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PraxisUnico and JUSIRUI Management Consulting announce international relationship

22 Jun 2017

PraxisUnico and JUSIRUI Management Consulting announce international strategic relationship to deliver outstanding training to Chinese professionals working in the fields of technology transfer, knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

LAB282 accelerates Oxford University’s life sciences with second round of awards

22 Jun 2017

LAB282, the drug discovery partnership for Oxford University, has made its second round of awards to support promising life sciences ideas with market potential emerging from the University.

Innovation China UK Programme Office (ICUK) seeking participants

21 Jun 2017

Innovation China UK Programme Office (ICUK) based at Queen Mary Innovation Ltd. is seeking mission participants from two UK companies and one academic institute in the field of sensor and sensing technology to join the UK-China Innovation Partnering Mission in Shanghai between 10th and 13th September 2017. This mission will be largely funded by the FCO Global Partnership Fund. HEI spin-outs and commercial partners are welcome to apply.

Innovation Database - Innovation Masterclass

19 Jun 2017

Are you free on 28 June 2017? To be held in London, our annual Innovation Masterclass event will bring together experts in the management of innovation for a full day of thought leadership, insights, sharing and networking.

The Impact Awards Winners Announced!

16 Jun 2017

The winners of the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals, organised by PraxisUnico and supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), were announced last night at a black-tie ceremony in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, in front of over 250 invited guests from universities, research institutes, industry and government.

Chemistry Means Business

9 Jun 2017

Chemistry Means Business takes place next week in Manchester, just before PraxisUnico’s own annual conference in Sheffield (Weds-Fri). PraxisUnico members connect businesses with research and help to bring novel research to market and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s event is all about forging connections, future proofing businesses and cross sector collaborations.

Oxford University leads national effort to save WW1 memories

6 Jun 2017

Oxford University is launching a crowdfunding campaign for Lest We Forget (LWF), a project that will support local community endeavours to digitise memorabilia and personal accounts of World War One ahead of the 2018 centenary of Armistice Day.

EIC and Catapult launch action plan to unleash innovation in the energy sector

6 Jun 2017

Gas and electricity networks are adopting innovations from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into business as usual but there is still work to be done. This is one of the conclusions from the Energy Innovation Centre’s (EIC) and the Energy Systems Catapult’s latest research findings, launched today at Utility Week Live.

Global University Venturing awards celebrate excellence in Technology Transfer.

24 May 2017

PraxisUnico would like to congratulate Oxford University Innovation, which was named ‘Tech Transfer unit of the year’ in the annual GUVenturing awards ceremony in London last night (23rd May), and PraxisUnico Advocacy Committee member Tony Raven who was awarded a lifetime achievement award.

Summer Schools: The challenges, Values and Learning

22 May 2017

Kingston University is holding an event to highlight the challenges of summer school and how to overcome them to generate income for your university.

University of Exeter offering part time MSc in Data Science

22 May 2017

The University of Exeter is please to be offering a part time MSc Data Science course, starting in September.

PraxisUnico proud to be supporting UKSPA's annual conference

9 May 2017

PraxisUnico is delighted to be supporting the UK Science Park Association’s (UKSPA) annual conference in York this week (May 9th and 10th). Several PraxisUnico speakers will be addressing delegates as part of the ‘Innovation, Incubation and Science Parks’ stream.

Birmingham technology company expands into Far East

8 May 2017

A Birmingham tech company is expanding into the Far East with the opening of a Taiwanese subsidiary.

Finalists for The Impact Awards have been announced!

2 May 2017

We are pleased to announce that nine projects and five volunteers have been shortlisted in PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards for 2017.

Interface Multiparty Competition – collaborative partners wanted

28 Apr 2017

Interface are offering four groups of businesses which partner with academics for research and development projects a chance to share £30,000.

Haseltine Lake announces partnership with Worldwide Cancer Research

28 Apr 2017

Haseltine Lake, a European intellectual property firm, announces a charity support partnership with Worldwide Cancer Research.

ON Helix translational research conference

28 Apr 2017

ON Helix, brought to you by One Nucleus, is a translational research conference for everyone in the life science sector. It is being held on 12th July and includes a welcome reception and BioNewsRound Award.

First research programme to remove greenhouse gases launched in the UK

27 Apr 2017

The National Environment Research Council (NERC), Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are jointly funding the Greenhouse Gas Removal programme. The Met Office and Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are also supporting.

Reactive Oxygen® research wins prestigious innovation award

25 Apr 2017

Scientists developing a powerful, new technology that could transform our ability to fight drug-resistant infections, reduce suffering and save lives have won a prestigious innovation award.

The NCRI Partnership launches new five-year strategy to accelerate progress in cancer research

25 Apr 2017

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) launches its new five-year strategy today (Tuesday) to accelerate progress in cancer research through collaboration.

BEIS to fund EV batteries and Robotic research

24 Apr 2017

The Autumn Statement outlined the development of the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to support collaborations between business and the UK’s science base.

Funding for universities to deliver the industrial strategy

24 Apr 2017

HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability fund (CCF). They are allocating £100 million of funding to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

Cardiff-based Life Science company awarded funding from Finance Wales

21 Apr 2017

The Cardiff-based life science company, Cellesce, has been awarded funding by Finance wales to continue its organoid research and establish its growing team in the GE Innovation Village in Cardiff.

CRT Pioneer Fund, Cancer Research UK and NCI Collaborate to Boost Research Against the 'Undruggable' RAS

21 Apr 2017

Cancer Research UK and the Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund (CPF)* have committed £2.5 million in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US to tackle one of the toughest challenges in cancer that has thwarted researchers for more than 30 years.

UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017

19 Apr 2017

The awards aim to celebrate the 'unsung heroes' within the energy industry, who are breaking boundaries to bring benefits to customers, industry and the supply chain.

Startup incubation and acceleration: the national picture

19 Apr 2017

A new report released by NESTA has identified 205 incubators and 163 accelerators active in the UK. These support an estimated 3,450 and 3,660 new businesses a year respectively, with UK accelerators providing an estimated £33m annually in start-up investment. The report, commissioned by BEIS and produced in partnership with the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) provides another piece of evidence highly relevant to current policy debates – not least the Industrial Strategy Green Paper – around stimulating, supporting and growing early stage companies. Presenting a national picture, the report sits well alongside the regional ‘deep dives’ provided by Science & Innovation audits.

Innovate UK funds development of vaccine for Zoonotic diseases

18 Apr 2017

The University of Plymouth received funding from Innovate UK for the development of a new and economic vaccine designed to stop the spread of highly pathogenic zoonotic infectious diseases.

IPO seeking views on proposed changes to patent fees

18 Apr 2017

The IPO launched a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to patent fees.

Driverless pods research in the UK

13 Apr 2017

The UK Government have provided funding towards the testing and research of the autonomous vehicles. The aim is to use the vehicles to move people around airports, hospitals, malls and other centres.

£6m boost for Carbon capture and storage research

12 Apr 2017

The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has been awarded £6m by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) to continue its carbon capture and storage (CCS) research projects.

Cardiff University Spin-out gains new funding

12 Apr 2017

FaultCurrent, a Cardiff University Spinout, has secured further funding to support commercial development. The funding was provided by the founding investor, IP Group PLC, and the UK Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs fund.

Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield University opened by Duke of York

11 Apr 2017

On 10th April 2017, the Duke of York opened a collaborative manufacturing research facility at the University of Sheffield.

University spin-out acquired by GE Healthcare

10 Apr 2017

Monica Healthcare, a previous University of Nottingham spin-out, who developed a novel technology for monitoring expectant mothers has been acquires by U.S-based GE Healthcare.

Technology Event at the Cambridge Graphene Centre

10 Apr 2017

On the 25th May 2017 the Cambridge Graphene Centre will be hosting a Technology Event. The full day event is for large companies, universities and smaller companies working with graphene and related technologies.

Sunderland University to support the city’s entrepreneurial growth

10 Apr 2017

Hope Street Xchange is a £10m centre for enterprise and innovation, funded by the University of Sunderland and supported by £4.9m investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund. The centre has been designed to support the city’s entrepreneurial growth.

PraxisUnico and AURIL form a single organisation to represent KEC professionals in the UK

7 Apr 2017

The Directors of PraxisUnico and AURIL are delighted to announce that they have formally agreed to join forces to form one organisation representing the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) profession in the UK, effective 1 April 2017.

Annual HEBCI Data Released

6 Apr 2017

The 2015-16 HE Business and Community Interaction (HEBCI) data has been released by HESA. For the first time, the data has been published online free of charge to download. The HEBCI data is an important source of evidence for activity and income levels across the wide range of knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities pursued by the UK’s higher education institutions.

University of Edinburgh soon to receive cyber security research funds

5 Apr 2017

Edinburgh university is due to receive funding from the UK government to develop cyber security research. They will specialise in developing the latest cyber security techniques and are the only Scottish university to become a government-approved centre of excellence.

Ground-breaking new centre to support start-ups in Edinburgh

4 Apr 2017

The Higgs Centre for innovation is the new ground-breaking business incubation initiative that is being completed at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. The centre will support start-up businesses with the intention of creating new marketing opportunities, particularly in big data and space technologies.

Oxford University Spinout’s vison of next-generation vaccines.

3 Apr 2017

SpyBiotech, an Oxford University spinout, has established a molecular superglue that can facilitate rapid development of robust and novel vaccines. The spinout has secured £4m seed funding from Oxford Sciences Innovation with participations from GV (formerly Google Ventures).

New Issue of KEC Matters: April 2017

3 Apr 2017

The new issue of KEC Matters is now available to download. This issue features articles on:

Buckinghamshire receives £1.3m funding for a Digital Innovation Hub

30 Mar 2017

The University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV) has received £1.3m from Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) to create a Digital Innovation Hub to support business innovation and growth in Bucks.

New Government Partnership sees Warwick University and China Engineering Collaboration

29 Mar 2017

The University of Warwick has signed up to an exciting new government partnership which will see its engineering expertise exported to China. The intention is to create a collaboration between Warwick’s School of Engineering and the top nine engineering institutions in China.

£270m welcomed by the UK’s Research and Innovation Leaders.

28 Mar 2017

The spring budget has announced an initial investment of £270m for the development of disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy. The funding is being supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and welcomed by the UK’s Research and Innovation leaders.

£400k government grant awarded to Wales-based law firm

28 Mar 2017

The welsh government handed £432,000 to a Cardiff-headquartered law firm. The grant will aid CJCH Solicitors establish a ‘global anti-piracy HQ’ and create ’71 new high skilled jobs’.

Green start-up ideas on display at White City innovation showcase

27 Mar 2017

The Translation and Innovation Hub at Imperial White City Campus recently held a Meet the Cleantech Pioneers event. Business leaders and Investors met with PhD student innovators and start-up companies who are developing low-energy and sustainable ‘clean’ technology. They were supported by Climate-KIC Accelerator, which has created 34 new businesses since 2012.

Is innovation a teachable skill?

27 Mar 2017

Dr Charles Brauer, director of innovation at Goldsmiths, University of London, argues that innovation is a teachable skill; innovation and new products are not a result of random inspiration and innate creativity. Teaching the skill of innovation means tapping into real-world problems with an evidence-based toolkit, rather than just relying on lightbulb moments.

Biomedical Innovation at first UK Life Sciences Opportunity Zone

24 Mar 2017

A new innovation centre at the UK’s first ever life science opportunity zone has been envisaged by Charnwood Campus, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and the University of Leicester.

£1m funding to boost oil and gas innovation

24 Mar 2017

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has £1m available to fund and support companies with projects requiring research and development to be undertaken at a Scottish University.

New Era in Precision Medicine for Pancreatic Cancer

24 Mar 2017

Cancer Research UK invested £10 million for the development of new treatments for pancreatic cancer. They announced today that the treatments are set to be transformed by a network of clinical trials aiming to find the right trial for the right patient.

Woodford calls on Government to incentivise scale-up capital

23 Mar 2017

Neil Woodford, founding partner of Woodford Patient Capital, told the House of Lords, “We are not making the best use of our remarkable science base… The bit that is missing is the scale-up capital.” He said that government can incentivise capital flow to “catalyse” the industry.

APHA Scientific Announces Reagent Price Reductions

23 Mar 2017

APHA Scientific are pleased to announce that they are reducing the price of their Brucella Diagnositics Reagents from April 1st 2017. They believe that the new prices will not only give great value but also reflect their commitment to customer satisfaction.

BSSRC seeking proposals to the RSE Enterprise Fellowship programme

22 Mar 2017

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship programme to support researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

PraxisUnico Conference Committee member, Adam Stoten, appointed as new COO.

22 Mar 2017

PraxisUnico Conference Committee member Adam Stoten has been appointed the new Chief Operating Officer at Oxford University Innovations (OUI), the new name for Isis Innovation. Adam has been an active PraxisUnico conference committee member since 2013, and continues to support the development and delivery of our Conference.

PraxisUnico and Croda work together to Facilitate Accelerate Innovation in the UK Chemical Industry

21 Mar 2017

As part of PraxisUnicos commitment to university-business collaboration, we worked with Croda International Plc to knowledge exchange day for the chemistry industry. We spoke on the importance of business and university partnerships in accelerating innovation across the chemical industry. This follows on from previous events PraxisUnico have run e.g. with telecoms and defence sector events.

£2.3m awarded to Cumbria University

20 Mar 2017

The University of Cumbria bid for £2.3m to aid in improving efficiency levels of small and medium sized business.

MedCity announces the winners of the £2m programme to commercialise life science discoveries.

17 Mar 2017

The £2m programme, led by Kings College London and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is connecting 16 life sciences SMEs with leading academics to address a specific challenge related to a product or service.

Science, Innovation and Translation

14 Mar 2017

PraxisUnico is one of the content partners at the UK Science Park Association’s conference in York that is being held on 9 and 10 May. Delegates to the Conference will have a multitude of sessions to choose from. These range from Science and Innovation Policy, Building Design, Operation and Management of Facilities in the UK and Internationally with numerous case study and good practice sessions.

University of Glasgow Free Knowledge Exchange Colloquium

14 Mar 2017

The University of Glasgow is holding a Free Knowledge Exchange Colloquium in Glasgow on the 31st March 2017, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

UK Parliament publishes report on Managing IP and Technology Transfer

13 Mar 2017

UK Parliament has today published its report on the inquiry into 'Managing IP and Technology Transfer' conducted by the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee.