Professor Tavakoli initially worked as the Program Manager of the Medical Devices Faraday Partnership and then as the Technical Director of the Health Tech & Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network for many years, and now continues to work within the Health Team of the KTN as a Knowledge Transfer Manager for Infrastructure, Medical Technology and Therapies.
From 1989 until 2014 he worked as a Technology Manager and Consultant at TWI Ltd (a Research and Technology Organisation), leading on medical device innovation and product developments and supporting TWI’s healthcare industry members. During these years he has been involved in developments of a range of medical and implantable devices in collaboration with clinicians, academics and industry. He acted as the industrial supervisor or lead academic for many PhD and KTP projects with a number of universities and companies. He has published over 70 papers and patents and presented in various national and international conferences.
His main responsibilities within the KTN include; supporting innovations in the healthcare sector and product commercialisation with support from, and in collaborations with, Innovate UK, BEIS, DH, NHS, NICE, MHRA, Healthcare UK, DIT and other stakeholders, including many charities. One of his primary roles is to support clinicians/industry collaborations. He is a Steering Committee or Advisory Board member of a number of major, healthcare-related programs, including four NIHR-funded, Health Technology Cooperatives (HTCs) and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies at the University of Strathclyde. He has been a visiting Professor of Medical Materials and Medical Devices at University of Strathclyde for many years and also previously at Queen Mary, University of London.