Uzma joined the team in 2018 and is focused on assessing investment opportunities, conducting preliminary due diligence and executing deals. Given her research background and enthusiasm for science and learning about the inner workings of new technologies, she focusses on Deep Tech and Frontier Technologies such as drones, robotics, semi-conductors, precision genomics and cybersecurity.
Prior to Octopus, Uzma was a research scientist in the fields of Photochemistry and Synthetic Biology. Whilst undertaking her PhD she worked with the University of Manchester Innovation Company to assess the commercial feasibility of technologies being developed at the University, realising her passion for cutting edge technologies.
“Through this experience I learnt about the many challenges of spinning out companies and taking disruptive innovations from the lab bench to the market.”
Uzma enjoys baking and cooking and has therefore equipped her kitchen to a semi-professional level, but has found she has had limited time to devote to it so hopes to refocus this year and share her successes with the team!