Research Contracts 18-21 September 2018


Is this course right for me?

The course is for people who deal with collaborative research relationships/partnerships. So it’s likely to be of most value for those who have either just moved into the role or those who wish to develop their role in research contracts (or industry liaison role/business development/IP contracts management roles). They’ll most likely be working in higher education, public sector research organisations such as NHS Trusts R&D support/governance offices, and potentially also in Research Council funding bodies, members of the AMRC community and businesses also. 

Delegates might have experience in Knowledge Exchange (KE), but less knowledge and understanding of the general and specific issues around research contracts

This course is also suitable for:

  • The ARMA and ASTP community
  • Business development professionals who wish to enhance their understanding as to how they may facilitate and enhance the role of the contracts office, research interactions and in brokering/managing strategic relationships between organisations.
  • Those who have attended PraxisAuril’s Essentials of Business Development course might find this to be a valuable next step, especially if they are seeking to understand and develop a greater understanding of what is required for collaborations from a contracts perspective (a good contract works in tandem with good management of the collaboration between the parties and helps in the overall relationship for all parties to achieve impact).

Why should I attend this course?

  • Research contracts – “which are fit for purpose” – are essential to cover all aspects of the relationship in a collaborative project for both those collaborating and also funders (which may or may not be a party to the collaborative partnership).
  • Research contracts between organisations can deliver mutual benefit, enable new outcomes and create considerable benefit for society.
  • There is a requirement for Universities, PSREs – NHS etc., research institutes to put research agreements in place for collaborations – so to be skilled at reviewing, setting up and managing research contracts are key skills to ensure the projects are delivered, understanding how these agreements work enable such agreements to be put in place more efficiently.
  • Creating and managing these (sometimes complex) collaborative relationships between organisations can often prove challenging and frustrating.

What will I learn from the course?

  • That the research contracts you deal with are structured and laid out in a way which is easy to read and understand and which ensures that express terms are enforceable (compliant with the fundamental requirements of contract law in England and Wales. 
  • Understanding of the significance of boilerplate terms and be able to negotiate changes appropriate to individual research contracts. 
  • Be able to critically assess instructions received from a researcher; prepare for a meeting with the researcher; review the proposed deal; to elucidate what further information is required from the researcher.
  • Determine whether a research contract is compliant with charity law and to seek further specialist advice if required.
  • Be able to review a research contract for errors and omissions with confidence.
  • To interpret research contracts with greater confidence and with an awareness of the common pitfalls of interpretation of contracts.
  • Interpret and amend IP clauses within contracts taking into account the impact the clause will have on future uses of the research results and pre-existing materials.
  • An awareness of your own and your institution’s attitude to risk and an ability to be proactive in managing any difference between the two.  (They should be risk aware but not risk averse, and understand that risk can never be fully eliminated; only managed).
  • Awareness of the model agreements available for both academia, clinical and business; and an ability to select and use a model agreement when appropriate
  • Be able to review, negotiate and draft indemnities in research contracts.
  • Be able to take a position in a research contract negotiation;  understand the impact of your position on others; communicate effectively with other departments; be assertive when required, to push the position as needed; gain confidence in influencing skills. 

The course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.

PLEASE NOTE: There may be a requirement for delegates to undertake some pre-course work/reading before the course begins.

What makes this course different to others available in the sector?

PraxisAuril is able to deliver this training from the unique perspective of KE practitioners. We see the world from the same angle as you do!

We draw on a wide pool of experience and expertise from within the profession and build them into the course content, ensuring we are always delivering up to date, sector leading training and development.

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20% discount on group bookings

Make a 20% saving on course fees by registering five or more delegates from your organisation for this event.

The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Tuesday 18 September 2018
  • Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks*) on Wednesday 19 September 2018
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch every day

* Please note that there is no reduction in the course fee if you choose not to attend the evening events.

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18th September - 21st September


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Course Fee (Members £1,045) £ 1175.00

Meet the Speakers/Trainers

Dr. David Brownlee

Course Director
Innovation Adviser, HSC Innovations
David Brownlee is the Innovation Advisor for Health and Social Care (HSC) in N. Ireland, where he heads up the HSC Innovations regional service. David graduated with First Class honours and a PhD from Queens University, Belfast in the early 90’s. After a period of Medical Research Council funded post-doctoral research, he then moved into technology transfer at the University of Southampton, subsequently consolidating these skills at the University of Ulster, prior to taking up the current position of Innovation Advisor within the N. Ireland Health Service. Over the past 10 years in HSC, he has been responsible for amongst other things; the creation and delivery of the "Supporting Innovation in the HSC “framework project, the roll-out and adoption of the Innovation Policy for HSC, securing funding for and development of the infrastructure of HSC Innovations as a regional service; and managing and commercialising a pipeline of varied technologies in the healthcare arena. Within the technology transfer arena David is involved in all aspects of the innovation process, as well as strategic management of technology portfolios. His interests include knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC), intellectual asset management, research translation, assessing value (savings) of the introduction of healthcare technologies, technology management and innovation strategy. He has served on the Life and Health Sciences Horizon Panel of MATRIX (the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel which advises Government on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology), NIHR-MRC Working Group for model agreements, Government led study to examine ways to maximise the commercial and economic Impact of the Northern Ireland publicly funded research base, steering committee of the £25k (now INVENT) Entrepreneurship competition, and on various assessment panels including Knowledge Exchange and SBRI. David is also on the professional development committee of PraxisAuril, a world leading national professional association for public sector KEC practitioners - that drives the commercialisation of academic and public sector research for social and economic impact. He represents HSC in this important area of Innovation within the healthcare environment both nationally and internationally.

Mr. Richard Nugent

Co-Course Director
Head of IP Strategy, Coller IP
Richard began his career in Northern Ireland, after roles as a financial advisor and retail manager, he moved into the legal sector while doing his law degree, and took on work within the Northern Ireland Courts Service. Following his law degree he negotiated the contracts for all the sub-contractors involved in the building of Belfast City Airport. In 2002, he moved to the south of England, working in the legal teams of Canon, Orange, and SAS Software. Richard moved into the research sector, and worked for Rothamsted Research from January 2007 to October 2015, both as a Contracts Manager and as an IP Manager. Once he began managing the IP portfolio, Richard increased filings through liaison with innovators, and associated incomes, whilst reducing the per matter cost through effective outsourcing and strong management of renewals. During this time he negotiated a major agreement with EMBRAPA, was part of the team that put the Syngenta relationship in place, and he negotiated a major agrochemical licence agreement. Key systems he introduced included a database, >60 contract templates, and an e-signature system. Richard also resolved contractual conflicts with a major U.K. health institution, the JRC in Brussels, and negotiated away a patent opposition. After Rothamsted he worked for his own IP & Contracts consulting and training firm, Totalinfo Ltd., returning to the research sector in November 2016 working as a Contracts Manager for Queen’s University Belfast on short-term contract, before joining Coller IP in July 2018.

Robert Marshall

, Robert Marshall & Associates
Robert Marshall is passionately interested in the psychology of the workplace, staff motivation and dispute resolution. After two decades working at a senior level in the university sector and manufacturing management, he now provides training, consultancy, personal coaching and advice on technology transfer, commercial negotiation, conflict resolution and management development for a wide range of private and public sector clients worldwide. Robert was Head of Technology Transfer at the University of Cambridge, where he was instrumental in the creation and development of the Technology Transfer Office (now called Cambridge Enterprise). For four years he was Director of Research & Business Services at the University of East Anglia (UK), and before that he worked in manufacturing management, consultancy, research management and as a quality manager in specialist engineering companies. He has many years of practical experience in successfully negotiating commercial contracts and agreements, as well as in strategic development, business process design, and managing large teams and budgets. In recent years, he has trained the most senior civil servants in many countries, as well as business leaders, academics and administrators. Robert’s recent clients include The University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the London School of Economics & Political Science (where he is an Associate Lecturer), the European Association of Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP-Proton), Management Forum Ltd, the Universities of Liverpool, Exeter, Aachen, Leuven, Gerona and Copenhagen, the Research Council of Norway, Cancer Research Technology and the governments of Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Brunei, China and many more.

Agnieszka Wozniak

Solicitor and Associate, Anderson Law LLP
Agnieszka, or simply Aga, is a solicitor and associate at Anderson Law. Aga drafts, negotiates and advises on intellectual property and commercial transactions. These have included research collaborations and licence agreements, consultancy and master services agreements, website T&Cs and also corporate restructuring matters. Aga is currently undertaking a part-time secondment to a spin-out client, where she provides advice and assistance in respect of development and commercialisation of their pioneering technology. Aga has spent time on secondment to a leading UK university client. Prior to joining Anderson Law, Aga spent over five years as contracts officer at the University of Warwick. In that role she was responsible for drafting and negotiating the terms of a wide range of research contracts, including multi-party R&D collaboration agreements and multi-million-pound funding agreements.

Pat Duxbury

Partner, Gowling WLG LLP
Patrick Duxbury is a Partner at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, which is a large international law firm, based out of London and Birmingham offices in the UK. Patrick was originally a microbiologist and geneticist before re-qualifying as a lawyer in 1993 with first class honours. Patrick specialises in all aspects of transactional intellectual property law in the life sciences sector. Recent transactions include several M&A transactions and licensing and collaboration deals for biotech and pharmaceutical company clients such as arGEN-X, AstraZeneca, Astellas, MedImmune, Astex Therapeutics, Chroma Therapeutics, Eisai, GSK, Heptares Therapeutics, PanGenetics, ProStrakan and others. He has recently acted for ProStrakan on its £230m acquisition of Archimedes, for GSK on its Euro 400m collaboration with MorphoSys, for arGEN-X BV in its collaborations with Bayer and Leo and SROne and SV on their investment in VHsquared. In the last 12 months he has also acted for AstraZeneca on its high profile, $1bn plus transactions with Eli Lilly and Innate Pharma and for Epidarex on its investment in a new company based on technology licensed from the Universities of Glasgow and Southern Denmark. Patrick is a recent member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the Legal Expert Network of the ABPI. He is a regular speaker on life science topics (including for C5, Management Forum, The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, PraxisUnico) and teaches on both the European and US BIO Advanced Business Development courses. Patrick is recognised in all the directories as a leading individual in the field of technology licensing. Intellectual Asset Management 250 described him as “without doubt an outstanding expert and a leading practitioner in his field”, leading a “24 carat” life sciences team. In the 2014/2015 edition of Chambers & Partners, Patrick is listed a star individual in life sciences transactional work.

Christopher Pollard

Solicitor advocate and Associate, Anderson Law LLP
Christopher is a solicitor advocate and associate at Anderson Law. Christopher advises on a range of intellectual property and general commercial law matters, which include licensing arrangements, transactions and exploitation of intellectual property. Christopher is currently undertaking part-time secondments with research funding and university clients. Prior to joining Anderson Law, Christopher qualified as a barrister. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2012. After this, he worked in the Disputes Resolution department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as an in-house paralegal.

Alasdair Poore

Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP
Alasdair is Head of the Intellectual Property Team at Mills & Reeve LLP, advising on protection of intellectual property and technology contracting especially in the education and technology sectors, with a keen interest in Universities and the issues arising from University research, from managing IP and issues such as publication to exploitation. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and Editor of the CIPA Journal. He has a background starting on a Natural Sciences degree before switching to Law, and has specialised in the interface between science and law ever since. Alasdair spent 7 years at Shell (including 2 years in Canada) on technologies ranging from life sciences, through mineral extraction to oil and chemicals processing. While at Shell he qualified as a patent attorney as well as practising law. Alasdair specialises in advising on the use of IP, patent, trade mark and registered design filing and protection, licensing, franchising and exploitation, and corporate due diligence and IP in spin out and start-up companies. He works extensively on IP litigation and disputes resolution, including University inventorship issues and enforcement disputes, especially in the High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and patent and trade mark offices including the European Patent Office and Community Trade mark Offices -- with good experience of mediation. His work often involves Universities in the UK as well as private sector clients from spin out companies to major IP intensive multinationals, advising on intellectual property policies, ownership issues, collaboration and research agreements. He is also Deputy Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and member of its Trade Marks and Patents Committees. Alasdair has been a trainer on Praxis courses since its foundation and is a keen supporter of the work PraxisUnico does.

James Fry

Senior Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP
James is a partner specialising in intellectual property work and read Chemistry at The University of Sheffield before qualifying as a solicitor in 1996. He has significant experience of acting for clients in a range of industrial and technology sectors, and has significant experience of advising universities and a wide range of public and private sector clients in the biopharma, chemical, IT and engineering sectors. Much of his work in these sectors is focused on IP due diligence, strategy and audit, IP licensing and R&D and other collaborative agreements. He also has significant experience of advising on regulation and how this impacts IP/product development e.g. REACH, advertising regulation and the regulation of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. James is a regular speaker on IP and contract issues. He is rated as a leading IP lawyer in both Chambers and the Legal 500, the main legal directories, where he has been quoted as being: ""not afraid to express his opinion"" and ""a highly skilled, commercially astute negotiator"". Qualifications: BSc Special Honours Chemistry - 2(i) Common Professional Examination in Law - Commendation Legal Practice Course - Distinction

Ms. Vicky Clark

Consultant Solicitor, Keystone Law
Vicky is a commercial lawyer who specialises in intellectual property matters. She has a particular interest in the life sciences sector, drawing upon a scientific background to advise clients on the protection and exploitation of innovative diagnostics, medicines and medical devices. Her clients include individuals, private companies and PLCs.

Dr. Daniel Blakey

Deputy Head of Research Services (Science Area), University of Oxford
Dan is Head of the Research Services office in Oxford which supports the activities of the Science, Social Science, and Humanities researchers. Dan joined the Oxford RS office after completing a PhD in 2005, starting as a contracts officer and then moving through managing a grants support team, developing an institutional approach to major research projects, and leading on large and complex negotiations before taking up his current position. In addition to the operational and leadership aspects of his role, Dan works across Oxford’s Research Services office on training needs and the in-house training programme, support for strategic projects, and overseas research funding and collaborations. He has been involved in the PraxisAuril Research Contracts course since 2013.
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