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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

The IET Innovation Awards 2018 - 14 November 2018

10 Oct 2018

The finalists of the 2018 IET Innovation Awards have been announced! Chosen from over 350 original entries, the shortlist includes life-changing innovations in categories including Communications, Healthcare, Sustainability, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer. The winners will be announced at an exclusive black-tie ceremony, hosted by comedy actor and writer Sally Phillips. The evening will offer attendees the chance to network with the finalists and visit a showcase of some of the shortlisted innovations in action. Two new awards will be presented: the Young Innovators Award, for young engineering professionals, and the IET and E&T Innovation of the Year, a new top prize awarded to one of the category winners. You can see the full shortlist as well as how you can book tickets for the ceremony at www.theiet.org/innovation. The IET Innovation Awards 2018 14 November 2018 | The Brewery | London

THE STARS OF SCOTTISH INNOVATION SHINE BRIGHT AT THE CONVERGE CHALLENGE AWARDS

28 Sep 2018

Carbogenics, a spin out from the University of Edinburgh has secured the coveted first prize at the 2018 Converge Challenge awards with their innovative waste solution. Turning low value paper waste products into a carbon-rich material, their revolutionary product CreChar improves biogas production and enhances digestate as a sustainable alternative to energy-intense mineral fertilisers.

Mills & Reeve Autumn In-House Adviser workshop on Crisis Management

27 Sep 2018

Mill & Reeve Autumn in-house adviser forum will be the first of a series of guided workshops dealing with crisis management and prevention, hosted by specialist lawyers and inviting active participation from delegates. If you have war stories to relate, we will be interested to hear them. If you have questions to ask, we will do our best to answer them. If you prefer silent observation, that’s fine too!

Benchmarking the management of research contracts in 2018

17 Sep 2018

In September, Research Consulting launched the final report from a major project looking at research contract management across 30 UK and Australian universities

Survey on Industry-University Collaborations

12 Sep 2018

Central Queensland University is leading a cross-institutional research project that investigates the continuing low level of collaboration between industry and the research sector. It is a fundamental first step in developing stakeholder-driven strategies to more effectively facilitate collaborative partnerships. The project is funded by a grant from Central Queensland University and has been approved by the Central Queensland University Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 21006.

Transport Systems Catapult: Business Fellow Network Programme, Intelligent Mobility

11 Sep 2018

The Catapult network was set up to help bridge the gap between academia and industry within the UK. The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) does this within the area of Intelligent Mobility (IM). By working with key academic institutions and industrial partners we aim to ensure that innovative technologies and business models make it out of university research labs and into mainstream usage.

Applications are now open for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2019

7 Sep 2018

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the impacts achieved through academic and business partnerships.

2018 Converge Challenge finalists announced

7 Sep 2018

The finalists have been announced for Scotland’s leading higher education company creation programme, illustrating that Scotland’s academic community continues to thrive as a collective entrepreneurial hub.

A summit to explore building sustainable healthcare businesses with biodata

31 Aug 2018

Join biodata at the Welcome Genome Campus on Thursday 15th November (1.30pm - 6.30pm) to explore changing healthcare through the convergence of data and biology. The summit is designed for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors. Open to all. The Campus is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology in the heart of Cambridgeshire home of the Cambridge Phenomenon and globally significant companies and innovations across bioscience, medicine and technology. The 2018 congress will feature leaders from industry, investment and academia discussing opportunities for disrupting the healthcare industry and constructing sustainable business models and will explore building sustainable healthcare businesses with biodata.

Cambridge IP Summit

24 Aug 2018

The Cambridge IP Summit 2018, supported by Marks & Clerk - is a one day event providing a focused forum for in-house IP teams, general counsel, investors, CEOs, CTOs and senior decision makers to come together to discuss and analyse the key issues that they regularly face; and share best practice on how these challenges can be overcome. 

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

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.