Dr. Jelena Angelis
European Future Innovation System Centre (Sweden)
Research Director

Expertise Areas: Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Management Consulting. Biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology and ICT sectors.

Dr Jelena Angelis is a qualified economist who has worked in the field of support to innovation, SMEs and entrepreneurship (including incubation and access to finance) since early 2002 – first with SQW Consulting and Oxford Innovation in the UK, and currently with Technopolis Group in different countries.

During her work with the private sector players, Jelena Angelis focused on commercialisation, technology transfer, incubation and access to finance. She supported SMEs/entrepreneurs hosted by incubators and innovation centres, was part of the in-house team helping entrepreneurs structure investment pitches for the OION business angels meetings and has recently been one of the judges of the Parmee Prize for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise competition at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Jelena’s work for the public sector clients included trend analysis and foresight studies, programme design and evaluation (using national and EU Structural Funds); and monitoring of funding use. Her clients included the European Commission, IFC, government departments and ministries, innovation, economic and enterprise development agencies.

Her primary expertise is in biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare sectors. This has been gained through her PhD research on the R&D alliances between biotech and pharmaceutical companies; running a Healthcare Interest Group within Oxford Innovation; supporting tenants of a specialist medical diagnostics incubator DiagnOx; and working on many consultancy assignments and advisory services in the healthcare and biotechnology sector. She has also worked on assignments in the advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology and ICT sectors, and with the Lithuanian Import and Export Credit Agency.

Jelena Angelis holds a BA (Honours) and MSc degrees in economics from Vilnius University, MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, Certificate in Medical Innovation from the University of Oxford and PRINCE2 Project Management qualification.

She has delivered talks at several international conferences, published articles in peer reviewed journals and co-authored book chapters, including “Innovation into Business” in The Innovation Handbook: How to Develop, Manage and Protect Your Most Profitable Ideas.