The University of Manchester’s Intellectual Property Commercialisation Company, UMIP Ltd, has won the Business Impact category at the Unico Awards which recognise and celebrate the impact of innovation.
UMIP was recognised by the judges for its spin-out company Transitive, which was acquired in November last year by IBM. Transitive’s technology allows the transportability of software applications across multiple hardware platforms with little or no modification. Today, Transitive products are installed on over 20M computers world-wide.
Unico is the UK’s leading knowledge transfer membership association and UMIP’s Dr Rich Ferrie picked up the Business Impact Award at the Association’s Gala Dinner at Brighton Racecourse in June.
The Impact Awards were open to all sectors of research that have made an outstanding impact through successful knowledge transfer. Awards were also made for a series of novel innovations in two other award categories: Environmental Impact and Public Policy and Service Impact. They recognise and celebrate the success of collaborative working and the process of transferring knowledge and expertise from the research base of higher education and the public sector for the wider benefit of society and the economy.
Commenting on the award, UMIP’s CEO, Clive Rowland, said: “Transitive is the latest of The University of Manchester’s notable commercialisation success stories and it is great for Transitive and UMIP to receive this level of recognition.“
For more information on The Impact Awards visit www.impactawards.org.uk.