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Brainomix Secures £7m ($9.8m) Investment to Tackle Strokes with AI

3 Apr 2018

Brainomix builds on partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim for AI-assisted fast treatment of stroke victims in latest venture round.

General Catalyst Leads Seed Round in 6D.ai to Bring the AR Cloud into Reality

3 Apr 2018

6D.ai, an augmented reality (AR) spinout from the University of Oxford, has officially launched. The spinout can project AR onto objects through smartphones, unlocking a huge number of potential applications for the burgeoning sector. The spinout is the 150th from Oxford University, and the first Oxford University company to start life in the US. Seed investors include General Catalyst, the world’s largest university venture fund Oxford Sciences Innovation, and Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack.

RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme now open!

23 Mar 2018

RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme now open! • Inaugural RSE Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellowship Programme to invest in up to 20 high-potential entrepreneurs • This is an invitation to entrepreneurs from Scotland, the UK and from right across the world to submit ideas which have the potential to be transformative. • One-year package of benefits – up to £900,000 total grant funding across the 20 Fellowships; over £150,000 for a comprehensive and cutting-edge training programme personally tailored to develop business skills delivered to the highest of international standards; a dedicated mentor, and access to professional, financial and entrepreneurial networks • Apply by the deadline of Wednesday 2 May at www.rse.org.uk

RSE BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

16 Mar 2018

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

Spinouts UK Quarterly Journal Released

12 Mar 2018

Spinouts UK have released their March 2018 Quarterly Journal, including the latest news and updates on the spinouts sector.

Business Development Best Newcomer of the Year 2017 Award

26 Feb 2018

Congratulations to Public Health England (PHE)’s Judith Parker for winning the Business Development Best Newcomer of the Year 2017 Award from the UK Pharmaceutical Licensing Group.

Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 winners announced

26 Feb 2018

Congratulations to all the winners at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 for their great performance and outstanding innovations - a special congratulations to our PraxisAuril members: University of Dundee, Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh Napier University.

SETsquared partnership ranked as the world’s top business incubator

23 Feb 2018

The SETsquared partnership has been ranked as the world’s leading business incubator for its outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of UK tech entrepreneurs.

Call for applicants to enter BT's Augmented Intelligence Competition

21 Feb 2018

BT has launched it's Augmented Intelligence Infinity Lab Competition in partnership with the Cabinet Office and TechHub, and are looking for SMEs working in machine learning, robotics and AI.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s next Investment Catalyst in partnership with the UK Business Angels Association will take place on 18 April

20 Feb 2018

The Royal Society of Chemistry have partnered with the UK Business Angels Association to help connect chemistry-led businesses with funding and support from the investment community.

Cancer Research UK appoints leading expert to help accelerate advancements in clinical research

20 Feb 2018

Cancer Research UK announces the appointment of Dr James Larkin as a new Senior Clinical Advisor in clinical research, today (Tuesday).

University spinout develops nanoscale printing technology for smaller, lighter semiconductors

20 Feb 2018

New technology makes micro-chips with features 4,000 times smaller than a human hair

Cancer Research UK: Scientists halt breast cancer spread

19 Feb 2018

Scientists have discovered that an amino acid called asparagine is essential for breast cancer spread, and by restricting it, cancer cells stopped invading other parts of the body in mice, according to research* part-funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the journal Nature today

PraxisAuril responds to the KEF consultation (Feb 2018)

6 Feb 2018

PraxisAuril members have helped to inform our response to the KEF consultation launched by HEFCE's Technical Advisory Group.

BBSRC Innovator of the Year

19 Jan 2018

Now celebrating its 10th year, this competition recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research.

In-depth review of the revised Lambert Toolkit

19 Jan 2018

In-depth review of the revised Lambert Toolkit in PLG's Business Development and Licensing journal

Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and HE-BCI event

10 Jan 2018

Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) review

Alta Innovations relaunches as University of Birmingham Enterprise

8 Jan 2018

Alta Innovations Ltd, the 100%-owned technology transfer company for the University of Birmingham, announces it has changed its name to University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd.

PraxisAuril Patron is global ambassador for UK knowledge exchange

12 Dec 2017

PraxisAuril Patron, Dr David Secher, will address the 2017 Conference for Presidents/Vice-Presidents and Technology Transfer Officers of Universities and Research Institutions which will be held in Osaka, Japan, this week.

Spinouts UK has released its quarterly report on the UK's university spin-out landscape

11 Dec 2017

Spinouts UK has released its quarterly report on the UK's university spin-out landscape.

Financing Growth measures introduced in Budget

22 Nov 2017

The Treasury released its response to the consultation 'Financing Growth in Innovative Firms' to coincide with the Chancellor's Budget speech this week.

Konfer collaboration tool launched in beta phase

15 Nov 2017

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has launched the beta version of its online brokering tool konfer.

Research England Council confirmed

2 Nov 2017

UKRI has confirmed membership of the inaugural Research England Council, which includes PraxisAuril Board member Dr Phil Clare.

Showcase your research in front of 2000+ laboratory professionals

20 Oct 2017

Lab Innovations in partnership with PraxisAuril and Eppendorf is giving 15 selected applicants the chance to showcase your latest research at the UK's only exhibition dedicated to the laboratory industry.

Novel method for hard tissue regeneration, significant departure from current therapies, described in Scientific Reports

18 Oct 2017

A research team led by the University of Birmingham has found a new method which could mark the first step in a new direction for hard tissue regeneration with the potential to help repair bone, teeth and cartilage, according to a paper published today in Scientific Reports.

Media Information about the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference

18 Oct 2017

The NCRI Cancer Conference is the UK’s major forum showcasing the best British and international cancer research, bringing together 1,500 leading experts from across the world.

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

18 Oct 2017

Celebrating Scotland's innovative academic - business partnerships NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

PraxisAuril Legal and Investor Forum SIG

18 Oct 2017

Paula Alessandro is a solicitor at Queen Mary Innovation Ltd (QMI), the intellectual property commercialisation company of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She joined QMI in 2016 after a successful career in investment banking during which time she also gained a MBA from Warwick Business School. As QMI’s lead counsel, Paula is responsible for all its legal affairs which includes advising on commercialising university research through various structures such as licensing and spin-out companies.

Auril 2017 Conference Afterthoughts

11 Oct 2017

Another AURIL conference has come to an end, this year with a powerful message about participation. That’s why we were all in Bristol of course – to take part in conversations large and small about our profession: the highs, the lows, the skills, the tips, what works, what doesn’t, where to find the money, how to spend it…the list goes on. A word cloud from the talks I heard would have Place, Design, Partners and Funding writ large: they are all vital components of Knowledge Exchange and all concepts that can be unpacked and unpicked to provide your own recipe for success.

PRAXISUNICO AND AURIL JOIN FORCES TO CREATE PRAXISAURIL

6 Oct 2017

After just over a year and a half of discussions, consultations and planning PraxisUnico and Auril have formally announced the launch of their new organisation and identity at their annual Auril conference in Bristol on the 5th and 6th October 2017.

PraxisAuril Governance

5 Oct 2017

PraxisAuril is a trading name of Praxis Courses Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, registered in the UK.

Crack It Solutions - Improving animal welfare

2 Oct 2017

The Animal Welfare Assessment Grid (AWAG) system is a web-based software application designed for capturing, storing and visualising animal welfare assessment data. The system was developed by Public Health England in collaboration with the University of Surrey, School of Veterinary Medicine. The first version was released in 2015 and has been trialled by PHE and a number of other research organisations. Feedback has been very positive in terms of assessing current welfare and identifying areas for potential improvement such as housing, use of enrichment and frequency of applying procedures. During these trials and those from zoos and wildlife trusts, many ideas for future developments have been gathered. Further development is now required to refine the system and to make it applicable to a wider range of applications in the research community where the system has potential to improve animal welfare.

Auril Conference Exhibitors

27 Sep 2017

We are pleased to announce the exhibitors for the Auril 2017 Conference

BBSRC seek proposals for the RSE scheme

14 Sep 2017

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

Spinouts UK Quarterly Journal released

14 Sep 2017

Spinouts UK has released its quarterly report on the UK's university spin-out landscape.

Indian biotech leaders visit Birmingham for life science facilities briefing

12 Sep 2017

A delegation of Indian biotech company leaders visited the University of Birmingham yesterday to see the life sciences cluster, where the University’s world-leading research is translated into new medical therapies. The delegation travelled to Birmingham as part of bioConclave 2017 - an annual gathering of Indian life science business leaders, who come to the UK to explore investment and partnership opportunities.