Archive for April, 2010

UMIC & UMIP host successful BBSRC workshop for young academic entrepreneurs

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UMIC and UMIP co- hosted a BBSRC–sponsored workshop on the morning of the April 21st at the Core Technology Facility. The event focused on informing young academic entrepreneurs of potential careers in start-up businesses particularly in the Life Sciences and Environmental business sectors. In addition, the organisations were preparing potential academic candidates at the post-graduate stages of their careers to enter the BBSRC-sponsored YES events; the NWEST regional final is held in Manchester, in November.

Prof. John Peberdy (Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham) presented the process and benefit of entering the Biotech YES event to students. “Deciding on a career may be seen as challenging by PhD students and early-stage researchers in the Biosciences because of their limited awareness of the opportunities outside of academia. Biotechnology YES, a national competition for these young scientists, provides an opportunity for learn about the process of commercialisation of scientific discoveries and in so doing come to understand the wealth of potential jobs that they might seek,” John commented.

Over 75 people registered and the event was both vibrant and informative. “With such a good turnout, and with the quality of presenters, it was always going to be a great event. In addition, the level of discussion around improvements that could be made to the process of linking Incubation and Technology Transfer to young entrepreneurs in the University was most helpful,” said Martino Picardo, UMIC’s managing director. “I particularly felt the presentations by Curtis Dobson (AI2 Ltd and academic), Rod Benson (CEO Imagen Biotech, ex Astra Zeneca and academia) and Laura Lennox (former Biotech Yes applicant and now Business Development Manager, Epistem Ltd) were of great value in presenting the opportunities for graduates and post-graduates.

We now anticipate strong representation from the local Universities at the Regional Biotech YES event in November and we are grateful to the BBSRC for their continued support of our activities in this area. We look forward to the Regional Biotech YES event in November and to hosting a workshop for more senior academics in the November time-frame also.”

UMIP appoints Dr. Krishnamurthy Rajagopal as its new Chairman

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Following a search exercise by the UMIP Board (advised by Odgers Berndtson – nationally recognised headhunters), The University of Manchester’s award-winning Intellectual Property commercialisation company (UMIP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Krishnamurthy Rajagopal as its new Chairman.

Raj will commence his role on 1 May 2010. An alumnus of The University of Manchester, Raj completed his MSc in 1975 and his PhD in 1980 and has considerable experience of world-class manufacturing, engineering and technology; he is currently a non-executive director at: Bodycote plc, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, WS Atkins plc and is Chairman of HHV Pumps Ltd, a private company based in Bangalore, India.

Raj is a member of the Council of Science and Technology, the Prime Ministerial advisory body, and plays an active role in Government science and innovation policy and is an Audit Commissioner. He is also an advisory board member at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Cranfield University in 2004.

Over the last 5 years, UMIP has set up 20 spin-out companies employing several hundred people whose annual combined sales turnover is £17M and has concluded 150 new licences and assignments. In 2009, UMIP won two awards for the commercialisation of new technologies from The University of Manchester: a PraxisUnico Business Impact Award and Technology Transfer Office of the Year Award which was presented at the annual Genesis Biotech Conference.

Raj commented: “I am very pleased to accept my new role at UMIP. The University already has an excellent track record in innovation and entrepreneurship, with many successful spin-out companies and a healthy and developing licensing business; I am looking forward to helping to raise the University’s outstanding reputation for entrepreneurship further.”

Clive Rowland, UMIP’s CEO, said that he was delighted that Raj had agreed to accept the appointment. “We are very much looking forward to working with Raj and I am sure that Raj’s appointment and contributions will be an important step in and big benefit to UMIP’s development on its path to 2015, and beyond.”

Raj takes over from Peter Sanderson who will retire from UMIP at the end of
April, having served the maximum of two full terms of three years for a non executive Chairman. Peter co-founded the company with CEO Clive Rowland during the summer of 2004.

2010 World IP Day – 10th Anniversary

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World Intellectual Property Day – April 26th 2010

Most people are aware of intellectual property (IP) – of copyright, patents, industrial designs and trademarks. However, many still view these as business or legal concepts with little relevance to their own lives. To address this gap, WIPO’s Member States decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day. They chose April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970.

Each year, WIPO and its Member States celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with activities, events and campaigns.These seek to increase public understanding of what IP really means, and to demonstrate how the IP system fosters not only music, arts and entertainments, but also all the products and technological innovations that help to shape our world.

WIPO issues a message from the Director General each year, broadcasts a short publicity spot on international television channels, and dispatches posters and other promotional materials to IP offices and organisations.

The aims of World IP Day are:

to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life;
to increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation;
to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe;
to encourage respect for the IP rights of others.
For further information, pelase visit the WIPO website at www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/2010/

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