Dr Nicola Broughton

Investment Director, Head of Universities


Nicola leads a team of university specialists which cover Mercia’s 19 partnerships. The team are actively sourcing new university spinouts across all of our sectors at the early stage, as well as being responsible for managing a portfolio of spin-out companies.

Previous experience

Nicola has a wealth of experience in both life sciences and university commercialisation, having founded her own IP commercialisation company working as a transfer and licensing advisor to many universities across the UK. She also spent 10 years as a commercial director for a University of Leeds spinout. Nicola holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and King's College London. She also holds an MBA from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, and a Diploma in Law from the National Association of Paralegals.