Professor David Secher

  • College positions:
    Life Fellow. College Lecturer in Cell Biology (1980-2005), Tutor for Graduate Students (1992-2000), Registrary (2010-2012), Senior Bursar (2012-2018)
  • Subjects: Natural Sciences

Other positions

Emeritus Professor at the University of Sheffield; Governor of Coventry University Group; trustee of The Trinity Challenge; trustee Cambridge United Charities; trustee the César and Celia Milstein Foundation; Non-executive Director, Crossword Cybersecurity plc; Director, Cambridge KT Ltd; Governor, Hills Road Sixth Form College (2013-2016); Chairman, PraxisUnico (2009-10); Chief Executive, N8 research Partnership (2006-2008); Director of Research Services, University of Cambridge (2000-2005); Director of Drug Development, Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK) (1991-2000). Co-founder and Chairman (2002-2008) of Praxis Courses - the international technology transfer training programme.


Awards and prizes

Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (2007) Lifetime Award.

Elected member: European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), Institute of Physics.


Research interests

Technology transfer and intellectual property, development of new treatments for cancer



'Knowledge exchange: how should universities engage with business?', Times Higher Education, 28 February 2019  

'Research charities will undermine their missions if they demand control of IP', Times Higher Education, 18 October 2018


Other interests

Sailing, cooking, cycling, skiing