OUR TEAM

 

Plasma4 is a Lancaster University Health Innovation Campus-supported spinout company

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PROF ROBERT D SHORT FTSE

Founder and Director

Rob is currently the Director of the Material Science Institute at Lancaster University (UK). He retains an Adjunct Professor position within the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia, Adelaide.  
Rob holds a BSc and PhD from the University of Durham (UK). He started his academic career at the University of Sheffield, where he held the Chair in Biomaterials from 2001. From 2006-2016, he held the positions of Institute Research Director, Dean of Research and PVC at the University of South Australia.  
Rob has enjoyed an academic-entrepreneurial career.  He has over 30 years of experience in technological plasma, working on plasma-based technologies for life science, healthcare and medical products.  He co-developed the myskin™  and cypatch™  technologies for the treatment of chronic wounds and burns, and the advanced cell culture technology PureCoat™. Rob is an inventor on more than 10 distinct patent families, supporting products sold globally.  
He has published more than 250 papers and led teams which have won in excess of £125M funding from government, industry, investors and charities.  
He collaborates globally with groups in the USA, UK, Continental Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia.  
In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.