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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PraxisUnico and AURIL form a single organisation to represent KEC professionals in the UK

7 Apr 2017

The Directors of PraxisUnico and AURIL are delighted to announce that they have formally agreed to join forces to form one organisation representing the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) profession in the UK, effective 1 April 2017.

Oxford University Spinout’s vison of next-generation vaccines.

3 Apr 2017

SpyBiotech, an Oxford University spinout, has established a molecular superglue that can facilitate rapid development of robust and novel vaccines. The spinout has secured £4m seed funding from Oxford Sciences Innovation with participations from GV (formerly Google Ventures).

New Issue of KEC Matters: April 2017

3 Apr 2017

The new issue of KEC Matters is now available to download. This issue features articles on:

Is innovation a teachable skill?

27 Mar 2017

Dr Charles Brauer, director of innovation at Goldsmiths, University of London, argues that innovation is a teachable skill; innovation and new products are not a result of random inspiration and innate creativity. Teaching the skill of innovation means tapping into real-world problems with an evidence-based toolkit, rather than just relying on lightbulb moments.

New Era in Precision Medicine for Pancreatic Cancer

24 Mar 2017

Cancer Research UK invested £10 million for the development of new treatments for pancreatic cancer. They announced today that the treatments are set to be transformed by a network of clinical trials aiming to find the right trial for the right patient.

Woodford calls on Government to incentivise scale-up capital

23 Mar 2017

Neil Woodford, founding partner of Woodford Patient Capital, told the House of Lords, “We are not making the best use of our remarkable science base… The bit that is missing is the scale-up capital.” He said that government can incentivise capital flow to “catalyse” the industry.

APHA Scientific Announces Reagent Price Reductions

23 Mar 2017

APHA Scientific are pleased to announce that they are reducing the price of their Brucella Diagnositics Reagents from April 1st 2017. They believe that the new prices will not only give great value but also reflect their commitment to customer satisfaction.

BSSRC seeking proposals to the RSE Enterprise Fellowship programme

22 Mar 2017

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

PraxisUnico Conference Committee member, Adam Stoten, appointed as new COO.

22 Mar 2017

PraxisUnico Conference Committee member Adam Stoten has been appointed the new Chief Operating Officer at Oxford University Innovations (OUI), the new name for Isis Innovation. Adam has been an active PraxisUnico conference committee member since 2013, and continues to support the development and delivery of our Conference.

PraxisUnico and Croda work together to Facilitate Accelerate Innovation in the UK Chemical Industry

21 Mar 2017

As part of PraxisUnicos commitment to university-business collaboration, we worked with Croda International Plc to knowledge exchange day for the chemistry industry. We spoke on the importance of business and university partnerships in accelerating innovation across the chemical industry. This follows on from previous events PraxisUnico have run e.g. with telecoms and defence sector events.

Science, Innovation and Translation

14 Mar 2017

PraxisUnico is one of the content partners at the UK Science Park Association’s conference in York that is being held on 9 and 10 May. Delegates to the Conference will have a multitude of sessions to choose from. These range from Science and Innovation Policy, Building Design, Operation and Management of Facilities in the UK and Internationally with numerous case study and good practice sessions.

University of Glasgow Free Knowledge Exchange Colloquium

14 Mar 2017

The University of Glasgow is holding a Free Knowledge Exchange Colloquium in Glasgow on the 31st March 2017, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

UK Parliament publishes report on Managing IP and Technology Transfer

13 Mar 2017

UK Parliament has today published its report on the inquiry into 'Managing IP and Technology Transfer' conducted by the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee.

UK Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange experts at AUTM 2017

13 Mar 2017

The UK's technology transfer and knowledge exchange community will be represented at the annual Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) meeting in Florida this week.

PraxisUnico Conference 2017 Scholarship Open for Applications

9 Mar 2017

Inteum Company, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of one scholarship to attend the PraxisUnico 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Sheffield Hallam June 14 – 15, 2017.

VETQAS Launch of New Anthrax Training Aids

8 Mar 2017

VETQAS, the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA) independent, accredited Quality Assurance Unit, have launched new training aids for microscopic analysis.

Impact Awards 2017 Open for Entries!

8 Mar 2017

The Impact Awards 2017 celebrate the achievements of KEC professionals and our volunteer community in delivering and developing best practice across the sector - enter before April 7!

Novel drug licence agreement between Hitgen and Cancer Research UK's Manchester Institute

28 Feb 2017

Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology (CRT), the charity’s commercial arm, and HitGen Ltd, a privately held biotech company focused on early drug discovery, announced today that they have entered into a licence agreement to develop a novel class of drugs against lung cancer.

PraxisUnico welcomes Government commitment to knowledge exchange

27 Feb 2017

The Government has confirmed its commitment to knowledge exchange in its annual grant letter to HEFCE.

Defence Academic Pathways: Complex Systems event

24 Feb 2017

PraxisUnico is pleased to be working with the Defence Academic Pathways (DAP) group on an event that will explore research needs for the successful design and deployment of Complex Systems.

Science, Innovation & Translation: The Design & Operation of Research Laboratories, Incubators & Science Park Facilities: UKSPA Conference 2017

21 Feb 2017

The United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) and S-Lab: Supporting World Class Science are jointly organising a Conference, Exhibition and Gala Dinner at York Racecourse, in partnership with; the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP); Innovation DB Forum; Praxis Unico and York Science Park. This two day conference will attract 400+ delegates who are engaged in the financing, design, managing and operation of scientific research, incubation and innovation facilities.

Update: PraxisUnico & AURIL: Creation of New Organisation

16 Feb 2017

Following an overwhelmingly positive response to the consultation, the Working Group has been moving forward with the process to create a new organisation from PraxisUnico and AURIL. This new organisation will be more effective for our members, providing pooled resources and a single voice representing the sector.

Science & Innovation Network Roadshow: Research & Innovation in China

16 Feb 2017

These Roadshows are for University Directors of Research & Innovation, Academics, Businesses and scalable start-ups, looking to find out more about conducting collaborative R&D and working with China, run by the China-Britain Business Council.

2017 UK Energy Innovation Awards open for entries

10 Feb 2017

Innovation scout, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), is once again searching for SME innovators with ground-breaking technologies that have the potential to help UK distribution networks address their major energy challenges.

Appleyard Lees open Cambridge Office

10 Feb 2017

Appleyard Lees are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Cambridge.

BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2017 Competition: Nominations Open

9 Feb 2017

It’s that time of year again when BBSRC looks to recognise and reward researchers (at any stage of their career), who have taken an active part in realising the impact from BBSRC investments and made a difference to the UK economy or society.

Oxford University Innovation’s Isis Enterprise to form as limited company Oxentia

7 Feb 2017

Oxford University Innovation’s management consultancy division to restructure as separate entity.

Cancer Research Technology, UCL, and Tusk Therapeutics join forces to develop cancer immunotherapies

7 Feb 2017

Cancer Research UK's commercial arm, Tusk Therapeutics and UCL announce a new collaborative agreement.

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst celebrates fifth anniversary

1 Feb 2017

Since 2012, Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst tenants have raised more than £200m.

Midlands universities showcase the “critical mass” of investment opportunity in the region

26 Jan 2017

The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham will be presenting jointly at an invitation-only event held by Mercia Technologies PLC, one of the UK’s leading investors in early-stage technology companies, including university spin-out companies.

Graphene Inks spin-out acquired by Versarien

20 Jan 2017

A majority stake in Cambridge Graphene, a spin-out company from the University of Cambridge, has been acquired by UK-based firm Versarien.

Review of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) announced

19 Jan 2017

The Prime Minister announced a Review of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), led by an industry expert with a background in the UK’s science and technology sector.

MRC Technology, Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology collaborate to focus on cancer immunnotherapies

19 Jan 2017

Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Technology and MRC Technology are joining forces to identify and validate novel drug discovery targets that could lead to new immunotherapy treatments.

Jo Johnson gives evidence to Managing IP and Tech Transfer Inquiry

11 Jan 2017

Minister Jo Johnson gave evidence today in the final session of the Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry ‘Managing IP and Technology Transfer’. Launched in July 2016, the Inquiry has heard from a range of sector stakeholders including PraxisUnico and several of our member universities.

University of Birmingham announces first investment from Spinout Investment fund

11 Jan 2017

The University of Birmingham has made the first investment from its £5m University of Birmingham Spinout Investment fund, to Smart Antenna Technologies, a spinout founded in 2013 to develop a new generation of antenna for smart phones and laptops.

UK Science & Innovation Network Bulletin

20 Dec 2016

This bulletin contains news and opportunities in research and innovation collaboration between the UK and China

PraxisUnico's Year in Review

20 Dec 2016

Tamsin Mann, PraxisUnico's Policy Officer, has a look at the year in review.

Members give evidence at House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

19 Dec 2016

Following on from PraxisUnico's evidence given last month, the Committee continue to hear evidence on “Management of IP and Technology Transfer”.

Oxford Sciences Innovation Spin-Out Fund Raises £230m

16 Dec 2016

Oxford Sciences Innovation plc (OSI) , created by The University of Oxford and Isis Innovation, to commercialise academic ideas into market-leading companies, has successfully raised £230m to fund spin-out companies. The funds will provide capital and scaling expertise to companies spun-out of the university.

£226m UK Investment in Cancer Research

16 Dec 2016

Cancer Research UK has announced the largest investment to date into its network of Centres across the UK. £190 million has been committed to 13 Cancer Research UK Centres over the next five years.

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards: Feb 21 2017

16 Dec 2016

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards promote and celebrate knowledge exchange in Scotland encouraging more businesses to consider Scotland’s universities and research institutions as a collaborative partner.

Funding opportunities available from the National Institute for Health Research and Medical Research Council

6 Dec 2016

The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme, an NIHR and MRC partnership, has funding available for research for a number of topics.

PraxisUnico welcomes significant investment in research and innovation

24 Nov 2016

PraxisUnico welcomes the Chancellor's significant investment in research and innovation announced in Wednesday's Autumn Statement. We are encouraged that this will allow the investments that HEFCE, RCUK and Innovate UK have made in building the bridges between research and business communities to be extended further, and will allow the UKRI to develop a holistic approach to supporting research and innovation across all of their responsibilities.

Innovation investment, incentives and reviews announced by Theresa May

21 Nov 2016

Theresa May has announced measures around innovation spending and tax incentives in her speech to the CBI’s annual conference. The detail behind the headlines will be revealed later this week but on the face of it the Prime Minister is addressing many of the issues that PraxisUnico and sector stakeholders have highlighted for some time notably: the need to increase government investment in R&D, address tax and VAT issues for innovation and the long-term sustainability of start-ups.