About the company

Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd, founded by entrepreneur Charles Cotton in 2009, has been set up to acknowledge the people, organisations, products, events and initiatives behind Cambridge's unique information technology, bioscience and medical cluster. Our current initiatives have all been stimulated by the 50th Anniversary in 2010 of the Cambridge Phenomenon.

Our mission

  1. Celebrate 50 years of knowledge-based businesses.
  2. Capture the history of the Cambridge Phenomenon.
  3. Guide other business clusters wherever they are located.
  4. Provide valuable information to policy makers.
  5. Communicate future directions for the Cambridge Cluster.
  6. Inspire new generations of entrepreneurs.


Introducting Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 years of innovation and enterprise, a must-have read for the people and companies who have contributed to building the Cambridge technology cluster, and also for those who want to discover the secrets of Cambridge’s success. Read more


In 2010 more 300 high-level influencers from the business and academic worlds came together at The Future Starts Here. Check out videos, presentations, photos and documentation on our conference round-up website. Read more

The People

The Board comprises people drawn from constituencies that influence the Cambridge Phenomenon: IT, Bioscience and medical companies, Finance and Academia.

Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton is Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd, the organisation behind this conference. Full profile

Chris Chapman

Chris has over 20 years experience in finance, working in sectors such as software, online services, renewables, clean technology, consulting, engineering and new media, in companies including Lotus Cars, Smallworld, General Electric, Library House and numerous other high growth small businesses. Full profile

Theodoros Koutroukides

Theo is pursuing his PhD on Schizophrenia biomarkers discovery at the Institute of Biotechnology, Cambridge University and is the Chairman of the Cambridge University Technology & Enterprise Club (CUTEC). Full profile

Joelle du lac

Joelle joined Cambridge Judge Business School in July 2009 and is responsible for corporate, press and alumni relations, communications and web/new media. She works in close collaboration with the Director of the School and Jonathan Badger from the Cambridge University Development Office on fundraising strategies. Full profile

Christopher Saunders

Christopher Saunders read Chemistry at Oxford University, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. For most of his career he has worked in knowledge based businesses - his first job in 1950 was at Pest Control Ltd, a pioneering Cambridge company in agricultural chemicals. In 1959 he co. founded Torvac Ltd, building and operating industrial high vacuum plant. And was a non Executive director. Full profile

Dr Jeff Solomon

Jeff has worked for 25 years in the biotech and healthcare industries and he is dedicated to helping companies work together to ensure that biosciences will have a major impact on people’s health and environment in the global economy of the 21st century. Full profile

Teri Willey

Teri is is the Chief Executive of Cambridge Enterprise that exists to help University of Cambridge inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs make their ideas and concepts more commercially successful. Full profile


We collaborate with a network of partner organisations whose local knowledge and expertise is crucial to the success of our initiatives.


Get involved

Participate in the Cambridge Phenomenon, find out about our forthcoming book, volunteer to help or tell us your ideas for initiatives. Get in touch now


Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd, St John's Innovation Centre,
Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 OWS, United Kingdom.

t. +44 (0)1223 581 254
e. [email protected]