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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.

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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.

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EMA consultation on the proposal of a collaboration framework with Academia

This paper provides a brief overview of the reasons underpinning the need for establishing a framework of collaboration between the European Medicine Agency (EMA) and Academia. This initial consultation process is in the form of an online questionnaire that aims to gather information on the current status of interaction between the European medicines regulatory system1 and Academia, to collect its expectations and needs and to open a dialogue with academic interested parties to better structure and develop the framework. 

Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, emphasises the need to accelerate the translation of biomedical and clinical research results to medical use, with specific areas where dialogue with regulators is either required or highly recommended (e.g. rare diseases, methodologies to reduce animal testing, in-silico trials). 

One of the key priorities of the recently published EU Medicines Agency Network Strategy to 20202 is the need to address unmet medical needs by keeping abreast of advances in science and providing an appropriate regulatory environment for those who drive innovation, including Academia. The Network Strategy also highlights the strong track record of EU regulators in supporting innovation through the National Innovation Offices and the EMA Innovation Task Force3, providing advice and appropriate guidance. Furthermore, in the context of the current pharmaceutical legislation, initiatives such as the research networks Enpr-EMA4 in paediatrics and ENCePP5 in pharmacoepidemiology have been put in place and are coordinated by EMA.

Read the full document here