KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.
You can discover content using your area of interest, from Chemistry to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.
An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.
All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.
The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.
We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.
Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.
Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here
£220 million for cutting-edge new technology
Philip Hammond has unveiled a package of support which includes £220 million for the life science and university sectors to help technology breakthroughs translate into commercial success, as well as action to ensure disruptive businesses thrive in the UK.
The package includes:
- £100 million of funding to extend and enhance the Biomedical Catalyst, supporting innovative UK life science companies to translate cutting-edge medical technologies into commercial success
- £120 million to incentivise university collaboration in tech transfer and in engaging with business, helping transform research at universities and institutions into viable business ventures
- expanding the successful Challenger Business Programmes to address regulations that pose the largest barriers to the adoption of disruptive technologies
The £100 million funding for the Biomedical Catalyst (BMC) will extend and enhance the programme for the next four years. The BMC provides grant support to ensure that emerging disruptive healthcare technologies in disease prevention, earlier diagnosis and tailored treatments are delivered to market. The programme offers funding at varying stages of technical and commercial development from feasibility studies through to proof of concept and early clinical trials.
The new £120 million tech transfer funding for universities over the next four years will promote collaboration to effectively engage business on the most promising technologies. Tech transfer offices up and down the country play a key role in research and innovation, supporting successful spin-outs, like Nottingham University’s Oncimmune, which has developed a blood test for the early detection of lung cancer. Oncimmune has just been nominated for the 2016 ‘best technology’ shortlist of AIM companies.
The Challenger Business Programme identifies and removes the barriers that stop innovative businesses from thriving. This programme has already helped 400 businesses since launch in 2013 and will now be expanded into new sectors and new businesses as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. The programme has already led to tax allowances for money earned from the sharing economy and exemptions for the space and satellite sector from Insurance Premium Tax.