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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.

Boosting Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities Conference

29 Aug 2017

AESIS is holding a two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being. The conference is taking place on the 20 - 21 September 2017 in Cardiff, UK.

Cancer Research UK launches trial to test new drug in patients with advanced cancer

23 Aug 2017

A clinical trial to test a new cancer drug in patients with advanced solid tumours, launches in four centres across the UK today (Wednesday), through Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development.

Avian Reagent price reductions

21 Aug 2017

We strive at APHA Scientific to offer you the best value to our customers. Which is why we have reduced the cost of our Avian Reagents, by 30%.

Cancer Research UK and Newcastle University extend successful multi-project drug discovery alliance with Astex Pharmaceuticals

21 Aug 2017

Cancer Research UK and Newcastle University have recently announced a three year extension to their major strategic drug discovery alliance with Astex Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutics.

Cancer Research UK and Biotecnol to trial new immuno-oncology treatment for advanced tumours

10 Aug 2017

An experimental immuno-oncology treatment will move into early phase clinical trials for patients with advanced solid tumours, including lung cancers, under a collaboration agreement between Cancer Research UK and Biotecnol Limited.

HEFCE knowledge exchange landscape report

9 Aug 2017

In late 2016, HEFCE invited long-term strategies from higher education institutions (HEIs) in receipt of a 2016-17 Higher Education Innovation Fund allocation to submit five-year knowledge exchange (KE) strategies, as the basis for release of future allocations. HEFCE commissioned researchers RSM PACEC to assess and provide advice to HEFCE on the strategies, and to produce an overview report.

NIHR Brain Injury HTC third BITT tank on Paediatric Neurorehabilitation

8 Aug 2017

The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) will hold its third focused Brain Injury Technologies Think (BITT) tank on ‘Paediatric Neurorehabilitation’ on Tuesday 17th October 2017 in London (venue to be confirmed).

The Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA): Call for Review and Comment

8 Aug 2017

Open and collaborative scientific research is vital to the discovery and translation of new knowledge into products and services that benefit society.

Learn more about Linkedin

2 Aug 2017

Do you want to learn how to effectively utilise Linkedin, add value to your online community, and create stronger tangible relationships?

PraxisUnico/AURIL respond to ‘Transforming UK Translation’

26 Jul 2017

PraxisUnico/AURIL welcome the publication of ‘Transforming UK Translation’ by The Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust; the ambition it sets out to create a ‘vibrant translation system’ and the broad definition of translation used to cover a range of outputs and activities. We are particularly pleased to see the recognition it gives to the role of TTOs and their role in supporting research translation. The UK operates at world class standard in technology transfer practice in an environment that supports continuous improvement of standards of practice[1].

PraxisUnico/AURIL welcome HEIF increase to £200 million

20 Jul 2017

HEFCE has confirmed details of the £40 million per annum HEIF 'uplift' announced as part of the government's R&D investment to support its industrial strategy.

Funding boost for KEC

11 Jul 2017

University-business collaboration has been given a boost this week with the announcements by HEFCE of a HEIF 'uplift' for English universities and awards of £177 million through the UK Research Investment Partnership Fund (UKRIPF).

CCS clusters for hydrogen production in a low-carbon economy

10 Jul 2017

The announcement that Statoil, Vattenfall and Gasunie have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate the possibilities of converting Vattenfall’s gas power plant, Magnum, in the Netherlands, into a hydrogen-powered plant marks an interesting new development in carbon capture and storage for Norway and the Netherlands.

IN-PART's Top 6 Disruptive Innovations

7 Jul 2017

This feature presents some of the most disruptive innovations published in the second quarter of 2017, by universities actively looking to find external collaboration partners through IN-PART. From monitoring plastic pollution in the oceans, to relieving pain in virtual reality, and inducing rainfall with lasers, the creativity of scientific research is inspiring.

CRT’s Discovery Laboratories extends alliance with Merck to develop new cancer drugs

3 Jul 2017

CANCER RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY (CRT) has signed a further deal with Merck, a leading science and technology company, to discover new cancer drugs targeting the Hippo pathway, on 29th June.

NIHR Brain Injury HTC Seedcorn Funding Competition Winners Announcement

30 Jun 2017

The University of Cambridge are delighted to announce the following winners of the Seedcorn Funding Competition 2016/2017:

Zegami to bring next-gen image and data search management tool to market

29 Jun 2017

Zegami, an Oxford University analytics spinout company focused on image management, has raised £2.3m in Series A funding to develop its image search and analytics platform for the cloud and take its technology to the consumer market.

PraxisUnico and JUSIRUI Management Consulting announce international relationship

22 Jun 2017

PraxisUnico and JUSIRUI Management Consulting announce international strategic relationship to deliver outstanding training to Chinese professionals working in the fields of technology transfer, knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

LAB282 accelerates Oxford University’s life sciences with second round of awards

22 Jun 2017

LAB282, the drug discovery partnership for Oxford University, has made its second round of awards to support promising life sciences ideas with market potential emerging from the University.

Innovation China UK Programme Office (ICUK) seeking participants

21 Jun 2017

Innovation China UK Programme Office (ICUK) based at Queen Mary Innovation Ltd. is seeking mission participants from two UK companies and one academic institute in the field of sensor and sensing technology to join the UK-China Innovation Partnering Mission in Shanghai between 10th and 13th September 2017. This mission will be largely funded by the FCO Global Partnership Fund. HEI spin-outs and commercial partners are welcome to apply.

Innovation Database - Innovation Masterclass

19 Jun 2017

Are you free on 28 June 2017? To be held in London, our annual Innovation Masterclass event will bring together experts in the management of innovation for a full day of thought leadership, insights, sharing and networking.

The Impact Awards Winners Announced!

16 Jun 2017

The winners of the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals, organised by PraxisUnico and supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), were announced last night at a black-tie ceremony in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, in front of over 250 invited guests from universities, research institutes, industry and government.

Chemistry Means Business

9 Jun 2017

Chemistry Means Business takes place next week in Manchester, just before PraxisUnico’s own annual conference in Sheffield (Weds-Fri). PraxisUnico members connect businesses with research and help to bring novel research to market and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s event is all about forging connections, future proofing businesses and cross sector collaborations.

Oxford University leads national effort to save WW1 memories

6 Jun 2017

Oxford University is launching a crowdfunding campaign for Lest We Forget (LWF), a project that will support local community endeavours to digitise memorabilia and personal accounts of World War One ahead of the 2018 centenary of Armistice Day.

EIC and Catapult launch action plan to unleash innovation in the energy sector

6 Jun 2017

Gas and electricity networks are adopting innovations from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into business as usual but there is still work to be done. This is one of the conclusions from the Energy Innovation Centre’s (EIC) and the Energy Systems Catapult’s latest research findings, launched today at Utility Week Live.

Global University Venturing awards celebrate excellence in Technology Transfer.

24 May 2017

PraxisUnico would like to congratulate Oxford University Innovation, which was named ‘Tech Transfer unit of the year’ in the annual GUVenturing awards ceremony in London last night (23rd May), and PraxisUnico Advocacy Committee member Tony Raven who was awarded a lifetime achievement award.

Summer Schools: The challenges, Values and Learning

22 May 2017

Kingston University is holding an event to highlight the challenges of summer school and how to overcome them to generate income for your university.

University of Exeter offering part time MSc in Data Science

22 May 2017

The University of Exeter is please to be offering a part time MSc Data Science course, starting in September.

PraxisUnico proud to be supporting UKSPA's annual conference

9 May 2017

PraxisUnico is delighted to be supporting the UK Science Park Association’s (UKSPA) annual conference in York this week (May 9th and 10th). Several PraxisUnico speakers will be addressing delegates as part of the ‘Innovation, Incubation and Science Parks’ stream.

Birmingham technology company expands into Far East

8 May 2017

A Birmingham tech company is expanding into the Far East with the opening of a Taiwanese subsidiary.

Finalists for The Impact Awards have been announced!

2 May 2017

We are pleased to announce that nine projects and five volunteers have been shortlisted in PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards for 2017.

Interface Multiparty Competition – collaborative partners wanted

28 Apr 2017

Interface are offering four groups of businesses which partner with academics for research and development projects a chance to share £30,000.

Haseltine Lake announces partnership with Worldwide Cancer Research

28 Apr 2017

Haseltine Lake, a European intellectual property firm, announces a charity support partnership with Worldwide Cancer Research.

ON Helix translational research conference

28 Apr 2017

ON Helix, brought to you by One Nucleus, is a translational research conference for everyone in the life science sector. It is being held on 12th July and includes a welcome reception and BioNewsRound Award.

First research programme to remove greenhouse gases launched in the UK

27 Apr 2017

The National Environment Research Council (NERC), Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are jointly funding the Greenhouse Gas Removal programme. The Met Office and Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are also supporting.

Reactive Oxygen® research wins prestigious innovation award

25 Apr 2017

Scientists developing a powerful, new technology that could transform our ability to fight drug-resistant infections, reduce suffering and save lives have won a prestigious innovation award.

The NCRI Partnership launches new five-year strategy to accelerate progress in cancer research

25 Apr 2017

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) launches its new five-year strategy today (Tuesday) to accelerate progress in cancer research through collaboration.

BEIS to fund EV batteries and Robotic research

24 Apr 2017

The Autumn Statement outlined the development of the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to support collaborations between business and the UK’s science base.

Funding for universities to deliver the industrial strategy

24 Apr 2017

HEFCE is launching the Connecting Capability fund (CCF). They are allocating £100 million of funding to support university collaborations in research commercialisation.

Cardiff-based Life Science company awarded funding from Finance Wales

21 Apr 2017

The Cardiff-based life science company, Cellesce, has been awarded funding by Finance wales to continue its organoid research and establish its growing team in the GE Innovation Village in Cardiff.

CRT Pioneer Fund, Cancer Research UK and NCI Collaborate to Boost Research Against the 'Undruggable' RAS

21 Apr 2017

Cancer Research UK and the Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund (CPF)* have committed £2.5 million in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US to tackle one of the toughest challenges in cancer that has thwarted researchers for more than 30 years.

UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017

19 Apr 2017

The awards aim to celebrate the 'unsung heroes' within the energy industry, who are breaking boundaries to bring benefits to customers, industry and the supply chain.

Startup incubation and acceleration: the national picture

19 Apr 2017

A new report released by NESTA has identified 205 incubators and 163 accelerators active in the UK. These support an estimated 3,450 and 3,660 new businesses a year respectively, with UK accelerators providing an estimated £33m annually in start-up investment. The report, commissioned by BEIS and produced in partnership with the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) provides another piece of evidence highly relevant to current policy debates – not least the Industrial Strategy Green Paper – around stimulating, supporting and growing early stage companies. Presenting a national picture, the report sits well alongside the regional ‘deep dives’ provided by Science & Innovation audits.

Innovate UK funds development of vaccine for Zoonotic diseases

18 Apr 2017

The University of Plymouth received funding from Innovate UK for the development of a new and economic vaccine designed to stop the spread of highly pathogenic zoonotic infectious diseases.

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.