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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Innovate UK - Delivery Plan 2016-17 - Health and Life Sciences

Innovate UK's core budget for the financial year 2016/17 (April to March) is £561m (excluding administration costs).  The Health and Life Sciences programme has been allocate approximate  21% of the budget. 

Innovate UK’s Health and Life Sciences sector group has a focus on agriculture and food and healthcare, underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical research and enabled by expertise in engineering and physical sciences. 

"Health and Life Sciences"    
Innovate UK will:

•  Run two broad Health and Life Sciences competitions during the year

•  Run competitions aligned to the development of new technologies for manufacturing cell therapy products

•  Continue to fund the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

•  Aim to complete the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Centre in Stevenage

•  Complete the establishment of the Precision Medicine and Medicines Discovery Catapults

•  Open the new Precision Medicine Catapult headquarters in Cambridge

•  Continue funding the agri-tech centres as part of industrial strategy"

Priority activities for Health and Life Sciences:

• Precision medicine:
capturing value in the UK in therapeutic, diagnostics, algorithm and data companies and demonstrators with the NHS

• Advanced therapies (cell, gene and other therapies): capturing value from therapeutics development and manufacturing

• Preclinical technologies:
addressing pharmaceutical preclinical productivity challenges, including capturing more value for UK contract research organisations by validation of potential technologies

• Improving agriculture productivity:
through, for example, new breeding technologies, improved control of pests, weeds and pathogens and the increased uptake of robotics/autonomous systems, satellites, sensors and photonics

• Enhanced food quality:
developing high-value, healthy, nutritious foods of known provenance by supporting the reductionof salt, sugar and fat; increasing fibre and bio-fortification and developing new proteins

• Biosciences:
exploiting the outputs of bioscience and biomedical research will underpin many new products and services across the bio-economy. Gene editing, synthetic biology and analytical technologies will create the bedrock on which many new health and
agri-food products will be developed