Partnering with Business
What our partners say:
During a 2012 session in the US Congress, Jeff Weedman (Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Vice President) singled out Durham University and the Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) as a global leader in multidisciplinary research.
He identifed Durham as the exemplar for industrial engagement and praised the 'Fascinating' approach taken by the Durham Biophysical Sciences Institute. The presentation can be seen via C-SPAN (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/304528-3 relevant section at 37-45 minutes).
What is Involved
The Biophysical Sciences Institute is actively involved with industry. From CASE studentships to collaborative research, consultancy, and contract research services, both the Biophysical Sciences Institute and our industrial partners gain from our collaborative approach. The case studies below highlight the range of industrial partnerships.
Case Study 1: Working together
A large, multinational company were put in contact with members of the BSI by the Durham University Business Innovation Service. The company were interested in gaining insight into new ways of measuring the effectiveness of their products. The BSI was able to offer a range of approaches to the company by drawing upon the expertise of academics from Psychology, Physics and Biology disciplines. These approaches are now under development through a number of PhD studentships part funded by EPSRC.
Case Study 2: Contract services
Through the Durham University Analytical Services, a small regional company specialising in synthesis gained access to specialist equipment, that would have otherwise been unavailable. For a fee the company were provided with analysis and the expertise needed to make the most of the data collected.
Case Study 3: Consultancy
A regional pharmaceutical outsourcing company approached members of the BSI directly, hoping to draw on their expertise in modelling cellular systems. The BSI members were able to provide a consultancy service to the company; performing contract research and advising through a series of meetings.
The BSI was created in response to the ever-increasing need to carry out research that crosses the boundaries between the physical and life sciences. We have developed several effective formats for instigating research with industry from short round-table 'mapping-meetings' to focused workshops.
BSI-Business Seedcorn Funds (IAA)
BSI IAA Seedcorn funds will be used to fund collaborations between Companies and Academics that build on Durham University’s strong knowledge base.