Dr Alex Lyness
B.Eng Product Design and Management, 2008; PhD Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, 2013
Alex gained a PhD from Loughborough in 2013. Find out more about Alex's research interests and more in his AAB profile.
Dr Alex Lyness joined Loughborough University in 2004 and as a fresher he lived in Tower’s Hall and was a key member of the LSRFC 2nd XV team that won BUCS gold. After graduating Alex opted to do a master’s degree in Engineering Design during which Glide Pharma Technologies Ltd. approached him to provide engineering input to their needle-free drug delivery device. After a successful collaboration, Glide agreed to co-fund a PhD and Alex moved down to their Oxford premises to work as a Medical Device Engineer again in collaboration.
During this time Alex also founded and chaired the LU Health and Wellbeing Conference for 4 years, an event which now attracts over 150 delegates from across campus and provides a platform for early stage researchers to showcase their work. In July 2013 Alex was awarded a PhD.
Following his time in Oxford, he returned to Loughborough as a Research Associate and developed a novel delivery device to treat type I diabetes. In early 2014 the University rewarded Alex with an Enterprise Fellowship to progress his invention to market. He worked to provide support to industry across several projects that require his time to be split between Loughborough, Oxford, Cambridge and London.
Alex left his role at the University in 2016 to pursue a role as the Manager, Research & Technology at West Pharmaceutical Services to develop their next generation of transformational drug delivery systems. This includes those already in the pipeline as well as identifying new opportunities and translating them into viable products.
Alex joined the Alumni Advisory Board with the aim of ensuring that Alumni and their current employers are invited back to the campus to provide opportunities to engage with entrepreneurial undergraduate and post-graduate students and research staff. It is hoped this may lead to opportunities for Alumni to support, mentor, sponsor, invest in ideas or even directly employ outstanding individuals.