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Spinouts UK Quarterly: playing to one's strengths

13 Dec 2018

This Quarter's edition of Spinouts UK looks at the ways in which universities can make the most of their environment with spotlights on Swansea University and the Midlands MIRA initiative.

End of Year Summary: 2018 Impact

12 Dec 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our members for their support over the past year. I hope you can take a moment to celebrate what we achieved with that support by reading on, and onto a short summary of our 2018 impact.

ESGI145 : 8-12 April 2019

11 Dec 2018

The 145th European Study Group with Industry (ESGI) - 8-12 April 2019 - University of Cambridge

'Patent to Patient' looks at regulatory delays in drug innovation

6 Dec 2018

PraxisAuril member the Institute for Cancer Research has released a report looking at cancer drug delivery in the NHS and the rate of drug development across different types of cancer. ‘Patent to Patient’ analysed the regulatory regime and found that NHS patients are waiting longer for new cancer drugs because of delays in taking them through clinical trials and getting them approved for use.

Research England releases more details on KEF proposals

26 Nov 2018

Research England has published three documents that will help higher education institutions (HEIs) prepare for the upcoming consultation on the future Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). The documents are: 

Latest Collaboration Opportunities at CRACK IT Solutions

2 Nov 2018

CRACK IT Solutions are currently looking for collaborators for 3 new innovations: 1. A human micro-liver system for reliable safety and efficacy testing 2. Developing an automated test of recognition memory in rodents 3. Assessing aquatic organism health status non-invasively

The IET Innovation Awards 2018 - 14 November 2018

10 Oct 2018

The finalists of the 2018 IET Innovation Awards have been announced! Chosen from over 350 original entries, the shortlist includes life-changing innovations in categories including Communications, Healthcare, Sustainability, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer. The winners will be announced at an exclusive black-tie ceremony, hosted by comedy actor and writer Sally Phillips. The evening will offer attendees the chance to network with the finalists and visit a showcase of some of the shortlisted innovations in action. Two new awards will be presented: the Young Innovators Award, for young engineering professionals, and the IET and E&T Innovation of the Year, a new top prize awarded to one of the category winners. You can see the full shortlist as well as how you can book tickets for the ceremony at www.theiet.org/innovation. The IET Innovation Awards 2018 14 November 2018 | The Brewery | London

THE STARS OF SCOTTISH INNOVATION SHINE BRIGHT AT THE CONVERGE CHALLENGE AWARDS

28 Sep 2018

Carbogenics, a spin out from the University of Edinburgh has secured the coveted first prize at the 2018 Converge Challenge awards with their innovative waste solution. Turning low value paper waste products into a carbon-rich material, their revolutionary product CreChar improves biogas production and enhances digestate as a sustainable alternative to energy-intense mineral fertilisers.

Mills & Reeve Autumn In-House Adviser workshop on Crisis Management

27 Sep 2018

Mill & Reeve Autumn in-house adviser forum will be the first of a series of guided workshops dealing with crisis management and prevention, hosted by specialist lawyers and inviting active participation from delegates. If you have war stories to relate, we will be interested to hear them. If you have questions to ask, we will do our best to answer them. If you prefer silent observation, that’s fine too!

Benchmarking the management of research contracts in 2018

17 Sep 2018

In September, Research Consulting launched the final report from a major project looking at research contract management across 30 UK and Australian universities

Survey on Industry-University Collaborations

12 Sep 2018

Central Queensland University is leading a cross-institutional research project that investigates the continuing low level of collaboration between industry and the research sector. It is a fundamental first step in developing stakeholder-driven strategies to more effectively facilitate collaborative partnerships. The project is funded by a grant from Central Queensland University and has been approved by the Central Queensland University Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 21006.

Transport Systems Catapult: Business Fellow Network Programme, Intelligent Mobility

11 Sep 2018

The Catapult network was set up to help bridge the gap between academia and industry within the UK. The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) does this within the area of Intelligent Mobility (IM). By working with key academic institutions and industrial partners we aim to ensure that innovative technologies and business models make it out of university research labs and into mainstream usage.

Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

7 Sep 2018

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through academic and business partnerships.

2018 Converge Challenge finalists announced

7 Sep 2018

The finalists have been announced for Scotland’s leading higher education company creation programme, illustrating that Scotland’s academic community continues to thrive as a collective entrepreneurial hub.

A summit to explore building sustainable healthcare businesses with biodata

31 Aug 2018

Join biodata at the Welcome Genome Campus on Thursday 15th November (1.30pm - 6.30pm) to explore changing healthcare through the convergence of data and biology. The summit is designed for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors. Open to all. The Campus is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology in the heart of Cambridgeshire home of the Cambridge Phenomenon and globally significant companies and innovations across bioscience, medicine and technology. The 2018 congress will feature leaders from industry, investment and academia discussing opportunities for disrupting the healthcare industry and constructing sustainable business models and will explore building sustainable healthcare businesses with biodata.

Cambridge IP Summit

24 Aug 2018

The Cambridge IP Summit 2018, supported by Marks & Clerk - is a one day event providing a focused forum for in-house IP teams, general counsel, investors, CEOs, CTOs and senior decision makers to come together to discuss and analyse the key issues that they regularly face; and share best practice on how these challenges can be overcome. 

UKSPA Breakthrough magazine - summer 2018 edition now available!

6 Aug 2018

This issue includes features on innovation in Ireland, collaboration at the Cambridge BioMedical Campus, emerging technologies in the fields of quantum computing and advanced materials, and a 'How to' for scale ups, among other useful and interesting interviews, infographics, stories and member news. Feedback and contribution offers are always appreciated. Please contact:sarah.lawton@ukspa.org.uk

A New Model for Technology Transfer: Making an Impact in Saudi Arabia

24 Jul 2018

Innovation is at the heart of King Abdullah University for Science and Technology’s (KAUST) mission. Few universities, if any, have been founded with as unique and clear a vision of addressing our shared global challenges of food, water, energy, and the environment through education and research. As part of that mission, the KAUST Innovation department helps put this knowledge to use by enabling our researchers and faculty to create products and services that will have an impact locally in Saudi Arabia and throughout the world.

NC3Rs 2018 CRACK IT Challenges and launch event announced

23 Jul 2018

The NC3Rs is launching the 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition at an event in central London on 6 September 2018. The 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. There are four Sponsors: Galvani Bioelectronics, GSK, MRC Harwell Institute and Sanofi Pasteur EU.

A fresh start for innovation funding in Wales?

23 Jul 2018

PraxisAuril has responded to the Reid Review of Government Funded Research & Innovation in Wales (June 2018), underlining the importance of KE professionals in delivering the ambition of the report recommendations.

Research England Development (RED) Fund for research and KE

2 Jul 2018

Research England has launched a new fund to drive innovation in research and knowledge exchange in higher education.

NASA uses antibodies developed at the University of Birmingham to assess the impact of space flight on the immune system

2 Jul 2018

NASA uses antibodies developed at the University of Birmingham to assess the impact of space flight on the immune system

Inaugural RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows are announced  

2 Jul 2018

Twenty of Scotland’s most talented entrepreneurs eager to start up their business right here in Scotland are announced as the inaugural RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellows. They are the employers of tomorrow, innovating for the future and complete the 40 entrepreneurs participating in the Unlocking Ambition Challenge as announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Teamwork between cells fuels aggressive childhood brain tumor

2 Jul 2018

Teamwork between cells fuels aggressive childhood brain tumor

Improving productivity for businesses: apply for funding

29 Jun 2018

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to test ideas for increasing the adoption of practices that improve productivity.

State of the Relationship 2018

27 Jun 2018

The NCUB has launched its annual State of the Relationship report

LifeArc-AUTM technology transfer career training fellowships

22 Jun 2018

LifeArc-AUTM technology transfer career training fellowships

NPL announces unique Fellowships programme to support the world’s leading scientists beyond funding cycles

21 Jun 2018

NPL’s Measurement Fellowships will enable the exploration and development of research that will shape the future of the UK Unique programme will break the mould of research funding, giving leaders in their field access to long term investment and support

Spinouts UK Quarterly: Improving the commercialisation process

20 Jun 2018

The editorial in the latest Quarterly Journal notes the development of the KEF and the discussions that PraxisAuril and others are having to ensure that the resulting system provides a real boost for the commercialisation of university research.

New drug halves hearing loss in children following cancer treatment

20 Jun 2018

New drug halves hearing loss in children following cancer treatment

Cancer Research UK tests first of its kind vaccine to treat lung cancer

14 Jun 2018

Cancer Research UK tests first of its kind vaccine to treat lung cancer

Cancer Research UK appoints new chief business officer

13 Jun 2018

Tony Hickson is to join Cancer Research UK as the charity’s new chief business officer.

International Business Festival, 12 - 28 June, Liverpool 

7 Jun 2018

International Business Festival, 12 - 28 June, Liverpool 

Birmingham-China collaboration to develop new drugs for global epidemics

7 Jun 2018

Birmingham-China collaboration to develop new drugs for global epidemics

Barclays Midlands Growth Fund event: Friday, 15 June 2018

7 Jun 2018

Barclays Midlands Growth Fund event