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Report shows university spinout companies are surviving longer

14 Jun 2012

A PraxisUnico report reveals that despite the continuing difficult economic background the number of university spinouts has stayed constant over the past five years, also companies are surviving longer than before.

PraxisUnico members invited to contribute to HESA review of HEBCIS data set

27 Apr 2012

HESA is presently undertaking a review of the HEBCIS data set. PraxisUnico has been asked to become a member of the Review Group alongside a handful of individual universities, TSB, Funding Councils, CBI, CIHE and Research Councils.

Nature: Innovation & opportunities for technology transfer

11 Apr 2012

PraxisUnico features in this article in the journal <em>Nature</em> about opportunities and paths for those seeking technology transfer roles.

International Technology Transfer Beijing Conference 2012 summary

11 Apr 2012

PraxisUnico attended this conference on 26-27 March 2012 as guests of the organisers to represent PraxisUnico members' interests and to facilitate partnering organisations in China.

The PraxisUnico Spinouts UK Survey - note to PraxisUnico members

11 Apr 2012

PraxisUnico partners - Young Company Finance (YCF) - is currently carrying out the research for the second Annual Report for the Survey.  As many as possible of the (still trading) spinouts in the database have been contacted, and YCF will shortly be approaching all university TTOs with listings incorporating the latest updates which they can find. Please help ensure that the information is as up to date as possible by looking through the listings provided by YCF.

Catapult Centres and the interactions with the research base - a note from the PraxisUnico Chair

16 Mar 2012

This note is a summary of a recent meeting.  It represents a personal summary of the event and should not be taken as an official record, which will be produced separately.

PraxisUnico, ARMA and AURIL issue joint statement supporting open-access publishing of research data

9 Mar 2012

The three associations issue a joint statement to support Open Access as a means of enabling wide access to research results.

PraxisUnico Chair rounds-up the Young & Emerging Healthcare Businesses event

2 Mar 2012

Douglas Robertson closing remarks from a successful event dedicated to Young &amp Emerging Healthcare Businesses on 1 March 2012.

PraxisUnico responds to the Wilson Review

2 Mar 2012

PraxisUnico responds to the Wilson Review.

CIHE-UK~IRC Task Force maps the UK’s R&D landscape

21 Feb 2012

The Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) & The UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~ IRC)

PraxisUnico joins forces with partners to support emerging healthcare businesses

18 Jan 2012

Cambridge, UK, 18 January 2012 – PraxisUnico, the leading research commercialisation body, has joined forces with Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC) - the UK’s first open innovation bioscience campus – and the Technology Strategy Board to deliver a seminar and networking forum to give aspiring entrepreneurs and young healthcare businesses an insight into how to start-up, fund and grow innovative new companies.

Douglas Robertson looks forward to working with members in 2013

8 Jan 2012

A message from Dr Douglas Robertson to members rounding up 2012 and looking forward to 2013.

Lisbon Council: The Rise of the Micro-Multinational

16 Dec 2011

This report considers 'How Freelancers and Technology-Savvy Start-Ups Are Driving Growth, Jobs and Innovation'.

PraxisUnico responds to Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth

9 Dec 2011

PraxisUnico responds to Department of Business Innovation and Skills, Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth

PraxisUnico: Congratulations to new roles for committee members

18 Nov 2011

PraxisUnico congratulates committee members.

PraxisUnico: Welcomes new committee members

4 Nov 2011

PraxisUnico warmly welcome new committee members to its Conference and Member Service Committees.

PraxisUnico: Spinouts UK Survey second Quarterly Journal

1 Nov 2011

The PraxisUnico Spinouts UK Survey second Quarterly Journal with a mix of news, facts, figures, and analysis of interest.

PraxisUnico: Comments on Hermann Hauser's criticism of Cambridge University

21 Oct 2011

As reported in the Cambridge News this week, Hermann Hauser has criticised Cambridge University for putting off would-be entrepreneurs because it wants to charge too much for the intellectual property rights on research. PraxisUnico comments.

PraxisUnico and Young Company Finance join forces

21 Oct 2011

PraxisUnico became the lead partner in Young Company Finance's <em>Spinouts UK</em> project.

PraxisUnico: A round-up of PraxisUnico activities (September 2011)

23 Sep 2011

Here’s a round-up of activities from PraxisUnico Board members over recent weeks.

PraxisUnico: BIS Select Committee publishes PraxisUnico's submission to Hargreaves Review of IP

21 Sep 2011

PraxisUnico submission to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property has been published by the Dept of Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee

PraxisUnico: Comments on the Patent Box consultation

17 Aug 2011

The Government is committed to introducing a preferential regime for profits arising from patents, known as a Patent Box. This consultation builds on that initial review and provides a detailed explanation of how the Government proposes to implement the Patent Box, and seeks views on the proposed design of the regime.

PraxisUnico: Responds to publications relating to the IP landscape

16 Aug 2011

PraxisUnico responds to the Government's response to the Hargreaves review of Intellectual property (“Digital Opportunity: A review of intellectual property and growth”, May 2011) and the related publications from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on “the UK’s International Strategy for Intellectual property” and “UK IP Crime Strategy 2011”.

PraxisUnico: Maggie Philbin announces winners in The Impact Awards

10 Jun 2011

Maggie Philbin revealed the winners at a glittering award ceremony in Glasgow on 10 June which recognises the impact of intellectual assets from research

PraxisUnico welcomes HEFCE announcement of £600 million funding for innovation

26 May 2011

PraxisUnico responds to HEFCE annoucement of HEIF allocations

New guide for Universities to manage Intellectual Property

19 May 2011

Universities can now access a new tool to help develop and manage their intellectual assets. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a strategy guide called Intellectual Asset Management for Universities

PraxisUnico welcomes Government initiative to support clinical research collaboration

1 Mar 2011

PraxisUnico welcomes the Government’s initiative to extend the existing range of model research agreements to include agreements between companies, universities and the NHS. 

Brunswick Material Transfer Agreement

28 Feb 2011

Material Transfer Agreement for use between two universities to facilitate routine transfer of materials between academic institutions. 

The Impact Awards 11 opens for entries

15 Feb 2011

Nominations are invited for The Impact Awards, an award scheme designed to recognise and celebrate the success of knowledge transfer.

PraxisUnico becomes SRA authorised provider

4 Feb 2011

PraxisUnico is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as a provider of continuing professional development courses (CPD) for solicitors.

PraxisUnico meets with Under-Secretary of State for BIS

19 Jan 2011

Phil Clare and Douglas Robertson met recently with Baroness Wilcox, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for BIS matters in the House of Lords.

PraxisUnico: PraxisUnico welcomes coalition Government investment in innovation funding

20 Dec 2010

Today (20 December 2010), the Government has announced that the Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) will be maintained at current levels of £150 million per year from 2011 to 2015.

PraxisUnico:Leading research commercialisation body comments on Technology Innovation Centre inquiry

2 Dec 2010

PraxisUnico submits its response, on behalf of its members, to the inquiry by the Science and Technology Commons Select Committee on Technology Innovation Centres (TICs)

Wellspring Worldwide: Opens New Office in Chicago, Expands Engineering

1 Dec 2010

Wellspring Worldwide announces the opening of an office in Chicago, Illinois.

University of Cambridge & Addenbrooke's Hospital - Taking control of medical imaging

4 Nov 2010

A new controller device that greatly improves the ease of use of 3D medical imaging workstations has been developed at the University of Cambridge & Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Government announces £200m investment for Technology and Innovation Centres

25 Oct 2010

Today, the Prime Minister announced in a speech to the CBI that more than £200m will be invested by the Government in a network of elite Technology and Innovation Centres to drive growth in the UK’s most high-tech industries.