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The KTC works to increase the wider use and positive impact of the University's research activities. KTC staff have a deep understanding of the expertise and knowledge generation within the University, and develop networks and contacts externally with business.

The KTC works to increase the wider use and positive impact of the University's research activities. KTC staff have a deep understanding of the expertise and knowledge generation within the University, and develop networks and contacts externally with business.

News

Four finalists in Converge Challenge 2017

Four entrants from the University of St Andrews have made it into the final of Converge Challenge 2017. As last year’s KickStart winner, David Harris-Birtill went straight through with Beyond Medics. He is joined in the final by Jos Finer, Christopher Brown and enterprising undergraduate student Ulviyya Rustamova.

Christopher Brown ParaFormance Postdoctoral research fellow, School of Computer Science
David Harris-Birtill Beyond Medics Lecturer, School of Computer Science
Jos Finer SUMAC Head of organisational and staff development
Ulviyya Rustamova Lia  Undergraduate student, School of Computer Science

For more information about Converge Challenge and our 2016 success see our enterprise competitions and funding page

 

The KTC has been shortlisted for KEC team of the year in The Impact Awards 2017

The Impact Awards have been recognising the achievements of KE (knowledge exchange) professionals in the higher education sector since 2009.

The KEC team of the year award ‘recognises teams who have excelled in delivering value, building relationships and/or overcome challenges.’‌

As one of the smallest KEC teams in the UK university sector, we are delighted to receive the recognition of our peers in Praxis Unico, the leading industry body for UK KE professionals. The panel recognised the KTC’s success in "delivering significant impact with outstanding service."

KTC Director, Ewan Chirnside, said: "It’s great to be seen by our peers as not merely proficient, but striving for excellence, and a pleasure to work with my colleagues in the KTC. The hard-working St Andrew KEC team deserves this recognition as an exemplar of the numerous small, skilled, professional TTOs that deliver significant impact but always do so in the shadow of comparisons to substantially larger operations."

The winners will be chosen from the 3 selected finalists and announced at a ceremony at the Praxis Unico conference in Sheffield on 15 June.

Patient IP

KTC Director, Dr Ewan Chirnside, features in the latest Spinouts UK quarterly journal: 

“We have ‘pivoted’ our business approach to enterprise, spinouts and start-ups – we now support a strategy of ‘patient IP’ (akin to patient capital), and establish and support soft start businesses around opportunities within the university to test the commercial viability and/or develop technology which we are looking to exploit”

Read the full article on Spinouts UK

The long history of university-business collaboration

photo of sixteenth and seventeenth century books on a MacBook

The KTC's Business Innovation Manager, Dr Sophie Mullins, guest blogging for Interface.

From the printing press in fifteenth century Paris, to Silicon Valley and beyond.

If you're thinking of working with a university or want to learn about the history of university-business collaboration then this blog is for you.

Navigating university KE for businesses infographic (PDF, 69 KB).

Discovery Prize winners

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Gillespie's Infection Group who were awarded the Discovery Prize for their contribution to the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Orbital Diagnostic's SLIC device tests bacteria for resistance to antibiotics, helping patients get an effective treatment and preventing the exposure of bacteria to antibiotics unnecessarily. The prize will help the team continue to develop a point-of-care device to challenge for the prestigious Longitude Prize. 

The press release can be viewed here

Highlights from 2015-2016

Prize-winning university spin-out companies

  • Ripptide won the Innovation Award at the 2015 Scottish Life Science Awards (held in 2016)
  • Xelect won the 2016 Fife Business Award for “Most Enterprising Company”
  • MOFgen won the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies competition
  • Beyond Medics won the 2016 Converge Challenge Kickstart competition

Four new companies

  • Beyond Medics – remote sensing of key clinical signs
  • Ripptide – development of novel cyclic peptides
  • Pneumagen – development of antiviral and antibacterial therapies
  • St Andrews Lean Consulting – provision of efficiency & process improvement advice

Crowdfunding and investment

Following Ambicare Health’s successful 2015 crowdfunding of £530k, in 2016 Xelect Ltd raised expansion funding from the St Andrews-based EOS angel network and Genuswave from its private backers. RipptideMOFgen & Pneumagen also pitched for investment in 2016 and two of these companies are on track to receive investment funding in AY 2016-17.

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Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Report AY 2015-2016 (PDF, 101 KB)