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UK Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange experts at AUTM 2017

13 Mar 2017

The UK's technology transfer and knowledge exchange community will be represented at the annual Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) meeting in Florida this week.

PraxisUnico Conference 2017 Scholarship Open for Applications

9 Mar 2017

Inteum Company, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of one scholarship to attend the PraxisUnico 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Sheffield Hallam June 14 – 15, 2017.

VETQAS Launch of New Anthrax Training Aids

8 Mar 2017

VETQAS, the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) independent, accredited Quality Assurance Unit, have launched new training aids for microscopic analysis.

Impact Awards 2017 Open for Entries!

8 Mar 2017

The Impact Awards 2017 celebrate the achievements of KEC professionals and our volunteer community in delivering and developing best practice across the sector - enter before April 7!

Novel drug licence agreement between Hitgen and Cancer Research UK's Manchester Institute

28 Feb 2017

Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology (CRT), the charity’s commercial arm, and HitGen Ltd, a privately held biotech company focused on early drug discovery, announced today that they have entered into a licence agreement to develop a novel class of drugs against lung cancer.

PraxisUnico welcomes Government commitment to knowledge exchange

27 Feb 2017

The Government has confirmed its commitment to knowledge exchange in its annual grant letter to HEFCE.

Defence Academic Pathways: Complex Systems event

24 Feb 2017

PraxisUnico is pleased to be working with the Defence Academic Pathways (DAP) group on an event that will explore research needs for the successful design and deployment of Complex Systems.

Science, Innovation & Translation: The Design & Operation of Research Laboratories, Incubators & Science Park Facilities: UKSPA Conference 2017

21 Feb 2017

The United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) and S-Lab: Supporting World Class Science are jointly organising a Conference, Exhibition and Gala Dinner at York Racecourse, in partnership with; the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP); Innovation DB Forum; Praxis Unico and York Science Park. This two day conference will attract 400+ delegates who are engaged in the financing, design, managing and operation of scientific research, incubation and innovation facilities.

Update: PraxisUnico & AURIL: Creation of New Organisation

16 Feb 2017

Following an overwhelmingly positive response to the consultation, the Working Group has been moving forward with the process to create a new organisation from PraxisUnico and AURIL. This new organisation will be more effective for our members, providing pooled resources and a single voice representing the sector.

Science & Innovation Network Roadshow: Research & Innovation in China

16 Feb 2017

These Roadshows are for University Directors of Research & Innovation, Academics, Businesses and scalable start-ups, looking to find out more about conducting collaborative R&D and working with China, run by the China-Britain Business Council.

2017 UK Energy Innovation Awards open for entries

10 Feb 2017

Innovation scout, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), is once again searching for SME innovators with ground-breaking technologies that have the potential to help UK distribution networks address their major energy challenges.

Appleyard Lees open Cambridge Office

10 Feb 2017

Appleyard Lees are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Cambridge.

BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2017 Competition: Nominations Open

9 Feb 2017

It’s that time of year again when BBSRC looks to recognise and reward researchers (at any stage of their career), who have taken an active part in realising the impact from BBSRC investments and made a difference to the UK economy or society.

Oxford University Innovation’s Isis Enterprise to form as limited company Oxentia

7 Feb 2017

Oxford University Innovation’s management consultancy division to restructure as separate entity.

Cancer Research Technology, UCL, and Tusk Therapeutics join forces to develop cancer immunotherapies

7 Feb 2017

Cancer Research UK's commercial arm, Tusk Therapeutics and UCL announce a new collaborative agreement.

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst celebrates fifth anniversary

1 Feb 2017

Since 2012, Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst tenants have raised more than £200m.

Midlands universities showcase the “critical mass” of investment opportunity in the region

26 Jan 2017

The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham will be presenting jointly at an invitation-only event held by Mercia Technologies PLC, one of the UK’s leading investors in early-stage technology companies, including university spin-out companies.

Graphene Inks spin-out acquired by Versarien

20 Jan 2017

A majority stake in Cambridge Graphene, a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge, has been acquired by UK-based firm Versarien.

Review of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) announced

19 Jan 2017

The Prime Minister announced a Review of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), led by an industry expert with a background in the UK’s science and technology sector.

MRC Technology, Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology collaborate to focus on cancer immunnotherapies

19 Jan 2017

Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology and MRC Technology are joining forces to identify and validate novel drug discovery targets that could lead to new immunotherapy treatments.

Jo Johnson gives evidence to Managing IP and Tech Transfer Inquiry

11 Jan 2017

Minister Jo Johnson gave evidence today in the final session of the Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry ‘Managing IP and Technology Transfer’. Launched in July 2016, the Inquiry has heard from a range of sector stakeholders including PraxisUnico and several of our member universities.

University of Birmingham announces first investment from Spinout Investment fund

11 Jan 2017

The University of Birmingham has made the first investment from its £5m University of Birmingham Spinout Investment fund, to Smart Antenna Technologies, a spinout founded in 2013 to develop a new generation of antenna for smart phones and laptops.

UK Science & Innovation Network Bulletin

20 Dec 2016

This bulletin contains news and opportunities in research and innovation collaboration between the UK and China

PraxisUnico's Year in Review

20 Dec 2016

Tamsin Mann, PraxisUnico's Policy Officer, has a look at the year in review.

Members give evidence at House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

19 Dec 2016

Following on from PraxisUnico's evidence given last month, the Committee continue to hear evidence on “Management of IP and Technology Transfer”.

Oxford Sciences Innovation Spin-Out Fund Raises £230m

16 Dec 2016

Oxford Sciences Innovation plc (OSI) , created by The University of Oxford and Isis Innovation, to commercialise academic ideas into market-leading companies, has successfully raised £230m to fund spin-out companies. The funds will provide capital and scaling expertise to companies spun-out of the university.

£226m UK Investment in Cancer Research

16 Dec 2016

Cancer Research UK has announced the largest investment to date into its network of Centres across the UK. £190 million has been committed to 13 Cancer Research UK Centres over the next five years.

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards: Feb 21 2017

16 Dec 2016

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards promote and celebrate knowledge exchange in Scotland encouraging more businesses to consider Scotland’s universities and research institutions as a collaborative partner.

Funding opportunities available from the National Institute for Health Research and Medical Research Council

6 Dec 2016

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme, an NIHR and MRC partnership, has funding available for research for a number of topics.

PraxisUnico welcomes significant investment in research and innovation

24 Nov 2016

PraxisUnico welcomes the Chancellor's significant investment in research and innovation announced in Wednesday's Autumn Statement. We are encouraged that this will allow the investments that HEFCE, RCUK and Innovate UK have made in building the bridges between research and business communities to be extended further, and will allow the UKRI to develop a holistic approach to supporting research and innovation across all of their responsibilities.

Innovation investment, incentives and reviews announced by Theresa May

21 Nov 2016

Theresa May has announced measures around innovation spending and tax incentives in her speech to the CBI’s annual conference. The detail behind the headlines will be revealed later this week but on the face of it the Prime Minister is addressing many of the issues that PraxisUnico and sector stakeholders have highlighted for some time notably: the need to increase government investment in R&D, address tax and VAT issues for innovation and the long-term sustainability of start-ups.

The role of universities in the UK-China relationship: CBI report

16 Nov 2016

This new report from the CBI highlights the importance of relationships between UK universities and the economic opportunities in China, and the amazing impact that UK universities generate from research in the region.

PraxisUnico & AURIL propose creation of new single organisation: Consultation Closes

16 Nov 2016

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent consultation on the proposed development of a new organisation. The PraxisUnico Board and AURIL Council are delighted to have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposal.

BioStars start-up accelerator from Panacea Innovation

15 Nov 2016

Do you want to turn your science into a life-changing product?

New guidance for arts and cultural organisations seeking to partner with universities

8 Nov 2016

New guidance to support arts and cultural organisations seeking to partner with universities has been produced jointly by Arts Council England and University Alliance.

2017 Training Schedule announced

4 Nov 2016

PraxisUnico is delighted to announce the 2017 Training Schedule.

Knowledge Exchange Framework portal launched

3 Nov 2016

HEFCE's Knowledge Exchange Framework portal is now live.

PraxisUnico giving evidence to Select Committee

2 Nov 2016

Dr Phil Clare, Chair of PraxisUnico's Advocacy Committee, will be appearing in front of MP's at today's Science & Technology Select Committee hearing.

Lambert Toolkit Update Launched

6 Oct 2016

The Intellectual Property Office has launched 'Lambert 2' - an update to the Lambert Toolkit for Research Collaborations.

PraxisUnico & AURIL propose creation of new single organisation: Consultation Opens

5 Oct 2016

A consultation process launches today to collect views of the AURIL and PraxisUnico membership on the proposed development of a new organisation.

SBRI Healthcare fund opens: apply for up to £1.1m

27 Sep 2016

The fund focuses on 3 main areas within general practice

PraxisUnico Conference 2016 - Podcast - Part 3

23 Sep 2016

Part 3 of the PraxisUnico Conference podcasts, Malcolm Skingle and other speakers including Robert Sorrell speaks about "Innovating Exploitation Models"

New issue of KEC Matters magazine: Sept 2016

23 Sep 2016

The latest issue looks at the KE Framework, the State of the Profession report and shares success stories and developments

Government responds to Patent Rules 2007 consultation

8 Aug 2016

11 proposals will be brought into effect, as detailed in the response document.

PraxisUnico Conference 2016 - Podcast - Part 2

22 Jul 2016

Part 2 of the PraxisUnico Conference podcasts, Dr David Secher and Gloria Wu speaks about "IP & working with China: extract from Building with BRICS and planning for MINTS."

PraxisUnico Conference 2016 - KE Framework Podcast

6 Jul 2016

The first of our Conference podcasts is now available, sponsored by Forresters.

PraxisUnico response to the EU Referendum

24 Jun 2016

The UK leads the way in Europe on translating research into innovation and we hope to continue to be able to play a key role, collaborating with our colleagues in excellent businesses and universities throughout the continent.

PraxisUnico Conference Chronicle

17 Jun 2016

Hot off the presses, our conference newsletter.

University of Birmingham invest to double spin outs in five years

20 May 2016

The University of Birmingham has launched a £5m investment plan to double the number of commercial spin outs within five years.

Warwick Ventures' Medherant secures further funding

6 May 2016

Mercia Fund Management has followed up on its first investment in 2015 with follow-on capital to Medherant Ltd. A total of £250,000 from both Mercia’s third-party University Growth Fund and Growth Fund 4 will allow Medherant to continue product development. Medherant has moved to new laboratories, and KEC professional Andrew Lee has been seconded from Warwick Ventures to the project.

PraxisUnico co-founder, Lita Nelsen, retires after 30 years at MIT

4 May 2016

Lita Nelsen co-founded Praxis Courses Ltd, in 2002, with Professor David Secher, then Director of Research Services at Cambridge University.

And the 2016 PraxisUnico Conference Scholarship Awardee is...

4 May 2016

Dr Emma Elliott RTTP was the successful applicant for the Inteum sponsored scholarship to attend this year's PraxisUnico Conference

Knowledge Transfer Ireland launch new research agreement templates for business and Irish research organisations

26 Apr 2016

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the national office with responsibility for the knowledge transfer system in Ireland, has today launched its latest resource.

Biotech Innovation Prize - entries close April 30th

19 Apr 2016

Since 2009, Innovation Prize awards the most innovative startups (<8 years old) and the best research academic groups that are developing cutting edge technologies in the field of life sciences (Biotech, Medtech, m/e-health, diagnostics). The Innovation Prize of Universal Biotech aims to promote on an international scale the most innovative projects in the field of Life Sciences. The awarding ceremony will be held at the Innovation Days 2016, a networking BtoB event which will take place at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris, on October the 3rd & the 4th.

Sanofi Opens Partnering Office in Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

15 Apr 2016

Collaboration Reinforces Commitment to Bringing Breakthrough Science to the Clinic and Accelerating Translation of Innovation into Treatments for Patient

Apollo Therapeutics appoint Dr Richard Butt CEO

15 Apr 2016

Apollo Therapeutics, the investment fund focused on driving therapeutic innovation through university collaboration, has appointed Dr Richard Butt as CEO, effective from 23 May 2016.

Funding competition: Energy Catalyst round 4

13 Apr 2016

Up to £9m is available from DFID and EPSRC to support projects relevant to the needs of developing country communities to access affordable clean and resilient energy.

PraxisUnico offers AESIS Partnership deal for members

5 Apr 2016

PraxisUnico members can join the Network for the Assessment & Evaluation of the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) Network free of charge and benefit from additional discounts and services

Plenary Speakers at PraxisUnico Conference 2016

22 Mar 2016

We profile some of the speakers who will feature at this year's Conference. Speakers include the KE Framework Champion, Prof Trevor McMillan; Head of Partnerships, BBC Research & Development, Sam Chadwick; and many more...