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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.