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

Knowledge

Exchange and

Impact Coordinator (UoM)

Richard Young

BVCA

Andrew Wells

HGF

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.

University of Manchester skin specialist spin-out AIMs high with £4.5M float

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Skin health company, SkinBioTherapeutics, a University of Manchester spin-out, will focus on developing and commercialising its SkinBiotix® technology platform after making a stunning debut on the London stock market.

The life sciences company raised £4.5 million on AIM last week. The funds raised will enable it to drive forward its development portfolio of three programmes – in skin care (sensitive skin), anti-infection and eczema. Due to size of the target markets (multi-billion $), the Company will seek to license out its programmes at an early stage to bigger companies with the specialism and resource to commercialise them.

Spun out of The University of Manchester by its Innovation Company UMI3 Ltd in April 2016, SkinBioTherapeutics was formed around the scientific discoveries coming from the work performed by University researchers Dr. Catherine O’Neill and Professor Andrew McBain.

SkinBioTherapeutics uses extracts of probiotic bacteria that in skin models have been shown to increase the skin’s barrier integrity to retain moisture better, protect the skin from infection and to increase the rate of skin healing in response to injury.

Dr. Catherine O'Neill - HeadshotChief executive Dr Catherine O’Neill, said: “Listing on AIM is a significant milestone for SkinBioTherapeutics and will give us the visibility we need amongst the established global players we are looking to partner with.

“The funds raised will enable us to accelerate the clinical development of our main therapeutic candidates and to progress the SkinBiotix® technology platform.

“This is an exciting time to be in the microbiome space, especially with regards to skin health. We have an experienced team and Board, plus the financial and shareholder support to maximise this opportunity.”

Dr Rich Ferrie of UMI3 said: “I am delighted that SkinBioTherapeutics has been admitted to AIM. Our team has worked closely with Cath and Andrew to prime the intellectual property arising from their exciting research for commercialisation.

“I am sure the SkinBiotix® platform will give rise to many important products in the skin health area and I look forward to the future success of SkinBioTherapeutics plc.”

Find out more about SkinBioTherapeutics at www.skinbiotherapeutics.com

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UMIP Social Enterprise Ignition Funding-Apply now

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We are now seeking to ignite a new generation of individuals interested in pursuing a social business:Layout 1

  • Are you currently working or studying at The University of Manchester or a recent graduate?
  • Is your idea likely to benefit the public or community, or be an entrepreneurial solution to a societal, healthcare or environmental problem?
  • Do you have the passion to drive your idea forward and set up a project or social business?

Awards:

Funding from £500 – £2000 is available, for individuals to try out or grow their entrepreneurial ideas. This might mean finding out if your idea is viable, learning more about what is needed to develop the idea by testing the project on a small scale, right through to more robust road-testing of the idea. We also provide one to one support to assist you with your applications and informative workshops for successful applicants.

Eligibility:

The funding opportunity is open to all members of staff, academics, research students and recent graduates (graduated within the last 2 years) from The University of Manchester.

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  • Closing date for applications is Friday 24th March 2017
  • Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 31st March 2017

Click Social Enterprise Ignition Fund Application Form-final to download an application form and contact Social.Enterprise@umip.com for further information.

Ignition Awards spark innovative ideas from Alliance MBS staff, students and alumni

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Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), alongside Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) and The University of Manchester’s Intellectual Property commercialisation division (UMIP) is pleased to announce their Ignition Funding Opportunity – 2016 has resulted in eight outstanding budding entrepreneurs receiving awards of £500 to £2000 to further develop their ideas.

The competition was open to all staff, students and recent graduates of Alliance MBS and individuals were encouraged to submit ideas for entrepreneurial solutions to business, social or environmental problems.

It was launched to support new opportunities to bring into reality the ideas of Alliance MBS staff and students and help to maximise their potential for ‘real world’ use or societal benefit.

The awards showcase a wide range of innovative ideas which include:

  • Graduate of 2015, Jedrzej Czarnota, with his DataSeer idea which aims to develop a Big Data customer analytics service for videogame firms for guiding software (videogame) design decisions.
  • Lecturer Dr Duncan Thomas with Green Island Friends that will produce a free-to-view online animated children’s cartoon series on global virtues and character development in multiple languages.
  • Dr Bimal Arora, an already experienced social entrepreneur, is developing a national level Corporate Sustainability Coalition in India mobilising micro, small and medium sized enterprises that form part of global value chains.
  • Russell Miller, Director of Sponsorship, submitted his idea for Sleeping Lions to produce celebratory adventures and events using large scale props and traditional game play to create fantastic places for children to experience in the home or party venue.

Tony Walker and Lynn Sheppard, commented: “The University has a great record in commercialisation of research and student enterprise. The emphasis on developing ideas from within Alliance MBS demonstrates further the innovation within our institution.  We received 13 entries overall and the diversity of applicants and their ideas was inspiring.”

Ismail Ertürk, Director for Social Responsibility and Engagement at Alliance MBS, who helped coordinate and judge the competition, commented: “It was very pleasing to see the full range of the Alliance MBS community participating in this award with great entrepreneurial ideas that address local and global social issues.  Through these awards our community contributes to the University’s Goal 3 Agenda whilst collaborating with MEC and UMIP.”

Alongside their funding, future support will include entering Venture Further and Innovation Optimiser workshops to hone business cases and securing a range of mentoring opportunities for the award winners to ensure their enterprises continue to flourish. There are plans to run this competition again next year and the programme team aim to build on the success and interest which has been generated over the past few months.

 

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