Will Charles has been General Manager of Technology Development at Auckland Uniservices since 2005. During his tenure, UniServices transacted over 165 licensing deals, started 30 companies and raised over $50 million in venture and seed funding for these companies, and has successfully exited a number of them. Will also has extensive commercial experience in businesses in Europe, Asia and New Zealand, having held executive positions at Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Celltech and Wolters Kluwer.
Will has founded and managed a number of funds and private-public partnerships, including the TransTasman Commercialisation Fund, a A$30 million seed fund with four Australian Universities, and the Return on Science, a part of New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Economic Development’s Commercialisation Partner Network. He is also a manager of a number of startups, and has been a guest speaker at international technology transfer conferences such as BioEurope and the Association of University Technology Managers in the US (AUTM).