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IPO seeking views on proposed changes to patent fees

18 Apr 2017

The IPO launched a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to patent fees.

Driverless pods research in the UK

13 Apr 2017

The UK Government have provided funding towards the testing and research of the autonomous vehicles. The aim is to use the vehicles to move people around airports, hospitals, malls and other centres.

£6m boost for Carbon capture and storage research

12 Apr 2017

The UK CCS Research Centre (UKCCSRC) has been awarded £6m by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) to continue its carbon capture and storage (CCS) research projects.

Cardiff University Spin-out gains new funding

12 Apr 2017

FaultCurrent, a Cardiff University Spinout, has secured further funding to support commercial development. The funding was provided by the founding investor, IP Group PLC, and the UK Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs fund.

Manufacturing Research Centre at Sheffield University opened by Duke of York

11 Apr 2017

On 10th April 2017, the Duke of York opened a collaborative manufacturing research facility at the University of Sheffield.

University spin-out acquired by GE Healthcare

10 Apr 2017

Monica Healthcare, a previous University of Nottingham spin-out, who developed a novel technology for monitoring expectant mothers has been acquires by U.S-based GE Healthcare.

Technology Event at the Cambridge Graphene Centre

10 Apr 2017

On the 25th May 2017 the Cambridge Graphene Centre will be hosting a Technology Event. The full day event is for large companies, universities and smaller companies working with graphene and related technologies.

Sunderland University to support the city’s entrepreneurial growth

10 Apr 2017

Hope Street Xchange is a £10m centre for enterprise and innovation, funded by the University of Sunderland and supported by £4.9m investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund. The centre has been designed to support the city’s entrepreneurial growth.

PraxisUnico and AURIL form a single organisation to represent KEC professionals in the UK

7 Apr 2017

The Directors of PraxisUnico and AURIL are delighted to announce that they have formally agreed to join forces to form one organisation representing the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) profession in the UK, effective 1 April 2017.

Annual HEBCI Data Released

6 Apr 2017

The 2015-16 HE Business and Community Interaction (HEBCI) data has been released by HESA. For the first time, the data has been published online free of charge to download. The HEBCI data is an important source of evidence for activity and income levels across the wide range of knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities pursued by the UK’s higher education institutions.

University of Edinburgh soon to receive cyber security research funds

5 Apr 2017

Edinburgh university is due to receive funding from the UK government to develop cyber security research. They will specialise in developing the latest cyber security techniques and are the only Scottish university to become a government-approved centre of excellence.

Ground-breaking new centre to support start-ups in Edinburgh

4 Apr 2017

The Higgs Centre for innovation is the new ground-breaking business incubation initiative that is being completed at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. The centre will support start-up businesses with the intention of creating new marketing opportunities, particularly in big data and space technologies.

Oxford University Spinout’s vison of next-generation vaccines.

3 Apr 2017

SpyBiotech, an Oxford University spinout, has established a molecular superglue that can facilitate rapid development of robust and novel vaccines. The spinout has secured £4m seed funding from Oxford Sciences Innovation with participations from GV (formerly Google Ventures).

New Issue of KEC Matters: April 2017

3 Apr 2017

The new issue of KEC Matters is now available to download. This issue features articles on:

Buckinghamshire receives £1.3m funding for a Digital Innovation Hub

30 Mar 2017

The University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV) has received £1.3m from Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) to create a Digital Innovation Hub to support business innovation and growth in Bucks.

New Government Partnership sees Warwick University and China Engineering Collaboration

29 Mar 2017

The University of Warwick has signed up to an exciting new government partnership which will see its engineering expertise exported to China. The intention is to create a collaboration between Warwick’s School of Engineering and the top nine engineering institutions in China.

£270m welcomed by the UK’s Research and Innovation Leaders.

28 Mar 2017

The spring budget has announced an initial investment of £270m for the development of disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy. The funding is being supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and welcomed by the UK’s Research and Innovation leaders.

£400k government grant awarded to Wales-based law firm

28 Mar 2017

The welsh government handed £432,000 to a Cardiff-headquartered law firm. The grant will aid CJCH Solicitors establish a ‘global anti-piracy HQ’ and create ’71 new high skilled jobs’.

Green start-up ideas on display at White City innovation showcase

27 Mar 2017

The Translation and Innovation Hub at Imperial White City Campus recently held a Meet the Cleantech Pioneers event. Business leaders and Investors met with PhD student innovators and start-up companies who are developing low-energy and sustainable ‘clean’ technology. They were supported by Climate-KIC Accelerator, which has created 34 new businesses since 2012.

Is innovation a teachable skill?

27 Mar 2017

Dr Charles Brauer, director of innovation at Goldsmiths, University of London, argues that innovation is a teachable skill; innovation and new products are not a result of random inspiration and innate creativity. Teaching the skill of innovation means tapping into real-world problems with an evidence-based toolkit, rather than just relying on lightbulb moments.

Biomedical Innovation at first UK Life Sciences Opportunity Zone

24 Mar 2017

A new innovation centre at the UK’s first ever life science opportunity zone has been envisaged by Charnwood Campus, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and the University of Leicester.

£1m funding to boost oil and gas innovation

24 Mar 2017

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has £1m available to fund and support companies with projects requiring research and development to be undertaken at a Scottish University.

New Era in Precision Medicine for Pancreatic Cancer

24 Mar 2017

Cancer Research UK invested £10 million for the development of new treatments for pancreatic cancer. They announced today that the treatments are set to be transformed by a network of clinical trials aiming to find the right trial for the right patient.

Woodford calls on Government to incentivise scale-up capital

23 Mar 2017

Neil Woodford, founding partner of Woodford Patient Capital, told the House of Lords, “We are not making the best use of our remarkable science base… The bit that is missing is the scale-up capital.” He said that government can incentivise capital flow to “catalyse” the industry.

APHA Scientific Announces Reagent Price Reductions

23 Mar 2017

APHA Scientific are pleased to announce that they are reducing the price of their Brucella Diagnositics Reagents from April 1st 2017. They believe that the new prices will not only give great value but also reflect their commitment to customer satisfaction.

BSSRC seeking proposals to the RSE Enterprise Fellowship programme

22 Mar 2017

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

PraxisUnico Conference Committee member, Adam Stoten, appointed as new COO.

22 Mar 2017

PraxisUnico Conference Committee member Adam Stoten has been appointed the new Chief Operating Officer at Oxford University Innovations (OUI), the new name for Isis Innovation. Adam has been an active PraxisUnico conference committee member since 2013, and continues to support the development and delivery of our Conference.

PraxisUnico and Croda work together to Facilitate Accelerate Innovation in the UK Chemical Industry

21 Mar 2017

As part of PraxisUnicos commitment to university-business collaboration, we worked with Croda International Plc to knowledge exchange day for the chemistry industry. We spoke on the importance of business and university partnerships in accelerating innovation across the chemical industry. This follows on from previous events PraxisUnico have run e.g. with telecoms and defence sector events.

£2.3m awarded to Cumbria University

20 Mar 2017

The University of Cumbria bid for £2.3m to aid in improving efficiency levels of small and medium sized business.

MedCity announces the winners of the £2m programme to commercialise life science discoveries.

17 Mar 2017

The £2m programme, led by Kings College London and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is connecting 16 life sciences SMEs with leading academics to address a specific challenge related to a product or service.

Science, Innovation and Translation

14 Mar 2017

PraxisUnico is one of the content partners at the UK Science Park Association’s conference in York that is being held on 9 and 10 May. Delegates to the Conference will have a multitude of sessions to choose from. These range from Science and Innovation Policy, Building Design, Operation and Management of Facilities in the UK and Internationally with numerous case study and good practice sessions.

University of Glasgow Free Knowledge Exchange Colloquium

14 Mar 2017

The University of Glasgow is holding a Free Knowledge Exchange Colloquium in Glasgow on the 31st March 2017, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

UK Parliament publishes report on Managing IP and Technology Transfer

13 Mar 2017

UK Parliament has today published its report on the inquiry into 'Managing IP and Technology Transfer' conducted by the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee.

UK Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange experts at AUTM 2017

13 Mar 2017

The UK's technology transfer and knowledge exchange community will be represented at the annual Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) meeting in Florida this week.

PraxisUnico Conference 2017 Scholarship Open for Applications

9 Mar 2017

Inteum Company, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of one scholarship to attend the PraxisUnico 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Sheffield Hallam June 14 – 15, 2017.

VETQAS Launch of New Anthrax Training Aids

8 Mar 2017

VETQAS, the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) independent, accredited Quality Assurance Unit, have launched new training aids for microscopic analysis.

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.