UMI3 Ltd retains Investors in People accreditation

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The University of Manchester’s Innovation Company, UMIᶟ Ltd, incorporating its Innovation Centre, UMIC, and agent for intellectual property commercialisation, UMIP, is pleased to announce that it has retained its Investors in People (IiP) accreditation following assessment at the beginning of this year. This most recent recognition builds on the IiP status of both UMIC and UMIP prior to creation of UMIᶟ in August 2011.

IiP specialises in transforming business performance through people by helping companies achieve the results they want by focusing all their work on companies’ business objectives, and acting as a critical friend in order to maintain continuous improvement.

Joanne Hamilton, IiP assessor, commented: “Through its forerunners, UMI³ has been accredited with the Investors in People Standard since 2002. The organisation has always valued the external and objective feedback that the assessment process provides around the organisation’s people practices and workplace culture and their impact on organisational performance. The organisation continues to use the process as a means of continuous improvement.”

UMI³ was evaluated against its business objectives of being a world-class university technology transfer organisation by achieving a balance between sustainable growth in reputational and financial terms.

Claire McKenzie, UMI³ Compliance and HR Manager, commented: “I am delighted that all our hard work in supporting and developing our staff to maintain high performance as a company has been recognised through continued IiP accreditation. Everyone has put a real effort into working on continuous improvement and this has really paid off in terms of our ever growing reputation and in our business performance. IiP accreditation is recognised worldwide as a mark of excellence so this really is an achievement to be proud of.”

UMI3 IiP accreditation 2015

Claire McKenzie, UMI³ Compliance and HR Manager

MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme 2015: Call now open for applications

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In the past 2 years, The University of Manchester has funded 30 translational research proposals of up to £100K each under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. The University has been successful in securing funding from the third round of the MRC CiC scheme providing approximately £1.1M in total funds available. This allocation will provide awards up to £100k (at 80% FEC) and we anticipate projects will have a duration of 6-9 months although we will consider a maximum of 12 months.

The call is now open for applications via submission of a 1-page Expression of Interest.

Deadline: Friday 27th February 2015 (midnight).

For further guidance about the call and the application process please click here.

MRC CiC scheme 2015 launch event4th Feb: Register now

Places are still available for the CiC 2015 launch event on 4th Feb (2-5pm) to share our experience from the previous rounds of the program and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.

The launch event will include an overview of the scheme from an MRC representative, an industry perspective on the program, a series of brief presentations about previously-funded projects and details about the process for applications this year. The meeting will end with a drinks reception giving an opportunity for networking and getting advice on your CiC proposal ideas from panel members, Research Deanery, UMIP and business engagement.

Please note that this event is for principal investigators eligible to apply for grant funding.

Read more about this event (including agenda): http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/research/support/deanery/cic3launchevent

Register for this free event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-confidence-in-concept-cic-funding-uom-internal-scheme-launch-event-wed-4th-feb-2015-2-5pm-registration-15203402787

Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Over £1M funding available under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme

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Do you have an interesting translational research idea? Over £1M funding available under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme

In the past 2 years, the University of Manchester has funded 30 translational research proposals of up to £100K each under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. We are holding a launch event for CiC 2015 on 4th Feb to share our experience from the previous rounds of the programme and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.

The launch event will include an overview of the scheme from an MRC representative, an industry perspective on the programme, a series of brief presentations about previously-funded projects and details about the process for applications this year. The meeting will end with a drinks reception giving an opportunity for networking and getting advice on your CiC proposal ideas from panel members, Research Deanery, UMIP and business engagement.

Read more about this event (including indicative agenda): http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/research/support/deanery/cic3launchevent

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-confidence-in-concept-cic-funding-uom-internal-scheme-launch-event-wed-4th-feb-2015-2-5pm-registration-15203402787

Making a Difference Awards Launched

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The University’s Social Responsibility team have now launched the ‘Making a Difference’ awards. UMIP has been working closely with the team to help shape a Social Enterprise category.

The ‘Outstanding Social Enterprise of the Year and the ‘Outstanding Aspiring Social Enterprise of the Year’ categories will recognise social enterprises that are innovative and have made significant contributions to creating societal benefit.

The awards are open to all staff, students and recent graduates.

Entrants will be assessed based on either being;

  • an aspiring social enterprise i.e. demonstrating working towards the criteria below
  • or as a social enterprise able to fully demonstrate the criteria below

Social impact: Showing how operations (products, services, business models) have benefitted the community, or how they have committed a significant proportion of profit towards furthering the social purpose.

Business performance and financial viability: Demonstrating effective use of resources and an ability to operate a sustainable business; showing a shift in reliance on grant funding to deriving income through trading is advantageous; demonstrating scalability.

Innovation and productivity: Demonstrating innovative thinking in creation of enterprise and improvements in products/services/processes/delivery.

Leadership and governance:  Demonstrate vision and commitment and providing strategic guidance as well as ensuring corporate governance.

Working environment: Showing how the enterprise is providing a good and safe working environment for employees, specifically disadvantaged ones, including HR practices such as effective communication channels between management and employees.

For more information about the awards and how to apply please follow the link: http://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/get-involved/awards/

The closing date for entries is the 2nd March and we would like to encourage you to get involved and raise the profile of your enterprise within the University. Don’t forget you can apply yourself or even nominate someone else. All entries will be assessed by a judging panel. Shortlisted initiatives will be profiled on the University website and at a special awards ceremony in Whitworth Hall, hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor on the evening of 7 May 2015.

For further details about the social enterprise award categories, please contact Ellie Buckley ellie.buckley@umip.com, or Laura Etchells laura.etchells@umip.com.

Ximbio, in partnership with UMIP, to exhibit at The University of Manchester

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Ximbio aims to change the way research reagents are searched, sourced and shared

Ximbio (www.ximb.io), an online reagents portal for the life science community which originates from Cancer Research Technology (CRT), the development and commercialisation arm of Cancer Research UK, and UMIP, The University of Manchester’s agent for IP commercialisation, announce Ximbio will be exhibiting at The University of Manchester on 20th and 21st January 2015.

Researchers interested in learning how Ximbio can help increase the global visibility of their new and already developed research tools, and help manage requests for those reagents, are invited to contact Dr Melanie Hardman from Ximbio (E: melanie@ximb.io, T: 020 3469 6449 or 07733 220175) to arrange a one-to-one discussion. Alternatively Melanie will be available at the Ximbio exhibition stand on Tuesday 20th January at the Michael Smith Building, and on Wednesday 21st January at the MIB John Garside Building.

Ximbio is an online portal for the life science community to exchange knowledge and trade reagents. Researchers can virtually deposit reagents, to raise their profile and share research globally. The Ximbio community benefits from Ximbio’s existing relationships with more than 100 life science reagents companies. Deposited reagents can be ‘tagged’ with details of the laboratory where they were developed, to make it easier for future users to cite the originating source in publications. Researchers can also use Ximbio to help make an informed decision about where to source a product from, and share experiences of using specific reagents with others.

Melanie Hardman, Head of Ximbio, commented: “We are excited to visit The University of Manchester, in collaboration with UMIP. We created Ximbio to be a place where the reagent community can be unified, maximising the visibility and impact of all research reagents and making them more widely and easily available, to help accelerate life science research. We look forward to working with Manchester based researchers.”

Dr. Ed Maughfling, Express Licensing Manager, UMIP, said: “Research reagents represent one of four key product areas (along with software, clinical questionnaires and images) of UMIP’s Express IP portfolio (http://umip.com/what-is-express-ip/). As part of UMIP’s strategy of developing either online sales capability (www.click2go.umip.com) or working with a preferred licensing partner, UMIP and Ximbio hope to work together to identify, disseminate and commercialise research reagents developed at The University of Manchester.”

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About Ximbio (www.ximb.io)

Ximbio will change the way life science reagents are searched, sourced and shared.

Through Ximbio researchers and technology transfer offices can virtually deposit their reagents free of charge to an online portal. Each reagent record can be linked to the originating inventor, enabling scientists and institutions to be credited for their work.

  • Life science reagents companies can use Ximbio to easily source new products to augment their portfolios via a straightforward commercialisation process.
  • Ximbio offers scientists looking for a specific reagent with a fully searchable database, extensive datasheets, peer reviews and supplier options.

Ximbio is owned by Cancer Research Technology (CRT). A share of product-based revenues is returned to the depositing institution.

Ximbio will focus on all areas of biology, and will broaden the range of tools available to scientists globally, to support and advance life science research.

About Cancer Research Technology

Cancer Research Technology Limited (CRT) is a specialist commercialisation and development company, which aims to develop new discoveries in cancer research for the benefit of cancer patients. CRT works closely with leading international cancer scientists and their institutes to protect intellectual property arising from their research and to establish links with commercial partners. CRT facilitates the discovery, development and marketing of new cancer therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics and enabling technologies. CRT is wholly owned by Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

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