Introducing TTP! An interview with Sam Hyde, TTP’s Managing Director

We’re so excited to announce that TTP (The Technology Partnership) has agreed to sponsor Race for Science! We interviewed TTP’s Managing Director Sam Hyde about what makes TTP special, what it takes to make collaboration work, and more. 

What is TTP?

TTP is an independent technology company where scientists and engineers collaborate to invent, design and develop new products and technologies. With a 30-year history of invention, our multidisciplinary teams are able to deliver across all stages of the development of new products, from research and invention, through design, engineering and manufacture. We work across a wide spectrum of industries – including health, telecoms, industrials and consumer – to create breakthrough solutions that bring strong commercial value to clients and the benefits of technology to all.

Describe the type of people that work at TTP.

The people at TTP are technically brilliant; they have an insatiable curiosity and a hunger and desire to challenge the norm. But they also have a passion for the commercial application and discovering solutions that will really add value to our clients and their customers.

PCRC is looking to become more collaborative; we recently launched a new grant call for innovative research into prostate cancer, and we specifically encouraged collaborative research. I know TTP values collaboration – the word “partnership” is in your name! What do you think is the key to a collaborative partnership?

We take on and solve the hardest challenges at TTP. A key ingredient for success is well-crafted collaborative teams: multidisciplinary teams made up of engineers and scientists, fostering a culture that values contribution and avoids hierarchy and that has a common sense of purpose. We work very collaboratively with our clients too. I have found that the key to collaborative partnerships is a shared passion for the product vision, a relationship that encourages openness, great communication, and a mutual willingness to explore and think differently.

What do you consider the most important advances in technology over the past 30 years?

I am most excited by the advances in technology that have an impact on daily life. If I had to pick two areas, it would be the revolution in communications and the coming of age of molecular biology. Communications has been a driving force of progress, connecting people, facilitating the collation and fusion of information and catalysing learning and technical advances. Advances in biology from genetic sequencing to cell therapy are enabling greater understanding of diagnostics and treatment of disease. I am proud of TTP’s role in the rapid progress of these industries from developing the early mobile phones and the latest satellite communications systems, to our work creating new molecular diagnostics and enabling technology for emerging cell therapies.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to get involved with charitable events like Race for Science?

We are really proud to be supporting PCR Race For Science. Prostate Cancer awareness is so important, Race For Science is not only raising awareness about this disease but also important funds for future research into advanced Prostate Cancer.

How important is your location to Cambridge in terms of science and technology?

TTP was formed over 30 years ago and continues to be an integral part of the Cambridge phenomenon of innovation, science, engineering and business enterprise. Working in Europe’s largest technology hub and a world renown centre of excellence means that we are in close proximity to the best partners in the world.

Thank you so much for sponsoring Race for Science. Your support for this event is allowing us to try something new and exciting. Is there anything new and exciting on the horizon for TTP?

The very nature of our work is to invent and therefore we are always working on new and exciting projects. The work is confidential and therefore I am unable to talk about any of our client projects we are currently working on. However, we also invest resource into working on our own ideas. The most successful of these are spun out into separate companies. We will be spinning out another company over the next few weeks so watch this space…

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