Winning the Challenge
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.
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.
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.
award will complement other recent awards won from the DTI’s Knowledge
Exploitation programme, including University Challenge and the Higher Education
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”.
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
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
Southern Derbyshire Acute
Hospitals NHS Trust
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
information about the national network of bioscience IP platforms created by the
DTI’s BEP Challenge may be found at www.biotecplatform.gov.uk.
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