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Profit from complexity by attending one of our consortia building workshops for forthcoming "integrated omics" competition

The  Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting two consortia building workshops for a forthcoming "Integrated Omics" competition.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2m to stimulate innovative technology that exploits commercial opportunities through the integration of omics (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics etc.) and the application of Systems Biology through a forthcoming 'Profiting from Complexity' competition.

The workshops will be held in:

 

About the competition

Technologies that build on the knowledge base and capabilities around omics will play a crucial role in unlocking a wide range of bio based market opportunities in development, production and regulation. Access to systems level technology would assist in de-risking the bio-based commercial setting, for example by enabling filtering of promising candidate compounds at an early stage, providing information for optimal production process design and enabling effective “dry lab” testing before going into the living environment or host. As the exploitation of simple biological processes has become streamlined, sector-leading innovations will increasingly arise from system approaches. Emerging technologies such as synthetic biology are largely dependent on the rapid maturity of a bio-data economy.

The full details of the competition scope will be published soon in the competition brief at https://interact.innovateuk.org. However, it is anticipated that this competition will look to fund projects that are aimed at one or more of the following:

  • Data analysis platforms tailored to omics and complex biological data streams
  • Analytical or diagnostic tools that look at multiple parameters within a discrete complex biological system
  • Predictive biological system models in silico
  • Evidence based models that demonstrate the impact on a biological system by introducing new candidate compounds or  interventions
  • Data led tools and services to speed development of bio-products

The principle aim of this competition, run from the Enabling Technologies, is to develop an ecosystem of businesses that can act as professional technology conduits between the research base and end users and they are especially interested in novel, scalable and technological distinct business models that can catalyse the utilisation of data rich biology by groups of end users.

We expect the competition to be aimed at projects that are business-led and collaborative AND have an SME or micro company either as a lead or a significant collaborator. We have allocated up to £1.5m to fund collaborative R&D projects (up to £400k) , with up to a further £0.5m being available for smaller-scale feasibility studies (up to £150k).

 

About the workshops

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Industrial & Medical Biotechnology teams are organising a free consortia-building workshop to promote the Profit from Complexity – Integrated Omics competition, designed to help businesses and researchers to develop innovative, integrated solutions to manage or exploit complex biological systems.

The aim of these workshops is to enable potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope. Each workshop is also designed to help with networking and consortia building, and offers a great opportunity for delegates to pitch their capabilities to potential collaborative partners.

Representatives from both Innovate UK and the KTN will be present to address any queries related to the competition.

The workshops aim to attract people who are:

  • Technology providers, from any relevant sector. This competition is designed to help take 
innovative ideas from any sector or discipline with the potential to benefit the UK Industrial and Medical Biotechnology industry, by tackling challenges in biological systems.
  • Involved in bioscience and biotechnology (both in commercial companies and research 
organisations) who could develop and/or be the “end users” of these tools and technologies.

The event will cover:

  • Scope of competition and rules (Innovate UK)
  • What makes a good collaborative R&D project, and how the KTNs can help you? (KTN)
  • Case studies of interdisciplinary environments that integrate basic biological science with engineering and computational disciplines and successful collaborations 

  • Delegate pitch presentations outlining expertise and opportunities for collaboration
  • There will also be several dedicated networking sessions, and KTN and Innovate UK staff will be present to address any queries related to the competition.

Click on the links (above) for each event to find out more.

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