Showcasing the Intellectual Property Opportunities from the Midlands Innovation partnership

The Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA) project gets underway by publishing its first IP Opportunities listing.

Through MICRA, Midlands Innovation is establishing the UK's largest, formal technology transfer office collaboration. With the ambition to create a single gateway to the collective Intellectual Property (IP) resources of the eight Midlands Innovation universities, the first step has been realised through the IP Opportunities listing published today. Over one hundred and twenty IP opportunities are currently listed drawn from all the Midlands Innovation partners.   

The list enables businesses and investors to access the breadth of Midlands Innovation IP in a single location.   IP entries on the list are presented alongside a description of the problem the IP seeks to address and contact details to enable follow-up discussions. 

Dr Helen Turner, Midlands Innovation Director, said:

“The Midlands Innovation Intellectual Property Opportunities listing is just the first step to realise our ambitions within MICRA.  We can show clearly the cutting-edge research that is taking place across the partnership in key sectors.  For example, in the field of medical research, IP opportunities are available that range from new therapeutic bioglass materials developed for use in the treating of bone cancer to promote bone regeneration, through to a synthetic sensing of glycoproteins for prostate cancer diagnostic test that integrates seamlessly with existing SPR technology already available in many medical and biological laboratory scenarios.”

Working together to drive jobs and economic growth across the Midlands , the MICRA gateway will also develop the enterprise capacity of the partnership and put in place relationships to help entrepreneurs take their ideas forward.

Sue Clayton, Midlands Innovation Project Manager, said:

“The MICRA Gateway is about delivering on the extraordinary potential and research of universities in a way that makes it easy for businesses and investors to access. This is just the first of many opportunities for MICRA to showcase the fantastic research and innovation opportunities taking place.”

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Notes to editors

The £5 million award to establish MICRA was made from Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, which supports universities in working together, and with businesses and other partners, to commercialise research and share good practice and staff. 

Contact

For further information, please contact Sue Clayton at sue.clayton@midlandsinnovation.org.uk or on 0115 8283061

July 2018

Posted on Thursday 12th July 2018