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PraxisUnico Conference Chronicle

17 Jun 2016

Hot off the presses, our conference newsletter.

University of Birmingham invest to double spin outs in five years

20 May 2016

The University of Birmingham has launched a £5m investment plan to double the number of commercial spin outs within five years.

Warwick Ventures' Medherant secures further funding

6 May 2016

Mercia Fund Management has followed up on its first investment in 2015 with follow-on capital to Medherant Ltd. A total of £250,000 from both Mercia’s third-party University Growth Fund and Growth Fund 4 will allow Medherant to continue product development. Medherant has moved to new laboratories, and KEC professional Andrew Lee has been seconded from Warwick Ventures to the project.

PraxisUnico co-founder, Lita Nelsen, retires after 30 years at MIT

4 May 2016

Lita Nelsen co-founded Praxis Courses Ltd, in 2002, with Professor David Secher, then Director of Research Services at Cambridge University.

And the 2016 PraxisUnico Conference Scholarship Awardee is...

4 May 2016

Dr Emma Elliott RTTP was the successful applicant for the Inteum sponsored scholarship to attend this year's PraxisUnico Conference

Knowledge Transfer Ireland launch new research agreement templates for business and Irish research organisations

26 Apr 2016

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the national office with responsibility for the knowledge transfer system in Ireland, has today launched its latest resource.

Biotech Innovation Prize - entries close April 30th

19 Apr 2016

Since 2009, Innovation Prize awards the most innovative startups (<8 years old) and the best research academic groups that are developing cutting edge technologies in the field of life sciences (Biotech, Medtech, m/e-health, diagnostics). The Innovation Prize of Universal Biotech aims to promote on an international scale the most innovative projects in the field of Life Sciences. The awarding ceremony will be held at the Innovation Days 2016, a networking BtoB event which will take place at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris, on October the 3rd & the 4th.

Sanofi Opens Partnering Office in Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

15 Apr 2016

Collaboration Reinforces Commitment to Bringing Breakthrough Science to the Clinic and Accelerating Translation of Innovation into Treatments for Patient

Apollo Therapeutics appoint Dr Richard Butt CEO

15 Apr 2016

Apollo Therapeutics, the investment fund focused on driving therapeutic innovation through university collaboration, has appointed Dr Richard Butt as CEO, effective from 23 May 2016.

Funding competition: Energy Catalyst round 4

13 Apr 2016

Up to £9m is available from DFID and EPSRC to support projects relevant to the needs of developing country communities to access affordable clean and resilient energy.

PraxisUnico offers AESIS Partnership deal for members

5 Apr 2016

PraxisUnico members can join the Network for the Assessment & Evaluation of the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) Network free of charge and benefit from additional discounts and services

Plenary Speakers at PraxisUnico Conference 2016

22 Mar 2016

We profile some of the speakers who will feature at this year's Conference. Speakers include the KE Framework Champion, Prof Trevor McMillan; Head of Partnerships, BBC Research & Development, Sam Chadwick; and many more...

NCUB: National Survey of Academics Report launched

23 Feb 2016

NCUB have completed a new survey of over 18,000 academics in the UK looking at the changing state of Knowledge Exchange. The report looks at academic interactions with external organisations. The report shows that 30% of academics actively work with private companies, and the bulk of research taking place is user-inspired or applied.

Oxford spinout Zegami launches data discovery software to manage “information tsunami”

9 Feb 2016

Oxford spinout provides data discovery software to manage and sort collections of images and data visually.

Another leap towards beating cancer

28 Jan 2016

Cancer Research Technology enter into a licence agreement with international pharmaceutical company MSD to develop inhibitors of protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) for cancer and blood dissorder. The new drugs potentially have clinical applications in both cancer and non-cancer blood disorders.

Armourers & Brasiers open their 2016 Competition with £25,000 prize

27 Jan 2016

The application period is now open for the 2016 Armourers & Brasiers Materials Science Venture Prize.

The IPO introduces five year strategy to support innovation and creativity

26 Jan 2016

First published on 21st January 2016 the Intellectual Property Office has proudly introduced their five year strategy.

Unique world wide collaboration to drive Therapeutic Innovation

25 Jan 2016

Technology transfer professionals are at it again with todays launch of Apollo Therapeutics. Leading universities and PraxisUnico members Imperial College London, UCL (University College London) and the University of Cambridge compile investment fund of £40m with globad pharmaseutical companies AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

An International collaboration into research on graphene and 2D materials

21 Jan 2016

The University of Manchester, PraxisUnico member, and Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, in Abu Dhabi launch collaborative research into graphene and 2D materials to develop desalination, energy and defence applications and various engineering applications.

Ireland launches National IP Protocol 2016

20 Jan 2016

“Inspiring Partnership - national IP Protocol 2016” (an update to the Protocol published in 2012) continues the Irish State’s aim of making the process of engagement between business and the research base in Ireland more straightforward.

PraxisUnico announce 2016 Training Calendar

19 Jan 2016

The training schedule for 2016 is now available to view.

University of Bristol launches Enterprise Fund for investors and spin outs

18 Jan 2016

Investments are growing for the researchers at University of Bristol. The 'Enterprise Fund' was launched on 15th January to provide extra support for spin-outs and tax relief for individual investors who are purchase shares in those new companies.

The University of Cambridge's Tech Transfer Office breaks new records for success

14 Jan 2016

PraxisUnico member Cambridge Enterprise have achieved new highs for spin-out investment

Oxford Professor develops tiny metallic mesh tubes to treat patients with brain aneurysms

7 Jan 2016

An Oxford spin-out is developing advanced tiny metallic mesh tube devices invented by engineers and clinicians at the University to treat patients suffering from brain aneurysms.

Dowling Review - the issues and the future

5 Jan 2016

A group of 5 UK TTOs have pulled together some thoughts about Dowling and its references to TTOs in the attached paper.

IP Pragmatics opens new office in Edinburgh

16 Dec 2015

IP Pragmatics, an IP and business development consulting firm, expands its operations in the UK with a new office in Edinburgh.

Cornwall Innovation at Plymouth University receives sector-first national accreditation

8 Dec 2015

Plymouth University has become the first higher education institution in the country to receive a national innovation accreditation in recognition of its support for small and medium-sized businesses in Devon and Cornwall.

Apply for the Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award

8 Dec 2015

The Pioneer Award will fund research into truly innovative, ground-breaking ideas with the potential to lead to new discoveries

Do you even knowledge exchange, bro?

2 Dec 2015

Lana Semykina, KEC Officer at The Genome Analysis Centre on the importance of knowledge exchange

Business Schools win at the Small Business Charter awards

1 Dec 2015

Including Staffordshire University, De Montfort University and University of Portsmouth...

Science|Business report on steps to success in technology transfer

1 Dec 2015

PraxisUnico are mentioned in this interesting Science|Business report...

The Success of Imperial Innovations

1 Dec 2015

Read the article on Imperial's commercialisation success...

Read PraxisUnico's Response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

26 Nov 2015

Protect the UK’s global excellence in KEC

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) hosted the Chancellor and Business Secretary for Momentous Deal

26 Nov 2015

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), a result of the collaboration between University of Coventry and Unipart, was chosen as the venue for a momentous announcement.

Setsquared ranked top university incubator in the world

26 Nov 2015

It was announced an their annual investment evening in London by UBI Global

Engineering research Hubs to be built at Southampton and Brunel Universities

25 Nov 2015

These £20m research centres will ease the commercialisation of engineering technology

GSK and Cambridge Strategic Partnership collaboration to develop ‘game-changing’ medicines

25 Nov 2015

The collaboration will bring together a variety of unique and complementary expertise and capabilities to develop

Event Report: Innovate 2015

19 Nov 2015

PraxisUnico very much enjoyed meeting members and making new contracts at Innovate2015 last week.

University of Oxford Extends Strategic Alliance with Summit Therapeutics

19 Nov 2015

It has been announced that the collaboration working to develop a treatment for DMD has been extended.

Coventry University & Unipart: An integrated approach to knowledge exchange

17 Nov 2015

Coventry University has set up a brand new state-of-the-art building on the Unipart manufacturing site which was shortlisted in the “Contribution to Business” category in the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Professionals 2015

PraxisUnico and UUK Launch KEC Factsheet

13 Nov 2015

PraxisUnico and Universities UK have collaborated to produce a Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation factsheet

Lasers, robotics and customisable walking aids lead the way in new competition to develop products for independent living

12 Nov 2015

Laser-emitting shoes which help people overcome ‘freezing-of-gait’ and a Meccano-style walking aid kit are just two of the inventions being developed by companies in London and the south-east which could help people stay independent for longer as they get older or develop debilitating illnesses, according to Design Council and MedCity, the Mayor of London’s life sciences promotional organisation.

University of Edinburgh Heralds Solar Energy as a Future Source of Wireless Communication

11 Nov 2015

A new form of wireless data communication using solar energy to create the power for Li-Fi technology will bring significant and profound commercial and social benefits to millions of people across the world.

Oxford spin-out to use phase change materials for smart glazing, displays

9 Nov 2015

The discovery by researchers at the University of Oxford that it is possible to use extremely thin, flexible, transparent layers of a new smart material to create low-energy high-resolution displays and glazing, is to be commercialised by spin-out company, Bodle Technologies.

'Working effectively with Universities' Workshop

3 Nov 2015

PraxisUnico and HEFCE are holding a one-day workshop to help SMEs establish further relationships with universities, to support growth and successful knowledge exchange.

Tell us your experience of working in knowledge exchange and commercialisation

23 Oct 2015

We need your opinions to shape sector-wide recommendations and campaigns on behalf of the KEC profession.

UK and China awarded Research-Council funded collaboration for 'low carbon cities' project

23 Oct 2015

It was announced that the UK and China will work to achieve 'low carbon cities', with top universities from both nations collaborating on research.

University of Edinburgh Secures UK's First Risk and Resilience Innovation' Showcase

20 Oct 2015

Edinburgh Research and Innovation has announced a new AIMday® (Academic Industry Meeting day) for companies looking to anticipate possible future risks to their operations and plan resilience strategies for today’s global marketplace.

Exclusive category at international health awards announced for Design Council’s MedTechSouthEast finalists

16 Oct 2015

AXA PPP healthcare has confirmed the ten winners of Design Council’s MedTechSouthEast competition will be automatically entered into the Health Tech and You Awards 2016. This year, AXA has designated a special, exclusive category for MedTechSouthEast finalists called The Independent Living Award.

Survey on Unlocking and Sustaining Value through Strategic University-Industry Partnerships

6 Oct 2015

CSTI is seeking insights from individuals within universities and companies either directly involved with, or having knowledge of, strategic university-industry partnership development.

PraxisUnico respond to the Government's Productivity Plan

30 Sep 2015

Read responses to the Productiity Plan, including the PraxisUnico written response

Boost innovation spending to secure jobs and growth, says Academy

30 Sep 2015

Government support for innovation is critical if the government is to realise the ambitions in its productivity plan of making the UK the best place in Europe to innovate and the richest of all the major economies by 2030, according to a report published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering

Ben Davies, co-founder of RODD/, discusses design, independent living and the MedTechSouthEast programme

29 Sep 2015

At the launch of MedTechSouthEast, Design Council’s Communications Manager Chris Finnegan spoke to Ben Davies, Managing Director of RODD/, about how he developed an innovative device to help stimulate appetite in people with dementia with the help Design Council mentors.

Business with Birmingham 2015

29 Sep 2015

The University of Birmingham are hosting an event on the collaboration of universities and industry and the benefits of this on business growth.

Visit PraxisUnico at Innovate 2015

18 Sep 2015

PraxisUnico will be attending Innovate 2015, an event hosted by UKTI and InnovateUK to showcase UK innovation on 9th and 10th of November

Winners of Impact Awards 2015 announced

18 Sep 2015

The winners of the Impact Awards for knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professionals, run by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and PraxisUnico, were announced at a ceremony in Central Hall, Westminster, on 15th September, bringing together more than 200 invited guests from academia, industry and government.

Design Council and MedCity launch new ‘independent living’ medtech competition

2 Sep 2015

MedCity and Design Council have today launched a competition to win a ten-week accelerator coaching course for medtech entrepreneurs to develop effective, usable and commercially successful health technologies that can support older people or those with debilitating medical conditions to lead more independent lives.