Dr Stephen Cook, Chief Commercial Officer, Technology Group, BP
An SME perspective on research translation
Peter Brewin, Founder, Concrete Canvas Ltd
1) How could universities support recent graduates and create more successful technology spin out companies?
2) Does a quasi-venture capital model for university spin out companies provide the best outcomes for the universities, the founders and UK PLC?
3)How can the barriers to SME engagement with universities be minimised?
Having founded and spun out two companies from a master’s degree and spent the last 14 years developing, commercialising and licensing technologies within a technology SME, I will provide an SME’s perspective on the above questions with some practical solutions.
Transforming UK translation: a university perspective
Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise), UCL
Governments and global society at large expect universities to engage with a variety of outside partners in order to translate their research, knowledge and understanding into productive use within those societies and economies. It is well-recognised that the impact that universities can have through such partnerships, and other knowledge exchange activities, is both wide-ranging and profound.
To develop productive relationships that support innovation requires a mixture of bottom-up and top-down approaches. The former approach recognises that most partnerships, technology and ideas development, are driven by the individual researchers and their collaborations with external organisations. The latter approach enables integrated, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional outcomes. Innovative partnerships can be forged with companies, hospitals, governments, and a wide variety of organisations, large and small, private and public: in every case the relationship should be one of equivalence, recognising mutual benefit and shared aspiration.