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Investing in medical innovation - the role of seed funds


With a wealth of innovative scientific research emerging from academic institutions and technology transfer offices (TTO) across the UK, it is fair to say that we are truly in a golden age of medical research innovation. As the newly appointed Head of Seed Funds at the medical research charity, LifeArc, I am driven by the question: where does investment and funding of cutting-edge research sit and what role do seed funds play in advancing medical research?  

The KE Mentoring Programme by Jennie Shorley, Associate Head RKE, Manchester Metropolitan University

This is, in many ways, great news for us in Knowledge Exchange, at the coalface of our university’s relationship with the outside world. The definition of impactful activities and reach should be “deepened and broadened”, which means that the roles of those tasked with developing impact should also be. It is, for some at least, disproportionate in terms of our university’s lack of development of knowledge exchange and impact staff.

Winners of the British Expertise International Awards 2018 have been announced

Congratulations to Public Health England (PHE)’s Business Development Team for winning the British Expertise International Awards 2018 under “international healthcare project” category for “Fast-track global collaborations to conquer emergencies such as Ebola and Zika”. 

PHE’s Senior Business Development Manager Professor Seshadri Vasan collected the award on his team’s behalf from HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. It is worth noting that this team also received the 2015 RCUK-PraxisAuril Impact Awards for “contribution to society” for their Ebola response.

University of Birmingham to lead Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA)

 
The University of Birmingham is to lead a connected system of incubators and accelerators that will drive jobs and economic growth across the Midlands region, following a £5 million award announced today by Research England.
The award will establish MICRA as the largest formal technology transfer collaboration in the UK, providing a single gateway to the collective intellectual property (IP) resources from the eight Midlands Innovation universities - Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick.  
 

Joint Oxford University Innovation and Imperial Innovations Internship

 

The Opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to work with two world-class Technology Transfer Offices on a joint internship program and springboard your career into the world of Technology Transfer. Working for six months in Oxford at Oxford University Innovation and in London at Imperial Innovations you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside talented and experienced professionals on the following topics:

Brainomix Secures £7m ($9.8m) Investment to Tackle Strokes with AI

 

Brainomix builds on partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim for AI-assisted fast treatment of stroke victims in latest venture round.

Brainomix, a medical imaging company using artificial intelligence (AI) for the fast diagnosis and treatment of stroke victims, has attracted £7m ($9.8m) of investment to bring its software to the global healthcare market.