The Government announced the new model Industry Collaborative Research Agreement (mICRA) on 23 February, and this will make a welcome addition to the existing Lambert and Brunswick model agreements which are already making a contribution to the streamlining of collaborative research.
Dr Phil Clare, PraxisUnico Chairman commented, “This initiative recognises the importance of the UK’s universities, alongside the NHS, in contributing to industry research and development into new and improved products and treatments for the benefit of patients. These collaborations are one way in which UK universities contribute to the improvement in the health of individuals and the reduction in costs to the NHS, and support the growth of the economy. We are grateful for the tremendous efforts made by the representatives of many PraxisUnico members in supporting the development of these contracts. Like all good agreements we are sure that they will continue to be refined in practice; they are an excellent starting point, and should contribute to the quicker initiation of clinical trials.”
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1. PraxisUnico is a not-for-profit educational organisation set up to support innovation and commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact. PraxisUnico encourages innovation and acts as a voice for the research commercialisation profession, facilitating the interaction between the public sector research base, business and government. PraxisUnico provides a forum for best practice exchange, underpinned by first-class training and development programmes.
2. PraxisUnico is the UK’s leading research commercialisation association.
3. Over 2500 commercialisation professionals are PraxisUnico members – representing more than 114 universities and public sector research establishments; and 50 firms of lawyers, patent agents, venture capitalists and other professionals.
4. More than 97% of UK university research funding is spent in PraxisUnico member institutions.
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