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The Royal Society of Chemistry’s next Investment Catalyst in partnership with the UK Business Angels Association will take place on 18 April

20 Feb 2018

The Royal Society of Chemistry have partnered with the UK Business Angels Association to help connect chemistry-led businesses with funding and support from the investment community.

Cancer Research UK appoints leading expert to help accelerate advancements in clinical research

20 Feb 2018

Cancer Research UK announces the appointment of Dr James Larkin as a new Senior Clinical Advisor in clinical research, today (Tuesday).

University spinout develops nanoscale printing technology for smaller, lighter semiconductors

20 Feb 2018

New technology makes micro-chips with features 4,000 times smaller than a human hair

Cancer Research UK: Scientists halt breast cancer spread

19 Feb 2018

Scientists have discovered that an amino acid called asparagine is essential for breast cancer spread, and by restricting it, cancer cells stopped invading other parts of the body in mice, according to research* part-funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the journal Nature today

PraxisAuril responds to the KEF consultation

6 Feb 2018

PraxisAuril members have helped to inform our response to the KEF consultation launched by HEFCE's Technical Advisory Group.

BBSRC Innovator of the Year

19 Jan 2018

Now celebrating its 10th year, this competition recognises and rewards individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research.

In-depth review of the revised Lambert Toolkit

19 Jan 2018

In-depth review of the revised Lambert Toolkit in PLG's Business Development and Licensing journal

Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and HE-BCI event

10 Jan 2018

Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) review

Alta Innovations relaunches as University of Birmingham Enterprise

8 Jan 2018

Alta Innovations Ltd, the 100%-owned technology transfer company for the University of Birmingham, announces it has changed its name to University of Birmingham Enterprise Ltd.

PraxisAuril Patron is global ambassador for UK knowledge exchange

12 Dec 2017

PraxisAuril Patron, Dr David Secher, will address the 2017 Conference for Presidents/Vice-Presidents and Technology Transfer Officers of Universities and Research Institutions which will be held in Osaka, Japan, this week.

Spinouts UK has released its quarterly report on the UK's university spin-out landscape

11 Dec 2017

Spinouts UK has released its quarterly report on the UK's university spin-out landscape.

PraxisAuril welcomes the KEF & Technical Advisory Group

4 Dec 2017

HEFCE has launched its work on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) which will form a third pillar of university assessment alongside the TEF and REF. A Technical Advisory Group, Chaired by Professor Richard Jones, will take evidence from the sector before handing over to Research England in April 2018.

Financing Growth measures introduced in Budget

22 Nov 2017

The Treasury released its response to the consultation 'Financing Growth in Innovative Firms' to coincide with the Chancellor's Budget speech this week.

Konfer collaboration tool launched in beta phase

15 Nov 2017

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has launched the beta version of its online brokering tool konfer.

Research England Council confirmed

2 Nov 2017

UKRI has confirmed membership of the inaugural Research England Council, which includes PraxisAuril Board member Dr Phil Clare.

Showcase your research in front of 2000+ laboratory professionals

20 Oct 2017

Lab Innovations in partnership with PraxisAuril and Eppendorf is giving 15 selected applicants the chance to showcase your latest research at the UK's only exhibition dedicated to the laboratory industry.

Novel method for hard tissue regeneration, significant departure from current therapies, described in Scientific Reports

18 Oct 2017

A research team led by the University of Birmingham has found a new method which could mark the first step in a new direction for hard tissue regeneration with the potential to help repair bone, teeth and cartilage, according to a paper published today in Scientific Reports.

Media Information about the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference

18 Oct 2017

The NCRI Cancer Conference is the UK’s major forum showcasing the best British and international cancer research, bringing together 1,500 leading experts from across the world.

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

18 Oct 2017

Celebrating Scotland's innovative academic - business partnerships NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

PraxisAuril Legal and Investor Forum SIG

18 Oct 2017

Paula Alessandro is a solicitor at Queen Mary Innovation Ltd (QMI), the intellectual property commercialisation company of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She joined QMI in 2016 after a successful career in investment banking during which time she also gained a MBA from Warwick Business School. As QMI’s lead counsel, Paula is responsible for all its legal affairs which includes advising on commercialising university research through various structures such as licensing and spin-out companies.

Auril 2017 Conference Afterthoughts

11 Oct 2017

Another AURIL conference has come to an end, this year with a powerful message about participation. That’s why we were all in Bristol of course – to take part in conversations large and small about our profession: the highs, the lows, the skills, the tips, what works, what doesn’t, where to find the money, how to spend it…the list goes on. A word cloud from the talks I heard would have Place, Design, Partners and Funding writ large: they are all vital components of Knowledge Exchange and all concepts that can be unpacked and unpicked to provide your own recipe for success.

PRAXISUNICO AND AURIL JOIN FORCES TO CREATE PRAXISAURIL

6 Oct 2017

After just over a year and a half of discussions, consultations and planning PraxisUnico and Auril have formally announced the launch of their new organisation and identity at their annual Auril conference in Bristol on the 5th and 6th October 2017.

PraxisAuril Governance

5 Oct 2017

PraxisAuril is a trading name of Praxis Courses Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, registered in the UK.

Crack It Solutions - Improving animal welfare

2 Oct 2017

The Animal Welfare Assessment Grid (AWAG) system is a web-based software application designed for capturing, storing and visualising animal welfare assessment data. The system was developed by Public Health England in collaboration with the University of Surrey, School of Veterinary Medicine. The first version was released in 2015 and has been trialled by PHE and a number of other research organisations. Feedback has been very positive in terms of assessing current welfare and identifying areas for potential improvement such as housing, use of enrichment and frequency of applying procedures. During these trials and those from zoos and wildlife trusts, many ideas for future developments have been gathered. Further development is now required to refine the system and to make it applicable to a wider range of applications in the research community where the system has potential to improve animal welfare.

Auril Conference Exhibitors

27 Sep 2017

We are pleased to announce the exhibitors for the Auril 2017 Conference

BBSRC seek proposals for the RSE scheme

14 Sep 2017

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is currently seeking proposals to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme which supports researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research.

Spinouts UK Quarterly Journal released

14 Sep 2017

Spinouts UK has released its quarterly report on the UK's university spin-out landscape.

Indian biotech leaders visit Birmingham for life science facilities briefing

12 Sep 2017

A delegation of Indian biotech company leaders visited the University of Birmingham yesterday to see the life sciences cluster, where the University’s world-leading research is translated into new medical therapies. The delegation travelled to Birmingham as part of bioConclave 2017 - an annual gathering of Indian life science business leaders, who come to the UK to explore investment and partnership opportunities.

Boosting Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities Conference

29 Aug 2017

AESIS is holding a two-day international conference on how social sciences and humanities can address societal challenges and optimise societal well-being. The conference is taking place on the 20 - 21 September 2017 in Cardiff, UK.

Cancer Research UK launches trial to test new drug in patients with advanced cancer

23 Aug 2017

A clinical trial to test a new cancer drug in patients with advanced solid tumours, launches in four centres across the UK today (Wednesday), through Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development.

Avian Reagent price reductions

21 Aug 2017

We strive at APHA Scientific to offer you the best value to our customers. Which is why we have reduced the cost of our Avian Reagents, by 30%.

Cancer Research UK and Newcastle University extend successful multi-project drug discovery alliance with Astex Pharmaceuticals

21 Aug 2017

Cancer Research UK and Newcastle University have recently announced a three year extension to their major strategic drug discovery alliance with Astex Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutics.

Cancer Research UK and Biotecnol to trial new immuno-oncology treatment for advanced tumours

10 Aug 2017

An experimental immuno-oncology treatment will move into early phase clinical trials for patients with advanced solid tumours, including lung cancers, under a collaboration agreement between Cancer Research UK and Biotecnol Limited.

HEFCE knowledge exchange landscape report

9 Aug 2017

In late 2016, HEFCE invited long-term strategies from higher education institutions (HEIs) in receipt of a 2016-17 Higher Education Innovation Fund allocation to submit five-year knowledge exchange (KE) strategies, as the basis for release of future allocations. HEFCE commissioned researchers RSM PACEC to assess and provide advice to HEFCE on the strategies, and to produce an overview report.

NIHR Brain Injury HTC third BITT tank on Paediatric Neurorehabilitation

8 Aug 2017

The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) will hold its third focused Brain Injury Technologies Think (BITT) tank on ‘Paediatric Neurorehabilitation’ on Tuesday 17th October 2017 in London (venue to be confirmed).

The Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA): Call for Review and Comment

8 Aug 2017

Open and collaborative scientific research is vital to the discovery and translation of new knowledge into products and services that benefit society.

Learn more about Linkedin

2 Aug 2017

Do you want to learn how to effectively utilise Linkedin, add value to your online community, and create stronger tangible relationships?

PraxisUnico/AURIL respond to ‘Transforming UK Translation’

26 Jul 2017

PraxisUnico/AURIL welcome the publication of ‘Transforming UK Translation’ by The Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust; the ambition it sets out to create a ‘vibrant translation system’ and the broad definition of translation used to cover a range of outputs and activities. We are particularly pleased to see the recognition it gives to the role of TTOs and their role in supporting research translation. The UK operates at world class standard in technology transfer practice in an environment that supports continuous improvement of standards of practice[1].

PraxisUnico/AURIL welcome HEIF increase to £200 million

20 Jul 2017

HEFCE has confirmed details of the £40 million per annum HEIF 'uplift' announced as part of the government's R&D investment to support its industrial strategy.

Funding boost for KEC

11 Jul 2017

University-business collaboration has been given a boost this week with the announcements by HEFCE of a HEIF 'uplift' for English universities and awards of £177 million through the UK Research Investment Partnership Fund (UKRIPF).

CCS clusters for hydrogen production in a low-carbon economy

10 Jul 2017

The announcement that Statoil, Vattenfall and Gasunie have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate the possibilities of converting Vattenfall’s gas power plant, Magnum, in the Netherlands, into a hydrogen-powered plant marks an interesting new development in carbon capture and storage for Norway and the Netherlands.

IN-PART's Top 6 Disruptive Innovations

7 Jul 2017

This feature presents some of the most disruptive innovations published in the second quarter of 2017, by universities actively looking to find external collaboration partners through IN-PART. From monitoring plastic pollution in the oceans, to relieving pain in virtual reality, and inducing rainfall with lasers, the creativity of scientific research is inspiring.

CRT’s Discovery Laboratories extends alliance with Merck to develop new cancer drugs

3 Jul 2017

CANCER RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY (CRT) has signed a further deal with Merck, a leading science and technology company, to discover new cancer drugs targeting the Hippo pathway, on 29th June.

NIHR Brain Injury HTC Seedcorn Funding Competition Winners Announcement

30 Jun 2017

The University of Cambridge are delighted to announce the following winners of the Seedcorn Funding Competition 2016/2017:

Zegami to bring next-gen image and data search management tool to market

29 Jun 2017

Zegami, an Oxford University analytics spinout company focused on image management, has raised £2.3m in Series A funding to develop its image search and analytics platform for the cloud and take its technology to the consumer market.

PraxisUnico and JUSIRUI Management Consulting announce international relationship

22 Jun 2017

PraxisUnico and JUSIRUI Management Consulting announce international strategic relationship to deliver outstanding training to Chinese professionals working in the fields of technology transfer, knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

LAB282 accelerates Oxford University’s life sciences with second round of awards

22 Jun 2017

LAB282, the drug discovery partnership for Oxford University, has made its second round of awards to support promising life sciences ideas with market potential emerging from the University.

Innovation China UK Programme Office (ICUK) seeking participants

21 Jun 2017

Innovation China UK Programme Office (ICUK) based at Queen Mary Innovation Ltd. is seeking mission participants from two UK companies and one academic institute in the field of sensor and sensing technology to join the UK-China Innovation Partnering Mission in Shanghai between 10th and 13th September 2017. This mission will be largely funded by the FCO Global Partnership Fund. HEI spin-outs and commercial partners are welcome to apply.

Innovation Database - Innovation Masterclass

19 Jun 2017

Are you free on 28 June 2017? To be held in London, our annual Innovation Masterclass event will bring together experts in the management of innovation for a full day of thought leadership, insights, sharing and networking.

The Impact Awards Winners Announced!

16 Jun 2017

The winners of the Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals, organised by PraxisUnico and supported by Research Councils UK (RCUK), were announced last night at a black-tie ceremony in Cutlers Hall, Sheffield, in front of over 250 invited guests from universities, research institutes, industry and government.

Chemistry Means Business

9 Jun 2017

Chemistry Means Business takes place next week in Manchester, just before PraxisUnico’s own annual conference in Sheffield (Weds-Fri). PraxisUnico members connect businesses with research and help to bring novel research to market and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s event is all about forging connections, future proofing businesses and cross sector collaborations.

Oxford University leads national effort to save WW1 memories

6 Jun 2017

Oxford University is launching a crowdfunding campaign for Lest We Forget (LWF), a project that will support local community endeavours to digitise memorabilia and personal accounts of World War One ahead of the 2018 centenary of Armistice Day.

EIC and Catapult launch action plan to unleash innovation in the energy sector

6 Jun 2017

Gas and electricity networks are adopting innovations from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into business as usual but there is still work to be done. This is one of the conclusions from the Energy Innovation Centre’s (EIC) and the Energy Systems Catapult’s latest research findings, launched today at Utility Week Live.

Global University Venturing awards celebrate excellence in Technology Transfer.

24 May 2017

PraxisUnico would like to congratulate Oxford University Innovation, which was named ‘Tech Transfer unit of the year’ in the annual GUVenturing awards ceremony in London last night (23rd May), and PraxisUnico Advocacy Committee member Tony Raven who was awarded a lifetime achievement award.

Summer Schools: The challenges, Values and Learning

22 May 2017

Kingston University is holding an event to highlight the challenges of summer school and how to overcome them to generate income for your university.

University of Exeter offering part time MSc in Data Science

22 May 2017

The University of Exeter is please to be offering a part time MSc Data Science course, starting in September.

PraxisUnico proud to be supporting UKSPA's annual conference

9 May 2017

PraxisUnico is delighted to be supporting the UK Science Park Association’s (UKSPA) annual conference in York this week (May 9th and 10th). Several PraxisUnico speakers will be addressing delegates as part of the ‘Innovation, Incubation and Science Parks’ stream.