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June 2017: Publication of the IP Pragmatics’ Microbiome White Paper

The microbiome is one of the most active, exciting research areas in biotechnology and a source of enormous commercial potential. With a number of high-profile, human microbiome-based therapeutics in clinical trials, the first crop of microbiome drugs could launch as early by 2018. IP Pragmatics has a wide range of experience across the biotech sector, and we felt that a comprehensive analysis of the market developments and intellectual property landscape would be a timely addition to this promising field.

The Human Health and Wellbeing sector is by far the largest in the microbiome industry. There is also an increasing amount of interest in animal, plant and soil microbiomes. Large industry players have not overlooked these opportunities, with many investing and partnering heavily in this area, across the various sectors.

The following article provides a more detailed overview of the white paper.

The full white paper can be downloaded here.

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May 2017: Meet Us at PraxisUnico in Sheffield

IP Pragmatics will be exhibiting at the PraxisUnico 2017 Conference from 14th to 16th June at Sheffield Hallam University.

Session highlights at this year’s conference include a review of the Lambert 2 Toolkit, the role of research intensive organisations that work alongside universities to drive innovation, and insight into the strategic partnership between Croda and the University of York.

The conference will also offer a training taster session for one of the upcoming PraxisUnico courses: "An Introduction to Managing Consultancy in a University or Research Institute".

We look forward to meeting all those attending the conference in Sheffield.

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May 2017: Meet us at the AUTM Canadian Meeting in Montreal

Following the AUTM Annual Meeting in Florida earlier in the year, IP Pragmatics will be attending the AUTM 2017 Canadian Meeting in Montreal on 25-27 June. The meeting is an opportunity to learn about the country’s approach to technology transfer and share our experiences of UK, Australia and New Zealand practices in the area.

We look forward to meeting existing and new contacts and expanding our networks in Canada. If you would like to set up a meeting during the conference, please email Bansi Pattni.

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May 2017: Meet us at BioDundee

IP Pragmatics will be exhibiting at the 17th BioDundee International Conference in Dundee on the 23rd and 24th May.

The conference brings together key people and organisations involved in Life Sciences, Healthcare and associated sectors across Scotland and beyond. The title of the 2017 conference is 'One Health – The Solution?' focussing on current issues, advances and challenges, both within the UK and worldwide. Session Topics will include: Global Challenges; Health Impacts; Internationalisation; Finance & Regulations and a Business Innovation pitching competition.

These topics sit well with IP Pragmatics’ core areas of expertise, where we work with a large number of public sector research establishments and universities to create value through the commercialisation of intellectual property. We welcome the opportunity to catch up with up with current clients and meet new ones.

Drop by our stand or email Amy Lam to schedule a meeting.

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April 2017: Strengths of different models for technology transfer support

Through our policy and strategy work, IP Pragmatics has gained an in-depth insight into the different ways that universities in the UK and abroad structure the support that they provide for technology transfer activities, and how they are aligned with the wider knowledge exchange and impact agenda. Through a combination of desk research and direct interviews with key practitioners, we have examined the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches in a new white paper entitled “Technology Transfer Support: An assessment of the models used in UK universities”.

Many UK universities use internal departments, staffed by university employees, to provide their technology transfer activities. One of the main benefits of an internal department is the potential to offer a more joined-up approach to ensure that the technology transfer functions are supporting the university’s wider Impact agenda, along with closer integration with the academics. However, university constraints can lead to slower, more bureaucratic processes, and some avoidance of risk.

In order to support a separate commercial technology transfer business, it is necessary to have a consistently high level of research outputs to produce a reliable income stream. A separate company gives a commercial face to external businesses, and can give greater flexibility when attracting high calibre staff, but must be carefully managed to ensure alignment with the university. Between these two extremes, universities today are using other blended models to bolster their capabilities with judicious use of collaboration and outsourcing of specialised functions.

There is no single right or wrong way to support technology transfer. Flexibility is needed to allow individual universities to pick, choose and modify the approaches that suit them, and to set their own priorities in terms of outcomes and impact that fit with their particular research structure and local environment.

For more information, please contact Elaine Eggington. The full white paper can be accessed through the following link: Technology Transfer Support: An assessment of the models used in UK universities

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March 2017: We are recruiting

There is a new position available at the IP Pragmatics office in London. We are seeking an IP administration and customer services manager to join our dynamic, fast-growing, renewals service team.

It is an excellent opportunity for a person with a good handle on intellectual property (IP) either through previous IP administration or formalities experience or an IP qualification, that is keen to be actively involved in a team that is expanding its client base and transforming systems and processes.

Further details on the opportunity can be found via the following link:

IP Admin and Customer Service Manager

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February 2017: Meet us at the AUTM Conference

IP Pragmatics will once again be exhibiting at the AUTM Conference which will be held on 12-15 March in Hollywood, Florida. This year we will be joined by IPRIS AG, our partner for IPR renewals.

AUTM is the Association of University Technology Managers and is dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy.

IP Pragmatics works with a large number of public sector research establishments and universities in around the world to create value through technology transfer and the commercialisation of intellectual property.

We welcome the opportunity to catch up with up with current clients and meet new ones.

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January 2017: Survey of induced pluripotent stem cell line use in research

IP Pragmatics is carrying out a survey on behalf of The European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) into the use of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines in research to improve products and services offered. EBiSC is a centralised, not-for-profit, iPSC bank providing academic and industry researchers worldwide with access to scalable, cost-efficient and consistent, high quality tools for new medicines development and disease modelling. If you work with iPSCs, or know of others who work with iPSCs, and can spare a few minutes of your time, you can access the survey here. Respondents can also enter a prize draw to win a free cell line of your choice from the EBiSC catalogue.

If you would like to know more about EBiSC and its current iPSC catalogue, please visit:

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January 2017: IP Pragmatics sponsors Innovative Collaboration award at Scotland’s Life Sciences Dinner and Annual Awards

This year’s Life Sciences Dinner and Annual Awards will be held on 2nd February at the Natural Museum of Scotland. The awards recognise the leading organisations and people in the Scottish life sciences sector and celebrate outstanding business achievements, cutting-edge technologies and international success.

IP Pragmatics is delighted to be sponsoring the award for Innovative Collaboration for which the finalists are:

  • Emblation & Covidien
  • Discovery Partnership with Academia (DPAc), University of Edinburgh & GSK
  • Lamellar Biomedical Ltd & The Beatson
  • University of Edinburgh & Janssen (& Sunergos Innovation)

In addition to the Innovation Collaboration, there are six other award categories including Community Engagement, Entrepreneurial Business Leader and Investment of the Year.

Our CEO, Rupert Osborn, and Head of our Scottish office, Amy Lam, look forward to meeting the shortlisted companies and all those attending the dinner.

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January 2017: Client-driven improvements to the IPRIS Web Portal

A recent client survey was conducted into the IP renewals service and web portal provided by the partnership of IPRIS and IP Pragmatics. The survey resulted in a number of insightful suggestions from our clients for new features and improved functionality for the IPRIS web portal.

Alongside the IPRIS team, we have been acting on this valuable feedback to implement a range of updates to the IPRIS portal. The first round of these changes will be going live this month with the second round due to be rolled out in February.

The new functionality will enable clients to upload data directly via the portal and gives them greater control over automatic renewals and cost forecasting. IP Pragmatics’ Director of Services, Ronnie Georghiou, says that “both teams are excited about the changes and are looking forward to seeing how they benefit new and existing IPRIS clients”.

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November 2016: IP Pragmatics appoints South African Representative

We are pleased to welcome Lara Spence, the newest member of our team. Based in Cape Town, Lara will be the South African representative and will be expanding our consulting and IPRIS renewals to universities, research institutes, SMEs and IP firms in the country.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biochemistry from Rhodes University in South Africa and a Masters degree in the Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary University in London.

She has over eight years’ experience of commercialisation in the life sciences and reagents market; specializing in the fields of molecular biology, medical science, R&D and veterinary science. Lara’s background and experience will be a valuable addition to IP Pragmatics as well as IPRIS.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lara to the team, with her industry experience and IP expertise, and look forward to extend our offering of commercialisation consultancy and IPRIS services to new clients in South Africa” said Ronnie Georghiou, Executive Director, Services at IP Pragmatics.

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November 2016: KTI extends their suite of model agreements with support from IP Pragmatics

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) has developed a series of Model Agreements and Guides to facilitate interactions between industry and the research base in Ireland. Following on from our previous work on collaborative research agreements, IP Pragmatics has now helped to develop a model Joint Ownership and Management Agreement (JOMA) and associated Practical Guide, which can be used to handle any intellectual

In general, the National IP Protocol in Ireland recommends that joint ownership is best avoided as it involves complex management arrangements. However, in some limited situations, where there has been an inventive contribution from both parties, and there is a sound reason why none of the alternative access routes is suitable, and there is a clear economic and societal benefit to Ireland, then joint ownership may be agreed. The rules surrounding joint ownership are complicated, and vary significantly from country to country, and so a suitable JOMA is required to control how this jointly-owned IP is managed, paid for, and exploited, as well as to agree any benefit sharing arrangements.

The model agreement and associated practical guide have been developed with advice from an Expert Group of industry and academic representatives. They are available now for download from the KTI website at and respectively.

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November 2016 – HEFCE introduces a tool to support KE benchmarking

Following last month's news item on knowledge exchange (KE) benchmarking, a new tool has been released by HEFCE as part of a comprehensive package of support to keep English university KE operating at a world class standard.

They have set up a knowledge exchange framework portal ( which builds on the recent reports written by Research Consulting and IP Pragmatics, and brings together communities of practice and their good practice materials. Further resources and links will be added to this portal as the KE framework develops.

These resources include an excel spreadsheet which allows higher education institutions to benchmark their KE performance against their peers. The tool is a pivot table containing selected financial indicators derived from the HE-BCI survey, along with some key normalisation figures. This allows a university to select a relevant cluster of similar organisations (based on similar mission, or geography, or similar research intensity, or to select a custom group), and compare their performance with the rest of the group. This can be adjusted to account for the underlying capacity of the organisations (by expressing the result by number of academic staff). A range of indicators are included, to allow a range of KE measures to be compared. HEIs are also encouraged to use a variety of techniques including both quantitative and qualitative approaches towards benchmarking to improve their operational performance and set strategic goals.

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October 2016: How do you evaluate your KE performance?

Knowledge Exchange (KE) covers a wide range of different types of activities between universities and external businesses, charities and other organisations to deliver societal and economic benefits. HEFCE has been tasked by the government to develop a KE Framework for universities to assess performance and identify examples of good practice in KE. As part of this work, IP Pragmatics was appointed to look at tools for benchmarking within the KE framework, and carry out a small scale expert study to test key areas in development of a set of benchmarking indicators and a benchmarking tool for knowledge exchange within higher education institutions.

We have identified a number of challenges facing useful KE benchmarking, not least in identifying the right comparator group that share similar underlying characteristics such as size, research mix and location, and can be used to provide realistic but challenging targets for improvement.

Current approaches, for example using the HE-BCI survey, often use a straightforward ranking approach. However, we found that it was more helpful to normalise the data through various methods such as accounting for the number of academics or the level of research in a particular university. We have proposed a handful of benchmarking indicators for further investigation which might be feasible, workable and useful to the higher education KE community, and which together cover several different aspects of KE activity. In particular, we looked at what could be achieved without putting additional data collection burdens on the HEI community.

The full report of our study can be downloaded here.

If you would like any further information on the report please contact Elaine Eggington.

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October 2016: Scott McKellar joins the team

IP Pragmatics has appointed a new Technology Transfer Consultant, Scott McKellar.

Prior to joining IP Pragmatics, Scott was an academic researcher in the field of materials science at the University of Edinburgh. Scott also has worked in the pharmaceutical and speciality chemical industries as part of his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.

Amy Lam, Head of IP Pragmatics in Scotland, said: “As we approach the first year anniversary of opening our base in Scotland, we welcome Scott to IP Pragmatics, and in particular to our Edinburgh office. Scott’s background and experience in Chemistry and Materials Science will be an invaluable addition for the team, and I look forward to introducing Scott to our clients based locally in Scotland and beyond.”

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October 2016: Meet us at an event in October

We look forward to meeting you at the following events this month:

In addition to the conferences listed, our CEO, Rupert Osborn, will be on the panel of speakers for a session at the PHE Symposium on TB. The session is titled “Overcoming commercial challenges in diagnostics” and will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 19 October 2016.

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September 2016: PraxisUnico blog post on proof of concept funding report

IP Pragmatics’ CEO, Rupert Osborn, has written an article for the PraxisUnico blog on the PoC funding report that was commissioned by Innovate UK in 2015.

The article highlights key findings and insights from the PoC funding report including the potential benefits of consolidating the funding into fewer schemes and the difference in the PoC landscape between universities and SMEs.

The full article can be found here: here

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August 2016: IPRIS expands IPR renewals services to Korea

London, United Kingdom, 31-Aug-2016

The IP Pragmatics Ltd and IPRIS AG partnership is pleased to announce the expansion of IPRIS into South Korea through the appointment of Minjoon Kim as the official IPRIS sales representative for this territory.

IPRIS AG is an intellectual property management company which provides renewals services for patents, trademarks and design rights as well as PCT nationalisation and European validation services. A joint venture was formed between IP Pragmatics and IPRIS in 2005 in order to expand IPRIS’ portfolio of services in the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand and build on their existing global client base.

Minjoon Kim is an experienced business consultant with a track record of working with innovative multinationals and SMEs to exploit their tangible and intangible assets. As a diligent, business development expert who has worked in the US and Korea, Minjoon Kim understands the importance of high-quality business development and customer service.

“We are confident that together with Mr Minjoon Kim, we can offer a high-quality, competitive renewals service and excellent customer support to new Clients in South Korea. This builds on our experience of a successful and ongoing IPRIS venture into Australia and New Zealand since 2010” said Ronnie Georghiou, Executive Director, Services at IP Pragmatics.

If you are based in Korea and would like more information on global patent renewals, European patent validation or any other IPRIS services, please email

Notes for editors:
About IPRIS AG (
Established in Basel, Switzerland in 2004, IPRIS AG is a global services provider of IPR renewals, PCT nationalisation and European validation services to companies, organisations and IP law firms.

Through a decade-long marketing partnership with IP Pragmatics Limited, IPRIS is able to offer centralised, complete control of its clients’ patent, design and trademark renewals with unrivalled service quality and expertise.

About IP Pragmatics (
Established in London in 2000, IP Pragmatics is a UK-headquartered management consultancy specialising in intellectual property and technology with offices in London, Edinburgh and Sydney.

The IP Pragmatics team has in-depth technical, commercial and intellectual property knowledge and experience. They work with a wide range of different organisations from public sector organisations and universities through to SMEs and large multinational companies both in the UK and internationally.

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July 2016: One Health Day at the University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow held their inaugural One Health Day Conference on 28th June 2016. The conference brought together industrial, academic, government and non-governmental organisations and was designed to promote discussion, debate and networking around One Health and provide a platform for awareness raising of current research as well as look at potential future opportunities for collaboration.

The conference encouraged different organisations to think about One Health and Scotland’s research and industry strengths at a local, national and international level.

Dr. Mike Salter, AB AGRI, offered an industry perspective and highlighted the main challenges for agriculture are sustainability, animal welfare and profitability. He also highlighted that the gap between academia and industry needs to be addressed by industry identifying and explaining what it wants. On a parallel note, Prof. Dominic Mellor from HPS & EPIC UK Antimicrobial Strategy pointed out how One Health has been driven by veterinary medicine and both academia and industry need to identify how to cross the divide between veterinary and human medicine.

A final take-away from the conference was that One Health interventions are often seen to need high tech solutions when in fact, there may be a simple solution of delivery through local communities, underscoring the importance of co-operation between the social sciences and applied sciences.

If you are interested in speaking to us about our involvement in the One Health space, please contact Amy Lam.

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June 2016: Publication of IP Pragmatics’ Gene Editing White Paper

Following our newsletter on patent landscaping for the gene editing industry, we have published our full white paper titled “Gene Editing Technology: Market Assessment and Intellectual Property Landscape”.

IP Pragmatics has decided to focus its first white paper on the gene editing industry which has been a popular topic since the invention of the latest gene editing technology, CRISPR. The technology has caught the imagination of the public with the widely broadcasted possibilities of its application in curing fatal diseases, eliminating the threat of diseases transmitted from animals and insects, and even the science fiction notion of ‘designer babies’. The new technology is more versatile, faster and more effective than its predecessors and has sparked a rapid growth in research and development in the gene editing industry.

This white paper aims to give an overview of the gene editing industry through a combination of market research and patent landscaping which looks at current and future applications of gene editing in the industry sectors in which IP Pragmatics have their expertise: Life Science Research, Animal Health, Agricultural Biotech and Human Health. The paper also incorporates details of the key organisations, factors affecting the market, licensing and collaborations. The four main gene editing technologies have been compared in each of these instances in order to assess the impact of CRISPR on the older technologies.

The white paper can be accessed through the following link Gene Editing Technology: Market Assessment and Intellectual Property Landscape

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June 2016: Meet us at the KCA Conference in Brisbane

IP Pragmatics will be attending the 2016 Annual KCA Conference in Brisbane on 1-2 September and is pleased to be sponsoring the conference session “Not all Companies are Created Equal”. Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) is the peak body for organisations and individuals associated with knowledge commercialisation and exchange between public sector research organisations and business and government entities.

This year's conference will have an “Innovation is a state of mind” theme, and will focus on shaping thinking around commercialisation, entrepreneurship and industry engagement. As a regular attendee of KCA events and as an Associate Member, IP Pragmatics looks forward to a lively debate and lots of networking with colleagues.

If you would like to set up a meeting at the conference, please email Rupert.

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June 2016: Review of UK proof of concept support report published

Innovate UK has recently published our review of the UK proof of concept support landscape.

The report was commissioned by Innovate UK in 2015 to understand the proof of concept landscape in the UK and how different organisations view and access funding for proof of concept developments. A number of our findings and recommendations mirror comments made by Anne Dowling in July 2015 following the publication of her report into work between universities and businesses.

A copy of the report is available here:

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May 2016: Meet us at BIO 2016

Sophie Brayne, Amy Lam and Louise Sarup will be attending the BIO international convention in San Francisco on June 6-9. They will be meeting with current and prospective clients to update them on ongoing projects, discuss new projects and explore new opportunities to support them.

IP Pragmatics are currently working with SMEs, multinationals and universities in Ireland, UK, Australia to identify collaborations, licensing and supply opportunities for technologies that include stem cell therapy, upstream processes in mammalian cell line bio-manufacturing, polymorphs in pharma-manufacturing and platforms for drug discovery.

If you would be interested in meeting with them to discuss any of these areas or just to explore how IP Pragmatics could assist your company please email Sophie, Amy or Louise directly.

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May 2016: Meet us at PraxisUnico

IP Pragmatics will once again be exhibiting at the PraxisUnico Conference from 15-17 June in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The conference is a principle vehicle for commercialisation professionals to meet and exchange views. The range of sessions this year focus on developing, promoting and connecting in the field of knowledge exchange.

IP Pragmatics’ Rupert Osborn will be facilitating a session on topical issues at 4.45 pm on 16 June along with Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise at Imperial College London and Paul Findlay, Director of Business Development at University of Hertfordshire.

There are plenty of other exciting items on the programme and we look forward to seeing the PraxisUnico regulars there, as well as meeting the new delegates.

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April 2016: We are recruiting

There is a new position available at the IP Pragmatics office in Edinburgh. We are seeking a technology analyst / junior technology transfer consultant with a technical background in a life science discipline and experience in gathering market / technical information or intellectual property analytics. Knowledge of early stage technology transfer (patenting, licensing, government funded research) would be desired but is not an absolute requirement.

Further details on the opportunity can be found via the following link:
Technology Analyst (Edinburgh-based)

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April 2016: IP Pragmatics client publishes Pfizer collaboration case study

Stratophase has developed ground breaking micro-optical sensing technology to enable automated, real-time monitoring and control of metabolic rate in bioprocesses, for significant improvements in process development timescales. This technology has been incorporated into their Ranger™ system which helps biotech companies achieve significant savings in process development times by optimizing cell feeding strategies.

They have recently published a case study of their collaboration with the Bioprocess R&D group at Pfizer Chesterfield MO. The case study details the application of their proprietary Ranger system for Automated Closed Loop Feeding Control to a CHO cell culture.

IP Pragmatics are supporting Stratophase with market research support in the UK, Europe and USA to evaluate the commercialisation of their proposed Support and Technology Access service to enhance upstream bioprocess development activities in the sector. For further information on the technology and opportunities, please contact Ronnie Georghiou.

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April 2016: IP Pragmatics develops series of model collaborative research agreements for Ireland

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), the national office with responsibility for the knowledge transfer system in Ireland, has launched its latest resource on 4 April 2016. Freely available on the Knowledge Transfer Ireland website the KTI Model Collaborative Research Agreements and associated KTI Practical Guide to Collaborative Research Agreements are aimed at making the process of contracting between companies and publicly funded research organisations swifter and more efficient.

KTI appointed IP Pragmatics to lead the development of a series of Model Collaborative Research Agreements that can be used for contracting between industry and the research base:

  • Model Wholly Collaborative Research Agreement
  • Model Part Funded Collaborative Research Agreement
  • Model Non Binding Term Sheet for Collaborative Research
  • Practical Guide to Collaborative Research Agreements

Whilst their use is not mandated, they provide a useful starting point and in many cases (whether used “as is” or as a guide) should speed up the process of negotiation.

An expert contracts group was formed to consider the development of the agreements and guides. The group included people from industry and the HEIs who have experience in negotiating collaborative research agreements. The group’s input, experienced points of view and guidance was critical to ensuring that the guides and template agreements developed were fit for purpose.

For the project, we drew on recent learnings from extensive HEI-industry negotiations of collaborative agreements and international experience in developing template agreements in this area. We are familiar with the local research environment through previous work with KTI, companies and research organisations in Ireland and have been involved in recent reviews of industry-academia interactions, including the UK’s Lambert Agreements.

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April 2016: Meet us at BioDundee

IP Pragmatics will be attending the BioDundee 2016 conference on 24-25 May at the West Park Conference Centre in Dundee

This year's conference will focus on ‘Life Sciences & Healthcare: Enterprising Business and Research’. Speakers will present and discuss the big issues of the day and will showcase Scotland’s expertise in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors.

If you would like to set up a meeting at the conference, please email Amy Lam.

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March 2016: IP Pragmatics client to launch Pozible crowdfunding campaign

Australian company, Good Gut Group Pty Ltd, draws on the latest research revealing that a low FODMAP diet is a more appropriate treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers than the traditionally recommended gluten free diet. The research shows that FODMAPs are the undigested carbohydrates causing the bloating and pain normally associated with wheat.

Good Gut Group, launched their low FODMAP Better Belly™ Bread last year and following its success, they have developed a pasta which made from low FODMAP grain flours. Not all gluten free pasta is low in FODMAPs, because it might contain other fermentable carbohydrates or fibre additives. Good Gut Group’s pasta benefits from similar gluten levels to wheat products while keeping the FODMAP content very low. Unlike gluten-free pasta, the resulting pasta feels and tastes like wheat pasta.

Their Pozible crowdfunding campaign launches on 4 April 2016 and aims to raise funds for the commercial production of their low FODMAP pasta.

IP Pragmatics continues to support commercialisation efforts in Australia, the UK and further afield to make this patented breakthrough dough-based technology available in multiple market segments.

For partnering enquiries please contact Ronnie Georghiou.

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March 2016: IP Pragmatics supports The James Hutton Institute at the Houses of Parliament

IP Pragmatics supported scientists from The James Hutton Institute at the Houses of Parliament in London on 4 March 2016 to make the case and win parliamentarians’ support for the International Barley Hub (IBH).

The IBH would be a commercially-focused innovation centre based in Invergowrie, and would also serve as a training and development ground for barley research skills at an international level. Business economist, Jean Hamilton, said that an initial investment of £36m to build, equip and run the IBH, had been calculated to bring a return of upwards of £700m to the UK economy by 2030.

Discussions on the project are already ongoing with the Scottish Government and if the presentation to MPs at Westminster succeeds in gaining support for the initiative, the hub could be up and running by 2019.

IP Pragmatics’ Director, Claude Kaplan said “it was an excellent event at which the members of the Hub, including James Hutton and University of Dundee, plus the farming, plant breeding and Scotch Whisky industries made a compelling case to MPs on how this new Hub would help create jobs, generate enhanced revenue, support industry and tackle food security”. He added that “having been involved with this project from its initial creation in 2014, IP Pragmatics were extremely proud to be there to support its next stage of coming to fruition”.

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March 2016: Meet us at BioTrinity 2016 in London

IP Pragmatics will be attending the annual BioTrinity 2016 conference on 25-27 April in London.

BioTrinity provides a unique platform for R&D, global pharma and investor companies across the life sciences industry to achieve their business objectives; to secure funding, seek acquisition and in-licensing deals and grow their network.

We look forward to meeting all the exhibitors and attendees. If you are interested setting up a meeting at the conference, please email Ronnie Georghiou.

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February 2016: Knowledge Transfer Ireland AKTS 2014 Impact Report is published

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) commissioned IP Pragmatics to examine in depth some of the outcomes that were reported in their Annual Knowledge Transfer Survey (AKTS) 2014. This annual survey studies business engagement and commercialisation activity from Ireland’s State-funded Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). Our report gives a rich picture of two aspects of this engagement: the products and services, and the active spin-out companies which have resulted from this RPO research.

Of the 97 spin-out companies which are still active at least 3 years after they were founded, the majority (85%) are now trading and bringing in income. Between them, these companies employ more than 900 staff, and have raised over €245M in funding from a variety of sources. The two most active sectors are ICT and Health & Medical Technologies, which between them represent 62 (64%) of the active spin-outs.

We also looked at 30 products and services which came to the market during 2014, based on intellectual property from the RPOs. The majority of these were products, but four were services or included a service element. The companies which have licensed these technologies range from small start-ups to multinational corporations, with the majority (90%) based in Ireland. As with the active spin-outs results, ICT and Health & Medical Technologies are the most active sectors.

The report is illustrated with case studies of each type of impact, including Sonic Ladder, a music software company whose Riffstation guitar practice app has become so popular with musicians that the company has recently been bought by Fender, the iconic guitar maker. We also examined an electrospraying platform technology licensed to Avectas which has been further developed and incorporated into equipment and services launched in 2014. This technology enables the introduction of materials directly into living cells.

The full findings from this assignment have been published in the following report:

For more information about this study, please contact Elaine Eggington.

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February 2016: Scottish Enterprise One Health Review

Scottish Enterprise are undertaking a review of Scotland’s capabilities on the One Health area to gain a better understanding of the national and international opportunities and challenges.

One Health has been broadly defined as a concept for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals, plants and the environment.

IP Pragmatics is supporting a consortium of research institutes involved with this activity, led by the James Hutton Institute, and as part of the project, organised a workshop with 40 attendees from a range of key organisations. The objective of the workshop was to start to explore from parties interested in the One Health concept the capabilities within Scotland determine if there are opportunities for collaboration with industry.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Amy Lam.

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January 2016: Meet us at AUTM 2016

IP Pragmatics will be exhibiting at the AUTM 2016 annual meeting in San Diego from 14-17 February.

The conference will be attended by Ronnie Georghiou and Bansi Pattni. Highlights of the 2016 conference include a fireside chat featuring MIT Technology Licensing Office Director, Lita Nelsen, and a keynote speech by David Butler, the Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The Coca Cola Company.

Visit us at Booth 303 or email Bansi or Ronnie to schedule a meeting. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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January 2016: Knowledge Exchange Framework

In the 2014 Science and Innovation Strategy, the Government charged HEFCE with delivering a 'KE framework'. The aims of the framework are to ensure that public money for KE is used efficiently and effectively, and to further the continuous improvement agenda within universities.

The framework is being developed in conjunction with UniversitiesUK, PraxisUnico and AURIL. HEFCE have appointed Research Consulting to consider availability of good/effective practice materials in KE, and IP Pragmatics to look at tools for benchmarking. The KE framework is intended to support university senior management in determining institutional strategy and priorities, as well as university KE professional practitioners in their operational activities.

The KE framework will address all the forms of KE that are supported under HEIF – from technology transfer and research collaboration, to academic and student enterprise and skills, through to the local anchor role of universities, networking and sharing physical infrastructure. However, particular focus is being placed on the handling of intellectual property rights in knowledge exchange. This is only a small part of knowledge exchange, but highlighted particularly in recent reviews such as the Dowling report.

IP Pragmatics are consulting the University sector to understand their current approaches to benchmarking and the types of information that they would find useful to support continuous improvement in their Knowledge Exchange activities. If you would be willing to provide your input or get involved, please contact Elaine Eggington.

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