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Dr Yuchen Gu

Scale-Up Programme Sector Manager , SetSquared

Dr Yuchen Gu is currently Scale-Up Programme Sector Manager in SETsquared Partnership. Yuchen graduated with a B.Sc. in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2010. He joined LCMP (Loughborough-China Materials Partnership) Programme in September 2009 and did his final year undergraduate and M.Sc. degree in Loughborough University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in creep behaviour of Grade 92 steels for fossil power plant applications, sponsored by EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute). He then spent two years in Materials Performance Centre at The University of Manchester as a Research Associate. He joined ASTUTE (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) 2020 as a Project Officer in May 2017. Yuchen provided his expertise in advanced materials technology and project management on a wide range of industry-focused research projects to help SMEs to improve their products and R&D activities. He was promoted to Senior Project Manager of STFC B4I (Bridging for Innovators) Regional Centre Wales in February 2020. During his time in STFC, Yuchen oversaw the running of the business development, industry liaison, and STFC facility liaison for the Regional Centre Wales. He supported industry-focused research and a diverse industry/research user base in the area of multi-length scale imaging and characterisation, utilising X-ray, electron, and light microscopy, and translation of projects to STFC facilities such as Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron, Muon Source, and Hartree Data Centre. Yuchen started his current role in SETsquared Partnership since Nov 2021, and he is dedicated to industry-academia collaboration, and supporting high tech SMEs’ R&D activities and fundraising.


panel: 12:25 – 13:10

Backing Innovators Solving the Unsolveable

Disruptive innovations in science and engineering have the power to change the world but require collaboration to make it a success. This panel of industry experts will discuss the unique nature of deep tech innovations, including longer R&D cycles and tackling the unsolvable. Dialling in on everything from deep tech clusters to university spin outs, this panel will pull back the curtain on the UK’s growing deep tech ecosystem.