Archive for 2017

Elderly population’s eye health to improve following launch of University of Manchester spin-out MuMac

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A University of Manchester spin-out company, which has created a ‘unique’ optical technology for the rapid screening of eye diseases in a bid to improve the health of a growing and ageing population, is raising finance for the market launch of its first product and to support its R&D activities in ophthalmology diagnostics.

MuMac, a Manchester-based technology research and development company, is ready to commercialise the RapiDA instrument, which provides a fast test that can detect early-stage Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – often before any obvious biological changes can be detected with imaging devices.

AMD is a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision and it can affect vision in low light levels such as night driving. At the early onset of AMD there are often no symptoms. As AMD progresses, however, some people experience a gradual worsening of vision.

Dry AMD is the most common type of AMD and it is caused by aging and the thinning of tissues of the Macula region of the eye.

MuMac Chief Executive Dennis Camilleri says investment will allow its three founders to scale-up the RapiDA and start trading with opticians on the high street as well as hospital clinics within weeks.

He also said MuMac’s R&D pipeline should result in a number of other instruments being created for a range of eye tests.

Dennis said: “People are now living longer and AMD is right up there in causing vision impairment in certain age groups, with around 2.5 million sufferers in the UK alone. Globally it is forecast that nearly 200 million people will have AMD by 2020.

“MuMac, which follows years of research by founding University academics Dr Ian Murray, now MuMac chief scientific officer and Dr Jeremiah Kelly and David Carden, is meeting a healthcare need through the launch of RapiDA.

“The product, which is patented and has its IP, is small, user-friendly and can perform a screening and identify early-stage AMD in 5-10 minutes.”

Former physicist and optical engineer Dennis, who has managed technology start-ups through to exit stage over the past 35 years, added: “It’s estimated that 200,000 ophthalmologists and optometrists are potential users of the RapiDA.

“On top of that, the ophthalmic diagnostics market is forecast to grow to US$3.6 billion by the end of 2025.

“All this makes it a very exciting time for MuMac and our RapiDA product.

“There are of course competing technologies for all sorts of retinal diseases, but ours for AMD is fast and accurate.

“It’s also small and affordable, which is very important, as the first question optometrists always ask is how big the product is because space in their retail outlets is very much at a premium.”

Following investment MuMac will finish off the RapiDA design for manufacture, then start marketing and selling the product to end-users.

UMI3 Ltd, The University of Manchester’s agent for technology transfer, has supported the research over the past three years and will soon transfer all the IP into the company.

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Nanomedicine lecture series: Nanotechnology in neurology and neurosciences, Thursday, 9 November 2017

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Our second lecture in the nanomedicine lecture series, to be held on Thursday, 9 November 2017 in UMIC’s Core Technology Facility Dalton Room, will focus on nanotechnology in neurology and neurosciences, exploring the bridge between technology and neuroscience.

Keynote speakers:

The following pre-eminent global leaders in biomedical science will be keynote speakers at this event:

  • Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester
  • Professor Ed Boyden, Associate Professor, Media Lab and McGovern Institute, Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Co-Director, MIT Centre for Neurobiological Engineering
  • Professor John Hardy, University College London


Please register via Eventbrite:

Please contact Sarah Barton ( in the FBMH Strategic Funding Team with any queries.

About the NanoMed Network:

The University of Manchester NanoMed Network is a cross-faculty interdisciplinary network that aims to facilitate the exploitation of novel nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, such as graphene and other 2D materials, in order to provide solutions for unmet clinical challenges.

NanoMed Network website.

2D Materials IP Portfolio Manager

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  • Managing the University’s IP portfolio relating to 2D materials (including graphene)
  • Working collaboratively with University researchers
  • Selecting new IP development projects and securing funding
  • Securing licences and spinning out companies
  • Project team leadership and management
  • Manchester
  • £60,000 plus bonus scheme and benefits package

The University of Manchester I3 Ltd (UMI3) is a wholly-owned company of the University of Manchester and its agent for Intellectual Property (IP) management and commercialisation. UMIP is the division of UMI3 whose role is to commercialise intellectual property (IP), know-how and technology developed at the University. Since its inception in 2004, UMI3 has created 40 spin-out companies, managed over £300m of third party investment into the University’s spin-outs and brokered over 4,800 licences and assignments. UMI3 is widely recognised as being amongst the leading university technology transfer organisations in the UK.

Due to the University’s research excellence in 2D Materials, including graphene, the University has generated a significant 2D IP portfolio. This new senior role has been created within UMIP to manage that portfolio strategically, in the context of broad industrial partnerships, as a platform to secure commercial licences, create spin out companies and build reputational and commercial value. This individual will be responsible for leading a project team which identifies new 2D IP from relevant University research, leverages development funding, secures licences and creates spin out companies, supported by colleagues within UMIP and related cognate groups of the University. The individual will be a positive ambassador for UMIP within the University and externally, and will ultimately co-locate with that research activity, where they will proactively champion the IP agenda. The Team Leader will manage the UMIP 2D Materials IP Project Team, report to UMIP’s Director of Operations, be a member of UMIPs Divisional Management Team (DMT) and attend the 2D Materials IP Project Board.

Candidates for this exciting role will have a strong and broad-based understanding of science and may have some familiarity with 2D Materials. They will be adept at placing new scientific concepts into commercial context and experienced in assessing, managing, developing and commercialising IP. They will be educated to at least degree level in a scientific subject and in addition will preferably hold a PhD and/or business qualification (or equivalents). A proven ability to build strong working relationships with academics, industry colleagues and partners will be a key criterion for success in this role. We are looking for an action-orientated candidate who will lead this activity to the next level, mobilise the 2D IP Portfolio and achieve commercial success.

For such an individual, we offer a generous salary, bonus scheme and benefits package and the opportunity to join a dynamic, forward-thinking technology transfer company associated with one of the UK’s top research universities.

Written applications, enclosing CV, to Mary Williams. Email to ( or by post FAO Mary Williams, UMIP, The Incubator Building, 48 Grafton St, Manchester M13 9XX.

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by email. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified; should you not have received a response two weeks after the closing date for applications, we regret that your application will not have been successful.

Closing Date: 7th July 2017

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How to secure impact from your research by protecting and exploiting intellectual property

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Monday 26th June 2017

12.00pm -1.30pm (inc. buffet lunch)

Joule Suite, CTF Building, Grafton Street

Come along and hear about the different ways in which the intellectual property arising from your research can be protected, and the routes by which this can enable huge commercial, social or health impacts to be secured. Engage with an expert panel of lawyers, patent agents and business development executives to find out:

  • How and why patents are used as a tool to create economic value from research.
  • After filing a patent application what comes next?
  • How to decide whether impact should be secured through a new company, or under license to existing companies.
  • How to work with the confidentiality requirements
  • of the patenting system to ensure your publication record is not affected.
  • Other mechanisms to protect your intellectual property, beyond the patenting system.
  • How a REF impact case can be built from exploiting intellectual property

Please register here

The Panel consists of:

Jonathan Moakes

Gateley Plc

Judith Gracey


Exchange and

Impact Coordinator (UoM)

Richard Young


Andrew Wells


Ean Davies

Appleyard Lees

The Bioscience Translation Challenge

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You are invited to attend a half-day event called “The Bioscience Translation Challenge” that will take the form of a panel discussion on the challenges of commercialising science.

When: 22nd June, 2017 (10:00-12:00 followed by lunch and networking)

Where: Kendrew Lecture Theatre, EBI. Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre

Host: BioData Innovation Centre

Panel members include:
Dr Uday Phadke, Cartezia, Cambridge, UK
Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Bettany Centre, Cranfield University, UK
Dr Adrian Ibrahim, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
Dr Martino Picardo, Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, UK
Dr Robert Tansley, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Cambridge, UK

Why attend? Network with bioscience start-ups, high growth firms, R&D organisations, service providers and investors active in this field and gain a deeper understanding of how to translate research and development into products and services of commercial and societal value.

Spaces are limited, so you if you are interested in attending, please REGISTER ONLINE NOW to avoid disappointment.


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