In the UK, Government investment in university technology transfer has led to a string of initiatives around both transfer and regional involvement in commercialisation. We help public bodies such as universities, regional development agencies and public sector research establishments to develop the structures and the capability to act with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach. These include incubators, technology transfer offices, intermediate technology institutes and the required funding structures such as seed funds and venture capital.
Universities and institutes are increasingly called upon to take a direct role in wealth creation and one way is through technology transfer. Many universities have called on our independent expertise to help them exploit their intellectual property.
Our services include:
- giving an independent assessment of the commercial potential of a university invention, and advising how it should be commercialised.In such assignments the most critical aspect is normally the market. We start by assessing the capabilities and features of a new technology in comparison with existing approaches. If there is a compelling case that the new technology has benefits we research the market and advise on the most appropriate commercialisation route
- undertaking commercialisation activities directly, for example leading proof of concept and feasibility studies, negotiating with partners and investors, and providing hands-on managers to take projects forward at a commercial pace
- appraising commercialisation processes and structures against best practice, and recommending improvements to help achieve greater success rates.