• 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

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UMIP and MIMIT appoint David Maddison as Designer-in-Residence

UMIP, The University of Manchester’s IP commercialisation company and Manchester Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT) have together appointed consultant David Maddison as Designer-in-Residence. UMIP identifies, protects and commercialises innovative ideas from the University’s 5 star research base and David will be providing product design expertise to complement this commercialisation process.

The University of Manchester and Greater Manchester NHS and Primary Care Trusts have joined forces to create MIMIT™ – a new and exciting initiative which facilitates collaborations between clinicians, scientists, engineers and industry to develop innovative technology for patient benefit.

David’s company, Maddison Limited, is a leading strategic product design and development consultancy which specialises in medical, scientific, and electronic products. The company works with global corporations, SMEs, start-up and spin-out companies, public sector organisations, universities and technology transfer enterprises, to design, develop and commercialise technology.

Maddison Ltd has already worked on design aspects of two inventions for UMIP. David comments: “Maddison Ltd has enjoyed a very successful working relationship with UMIP on past projects, helping to raise the value of its IP and speed up the process of commercialisation. I am delighted with the exciting opportunities that this appointment offers and look forward to adding our skills and experience to this talented team.”

Clive Rowland, UMIP’s CEO, said that he was pleased that David had agreed to accept the appointment. “We are very much looking forward to working with David and his team. Maddison Ltd’s expertise will add significant value to our spin-outs’ technologies through informed design and, for our licence propositions, will reduce much of the work necessary to meet specifications, standards and anticipated uses.”

Jackie Oldham, Director of MIMIT said: “This appointment is great news. David and his team will be able to advise on many aspects of product design and thereby enhance the innovation development pathway.”

UMIC & UMIP host successful BBSRC workshop for young academic entrepreneurs

UMIC and UMIP co- hosted a BBSRC–sponsored workshop on the morning of the April 21st at the Core Technology Facility. The event focused on informing young academic entrepreneurs of potential careers in start-up businesses particularly in the Life Sciences and Environmental business sectors. In addition, the organisations were preparing potential academic candidates at the post-graduate stages of their careers to enter the BBSRC-sponsored YES events; the NWEST regional final is held in Manchester, in November.

Prof. John Peberdy (Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham) presented the process and benefit of entering the Biotech YES event to students. “Deciding on a career may be seen as challenging by PhD students and early-stage researchers in the Biosciences because of their limited awareness of the opportunities outside of academia. Biotechnology YES, a national competition for these young scientists, provides an opportunity for learn about the process of commercialisation of scientific discoveries and in so doing come to understand the wealth of potential jobs that they might seek,” John commented.

Over 75 people registered and the event was both vibrant and informative. “With such a good turnout, and with the quality of presenters, it was always going to be a great event. In addition, the level of discussion around improvements that could be made to the process of linking Incubation and Technology Transfer to young entrepreneurs in the University was most helpful,” said Martino Picardo, UMIC’s managing director. “I particularly felt the presentations by Curtis Dobson (AI2 Ltd and academic), Rod Benson (CEO Imagen Biotech, ex Astra Zeneca and academia) and Laura Lennox (former Biotech Yes applicant and now Business Development Manager, Epistem Ltd) were of great value in presenting the opportunities for graduates and post-graduates.

We now anticipate strong representation from the local Universities at the Regional Biotech YES event in November and we are grateful to the BBSRC for their continued support of our activities in this area. We look forward to the Regional Biotech YES event in November and to hosting a workshop for more senior academics in the November time-frame also.”

UMIP appoints Dr. Krishnamurthy Rajagopal as its new Chairman

Following a search exercise by the UMIP Board (advised by Odgers Berndtson – nationally recognised headhunters), The University of Manchester’s award-winning Intellectual Property commercialisation company (UMIP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Krishnamurthy Rajagopal as its new Chairman.

Raj will commence his role on 1 May 2010. An alumnus of The University of Manchester, Raj completed his MSc in 1975 and his PhD in 1980 and has considerable experience of world-class manufacturing, engineering and technology; he is currently a non-executive director at: Bodycote plc, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, WS Atkins plc and is Chairman of HHV Pumps Ltd, a private company based in Bangalore, India.

Raj is a member of the Council of Science and Technology, the Prime Ministerial advisory body, and plays an active role in Government science and innovation policy and is an Audit Commissioner. He is also an advisory board member at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Cranfield University in 2004.

Over the last 5 years, UMIP has set up 20 spin-out companies employing several hundred people whose annual combined sales turnover is £17M and has concluded 150 new licences and assignments. In 2009, UMIP won two awards for the commercialisation of new technologies from The University of Manchester: a PraxisUnico Business Impact Award and Technology Transfer Office of the Year Award which was presented at the annual Genesis Biotech Conference.

Raj commented: “I am very pleased to accept my new role at UMIP. The University already has an excellent track record in innovation and entrepreneurship, with many successful spin-out companies and a healthy and developing licensing business; I am looking forward to helping to raise the University’s outstanding reputation for entrepreneurship further.”

Clive Rowland, UMIP’s CEO, said that he was delighted that Raj had agreed to accept the appointment. “We are very much looking forward to working with Raj and I am sure that Raj’s appointment and contributions will be an important step in and big benefit to UMIP’s development on its path to 2015, and beyond.”

Raj takes over from Peter Sanderson who will retire from UMIP at the end of
April, having served the maximum of two full terms of three years for a non executive Chairman. Peter co-founded the company with CEO Clive Rowland during the summer of 2004.

2010 World IP Day – 10th Anniversary

World Intellectual Property Day – April 26th 2010

Most people are aware of intellectual property (IP) – of copyright, patents, industrial designs and trademarks. However, many still view these as business or legal concepts with little relevance to their own lives. To address this gap, WIPO’s Member States decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day. They chose April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970.

Each year, WIPO and its Member States celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with activities, events and campaigns.These seek to increase public understanding of what IP really means, and to demonstrate how the IP system fosters not only music, arts and entertainments, but also all the products and technological innovations that help to shape our world.

WIPO issues a message from the Director General each year, broadcasts a short publicity spot on international television channels, and dispatches posters and other promotional materials to IP offices and organisations.

The aims of World IP Day are:

to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life;
to increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation;
to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe;
to encourage respect for the IP rights of others.
For further information, pelase visit the WIPO website at www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/2010/

UMIC welcomes the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Core Technology Facility

UMIC, the facilities management and business support service provider for The University of Manchester, was delighted to welcome Lord Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, to the world-class business incubation facilities at the Core Technology Facility on Friday 12 March 2010.

Lord Mandelson met with the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Professor Alan Gilbert, and Robert Hough, Chair of the Northwest Regional Development and found out more about how UMIC, the University and the NWDA work in partnership to support innovative and enterprising research and nurture and develop early stage and start-up companies. Lord Mandelson also had the opportunity to tour the facilities of Nanoco, one of the fastest growing companies in the North West and a world-leader in nanotechnology innovation, where he was given an insight into some of the key challenges and successes for new and developing science and technology enterprises.

The Secretary of State was in Manchester to discuss the Government’s policy on regional economic development, and see first-hand how this has delivered jobs, skills, investment and growth for the city. In his keynote address Lord Mandelson outlined the crucial role that regional economies will play in the recovery and future economic success of the nation and emphasised the importance of renewing and rebuilding Britain’s infrastructure to ensure the country remains competitive in the global market.

Managing Director, Martino Picardo says:
“It was a real privilege to welcome the Secretary of State to CTF, on a visit hosted by our President, Alan Gilbert. Our facility is all about converting ideas into commercial reality and it is crucial to maintain the high profile of the University and its associated commercial exploitation activities in the current climate. It was also great to see so many of the North West’s contributors to the local Innovation Ecosystem in the audience. Being able to show the Minister what a high growth company like Nanoco looks and feels like is important too, particularly as the company is a University spin-out and is close to moving from development of its technology into manufacturing.”

UMIC is the facilities management and business support service provider for the University of Manchester. The company is entirely owned as a subsidiary of the University. UMIC provides state-of-the-art facilities and top-quality business support services for start-up and early-stage companies.
The Core Technology Facility provides complementary space to the successful Manchester Bioscience Incubator. The building was funded by both the Northwest Development Agency and European Regional Development Funds to develop and build “grow-on” and additional incubation space for biotechnology and hi-tech start-ups and SMEs.

UMIC aims to help Manchester and the region deliver high levels of economic growth through the creation, development and attraction of competitive, high-value and profitable businesses within a culture of enterprise and innovation.

World class facilities are available for technology and biotechnology-based businesses. Companies including Renovo, Epistem, DxS, Gentronix and Motac all began life here and have gone on to great success. Companies in UMIC’s facilities have raised in excess of £100m in venture capital with several now listed on the London Stock Exchange or AIM markets.

UMIC has worked with over 50 growth-oriented businesses since 1999, and we actively welcome enquiries from entrepreneurs not just in the region but from across the UK