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University of Birmingham signs licensing deal with world’s largest COVID-19 test provider to commercialise novel testing method

12 Aug 2022

A unique testing method invented at the University of Birmingham (UK) is set for a global rollout after its commercial rights were exclusively licensed to the world’s largest COVID-19 test provider, Innova Medical Group, Inc.

Maximising the energy generated from wastewater

18 Jul 2022

Helping Northumbrian Water Group achieve net zero by 2027, and keeping consumer prices low

Siemens includes UK universities in top tier research and innovation partnerships for the first time

18 Jul 2022

Global technology giant Siemens evolves its strategic engagement program.

The Research & Innovation Enabler Cafe Culture Toolkit

15 Jun 2022

A toolkit that facilitates research & innovation (R&I) enablers to engage in discussions about R&I culture has been launched. Here at PraxisAuril we are proud to have been part of the development of this key culture change tool as part of a team from across the sector.

PraxisAuril's annual conference confirms ‘KE is a people business’

15 Jun 2022

PraxisAuril’s annual conference, held 6-8th June in Brighton, confirmed that ‘KE is a people business’. The conference amply demonstrated the resilience and commitment of KE professionals to Knowledge Exchange’s role in the Covid-19 recovery and the UK’s future economic growth.

Exeter University spinout raises £2 million in latest seed funding round

14 Jun 2022

SENSICA - a company borne out of University of Exeter research - has raised more than £2 million from existing investors, to take its cell rejuvenation technology to aid healthy ageing to the next stage of development. SENISCA has developed a technology to combat and reverse the aesthetic and disease-causing aspects of ageing, aimed at enabling people to live healthy lives for longer.

Past PraxisAuril Chair, Dr Alison Campbell, appointed to lead the Government Office for Tech Transfer (GoTT)

3 May 2022

The new Government Office for Technology Transfer, part of BEIS, has appointed PraxisAuril member and friend, Dr Alison Campbell OBE as its inaugural CEO.

PrA member event: Social Impact Framework discussion

10 Mar 2022

Join PraxisAuril members in an exploratory discussion of KPIs and frameworks to capture social value arising from knowledge exchange.

PraxisAuril new Board member

9 Feb 2022

The PraxisAuril Board is a collaborative, considered and supportive volunteer team that welcomes discourse, new ideas, challenge and independent thought.

Research England publishes KEF review

8 Feb 2022

Research England has published a report detailing the findings of the review of the first iteration of the Knowledge Exchange Framework. The report brings together the wide variety of feedback that the funder has gathered through the KEF review and sets out proposals for future KEF developments in the short, medium and long term.

Inova acquires IN-PART, matchmaking platform for academia-industry collaboration

8 Feb 2022

Following the recent acquisition of European biotech news media Labiotech, Inova has now acquired IN-PART, a digital matchmaking platform dedicated to academia-industry collaboration. These strategic moves are consolidating Inova’s position as a leader and pioneer in the digitalization of the biopharma partnering space, made possible by the €60 million investment from global private equity firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) and reaffirmation of a strong commitment by NextStage AM in 2021.

Good Wishes for the Festive Season!

2 Dec 2021

I’m sure you are all looking forward to a break as we approach the festive season and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who have worked so hard to support PraxisAuril activities this year, volunteer and exec team alike – and to all of you who have participated in them.

Winners of the PraxisAuril KE Awards 2021 Announced

18 Nov 2021

Winners of this year’s PraxisAuril KE Awards have been announced across six categories, recognising the achievements in knowledge exchange of both individuals and teams across the UK and internationally. The Awards were once again sponsored by UKRI, the UK’s research and innovation funding body.

Upcoming Vacancy on PraxisAuril Board

11 Nov 2021

As part of our regular rotation schedule, a Directorship on the PraxisAuril Board will become available on 1 January 2022.  Applications are invited from PraxisAuril members for appointment to the Board for a 4-year term.

Digging the data: report on IP-related & commercialisation activities in England 2019-20

1 Nov 2021

Research England has released a report detailing IP-related and commercialisation activities submitted as part of the HE-BCI survey for the academic year 2019/20. It focusses on activities in England but also includes an international comparison with similar data collected in the US by the AUTM for the financial year 2019.

Action 4 Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in KE: Zooming in on practical examples and support

29 Oct 2021

It’s been a few months since that hugely powerful session at this year’s PraxisAuril Conference when we gave the prime plenary slot on the final day over to a discussion on Diversity in KE. It was a real privilege to Chair a session in which four brilliant speakers spoke so candidly from the heart about their own experiences - and which then quickly developed into one of the most fast and furious Zoom chats I’ve ever experienced, with a very large audience participating enthusiastically in the discussion! [You can still watch that recording HERE]. Such energy from PraxisAuril members and the KE sector at large to get involved and support the EDI agenda - truly inspiring.

KE Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

15 Oct 2021

Friday 15th October 2021: Each year PraxisAuril celebrates the achievements, innovations, and sector stories from the world of Knowledge Exchange, and this year we are as pleased as always to announce our finalists.

ACADEMIC INNOVATION TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT THE 2021 CONVERGE AWARDS

7 Oct 2021

A new company developing medicines for patients with debilitating chronic conditions; an innovative digital platform bringing the craft of knitting into the 21st century; a lightweight robotic glove empowering patients with hand weakness - these are just some of the ideas that triumphed at the 2021 Converge Awards, Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

PraxisAuril Welcomes New Member, Royal Agricultural University

17 Sep 2021

We are thrilled to introduce a new member organisation to the PraxisAuril community, the Royal Agricultural University, joining over 180 organisation (and over 5000 individual) members in the ever-growing network of Knowledge Exchanges professionals, to benefit from the PraxisAuril mission to Develop, Promote and Connect practitioners across the UK, and the world.

Scotland’s Got Talent: Top Academic Innovators Reach the Finals of Converge 2021

9 Sep 2021

Edinburgh; Wednesday 8 September 2021: The finalists for Converge 2021, Scotland’s largest entrepreneurial development programme for the university sector, have been revealed. Exemplifying the cream of Scotland’s innovation pool, and hailing from institutions across the nation, 28 academic entrepreneurs are now through to the Converge Awards Final which takes place on 30 September 2021.

CEO Update – September 2021

1 Sep 2021

A warm welcome back to the world of work after the summer break! As we look ahead to Autumn and 2022, I thought this would be a good time to give you a flavour of all the things that we have been working on behind the scenes and have planned for you in the months ahead.

PraxisAuril Welcomes New Member, Ship Shape

27 Aug 2021

We are thrilled to introduce a new member organisation to the PraxisAuril community, Ship Shape Search Ltd. Ship Shape are joining over 180 organisation (and over 5000 individual) members in the ever-growing network of Knowledge Exchanges professionals

Tim Fishlock Joins PraxisAuril Exec Team

10 Aug 2021

Last month we had the great pleasure of welcoming Dr Tim Fishlock to the team as our new Head of Professional and Community Development. Tim joins us from Health Enterprise East where he served as Head of Technology Transfer in the Innovation Team for over 3 years, helping to commercialise IP developed within their NHS member Trusts.

Engage 2021: Call for contributions to the Engage Unconference

30 Jul 2021

The Engage Unconference will take place online from Monday 11th October to Friday 12th November and includes the Engage Exhibition, an opportunity to share engagement practice – the good, the bad and the ugly. This call for contributions is an invitation to help create conversations and actions that will support the sector to enact meaningful change over the years to come. 

PraxisAuril welcomes ambition and scale for Innovation Strategy

30 Jul 2021

​​​​​​​PraxisAuril welcomes the government’s Innovation Strategy, launched on 22nd July by Secretary of State, Kwasi Kwarteng. The importance of Knowledge Exchange was demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic – notably in the vaccine development – and we are excited about the potential for growth and increased recognition of our community, building on the UK’s global reputation for KE.

Record number of delegates for KE conference

23 Jul 2021

Last month saw nearly 500 KE professionals from across the UK sign up to attend the second all-virtual PraxisAuril conference, again held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. Four hundred and sixty delegates from 118 organisations signed up for the three-day event, that comprised of shared insights from those at the frontline of vaccine and healthcare, interactive workshops, case-studies and stakeholder interactions.

Young Entrepreneurs Scheme 21 Open

7 Jul 2021

YES21 has been devised for you to understand the processes involved in bringing an idea to market but also nurture a positive, effective team environment to develop a presentation that shows the business could be viable, investable and ultimately successful.

PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange Awards 2021 are open for entries

9 Jun 2021

This year’s Knowledge Exchange (KE) Awards are open for nominations from 9th June to 21st July 2021. The awards were launched at PraxisAuril’s 2021 conference ‘Review, Regroup, Revolution’ by PraxisAuril CEO, Maxine Ficarra, and PraxisAuril founder and Patron, Dr David Secher.

Expertise and funding on offer to help tackle COVID-19

18 May 2021

New ideas to help tackle Covid-19 or prepare for future pandemics are set to get a major boost from the medical research charity, LifeArc.

New inventions emerging from Scotland's universities could change life as we know it

12 May 2021

Academic entrepreneurs from across Scotland’s university sector are now through to the next stage of the Converge programme. Split across four challenge categories – Converge, Creative, Impact and KickStart – all 18 of Scotland’s universities are represented in the final shortlist.

ARMA Seeking Board Members/Directors

19 Apr 2021

As part of ARMA’s continuing commitment to providing professional development opportunities to our members, we are seeking to appoint two new Board Members/ Directors to replace Linsey Dickson and John Rogers, who stand down this summer.

New PraxisAuril Board Directors Appointed

19 Apr 2021

Following the invitation to the broader community for nominations to the PraxisAuril board earlier this year, I am delighted to announce that we have three new members.

First KEF release shows diverse contributions of universities and helps drive improvement

1 Apr 2021

31 March 2021 Information about the ways universities help level up their local areas is one of the highlights of the data released in the first iteration of Research England’s Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) at midday today (31 March 2021).

PraxisAuril adds voice to calls for clarity on future research funding for UK universities

26 Mar 2021

Leaders from across the university-sector have expressed concern of the significant risk to UK research funding firstly as a consequence of cuts to overseas development aid and, more recently, in response to reports that the UK’s association to Horizon Europe will be met from existing research budgets. We whole heartedly concur with these concerns and urge the Government to protect the UK’s world-class research base and innovation environment.

Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship Programme

11 Mar 2021

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.

KEC: Latest Progress Statement

5 Mar 2021

The latest KEC progress statement has been released today, including a supportive statement on behalf of PraxisAuril from our Chair Dr Iain Thomas.

PraxisAuril Board Election - Members Only

15 Feb 2021

Dear PraxisAuril friends and colleagues,   We have an exciting time ahead at PraxisAuril as we exploit digital channels, develop our offering in response to the changing needs of the many differing segments of the KE community and seek to grow our wonderful and committed volunteer base.  We are keen to have as broad a group of people as possible participating as volunteer trainers, board members, conference contributors and much more.  I hope you consider getting involved in a way that interests and suits you.

PraxisAuril ‘Impact Award’ member recognised with an MBE in new year honours

1 Feb 2021

Anjuu Trevedi, Head of Regional Business Engagement at the University of Leicester, has been awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s honours list, for services to business innovation and to the economy in Leicestershire.

University business support gets BIG in South London

28 Jan 2021

A new programme of support for businesses in South London, was launched today by Councillor Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council and Chair of the South London Partnership, a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs; Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton.

Dr Iain Thomas welcomes members to 2021 as he begins his 2-year term as Chair of PraxisAuril

28 Jan 2021

Welcome to 2021 – a year that starts with as many, but different, challenges as 2020 ended on because of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. However, thanks to the combined efforts of academic research and industry partners there is light at the end of this particular tunnel.