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UK SPINE 2020 conference

20 Jan 2020

The UK SPINE is a Research England funded consortium that strives to promote free flow of knowledge across world leading institutions to accelerate innovation for healthy ageing. The theme of this years’ conference is: ‘How can the UK lead the race to deliver 5 extra healthy years of life by 2035’

Research England report details how the first version of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) will work

16 Jan 2020

Research England has released a report detailing decisions and next steps for the KEF following last year’s consultation and pilot exercises. PraxisAuril is pleased to see that comments and contributions from universities, businesses and other sector stakeholders – including many PraxisAuril members – have been taken into account in the final metrics, narrative information, clusters, eligibility and timelines.

Better Business for People & Planet - Bridging Research & Industry - Aspect Annual Event

31 Oct 2019

A CCF funded network led by an alliance of seven UK universities, Aspect aims to transform the contribution that social sciences research and student entrepreneurship makes for the betterment of society, through collaboration with innovators and business leaders. On November 21st, Aspect are holding their first Annual Conference. Please join us with thinkers and innovators from across academia and industry exploring how social sciences researchers and industry can work in partnership to address challenges across society.

Major review of the HE-BCI data set: phase one open.

28 Oct 2019

HESA has released the first consultation phase of its HE-BCI review, following publication of a project mandate and timeline in September. HE-BCI is a key source of data and information about universities’ 'third stream' activities (those undertaken alongside research and teaching) that has been collected for well over a decade. The data collection covers: institutional strategy, business and community services, engagement with society, intellectual property, spin-off businesses, and regeneration and development. HE-BCI data informs institutional HEIF allocations and is a building block of the current KEF model.

PraxisAuril Annual Report: 2018-2019

21 Oct 2019

2019 has already been a fantastic year for PraxisAuril. With 173 member organisations and over 5000 people feeding into the PraxisAuril community, it has become the world’s biggest KE organisation outside of the US. With its growing pool of almost 400 volunteers, PraxisAuril continues to create and deliver world-leading training courses and has trained around 600 people in the UK, in this year alone. This annual report is summary of all that we have achieved together in the past 12 months.

IP Booster deadline approaching!

18 Oct 2019

Are you a public research organisation pushing your research from lab to market? Do you need assistance or advice on your IP strategy?   IP Booster is a specialised professional IP service for Public Research Organisations looking to realise value from their research results. if you are a Public Research Organisation interested in this service please read on! Our experts will examine your case and guide you towards the best intellectual property strategy, at no cost and fully supported by the European Commission. The next deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.

Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group meeting

3 Oct 2019

The Knowledge Exchange Team at Cranfield University invite you to join the Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group for its second meeting on Tuesday, 5th November 2019. This Group has been established to provide a forum where KE practitioners in higher education have an opportunity to discuss best practice, gain insights and updates on the KE landscape and build a support network. The Group meets twice per year in London and is free to attend (you only need to cover your travel). Future agendas will be shaped by the Group alongside decisions on future invited speakers to engage in topics of interest.

NEUPC IPR Services Event - 3rd December

27 Sep 2019

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) is one of six UK Higher Education purchasing consortia established to deliver and manage a wide range of collaborative framework agreements designed to maximise third party expenditure within the higher education sector. The NEUPC will be holding an event for its HE consortia members to meet with suppliers in the Professional Services category group. The NEUPC will be holding an event for its HE consortia members to meet with suppliers in the Professional Services category group.

RSE BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

26 Sep 2019

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation, is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship programme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research. RSE Enterprise Fellowships provide a salary, mentoring and formal business training, allowing the Enterprise Fellow to focus solely on developing their business over a 12-month period.

Collaborate to Drive Agri-Tech Innovation on the Norwich Research Park

19 Sep 2019

This event is being held in collaboration with Agri Tech East as part of Agri Tech Week 2019 at Norwich Research Park With an estimated 9 billion people inhabiting the planet by 2050 and a changing climate putting a strain on current agricultural practices it is now, more than ever, apparent that feeding this rapidly expanding population will require multiple approaches to increasing crop production. Through innovative concepts derived from multiple disciplines, this event will demonstrate the new agri-technologies made possible by sharing expertise, platforms and funding opportunities from our academics with agritech companies based on the Norwich Research Park.

EI Innovate: genomics data to advance bioscience

12 Sep 2019

Developing solutions to global issues with EI’s advanced capabilities and expertise in genomics and bioinformatics - improving global food security, environmental management, conservation, health and wellbeing. This event will showcase our capabilities and expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, crop phenotyping, and high-performance computing.

New blood test for prostate cancer is highly-accurate and avoids invasive biopsies

11 Sep 2019

A new and simple blood test has been found to efficiently and accurately detect the presence of aggressive prostate cancer, according to research by Queen Mary University of London. In combination with the current prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

Knowledge Exchange Framework: Outcomes of Consultation and Pilot Exercise

29 Aug 2019

In January 2019 Research England published a consultation on their proposals for the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). At the same time, they invited English Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in a pilot exercise to test and refine the proposals. The findings contained in the report are being used to inform the ongoing development of the KEF.

New Antimicrobial Coating Could be Key in Fight Against Hospital-Acquired Infections

28 Aug 2019

Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

How NOT to get a Bioinformatics Patent

28 Aug 2019

Multidisciplinary inventions have become more commonplace in recent years, particularly as artificial intelligence (AI) is being used as a tool in a wide range of biotech applications, such as medical image analysis and drug discovery. However, whereas biotech inventions may generally be considered to relate to inherently patentable subject matter, biotech inventions that are implemented using a computer or AI may have an additional hurdle to pass. In this article, we explore this additional hurdle by looking at why a patent application that relates to bioinformatics has been objected to by both the UK and US Patent Offices.

New coasts and shorelines: Shifting sands in the creative economy

28 Aug 2019

The Centre for Rural Creativity at Shetland College UHI and Shetland Arts Development Agency are inviting creative practitioners, researchers, professionals and arts organisations to join us in exploring, creating and debating creative practice and collaboration in the creative economy.

Economic Intelligence Wales’ first annual report highlights confidence in Welsh business sector despite UK uncertainty

28 Aug 2019

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales have higher levels of confidence than their UK counterparts, despite challenging business conditions and increasing uncertainty of UK and global economic prospects, according to the first annual report published by Economic Intelligence Wales (EIW) today.

MICRA Showcase at the British Science Festival

27 Aug 2019

Showcasing projects and spin-outs from the partner universities on three key Industrial Strategy Challenges Thu, 12 September 2019, 09:30 – 15:30 BST

Birmingham City University to tackle employability issues with two-day event

27 Aug 2019

Birmingham City University will tackle the issue of employability across the region with a DataJam West Midlands event this September. The two-day event, which runs from 11-12 September, brings together experts, professionals and practitioners from a number of sectors to discuss and identify solutions to the West Midlands’ employability concerns.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

6 Aug 2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Our vision is to be the first choice for pharmacy, wellbeing and beauty, caring for people and communities around the world. Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives.

£3.5m Climate change fund established to shake agri-food sector

31 Jul 2019

SHAKE will fund and train entrepreneurs and start-ups who have early stage science or tech-based solutions

Multi-million pound investment to improve region’s health

31 Jul 2019

A new government £16 million health improvement programme in the North East and North Cumbria has been awarded to a collaboration led by Newcastle University and hosted by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The regional collaboration, involving 56 organisations across North Cumbria and the North East, is being led by Professor Eileen Kaner of Newcastle University will tackle issues causing health and care inequalities.

UK university spin-outs - building on progress and good practice

30 Jul 2019

A review of university-investor links has been published, commissioned by Research England from Mike Rees, former deputy group CEO of Standard Chartered, start-up commercialisation expert and angel investor. 

2019 CRACK IT Challenges

29 Jul 2019

CRACK IT Challenges are designed to accelerate the development of new technologies which minimise animal use or improve animal welfare. The focus is on research and innovation which leads to marketable products or improvements in business processes.

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC) IPR Services framework agreement

17 Jul 2019

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Services Framework is a national agreement available to members of NEUPC, LUPC, SUPC, APUC, NWUPC, HEPCW.

KE Concordat consultation response

3 Jul 2019

PraxisAuril and ARMA have submitted a joint response to UUK's consultation on the proposed KE Concordat.

PLG Introduction to Healthcare Business Development Training Course

2 Jul 2019

Introduction to Healthcare Business Development is a three-day training course covering the key elements of Licensing and Business Development. It has a 12 strong faculty providing guidance on best practice using case study material. It also includes a hands-on example of negotiating a deal.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s Innovation Forum

28 Jun 2019

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust’s Innovation Forum aims to offer local companies with an interest in healthcare an insight into challenges faced at Cambridge University Hospitals. This is an opportunity to gain an ‘under the bonnet’ insight into a key challenge faced by the NHS on a daily basis: Frailty.

Oxford UIDP Summit and workshops: 31 July - 2 August

25 Jun 2019

Reflecting on a fantastic couple of days at the Praxis Auril Conference, it confirmed my view that there is no substitute for spending time, away from the office, discussing the important things I am worrying about, learning from others, constructing solutions in the bar and meeting people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet. Email is fine, but face to face is better. This is why, as those of you who were there may recall, I am organising the Oxford UIDP Summit (31 July - 2 August) preceded by intensive workshops (30-31 July) at Keble college.

FALLING WALLS SCIENCE START-UP OF THE YEAR 2019

28 May 2019

WHERE SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS Falling Walls Venture is a global platform for the most promising research-based start-ups nominated by academic institutions from across the world. We provide a stage for pioneering founders who have turned science into business, creating entrepreneurial solutions for today’s most pressing challenges. The fast-paced pitch event is part of the 2-day Falling Walls Conference.

PraxisAuril and UKRI unveil the finalists for the 2019 KE Awards

28 May 2019

The KE Awards are a new initiative organised by PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners, to celebrate the contribution of KE professionals in enabling and facilitating the societal and economic impact of research. Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a new body creating the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish, the KE Awards will recognise and celebrate the people behind the best KE achievements.

Member event: KE Best Practice Group kick-off meeting

21 May 2019

The Knowledge Exchange Team at Cranfield University would like to invite you to join the Knowledge Exchange Best Practice Group. This Group has been established to provide a forum where KE practitioners in higher education have an opportunity to discuss best practice, gain insights and updates on the KE landscape and build a support network. This member-led initiative provides another opportunity for PraxisAuril members to get-together and share day-to-day work experiences and expertise.

CRACK IT Solutions: In vitro platform for retinal toxicity assessment and disease modelling

14 May 2019

In vitro platform for retinal toxicity assessment and disease modelling Newcells Biotech Ltd. has developed an in vitro model of the retinal pigmented epithelium, to assess the safety and efficacy of novel ocular compounds. This technology could better predict the outcome in the human eye and reduce the number of animals used to assess the toxicity of ocular drugs. An end-user pharmaceutical company, able to provide access to ocular compounds and data with known in vivo/in vitro toxicity profiles, is sought to validate the model.

Emerging Technologies Competition: Turning promising ideas into commercial reality

30 Apr 2019

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual innovation initiative, set up to identify the most promising chemical science-based technologies and to help accelerate their commercialisation

Royal Academy of Engineering: Enterprise Hub open day

25 Apr 2019

The Royal Academy of Engineering's Enterprise Hub is running a drop in open day for anyone interested in its programmes on Wednesday 22 May, 1.00pm-4.30pm. The Hub runs several schemes for engineering and technology leaders and entrepreneurs to support them in commercialising their innovation and scaling up.

LifeArc-AUTM technology transfer career training fellowships

10 Apr 2019

Get a fast track training route into the world of technology transfer - where you’ll be helping to ensure the great science can make a real difference to patients lives.

Business-Community Interaction income reaches a record £4.5 billion

4 Apr 2019

The 2017-18 HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) data has been released today as an open data set by HESA. Headlines are highly positive, with year-on-year increases in all categories except consultancy, bringing the UK total to a record £4.5 billion.  

Lambert Toolkit - seeking your feedback

3 Apr 2019

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is seeking feedback on levels of awareness of the Lambert Toolkit, how it is being used and its impact amongst businesses and universities. The Lambert toolkit helps academic institutions and industrial partners carry out collaborative research projects. 

Strength in Places Fund shortlist announced by UKRI

21 Mar 2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a shortlist of 24 projects in the first wave of its Strength in Places Fund.

Patents: A useful measure of KE in the biosciences?

21 Mar 2019

As part of my role in BBSRC, I work at the interface between funding research and helping universities to realise their impact from these investments. In recent years, I have seen a resurgence of the use of metrics to measure the outputs of research. As more money is being committed to research and knowledge exchange, we are increasingly being asked what difference this is making to the economy and society. This is a good thing, as everyone should be accountable for what they do. However, how should we measure this, and how do we ensure our measures are appropriate for all situations and sectors?

Inside EI

18 Mar 2019

Want to see cutting-edge life sciences research in Norwich first hand? Come along to 'Inside EI', where for one day we will be opening our doors for the public to explore our diverse projects that are helping to understand life on earth, and how we can improve food security, tackle climate change, protect biodiversity, and investigate breakthroughs in health and medicine.

PraxisAuril and Oxentia partnership will take customised Knowledge Exchange training global

18 Mar 2019

PraxisAuril, the UK’s world-leading professional association for knowledge exchange practitioners, is partnering with Oxentia, Oxford’s Global Innovation Consultancy, to deliver a series of training courses in new international markets.

RSE Enterprise Fellowships

18 Mar 2019

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

PraxisAuril and ARMA joint response to the KEF consultation

15 Mar 2019

PraxisAuril and ARMA have submitted a joint response to Research England's Knowledge Exchange Consultation.

STFC’s Innovation Board – Call for Members

11 Mar 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council supports innovation opportunities arising from its research portfolio through the commercialisation of technologies, industrial use of the National Laboratories and the creation of innovation eco-systems on the National Science and Innovation Campuses at Sci-Tech Daresbury and Harwell. Strategic advice on the range of activities to deliver on the innovation goals set out in the Strategic Delivery Plan is provided by the Innovation Board which reports to STFC Council.

Research England and Universities delivering the Industrial Strategy

18 Feb 2019

Today Research England is publishing a report summarising how universities are working to deliver the Government's Industrial Strategy. This focuses on use of the additional funds provided by Government for Research England to allocate for knowledge exchange through Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).

UKSPA/S-Lab Conference 2019

5 Feb 2019

UKSPA/S-Lab Conference 2019 - Early Bird discounts ending soon The Pre-Conference day, Conference, Awards, Dinner, Study Tours and Exhibition at the University of Birmingham 2-3 April 2019 will deliver opportunities to take stock of the changes that are taking place in the sector, share good practice and conduct business over three packed days of activity.

Sean Fielding appointed as Chair of influential university-business collaboration organisation, PraxisAuril

22 Jan 2019

Congratulations to Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business at the University of Exeter who has been appointed as the new Chair of PraxisAuril until 2021.

Mapping the commercial landscape for quantum technologies

10 Jan 2019

As a second generation of quantum devices begins to move out of physics labs and into the marketplace, Andrew Fearnside, Senior Associate at Appleyard Lees, offers a tour through the developing commercial landscape.

Research England launches Knowledge Exchange Framework consultation

9 Jan 2019

Research England has today published a document detailing proposals for how the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) could work and would like to hear the HE sector’s views on these proposals.

Transport Systems Catapult Academic Network for Intelligent Mobility

3 Jan 2019

The Transport Systems Catapult's (TSC) Academic Network for Intelligent Mobility (ANIM) is currently the primary method of communicating with TSC's academic stakeholders and researchers to tell them about our latest news events and opportunities.   The network facilitates an environment for exchange of ideas, knowledge, learning and the opportunity to promote collaboration.

Clinical Trial Launches to Develop Breath Test for Multiple Cancers

3 Jan 2019

Clinical trial launches to develop breath test for multiple cancers

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