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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

Win a free place on a Commercialising Genomic Research course

3 Aug 2018

Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences are kindly offering one lucky PraxisAuril member a free place on their Commercialising Genomic Research course 1-3 October in return for writing a short piece about the course which they may publish on their website

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

June expression of interest: UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme

7 Jun 2018

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme provides grant funding to industrial research and capital projects to enhance UK civil aerospace.

Licensing Executives Society Britain & Ireland Annual Conference 2018

5 Jun 2018

Licensing Executives Society Britain & Ireland Annual Conference 2018

RSE Enterprise Fellowships: Next Round Opens in July 2018

4 Jun 2018

RSE Enterprise Fellowships: Next Round Opens in July 2018

Trial to test new treatment combination for children and adults with leukaemia

4 Jun 2018

Trial to test new treatment combination for children and adults with leukaemia

How Transport Innovation will power the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor

4 Jun 2018

The Transport Systems Catapults (TSC) would like to invite you to their latest showcase event in Oxford, this time focusing on 'How Transport Innovation will power the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor'.

Data Science and Big Data Showcase for Businesses

22 May 2018

The University of Hertfordshire will be hosting the Data Science and Big Data showcase for businesses on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.

£18 Million fund to tackle six biggest themes in brain tumour research launched

2 May 2018

The Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Awards* have been launched in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity.

Annual General Meeting - Praxis Courses Ltd, 17 May 2018

27 Apr 2018

Annual General Meeting  Praxis Courses Ltd Thursday 17 May 2018 at 4.30pm

PraxisAuril Spring Conference 2018 Press Release

23 Apr 2018

With just under a month to go, preparations for the PraxisAuril spring conference are nearing completion.

Winners of the British Expertise International Awards 2018 have been announced

13 Apr 2018

Congratulations to Public Health England (PHE)’s Business Development Team for winning the British Expertise International Awards 2018 under “international healthcare project” category for “Fast-track global collaborations to conquer emergencies such as Ebola and Zika”.

University of Birmingham to lead Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA)

11 Apr 2018

The University of Birmingham is to lead a connected system of incubators and accelerators that will drive jobs and economic growth across the Midlands region, following a £5 million award announced today by Research England.

HE Provider Data – Business and community interaction survey 2016/17 is now available

10 Apr 2018

How do HE providers engage with business and communities?

Joint Oxford University Innovation and Imperial Innovations Internship

5 Apr 2018

This is a unique opportunity to work with two world-class Technology Transfer Offices on a joint internship program and springboard your career into the world of Technology Transfer.

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

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.

PraxisAuril welcomes the KEF & Technical Advisory Group

4 Dec 2017

HEFCE has launched its work on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) which will form a third pillar of university assessment alongside the TEF and REF. A Technical Advisory Group, Chaired by Professor Richard Jones, will take evidence from the sector before handing over to Research England in April 2018.

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.