sensor City, Liverpool to our Future Cities Forum being held at RIBA North on 27th February,

Sensor City is a global hub for the development of sensor technologies in a purpose-built base in Liverpool offering existing companies and budding entrepreneurs the technical expertise, business support and international platform needed to collaborate, develop, fund and promote sensor solutions to a global market.

Hexagon Scientific is a key emerging player in specialty analytical instruments, measurement and sensor technology in the UK and has become the latest addition to Sensor City. This pioneering SME primarily focuses on the design, development and implementation of sensors and systems to assess contaminants in water, soil and air.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond who visited Sensor City this month to see the breadth of entrepreneurship taking place in the North West and the support available to early stage companies, commented 'Britain's success has been built on innovation and entrepreneurial activities and the North West has always been at the heart of this success'.

Dr Phoenix has led the ecosystem development at Sensor City since June 2016 and is actively involved in supporting tenant companies and local entrepreneurs, as well as raising awareness of Sensor City and its activities across the country.

She has an extensive business network within the North West of England and over 17 years' of experience creating and supporting early stage technology companies and assisting with fundraising.

Joanne is helping to create a vibrant community of sensor related businesses associated with Sensor City and is actively supporting companies to drive forward new ideas and businesses, identifying and initiating key relationships.

Prior to her involvement with Sensor City, she provided consultancy to early stage businesses, academic spin-outs, technology start-ups and venture capitalists for due diligence or Board representation. She has significant experience working across the life sciences and technology sectors in particular and has a vast knowledge of business planning, patent strategy and development, fund raising and relationship management.

An alumnus of the University of Liverpool, she is a life scientist by training having completed her PhD in the Department of Medicine and postdoctoral research in the Departments of Medicine and Physiology, before moving on to the senior scientist role with local specialist clinical nutrition company SHS International.

Following a return to the University in a technology transfer and business development role with the Bioincubator MerseyBIO, she left to perform multiple consultancy roles with VC-backed tech start-ups before becoming CEO of Medalytix, the first company to commercialise automated image analysis for the early identification of diabetic eye disease.

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