Case Studies & Success Stories

There are numerous case studies of best practice in Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation, some of which we have gathered below.

We recommend NCUB's The State of the Relationship report as a good collection of case studies along with trend analysis.

If you are new to collaborating with universities, we also recommend CBI's Best of Both Worlds

Publication Date: 17 Nov 2015
Coventry University have found a new way of engaging with business which delivers highly skilled work ready graduates for the local area, and has secured millions of pounds of investment from local UK business through the application of high impact research through strategic partnerships with...
Author: The Courier ; Publication Date: 23 Jul 2015
Following three years of intense R&D, St Andrews Instrumentation, a spin-out company from St Andrews University, has moved to a new headquarters where it will seek to commercialise a range of acoustic technologies.  Read more: The Courier
Author: Evening Standard ; Publication Date: 21 Jul 2015
Imperial College's incubator has attracted more than £750m investment since it was set up in 2006, and supported more than 200 jobs. Read article
Author: The Financial Times ; Publication Date: 17 Jul 2015
An Oxford university spin-out company has raised £205 million in the biggest private financing for a life sciences business in Europe. Read article (Subscription required) 
Author: Times Higher Education ; Publication Date: 15 Jul 2015
The 2013-2014 HE-BCI survey reports positive findings, including a 10% increase in interactions between universities and the economy, and a total value of partnerships nearing £4bn. Read more: Times Higher Education
Author: Mobile Marketing ; Publication Date: 3 Jul 2015
Chirp, the sonic data transfer app incubated and hatched in UCL (University College London), received investment pledges totalling over £750,000 from its Crowdcube fundraising campaign - the largest amount raised by any UK University spinout company via crowdfunding. Investors include UCL Business...
Author: PraxisUnico ; Publication Date: 1 Jun 2015
VetCell was created as an RVC spin-out by KEC professionals, who enabled the knowledge to become the seed of much broader interest in stem cell and regenerative technologies.
Author: PraxisUnico ; Publication Date: 1 Jan 2015
The KEC team at the Commercial Office at STFC supported research into ultra-fast spectroscopy applications to develop the project through to a marketable product/service. Today, Cobalt Light Systems employs over 40 staff members and has a new subsidiary in the US.
World-leading science from Warwick University is taking significant steps to address the decline of the honeybee. Research commercialisation professional, Andrew Lee, has identified a route to market and commercialisation plan for the technology to accelerate that progress.
KEC professionals helped Lincoln University become one of only five UK higher education Siemens principal partners for engineering work.