UK universities collaborate to showcase industry-ready innovation

Researchers from Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, and UCL will exhibit licensable technology built from research at IP4U University Tech Fair.

On Tuesday, September 19th, and Wednesday, September 20th, more than 80 researchers hailing from Imperial College London and three other top-tier UK universities will present groundbreaking innovations aimed at addressing some of the most urgent global challenges.

At the IP4U University Tech Fair, hosted at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus, industry experts will have the opportunity to delve into cutting-edge technologies developed by academic professionals specialising in sustainability and future healthcare.

In addition to engaging with researchers from Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge, attendees will have the chance to arrange one-on-one sessions with technology transfer experts. These meetings will provide a platform for exploring strategies to transition these innovative concepts into tangible solutions and implement them effectively within their organisations. Visitors will also have the option to schedule meetings with fellow delegates and event sponsors.

This event underscores the pivotal role of University Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) in facilitating collaborations between universities, researchers, and industry stakeholders. This collaborative showcase offers a unique opportunity for the industry to access pioneering technologies from these university research institutions all in one location.

Collaboration between scientists, industry and institutions can help us address future challenges and build the UK’s reputation as a Science Superpower.

Event details

IP4U is structured over two days, with Sustainability the focus on 19th September and Future Health under the microscope on 20th September.

During each afternoon, dedicated sessions hosted by the TTO teams will delve into and clarify various avenues for industry collaboration with universities. These sessions will cover topics such as technology licensing, partnerships, consultancy, as well as investment and support for the expansion of startups and spinouts.

In the mornings of both days, prominent leaders from Cambridge Enterprise, Imperial Enterprise, Oxford University Innovation, and UCL Business Ltd., representing the Technology Transfer Offices of these universities, will engage in discussions regarding the role of technology transfer in advancing broader societal goals.

The sessions will be chaired by prominent figures in the field, with Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research & Innovation bringing her insights and experience gained through many years in Parliament to the discussion on the 19th of September, and AstraZeneca’s Director of Transactions, Sally Mardikian – a former TTO exec herself – chairing the panel on the 20th of September.

Dr Simon Hepworth, Director, Imperial Enterprise, said: “The IP4U University Tech fair is the result of close collaboration between four of the UK’s leading universities, and I’m delighted that Imperial is playing host to what I hope is the first of many such events. This is an exciting opportunity for us to support our academics and showcase their technology innovations that could shape the future of industries, deliver improved treatments to patients, or open up whole new ways of working. All of that is made even better by doing it in partnership with top UK universities with a strong record of delivering real world impact from science.”

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