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NCUB: National Survey of Academics Report launched

23 Feb 2016

NCUB have completed a new survey of over 18,000 academics in the UK looking at the changing state of Knowledge Exchange. The report looks at academic interactions with external organisations. The report shows that 30% of academics actively work with private companies, and the bulk of research taking place is user-inspired or applied.

Oxford spinout Zegami launches data discovery software to manage “information tsunami”

9 Feb 2016

Oxford spinout provides data discovery software to manage and sort collections of images and data visually.

Another leap towards beating cancer

28 Jan 2016

Cancer Research Technology enter into a licence agreement with international pharmaceutical company MSD to develop inhibitors of protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) for cancer and blood dissorder. The new drugs potentially have clinical applications in both cancer and non-cancer blood disorders.

Armourers & Brasiers open their 2016 Competition with £25,000 prize

27 Jan 2016

The application period is now open for the 2016 Armourers & Brasiers Materials Science Venture Prize.

The IPO introduces five year strategy to support innovation and creativity

26 Jan 2016

First published on 21st January 2016 the Intellectual Property Office has proudly introduced their five year strategy.

Unique world wide collaboration to drive Therapeutic Innovation

25 Jan 2016

Technology transfer professionals are at it again with todays launch of Apollo Therapeutics. Leading universities and PraxisUnico members Imperial College London, UCL (University College London) and the University of Cambridge compile investment fund of £40m with globad pharmaseutical companies AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

An International collaboration into research on graphene and 2D materials

21 Jan 2016

The University of Manchester, PraxisUnico member, and Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, in Abu Dhabi launch collaborative research into graphene and 2D materials to develop desalination, energy and defence applications and various engineering applications.

Ireland launches National IP Protocol 2016

20 Jan 2016

“Inspiring Partnership - national IP Protocol 2016” (an update to the Protocol published in 2012) continues the Irish State’s aim of making the process of engagement between business and the research base in Ireland more straightforward.

PraxisUnico announce 2016 Training Calendar

19 Jan 2016

The training schedule for 2016 is now available to view.

University of Bristol launches Enterprise Fund for investors and spin outs

18 Jan 2016

Investments are growing for the researchers at University of Bristol. The 'Enterprise Fund' was launched on 15th January to provide extra support for spin-outs and tax relief for individual investors who are purchase shares in those new companies.

The University of Cambridge's Tech Transfer Office breaks new records for success

14 Jan 2016

PraxisUnico member Cambridge Enterprise have achieved new highs for spin-out investment

Oxford Professor develops tiny metallic mesh tubes to treat patients with brain aneurysms

7 Jan 2016

An Oxford spin-out is developing advanced tiny metallic mesh tube devices invented by engineers and clinicians at the University to treat patients suffering from brain aneurysms.

Dowling Review - the issues and the future

5 Jan 2016

A group of 5 UK TTOs have pulled together some thoughts about Dowling and its references to TTOs in the attached paper.

IP Pragmatics opens new office in Edinburgh

16 Dec 2015

IP Pragmatics, an IP and business development consulting firm, expands its operations in the UK with a new office in Edinburgh.

Cornwall Innovation at Plymouth University receives sector-first national accreditation

8 Dec 2015

Plymouth University has become the first higher education institution in the country to receive a national innovation accreditation in recognition of its support for small and medium-sized businesses in Devon and Cornwall.

Royal Society of Chemistry Competition

8 Dec 2015

Register your interest for the Emerging Technologies Competition 2016...

Apply for the Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award

8 Dec 2015

The Pioneer Award will fund research into truly innovative, ground-breaking ideas with the potential to lead to new discoveries

Do you even knowledge exchange, bro?

2 Dec 2015

Lana Semykina, KEC Officer at The Genome Analysis Centre on the importance of knowledge exchange

Business Schools win at the Small Business Charter awards

1 Dec 2015

Including Staffordshire University, De Montfort University and University of Portsmouth...

Science|Business report on steps to success in technology transfer

1 Dec 2015

PraxisUnico are mentioned in this interesting Science|Business report...

The Success of Imperial Innovations

1 Dec 2015

Read the article on Imperial's commercialisation success...

Read PraxisUnico's Response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

26 Nov 2015

Protect the UK’s global excellence in KEC

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) hosted the Chancellor and Business Secretary for Momentous Deal

26 Nov 2015

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), a result of the collaboration between University of Coventry and Unipart, was chosen as the venue for a momentous announcement.

Setsquared ranked top university incubator in the world

26 Nov 2015

It was announced an their annual investment evening in London by UBI Global

Birmingham's Business Growth Outstrips Other UK Cities

25 Nov 2015

Birmingham has seen the biggest growth in start-ups of all UK core cities with a 95% increase in new companies in 2014-15.

Event: The Wales Festival of Innovation

25 Nov 2015

The Wales Festival of Innovation is a partnership between ESTNet, Knowledge Transfer Network and Welsh Government to showcase innovation and the role it plays in economic growth.

Engineering research Hubs to be built at Southampton and Brunel Universities

25 Nov 2015

These £20m research centres will ease the commercialisation of engineering technology

GSK and Cambridge Strategic Partnership collaboration to develop ‘game-changing’ medicines

25 Nov 2015

The collaboration will bring together a variety of unique and complementary expertise and capabilities to develop

Event Report: Innovate 2015

19 Nov 2015

PraxisUnico very much enjoyed meeting members and making new contracts at Innovate2015 last week.

University of Oxford Extends Strategic Alliance with Summit Therapeutics

19 Nov 2015

It has been announced that the collaboration working to develop a treatment for DMD has been extended.

IP Guidance for UK-China Collaborations

18 Nov 2015

Find the latest Intellectual Property Toolkit for UK-China collaborations here

UK-China Research Innovation Partnership Fund

17 Nov 2015

Find out more about the Newton Fund, including Newton Advanced Fellowships, Newton Mobility Grants, Research and Innovation Bridges

Coventry University & Unipart: An integrated approach to knowledge exchange

17 Nov 2015

Coventry University has set up a brand new state-of-the-art building on the Unipart manufacturing site which was shortlisted in the “Contribution to Business” category in the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Professionals 2015

PraxisUnico and UUK Launch KEC Factsheet

13 Nov 2015

PraxisUnico and Universities UK have collaborated to produce a Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation factsheet

UK’s premier engineering prize seeks ‘next big thing’

12 Nov 2015

Entries are now invited for the 2016 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. Engineering businesses working on new technology that has had proven commercial success and created tangible social benefit are encouraged to enter this competition, offering a £50,000 cash prize, gold medal and national acclaim.

Submit your application for the Invention for Innovation Programme

12 Nov 2015

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) invites applications to its Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme. These awards are for companies to develop R&D plans in collaboration with a university or an NHS organisation.

Lasers, robotics and customisable walking aids lead the way in new competition to develop products for independent living

12 Nov 2015

Laser-emitting shoes which help people overcome ‘freezing-of-gait’ and a Meccano-style walking aid kit are just two of the inventions being developed by companies in London and the south-east which could help people stay independent for longer as they get older or develop debilitating illnesses, according to Design Council and MedCity, the Mayor of London’s life sciences promotional organisation.

University of Edinburgh Heralds Solar Energy as a Future Source of Wireless Communication

11 Nov 2015

A new form of wireless data communication using solar energy to create the power for Li-Fi technology will bring significant and profound commercial and social benefits to millions of people across the world.

Universities UK Event: Political Affairs in Higher Education Forum

11 Nov 2015

This event is a unique opportunity to join Katie Razzall, Special Correspondent, BBC Newsnight chair a host of politicians, education practitioners and media experts for a day of practical workshops, talks and networking in London, discussing the most relevant issues currently facing the higher education sector.

Oxford spin-out to use phase change materials for smart glazing, displays

9 Nov 2015

The discovery by researchers at the University of Oxford that it is possible to use extremely thin, flexible, transparent layers of a new smart material to create low-energy high-resolution displays and glazing, is to be commercialised by spin-out company, Bodle Technologies.

Spinouts UK Quarterly Journal Released

4 Nov 2015

Spinouts UK have released their October 2015 Quarterly Journal including details of 17 recently created spinouts and more...

'Working effectively with Universities' Workshop

3 Nov 2015

PraxisUnico and HEFCE are holding a one-day workshop to help SMEs establish further relationships with universities, to support growth and successful knowledge exchange.

Knowledge London Event: KT and Impact - understanding the links

3 Nov 2015

This event will feature high impact case studies, devising pathways to impact, and the links between research and KT. Speakers will include academic and KT practitioners working to help broker relationships and support impact development.

World’s brightest innovators sought for 2016 awards

3 Nov 2015

SMEs and entrepreneurs from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of innovation in the electricity, gas and/or renewable enerrgy sectors are being urged to enter the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2016.

Tell us your experience of working in knowledge exchange and commercialisation

23 Oct 2015

We need your opinions to shape sector-wide recommendations and campaigns on behalf of the KEC profession.

UK and China awarded Research-Council funded collaboration for 'low carbon cities' project

23 Oct 2015

It was announced that the UK and China will work to achieve 'low carbon cities', with top universities from both nations collaborating on research.

Do you have an exceptional employee in your university spin out who would like to do a PhD whilst still remaining in the company?

20 Oct 2015

Industrial Fellows are awarded to exceptionally promising individuals who may be currently be working in a company or who may be a doctoral student wanting to enhance a project.

University of Edinburgh Secures UK's First Risk and Resilience Innovation' Showcase

20 Oct 2015

Edinburgh Research and Innovation has announced a new AIMday® (Academic Industry Meeting day) for companies looking to anticipate possible future risks to their operations and plan resilience strategies for today’s global marketplace.

Exclusive category at international health awards announced for Design Council’s MedTechSouthEast finalists

16 Oct 2015

AXA PPP healthcare has confirmed the ten winners of Design Council’s MedTechSouthEast competition will be automatically entered into the Health Tech and You Awards 2016. This year, AXA has designated a special, exclusive category for MedTechSouthEast finalists called The Independent Living Award.

PLG Event: Early Stage Healthcare Business Development

13 Oct 2015

A new one day training course devised by the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group (PLG) to provide a comprehensive overview of  healthcare business development fundamentals for those involved in early stage deals.

Survey on Unlocking and Sustaining Value through Strategic University-Industry Partnerships

6 Oct 2015

CSTI is seeking insights from individuals within universities and companies either directly involved with, or having knowledge of, strategic university-industry partnership development.

PraxisUnico respond to the Government's Productivity Plan

30 Sep 2015

Read responses to the Productiity Plan, including the PraxisUnico written response

UKFP: Skills for Innovation in Manufacturing

30 Sep 2015

Learning the objective as innovative manufacturers get government skills boost The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has chosen five organisations to test new ways to develop innovation skills in the manufacturing sector.

Boost innovation spending to secure jobs and growth, says Academy

30 Sep 2015

Government support for innovation is critical if the government is to realise the ambitions in its productivity plan of making the UK the best place in Europe to innovate and the richest of all the major economies by 2030, according to a report published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering

Ben Davies, co-founder of RODD/, discusses design, independent living and the MedTechSouthEast programme

29 Sep 2015

At the launch of MedTechSouthEast, Design Council’s Communications Manager Chris Finnegan spoke to Ben Davies, Managing Director of RODD/, about how he developed an innovative device to help stimulate appetite in people with dementia with the help Design Council mentors.

Business with Birmingham 2015

29 Sep 2015

The University of Birmingham are hosting an event on the collaboration of universities and industry and the benefits of this on business growth.

Attend ARMA's Regional Symposia

29 Sep 2015

Attend a choice of sessions throughout the UK to expand skills and knowledge