Research Contracts 6-9 March 2018

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This course develops technical knowledge in confidently drafting, interpreting and amending research contracts, whilst building skills to foster strong relationships and consensus with stakeholders for long term impact.


Is this course right for me?

The course is for people who deal with collaborative research relationships/partnerships. So it’s likely to be of most value for those who have either just moved into the role or those who wish to develop their role in research contracts (or industry liaison role/business development/IP contracts management roles). They’ll most likely be working in higher education, public sector research organisations such as NHS Trusts R&D support/governance offices, and potentially also in Research Council funding bodies, members of the AMRC community and businesses also. 

Delegates might have experience in Knowledge Exchange (KE), but less knowledge and understanding of the general and specific issues around research contracts

This course is also suitable for:

  • The ARMA and ASTP community
  • Business development professionals who wish to enhance their understanding as to how they may facilitate and enhance the role of the contracts office, research interactions and in brokering/managing strategic relationships between organisations.
  • Those who have attended PraxisAuril’s Essentials of Business Development course might find this to be a valuable next step, especially if they are seeking to understand and develop a greater understanding of what is required for collaborations from a contracts perspective (a good contract works in tandem with good management of the collaboration between the parties and helps in the overall relationship for all parties to achieve impact).

Why should I attend this course?

  • Research contracts – “which are fit for purpose” – are essential to cover all aspects of the relationship in a collaborative project for both those collaborating and also funders (which may or may not be a party to the collaborative partnership).
  • Research contracts between organisations can deliver mutual benefit, enable new outcomes and create considerable benefit for society.
  • There is a requirement for Universities, PSREs – NHS etc., research institutes to put research agreements in place for collaborations – so to be skilled at reviewing, setting up and managing research contracts are key skills to ensure the projects are delivered, understanding how these agreements work enable such agreements to be put in place more efficiently.
  • Creating and managing these (sometimes complex) collaborative relationships between organisations can often prove challenging and frustrating.

What will I learn from the course?

  • That the research contracts you deal with are structured and laid out in a way which is easy to read and understand and which ensures that express terms are enforceable (compliant with the fundamental requirements of contract law in England and Wales. 
  • Understanding of the significance of boilerplate terms and be able to negotiate changes appropriate to individual research contracts. 
  • Be able to critically assess instructions received from a researcher; prepare for a meeting with the researcher; review the proposed deal; to elucidate what further information is required from the researcher.
  • Determine whether a research contract is compliant with charity law and to seek further specialist advice if required.
  • Be able to review a research contract for errors and omissions with confidence.
  • To interpret research contracts with greater confidence and with an awareness of the common pitfalls of interpretation of contracts.
  • Interpret and amend IP clauses within contracts taking into account the impact the clause will have on future uses of the research results and pre-existing materials.
  • An awareness of your own and your institution’s attitude to risk and an ability to be proactive in managing any difference between the two.  (They should be risk aware but not risk averse, and understand that risk can never be fully eliminated; only managed).
  • Awareness of the model agreements available for both academia, clinical and business; and an ability to select and use a model agreement when appropriate
  • Be able to review, negotiate and draft indemnities in research contracts.
  • Be able to take a position in a research contract negotiation;  understand the impact of your position on others; communicate effectively with other departments; be assertive when required, to push the position as needed; gain confidence in influencing skills. 

The course also focuses on networking, providing a valuable platform to meet peers, discuss best practice, and interact with the course team and other contributors.

What makes this course different to others available in the sector?

PraxisAuril is able to deliver this training from the unique perspective of KE practitioners. We see the world from the same angle as you do!

We draw on a wide pool of experience and expertise from within the profession and build them into the course content, ensuring we are always delivering up to date, sector leading training and development.

PLEASE NOTE: This course has been updated in light of feedback from earlier deliveries, to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of each of our delegates. The highly participative and interactive programme uses a new range of interactive techniques to engage delegates in an immersive, memorable and enjoyable learning experience.

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20% discount on group bookings

Make a 20% saving on course fees by registering five or more delegates from your organisation for this event.

The course fee includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures and workshops
  • Training and reference materials (electronic or otherwise)
  • Registration event (including buffet dinner & drinks) on Tuesday 6 March 2018
  • Networking event (including buffet dinner & drinks) on Wednesday 7 March 2018
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch every day

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6 March 2018 6:30 PM   to   9 March 2018 2:00 PM
Burleigh Court
Loughborough University
West Park
Loughborough, LE11-3GR
United Kingdom

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Phone: 01223 659962
Research Contracts
Course Fee £ 1175.00
Course Fee with Member Discount £ 1045.00
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Course Trainers

Mr. Mark Ashton

Mark specialises in advising charities, colleges, universities and other not-for-profit entities on a wide range of constitutional, governance and structural issues, charity law regulation and commercial arrangements. Mark has been a speaker at numerous seminars on charity law matters, and has sat on various Charity Law Association working parties.


Ms. Vicky Clark

Vicky is a commercial lawyer who specialises in intellectual property matters. She has a particular interest in the life sciences sector, drawing upon a scientific background to advise clients on the protection and exploitation of innovative diagnostics, medicines and medical devices. Her clients include individuals, private companies and PLCs.


Pat Duxbury

Patrick Duxbury is a Partner at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, which is a large international law firm, based out of London and Birmingham offices in the UK.
Patrick was originally a microbiologist and geneticist before re-qualifying as a lawyer in 1993 with first class honours. Patrick specialises in all aspects of transactional intellectual property law in the life sciences sector. Recent transactions include several M&A transactions and licensing and collaboration deals for biotech and pharmaceutical company clients such as arGEN-X, AstraZeneca, Astellas, MedImmune, Astex Therapeutics, Chroma Therapeutics, Eisai, GSK, Heptares Therapeutics, PanGenetics, ProStrakan and others. He has recently acted for ProStrakan on its £230m acquisition of Archimedes, for GSK on its Euro 400m collaboration with MorphoSys, for arGEN-X BV in its collaborations with Bayer and Leo and SROne and SV on their investment in VHsquared. In the last 12 months he has also acted for AstraZeneca on its high profile, $1bn plus transactions with Eli Lilly and Innate Pharma and for Epidarex on its investment in a new company based on technology licensed from the Universities of Glasgow and Southern Denmark.
Patrick is a recent member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the Legal Expert Network of the ABPI. He is a regular speaker on life science topics (including for C5, Management Forum, The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, PraxisUnico) and teaches on both the European and US BIO Advanced Business Development courses. Patrick is recognised in all the directories as a leading individual in the field of technology licensing. Intellectual Asset Management 250 described him as “without doubt an outstanding expert and a leading practitioner in his field”, leading a “24 carat” life sciences team. In the 2014/2015 edition of Chambers & Partners, Patrick is listed a star individual in life sciences transactional work.


James Fry

James is a partner specialising in intellectual property work and read Chemistry at The University of Sheffield before qualifying as a solicitor in 1996. He has significant experience of acting for clients in a range of industrial and technology sectors, and has significant experience of advising universities and a wide range of public and private sector clients in the biopharma, chemical, IT and engineering sectors.
Much of his work in these sectors is focused on IP due diligence, strategy and audit, IP licensing and R&D and other collaborative agreements. He also has significant experience of advising on regulation and how this impacts IP/product development e.g. REACH, advertising regulation and the regulation of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
James is a regular speaker on IP and contract issues. He is rated as a leading IP lawyer in both Chambers and the Legal 500, the main legal directories, where he has been quoted as being: ""not afraid to express his opinion"" and ""a highly skilled, commercially astute negotiator"".
BSc Special Honours Chemistry - 2(i)
Common Professional Examination in Law - Commendation
Legal Practice Course - Distinction


Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall is passionately interested in the psychology of the workplace, staff motivation and dispute resolution. After two decades working at a senior level in the university sector and manufacturing management, he now provides training, consultancy, personal coaching and advice on technology transfer, commercial negotiation, conflict resolution and management development for a wide range of private and public sector clients worldwide.
Robert was Head of Technology Transfer at the University of Cambridge, where he was instrumental in the creation and development of the Technology Transfer Office (now called Cambridge Enterprise). For four years he was Director of Research & Business Services at the University of East Anglia (UK), and before that he worked in manufacturing management, consultancy, research management and as a quality manager in specialist engineering companies. He has many years of practical experience in successfully negotiating commercial contracts and agreements, as well as in strategic development, business process design, and managing large teams and budgets.
In recent years, he has trained the most senior civil servants in many countries, as well as business leaders, academics and administrators.
Robert’s recent clients include The University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the London School of Economics & Political Science (where he is an Associate Lecturer), the European Association of Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP-Proton), Management Forum Ltd, the Universities of Liverpool, Exeter, Aachen, Leuven, Gerona and Copenhagen, the Research Council of Norway, Cancer Research Technology and the governments of Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Brunei, China and many more.


Alasdair Poore

Alasdair is Head of the Intellectual Property Team at Mills & Reeve LLP, advising on protection of intellectual property and technology contracting especially in the education and technology sectors, with a keen interest in Universities and the issues arising from University research, from managing IP and issues such as publication to exploitation. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and Editor of the CIPA Journal.
He has a background starting on a Natural Sciences degree before switching to Law, and has specialised in the interface between science and law ever since. Alasdair spent 7 years at Shell (including 2 years in Canada) on technologies ranging from life sciences, through mineral extraction to oil and chemicals processing. While at Shell he qualified as a patent attorney as well as practising law.
Alasdair specialises in advising on the use of IP, patent, trade mark and registered design filing and protection, licensing, franchising and exploitation, and corporate due diligence and IP in spin out and start-up companies. He works extensively on IP litigation and disputes resolution, including University inventorship issues and enforcement disputes, especially in the High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and patent and trade mark offices including the European Patent Office and Community Trade mark Offices -- with good experience of mediation. His work often involves Universities in the UK as well as private sector clients from spin out companies to major IP intensive multinationals, advising on intellectual property policies, ownership issues, collaboration and research agreements.
He is also Deputy Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and member of its Trade Marks and Patents Committees.
Alasdair has been a trainer on Praxis courses since its foundation and is a keen supporter of the work PraxisUnico does.


Prof. Seshadri Vasan RTTP

Dr Vasan, who goes by his last name, is Public Health England’s Senior Business Development Manager and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York. A former McKinsey consultant and Rhodes Scholar, he previously worked for Oxford University and as Head of Public Health for its spin-out company Oxitec (acquired in 2015 for $160m). Vasan obtained his doctorate from Trinity College, Oxford; he is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, Royal Society for Public Health, Chartered Management Institute, etc.

He co-authored the fast track model agreement ( and received the Impact Award for Contribution to Society on behalf of his team for knowledge exchange and commercialisation during the Ebola crisis.


Co-Course Director

Dr. Daniel Blakey

Dan Blakey, Deputy Head of Research Services (Science Area) University of Oxford has worked in Oxford’s Research Services office for over 10 years in roles including research contracts negotiation and support and grants management. For the past 5 years part of his role has been to form and lead the team’s research development unit which specialises in supporting large scale and complex funding programme in the University’s Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and Pre-clinical Medical Science departments.

Co-Course Director

Course Director

Mr. Paul Maclennan

Paul Maclennan is a solicitor and a Partner at Anderson Law LLP, a niche firm of commercial/IP solicitors based in Oxfordshire. Paul advises on a wide variety of commercial agreements focussing on transactional work within the IT, life sciences and university sectors. His clients include leading UK universities and an international IT/telecoms company. Paul is listed in Chambers & Partners as a leading UK lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property and is a contributor to a number of Anderson Law’s publications on intellectual property and commercial law, most recently Technology Transfer (3rd Ed, Bloomsbury, 2010). Paul can be reached at

Course Director

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