University of Leicester eBulletin

Winning the Challenge

July 2002
No 151

The University of Leicester is the lead partner in a consortium (EM-Path) which has won a prestigious award from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Biotechnology Exploitation Platform (BEP) Challenge, to help consortium partners commercialise their bioscience research.

The award of £370,000 will fund a four-year programme, creating two new business development posts, one of which will be based at the University of Leicester and the other at the University of Nottingham. These two new business development employees will work with academic researchers and clinicians to identify and develop ideas with commercial potential in the biotechnology field.

The programme will enable University and NHS partners to work more closely on jointly-owned intellectual property, and will help to identify common projects with commercial potential.

This award will complement other recent awards won from the DTI’s Knowledge Exploitation programme, including University Challenge and the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Dr David Ward, Director of Research and Business Development at the University of Leicester said: “We are delighted with the BEP award - it provides a timely initiative to help colleagues harvest the potential of their research in the manner which it deserves, and to build collaborative approaches with peer institutions to exploit new and emerging technologies”.

The BEP Challenge is a competition run by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to facilitate the capture, protection and exploitation of intellectual property arising from publicly funded bioscience research in universities, NHS Trusts and other research organisations, charities, trade associations and other organisations concerned in the management of bioscience intellectual property rights.

The University of Leicester’s partners in their successful EM-Path bid are:

·         University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

·         University of Nottingham

·         Nottingham City Hospital

·         Queen’s Medical Centre (Nottingham)

·         Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from Dr Clare O’Neill, Research and Commercial Contracts Manager, Research and Business Development Office, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3333, facsimile 0116 252 2028, email

Further information about the national network of bioscience IP platforms created by the DTI’s BEP Challenge may be found at

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