Prof Bryan Hanley and Mrs Jan Stringer of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) spoke to over 30 UEA faculty about InnovateUK Funding Streams and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at a Workshop held on Tuesday the 18th July 2017 at The Enterprise Centre, UEA.
The KTN is a network partner of InnovateUK and helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people's lives. It links ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through its network of businesses, universities, founders and investors.
The KTN talks were supplemented by Dr Karen Smith providing an 'academic's perspective' in relation to the successful 'Linspeed' project UEA is a partner in utilising a new approach for improving properties of natural fibres as biodegradable and a green source of materials in vehicles and other applications developed by Dr G. Richard Stephenson, Reader in the School of Chemistry.
Mr Geoff Foulds of NetComposites Ltd, a member company of the consortium, gave the 'industrial perspective'. It was apparent how beneficial such academic-industry collaborations are to all parties and and how they provide a mechanism to ensure that university research has real world impact.
The Workshop was facilitated by Dr Debi Bhattacharya (School of Pharmacy) and Dr Karen Smith (Research Innovation Division).