New Venture Creation 1: First steps towards Spin-Outs and Start-Up Companies 10-11 September 2018

This course will be open for bookings in 2018. *SPECIAL OFFER* Receive £50 reduction on the course fee for New Venture Creation 2: Launching a high-growth spin-out company (November 2018) if you attend this course. If you would like to register your interest in attending please email


More information about this course, including an outline programme, will be added in 2018.


Receive £50 reduction in the course fee for New Venture Creation 2: Launching a high growth spin out company (November 2018) when you attend this course.

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 Monday 10 September 2018
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch on Tuesday 11 September 2018



10 September 2018 6:30 PM   to   11 September 2018 5:00 PM
Burleigh Court
Loughborough University
West Park
Loughborough, LE11-3GR
United Kingdom

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Phone: 01223 659962
Course fee £ 500.00
Member price £ 450.00
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Co-Course Director

Dr. Rich Ferrie

Dr Rich Ferrie is Director of Operations and Head of UMIP - the technology transfer Division of UMI3 Ltd. In this role he leads a group of 26 people responsible for identifying, protecting and commercialising all intellectual property arising from the University of Manchester. UMIP has a strong record of IP commercialisation which has resulted in a number of high profile companies and licensing deals with major international companies. He joined UMIP's predecessor company, MIL in 2000 after 11 years in various scientific and commercial roles with the diagnostics business of AstraZeneca culminating with leadership of its Sales and Marketing function internationally.<br />
A Biochemistry graduate (Sussex), Rich gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Reading. After a short period of post-doctoral research with the UK Forensic Science Service, Rich continued his work developing DNA fingerprinting technology for the Cellmark business unit of ICI Diagnostics. In 1991, Rich was appointed Technology Development Manager with responsibility for developing a platform of proprietary genetic technologies with diagnostic applications and is an inventor on 4 international patent applications. This work enabled the development of the first commercially available DNA-based cystic fibrosis diagnostic which was widely adopted. Between 1994 and 1997, Rich took a senior Business Development role developing commercial collaborations and relationships with businesses internationally, with a particular emphasis on the USA. From 1998 he established and led the Sales and Marketing department of Zeneca Diagnostics and was responsible for the inception and commercialisation of the ELUCIGENETM product range

Co-Course Director

Course Director

Dr. Stuart Wilkinson

Stuart Wilkinson is Head of the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team in the Research Services office of the University of Oxford. Stuart's current role is to support the University's engagement and partnership with external organisations across the institution to maximise the impact of the research, including regional partners including the LEP.
Previously Stuart worked as a consultant advising and training governments, companies and research organisations on technology development, intellectual property discovery, commercialisation strategy and business planning. Stuart also worked for Isis Innovation where he was responsible for evaluating, protecting and commercialising intellectual property in materials, engineering, energy and imaging technologies, including developing translational funding applications, business plans and negotiating investment for spin-out businesses. Stuart has a DPhil and MEng in BioMaterials and Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

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