• We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by

    The University of Manchester’s world-class research base

    • £360m+ invested by venture funders

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 7,500+ licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 4,000+ invention disclosures received

    • £115m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University

  • We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by The University of Manchester’s world-class research base

    • £300m+ invested by venture funders since 2004

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 4,800+

      licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 3,700+ invention disclosures received

    • 1,300+ jobs generated across various industry sectors

    • £105m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University

Archive for 2013

Funding Opportunities – Meet the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Team

The whole of the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Team is visiting the University on Thursday 5th December.  They control a significant share of the EPSRC budget – both directly and indirectly, and are keen to see more EPS researchers addressing healthcare challenges – read more below.  This is an opportunity to hear about their strategy, and meet the team over a networking lunch.  If you already work in healthcare, it’s an opportunity to catch up with the Council’s current thinking; if you don’t, it’s an opportunity to find out about new funding opportunities; for the University, it’s an opportunity to put Manchester on their map.

The details are as follows: 5th December, 11-12.30pm, Room 306a&b Jean McFarlane Building, presentation, Q&A and networking lunch.  To attend, please complete the survey at:


Healthcare Technologies is a new EPSRC Challenge Theme that is relevant to all the Council’s capability themes (Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, ICT, Physical Sciences).  It has its own substantial budget and will also work with each of the capability themes to develop health-related research initiatives in their area.  There is thus a lot of funding associated with the Theme, and a strong strategic push from EPSRC to harness the strengths of the EPS community to make a real impact on healthcare.

Bionow Annual Awards 2013 Winners

Bionow are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Bionow Annual Awards. The Winners were announced at the Prestigious Bionow Annual Awards Dinner on the evening of Thursday 28th November at the Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Cheshire. The Awards Dinner showcases the very best of this world class sector and this year was attended by over 330 executives from across the biomedical industry. The event was hosted by Dr John Stageman OBE, Chair of Bionow and Dr Geoff Davison, CEO of Bionow.

  • Start-Up Company of the Year – Sponsored By Baker Tilly Winner: Proveca
  • Promising Technologist of the Year – Sponsored by Novartis Vaccines Winner: Ralph Kirk, Redx Pharma
  • Healthcare Project of the Year – Sponsored by TRUSTECH Winner: PROMs 2.0, Central Manchester Foundation Trust
  • Best Product or Service of the Year – Sponsored by UL EduNeering Winner: ZedScan I, Zilico
  • Biomedical Project of the Year – Sponsored by Waters Corporation Winner: Enhanced Biofilm dispersion, Newcastle University
  • Investment Deal of the Year – Sponsored by DWF LLP Winner: Imagen Biotech
  • Service Company of the Year – Sponsored by Pinsent Masons LLP Winner: Cyprotex
  • Innovative Ageing of the Year Award – Sponsored by MIMIT / Edwards Healthcare Winner: ELAROS, Medical Devices Technology
  • International Company of the Year – Sponsored by AstraZeneca Winner: Redx Pharma



Are you an international student who would like to start a business in the UK?

If you are and wish to set-up a business in the Manchester area then please read on as the UK Border Agency’s Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa may just be the scheme for you. If you are not within 10 months of graduation and / or do not wish to set-up in Manchester then you may still be able to start a business through the Sirius programme. Further information on this programme can be found at http://www.omnicompete.com/sirius_programme.html. Please note the next deadline for the Sirius Programme is November 30th, 2013

The University of Manchester (The University) is a partner university for the UK Border Agency’s Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. This allows international graduates from The University of Manchester, who have a viable and innovative business idea, to be supported to develop a business in the UK in conjunction with The University.

The University is able to endorse up to 10 of its own international graduates each year (plus up to 10 MBA graduates) for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa sponsorship to develop a business in the UK. The candidate would then apply to UKBA for the visa, using this endorsement.

The visa will be issued for 12 months in the first instance (possibly extendable to 2 years). The University has established its own criteria, (in conjunction with UKBA) regarding how international graduates/business plans will be selected. Detailed guidance and application forms can be found at http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/students/international/ukworkafterstudy/gradentrepreneur/

The deadline for submitting applications for this year’s 2013/14 allocation of endorsements is 1st March, 2014. However The University is organising the submission and evaluation of applications into a series of rounds. The deadline for the next round will be 9am, December 9th (Greenwich Mean Time). If you are interested in the scheme then please register your interest at enterprise@manchester.ac.uk making clear the date you graduated and whether you intend to submit an application by December 9th or at a later date.


Technology Strategy Board Manchester Business Briefing Day

Manchester Science Parks, Friday November 22nd 2013 2-4pm

The Technology Strategy Board will be visiting Manchester Science Park (MSP) to meet with local companies and identify how their funding programmes, competitions and support tools can stimulate business innovation in Manchester. 

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency (www.innovateuk.org) sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. It achieves this by bringing together business, research and the public sector, to accelerate the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. 

This two hour event hosted by MSP will be lead by David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes and Mike Biddle, Interim Deputy Director of Innovation Programmes. It will provide an overview of the Technology Strategy Board’s funding priorities and Q&A, followed by break-out sessions with their technology leads where you can discuss specific innovation challenges, collaboration forming and even explore opportunities for funding.

Technology Strategy Board programmes support businesses, from startups to large multi-nationals and are designed to help only the best ideas with the most economic potential.  Priority thematic areas (which will be covered on the day) include:

  • Digital Economy,
  • Enabling Technologies,
  • Energy,
  • Healthcare,
  • High Value Manufacturing,
  • Programme Development,
  • Space, 
  • Sustainability,
  • Transport

Book your place here:


For further information visit: www.innovateuk.org

Manchester Team Triumphs in Competition to be Biotechnology Stars of the Future

BioTherma from left to right: Lee Dunham, Sarah Withey, Joe Segal, Rebecca Sullivan, Jonathan Lemon

A team from The University of Manchester has secured a place in the final of a national competition to find the entrepreneurial bioscientists of the future.

BioTherma Ltd beat off stiff competition from 16 teams from eight universities and institutes in the Manchester workshop of the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) 2013 competition. They will fly the flag for Manchester in December in London at the UK finals where the winning team will collect £2,500, an invitation to attend the BIA Gala Dinner and the opportunity to attend the premier regional US Business Plan Competition at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

BioTherma Ltd has genetically modified composting bacteria to produce temperatures in excess of 200⁰C. This thermal energy is then converted into electricity, enabling the conversion of organic waste into kilowatts more efficiently than any other process. They are selling this technology to farms and waste management companies in conjunction with a quarterly maintenance service, providing their customers with huge profits when electricity is sold to the national grid.

BioTherma CEO, Lee Dunham, commented: “Despite being a very busy few days, the Biotech YES NW workshop was absolutely fantastic. We all found the talks and mentors to be hugely beneficial, and we all learnt a great deal throughout the competition regarding the business side of biotechnology. Now onto London for the final!”