Ruth Paton is Innovation Centre (IWIC) Manager within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship department supporting enterprise and business development at the University of Suffolk.
Ruth is responsible for the management and growth of the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre and network, developing the community within the centre and integration with the University, particularly encouraging students and graduates to access the IWIC facilities. Integral to the role is identifying opportunities for delivering value added services for members as well as collaborative relationships with University expertise, particularly around knowledge exchange opportunities.
Key to the role is engaging with a range of partners in the local enterprise area, putting the Innovation Centre and 3D printing facilities at the forefront of the enterprise and innovation ecosystem. Creating an innovation hub that acts as a catalyst for brokering innovative collaborations and creating an environment for commercialisation.