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Marc Clement was born in Llanelli, Wales. He graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Physics from Swansea University and a PhD in Laser Physics from Swansea University with the research undertaken at the Rutherford Laboratory. Marc then gained a Fellowship from the Royal Society to study at the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, in Paris. He has held several senior academic positions including being the Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales for six years before returning to become Executive Chair in the Institute of Life Science at the College of Medicine, Swansea University.

In 2014 Marc was invited to become Vice President of Swansea University with a specific role of developing major strategic projects; and more recently in October 2015, Marc was appointed as Dean of the School of Management, Swansea University. Marc has also held several public appointments serving on and chairing committees on behalf of Welsh Government and representing Wales on the UK Board of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Marc is an entrepreneur having founded several businesses and is the named inventor of many patents in the field of medical devices.