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Durham Business & Innovation Services

Research Commercialisation - About us

The Research Commercialisation team is part of Durham's 'Business & Innovation Services' (DBIS), comprising expertise in Intellectual property, licensing and spinouts, and a broad experience of working with internal and external clients.

Sharing our Knowledge

Through BIS, The Research Commercialisation team has drawn upon a broad range of industrial, investor and business contacts to take business ideas forward and acts as the key point of contact for businesses to engage with the World Class research outputs of the Durham University. We proactively protect IPR generated by research and currently have interests in over 70 discrete patent families. Healthcare and Life Sciences represent a significant proportion of our portfolio. Projects are taken forward as spin out companies, licensing deals or industrial collaborations.

The Research Commercialisation team supports both main threads of the above strategy, namely research and education as well as the subsiduary theme of regional economic support.

Areas of Support Provided

The team assists in the exploitation of University research outputs and University staff/students IP.  We assist staff/students with preparation of business plans; advise other sectors of the University on IPR related issues; where appropriate, assist in establishment of spin out companies; negotiate licenses of University patents, software etc, to external customers; and maintain links with regional/national commercial exploitation 'players'.

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