The Business of Technology



Dr Craig Sawyers Director


Southampton University 1974-1977.  BSc (1st class Honours) Electronics Science.

Southampton University 1977-1981. PhD Laser Physics.  A novel laser resonator configuration later commercialised for scientific and industrial applications by JK Lasers and Spectron Laser systems.  Now included in all standard texts on laser design.


Smith Associates 1981-1983. As a Principal Engineer, undertook electronics development and system analysis for the MoD, including the development of major systems for multi-channel data acquisition and display.

PA Technology 1983-1987.  Initially as a physicist in the applied physics group, later to became Senior Consultant in the PA Group.  Responsible for developing a wide range of technologies, particularly those involving multi-disciplinary activities.  Major clients included Kodak, Pharmacia Biosensor, Lego/Modulex, Shell Ventures, British Aerospace, IBM and the DTI.

Scientific Generics 1987-1991 as Director of Innovation.  Followed the founder of PA Technology, Professor Gordon Edge CBE, as a founding member of this Cambridge-based technology consultancy.  Clients included Esselte, Wharfedale, Domino Printing, Oxford Instruments and the DTI

Wharfedale PLC 1991-1992. As Technical Director, led the R&D team and also undertook due diligence for certain acquisitions.  Supported City presentations to raise money in a Placing and Open Offer.  Merged the acquired and established technical teams which produced 28 new audio products for launch in 1991.

Oxford Instruments 1992-1998.  As Engineering Manager of the Research Instruments Division, was responsible for a team of 80 PhD-qualified engineers and design draughtspersons.  Implemented structural change to reflect the changing nature of the business environment, leading to a doubling in engineering productivity.  Was responsible for a major IT investment programme, managing a transition to ISO9001 registration, and led Y2K team.

Technology Enterprise 1998 to present.  Founding director.