UMIP Fellows Programme – Information Day

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UMIP Fellows Programme – Information Day

Thursday 28th July 3.00-4.30pm

Joule Suite, UMIC Innovation Centre, Core Technology Facility, Grafton Street, M13 9NT

Are you a full time postgraduate student registered at The University of Manchester and have; –

  • An interest in technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation, and/or prior experience in business or commercial environments?
  • A commitment and availability for up to 4 hours per week to undertake paid project work?
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to adhere to deadlines?
  • Enthusiasm to gain valuable business-related experience to enhance your CV?

If you can answer yes then register now for the UMIP Fellows Information Day to understand more about the programme and how you can get involved

UMIP is a division of UMI3 which captures and manages intellectual property on behalf of The University of Manchester. We commercialise exciting new inventions and ideas from research via licensing to existing businesses or by setting up new “spin-out” companies. We are recruiting a number of high calibre student researchers to become UMIP Fellows to work in their spare time alongside UMIPs Commercialisation Executives to undertake a range of time critical short project assignments.

Our UMIP Fellows Programme is now in its fourth year and is modelled on the similar, highly successful Columbia Fellows Programme run at Columbia University in New York. Typical project assignments will include:

  • Conducting scientific, market or prior art and patent research and analysis in order to inform decisions relating to patenting of inventions
  • Assessing new inventions for commercial viability
  • Writing technology summaries for marketing
  • Identifying potential licensees or investors for new technologies

Successful Fellows will receive structured training from UMIP staff and in order to complete assignments, and the opportunity to participate in enterprise training from the Manchester Enterprise Centre. We expect that Fellows will be starting their 2nd year of PhD study in a STEM related discipline, and will be able to commit to the Programme for at least one year.

To find out more about the UMIP Fellows Programme, our aims and expectations, the entry criteria and the assessment process, register now:

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th July.

Success for University of Manchester’s Social Enterprise teams at UnLtd SEEChange Recognition Awards 2016

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Certificate 2016The University, through its Social Enterprise Team at UMIP and Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) won the Higher Education Institute Recognition Award for Innovation in Delivery of Support to Social Entrepreneurs at the ceremony held in Oxford on 7th July.

The award recognises the outstanding achievements, impact and innovation in developing support mechanisms for social entrepreneurs.

In addition, our entrepreneurs were individually recognised for the following awards:


Outstanding Innovation: This award is to highlight the most innovative and potentially transformational solutions to social issues developed by staff, students or graduates

Farmlab CIC receives award

Winner, Erinma Ochu – Farmlab CIC, a local ‘pop up’ urban farming system designed to encourage a move towards zero carbon and zero waste by recycling of water and nutrients. By working locally with businesses and residents people are able to make healthier and environmentally sustainable food choices and gain the skills and knowledge to make their part of the city more resistance to climate change



Outstanding Achievement: Personal Growth and Development: This award is to recognise outstanding staff, students and graduate social entrepreneurs who have personally grown, developed and achieved through their award and development as a social entrepreneur.

Shortlisted finalists, Helen Power- Levenshulme Market CIC and Ruth Daniel-In Place of War CIC with UMIP’s Dr Laura Etchells a shortlisted finalist for Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year.

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at the University commented: “Making a difference to society is a core part of The University of Manchester’s mission. We are delighted to see our work to support and develop social enterprises receive this national recognition once again.”

Tony Walker of UMIP’s Social Enterprise Team commented: ‘This is our third year of success in the awards and it’s wonderful to see we are still able to be at the forefront of an incredibly strong set of nominations. What is most significant is that both awards recognise our increasing focus on developing innovation in our social enterprises, reflecting the maturity and growth of many of our early candidates who are now flourishing. Inspire, Invent and Innovate is our strapline and we will continue to pursue that goal by supporting our academics, staff and students in their social missions.’’

Calling all digital health innovators

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Telecare, mobile apps, connected self-management tools. These are all types of digital health technologies that can be used to improve the lives of patients with long-term conditions and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Salford CCG) has a fund of £450,000 to evaluate them in the local community.

The Digital Health Innovation Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative digital products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients in the Salford community. Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities:

Long-Term Conditions

  • Prevention
  • Early Detection
  • Self-care/Self-management including supporting patients/patient groups

Children & Young People

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability)
  • Early Intervention and Prevention across issues for children and young people

Medicines Optimisation

  • Improving medicines safety
  • Improving patients getting better outcomes from their medicines
  • Reducing medicines waste
  • Improving medicines reconciliation at transfers of care

Mental Health

  • Improving & maintaining the physical health of people with serious mental illness
  • Care Navigators for patients newly diagnosed with a mental health condition
  • Digital solutions in mental health

Systems Resilience

  • Technological solutions to help patients self-manage/manage at home/avoid hospital attendance or admission
  • Support to ensure patients appropriately access the right urgent care services for the right care
  • Pathways or interventions that prevent A&E attendance or prevent ambulance conveyance or avoid admissions

Community Based Care

  • Increase collaborative working across all community-based partners
  • Safer discharge into the community

Engagement & Experience

  • Responding to Needs Assessments undertaken through the city’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Programme
  • Using technology to obtain patient feedback on existing services and new plans
  • Motivating behavior change in our local population to live healthier lifestyles, self-care more and support others in local communities

The call is open to companies, NHS organisations, voluntary organisations, universities and independent innovators, who are invited to apply for awards of up to £125,000 by submitting their outline proposal online using the link below:

Delivered in partnership with TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, the Digital Health Innovation Call looks to identify solutions that demonstrate a potential return on investment as well as an impact on the Salford Locality Plan.

Successful projects, which will need to be delivered within a 12-month timescale starting in 2017, will help NHS Salford CCG to:

  • Enable Primary and Community Care to become part of the safest health economy;
  • Improve the interference between primary and secondary care; or
  • Align to strategy group innovation priorities.

Selected applicants will be invited to compete for the opportunity to work with NHS Salford CCG to implement their project. This will involve attending a marketplace where they will be required to demonstrate their innovations to NHS Salford CCG staff and patients, as well as the concluding step in the application process, which will see the final few applicants pitch to a panel of experts in a Dragons’ Den in October.

Subject to due diligence, those that are successful will be notified in November 2016 and will be matched with a suitable community healthcare service to begin mapping out the evaluation.

The Digital Health Innovation Call is open for applications now. Applications must be submitted by no later than 5pm on 23rd August 2016.

University of Manchester spin-out wins at RSC Emerging Technologies Competition

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From l to r: Dr Steve Pleasance, Head of Industry at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Prof Steve Yeates, Sci-Tron Director and School of Chemistry, Dr Scott Lewis, Sci-Tron Director and School of Chemistry, Hugh Dennis

University of Manchester spin-out, Sci-Tron Ltd, fought off stiff competition to win first prize in the Materials category at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Emerging Technologies Competition 2016.

40 shortlisted entrants, which included another University spin-out Opticin Ltd, pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges at Chemistry Means Business in London on June 15th, a two-day event for the chemistry-using industry by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The winners were announced at an award ceremony hosted by TV personality Hugh Dennis as part of the same event.

Sci-Tron, co-founded by Dr Scott Lewis, Professor Richard Winpenny and Professor Stephen Yeates from the School of Chemistry, is a nanotechnology specialist working with novel nano materials. These include advanced electron beam resists for the production of integrated circuits and state-of-the-art resins for 3D bio-imaging. Sci-Tron’s electron beam lithography resist materials will enable the fabrication of masks for the next generations of semiconductor manufacturing processes, unlocking the development of more complex, higher performance integrated circuits (ICs) with lower power consumption. Benefits of advanced ICs include the possibility to add more computing power and ‘intelligence’ at lower cost.

Sci-Tron co-founder Dr Scott Lewis comments: “This competition is highly competitive and prestigious so we are delighted to have been awarded first prize. To have industry recognise the potential of this new technology is extremely positive and we hope that our technology will go on to a significant impact within the semiconductor industry.”

Applications were judged on the degree of innovation of the technology, its potential impact, and the quality of the science behind it. Sci-Tron will receive tailored business support from one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s multinational partner companies, business training, media support, and a cash prize of £20,000.

Dr Steve Pleasance, Head of Industry at the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “Increasing innovation in the chemical sciences is one of the key elements of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s industry strategy.

“Our Emerging Technologies competition, now in its fourth year and supported by our industry partners, is proving to be highly successful in accelerating the commercialisation of the cutting-edge research taking place in both universities and small companies.”

Winning the competition gives businesses the platform they need to make the industry aware of their technology. Since the initiative began in 2013, winners have gone on to raise a combined total of over £16 million in further funding, grown their companies and entered commercial contracts.

A previous winner went on to secure US$1.7 million of funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop their novel treatment for iron deficiency anaemia, whilst another received support from GSK and was awarded over £2.5 million to take their enzyme catalysis technology towards market.

You can find out more about Sci-Tron at

Another Manchester success was Eksagon Group, a start up company based at the University, who picked up second prize in the energy & environment category. Eksagon utilises the unique physicochemical properties of 2D materials to boost the performance of energy systems. You can read the full story here.






University Launches New Graphene Company

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This week The University of Manchester has launched a new company to develop and commercialise products based on its Graphene technology.

Graphene Enabled Systems Limited, headquartered in the University’s Innovation Centre (UMIC) on Grafton Street in Manchester, is wholly owned by the University and is led by its newly appointed CEO, Andrew Wilkinson.

CEO, Andrew Wilkinson

CEO, Andrew Wilkinson

The company’s mission is to create a number of highly profitable spin-out businesses based on the University’s Graphene patent portfolio.  It is expected that many of these future spin-out businesses will be based in and around Manchester, creating new jobs in the region and benefiting the local economy.

Using the University’s patents and working closely with its Graphene research scientists, Graphene Enabled is seeking new markets for graphene-based products. Once these markets have been identified, Graphene Enabled will create high-quality product prototypes which will showcase the technology to potential industrial partners and customers.

Graphene Enabled will deliver the first product demonstrators within twelve months of the company’s formation. As an important part of the University’s Graphene strategy, Graphene Enabled is working in close collaboration with the University’s research teams, innovation and IP groups (UMI3 and UMIP), the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and, in 2017 and beyond, the new Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) and the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.

Commenting on the company’s launch, Andrew Wilkinson said:

“The University of Manchester has been at the forefront of this scientific breakthrough and, based on this, we are now in a unique position to harness the full potential of Graphene and other 2D materials. At Graphene Enabled, we plan to create a huge range of exciting new products such as stronger, lighter composite materials; new flexible conductive inks; super-tough abrasion resistant coatings; special filters designed only to let selected materials pass through them and a huge array of new high-performance electronic components and energy strorage devices such as batteries and capacitors. All of these potential new products are made possible by the work that is being carried out at the University and our job, at Graphene Enabled is to work with industrial partners, investors and entrepreneurs to turn this innovative science into real products. “

Graphene Enabled branding

Graphene Enabled branding

Graphene Enabled branding

Graphene Enabled branding








University of Manchester academics Sir Kostya Novoselov and Sir Andre Geim were awarded the Nobel prize in 2010 for their ground-breaking experiments which opened up this new field of science.

The development of Graphene Enabled has been supported by the University’s agent for IP commercialisation, UMIP.

Although Graphene Enabled is internationally focused, the creation of any new spin-outs will potentially result in a cluster of 2D technology businesses in the Northwest, bringing benefits to Manchester and the wider UK economy.

All products which are developed through the commercialisation programme will feature the Graphene Enabled logo which reflects that this is a cutting-edge University of Manchester technology.

For further information about Graphene Enabled, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter @GrapheneEnabled.


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