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 Defence Security 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

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MeDe Innovation Third Annual Meeting: The Future of Manufacturing of Medical Devices

MeDe Innovation (The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices) is addressing the future opportunities and challenges in the design and manufacture of medical devices.

MeDe innovative design and manufacturing advances centres around three research focus areas: implants, biomaterials and regenerative devices for the treatment of musculoskeletal disease; where there is a growing demand for increased precision to deliver improved reliability and outcomes of medical devices.

The centre activities are addressing two grand challenges:

  • Manufacturing at the point of need
  • Stratified design and manufacture

The global market for medical technologies is set to   exceed $500bn per year by 2018, with a UK industry base valued at £18bn per year. Musculoskeletal implants, biomaterials and the emerging field of regenerative devices are major strengths in the UK, addressing a global market estimated to grow to $75bn by 2020.

The needs of an ageing population, the expectations of fifty active years after fifty® and the growth in healthcare markets in developing economies provide a real opportunity for growth in this part of the medical device technology sector.

However there are increased expectations and demands for enhanced lifetimes, cost effectiveness, more consistent patient outcomes and improved reliability. Stratification and increased precision, leading to improved reliability, is a key challenge in all areas of medicine and future opportunity for medical devices.

As we approach the mid-term of MeDe innovation, the conference will report on progress and advances in research, innovation, and translation of its three focus areas: New approaches to manufacturing at the point of need Manufacturing regenerative devices, biological and biomimetic scaffolds Stratified design and manufacture of orthopaedic implants - 

Find out more and register here