Collaborate to Innovate

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M13 9NQ

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Collaborate to Innovate, hosted by the University of Manchester, will showcase the benefits of academic-industry collaboration in furthering biomedical research, providing an informed insight into potential funding streams and highlighting opportunities to fulfil your innovation potential.

The event is now fully booked, but if you would like to be added onto a waiting list, please contact Kate Meade (

The schedule will include:

  • Key funding representatives from SBRI, Innovate UK, KTN, and ERDF will provide detail and guidance on current and forthcoming funding opportunities.

  • University of Manchester collaborative funding opportunities arising from internally managed funding schemes (devolved from the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and Wellcome Trust).

  • Case studies to provide in-depth and first-hand experiences on the mutual benefits of collaborative research from both academic and industry perspectives.

  • The research and innovation network, particularly in the greater Manchester area, will be highlighted through speakers from Manchester Science Partnerships, Bionow, Health Innovation Manchester and the Catapults.

  • One-to-one sessions with the speakers.

  • Facilitated networking - to maximise the potential for making connections, a live attendee list will be maintained in the run up to the event, providing a means for the Business Engagement team to connect interested parties with one another.

Preliminary Schedule:

8.30 – 8.50 - Registration with tea and coffee


Innovate UK collaborative funding routes - Chair: Karen Livingstone, National Director of SBRI Healthcare

8.50 – 9.00 - Welcome address

Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester

9.00 – 9.20 - Keynote speaker

Michael Kipping, Innovation Lead, Biomedical Catalyst, Innovate UK

9.20 – 9.30 - Innovate UK – collaborative funding opportunities

Matt Chapman, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Health Knowledge Transfer Network

9.30 – 9.40 - Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – bringing mutual benefits to academic and industry sectors

Fiona Nightingale, KT Advisor for Manchester

9.40 - 9.55 - Case Study – Crawford Healthcare and Professor Andrew McBain

Helen Thomason, Acelity and Andrew McBain, Professor of Microbiology, University of Manchester

9.55 – 10.15 - Panel session – Q & A

---------------Tea/coffee break and networking--------------------

Research and Innovation Network - Chair: TBC

10.35 – 10.55 - Manchester Science Partnerships

Thomas Renn, Managing Director, MSP

10.55 – 11.10 - Bionow

Stella James, Head of Business Development and Engagement

11.10 - 11.25 - Medicines Discovery Catapult

Sally Price, Head of Cell and Translational Science

11.25 – 11.40 - Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Lee Dunham, Business Development and Transactions Executive

11.40 – 11.55 - Health Innovation Manchester

Arjun Sikand, Commercial Partnerships

--------12.00 – 13.00 - Lunch and networking-----------

Collaborative Funding Opportunities - Chair: TBC

13.00 – 13.20 - Keynote: The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) – An overview of the SBRI programme, success over the past 9 years and future direction, and an introduction to the innovation exchange

Karen Livingstone, SBRI Healthcare Lead Director

13.20 – 13.35 - Case study: SBRI-funded project

Dr Emma Stanmore, Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Science, University of Manchester

13.35 – 13.45 - European Regional Development Fund

Daniel Zamora – ERDF Commercial Programme Manager

13.45 – 13.55 - Overview of UoM internal funding schemes to support collaborative research – Covering BBSRC IAA, EPSRC IAA, MRC P2D and MRC CiC.

Dr Kate Meade – Business Engagement Officer, University of Manchester

13.55 – 14.10 - Case study: MRC P2D relationship incubator

Dr Jordi Bella, University of Manchester and Laura Goldie, Biogelx

14.10 – 14.30 - Panel Session

14.30 – 15.30 - Networking

One-to-one sessions with speakers

Stands include: Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF), Molecular Pathology Innovation Centre (MMPathIC), MFT Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator (DiTA), Henry Royce Institute,TRUSTECH, MIMIT, MSP

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