Two New KTPs
Pragmatic Printing, based at Netpark in Sedgefield, develops printed electronic circuits that introduce intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of products. The KTP with our Physics department will develop a detailed understanding of metal oxide semiconductors and accelerate opportunities in security, branding, identification protection and novelty products.
Northumbrian Water has been working with our Earth Sciences department to undertake a feasibility study about using a problematic waste material created in floodwater in old mine workings to remove problem minerals during wastewater treatment. The KTP will build on these findings and develop a practical process that can be demonstrated at large scale.
Durham Business and Innovation Service
Durham's 'Business & Innovation Services' encompasses four teams of professionals whose main interests lie in business engagement, the commercialisation of research, consultancy and analytical services.
DBIS is responsible for the facilitation of several projects including knowledge transfer partnerships and secondments, business partnerships with industry, Durham's Enterprise Incubator and the regional blueprint business planning competition.
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Businesses and Universities must collaborate, say experts
(3 April 2012)
An event in Durham last week has united representatives from business and academia, in a bid to foster collaboration to drive UK innovation and growth.
Traditionally there has been a disconnect between universities and the needs of the business community, but in the past decade both have realised the benefits of working together to benefit the economy as a whole.
At the ‘Meet the North East Universities - Commercialising University IP and Services’ event, organised by the Electronics Technology Network, speakers discussed the opportunities and challenges facing both parties, as well as the benefits of collaborative working methods.
The event was held at Durham University's Calman Learning Centre, and Dr Tim Hammond, director of Business and Innovation Services believes that the event signals a shift towards a joined up way of working.
Dr Hammond said: “I think it gives us a great opportunity to bring people together to get the dialogue going between industry and universities.
“There is significant potential to improve idea transfer from the university and also to take business needs and use them to support real commercial needs.”
One of the speakers, Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek Ltd focussed on the importance of the innovation cycle, and the part that Universities can play in creating knowledge which can eventually be commercialised into wealth generating ideas.