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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MMIP update from Ian McCubbin

Welcome to my first Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) update. Throughout 2016 we intend to share more of our activities as we build the medicines manufacturing community voice and promote the drive for growth of medicines manufacturing in the UK.

As a way to help us to connect with you and give more detail about what we do and our work, we have prepared with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) an MMIP overview leaflet which can be accessed here.

At the joint MHRA/ABPI Making the case for UK medicines manufacturing conference in early March, MMIP shared some of our 2015 successes such as:

We also shared the MMIP’s 2016 operating plan. This included work-streams focusing on Technology & Innovation, the Business Environment, the Regulatory Environment and Skills. The focus of these work-streams is on enabling growth in manufacturing as part of our end to end supply chains.

We see three groupings of medicines manufacturing, ‘small molecules’, ‘large molecules‘ and advanced therapies. In all of these, the end to end supply chain is critical to the manufacturing success. With this in mind, a ministerial taskforce has been set up, co-chaired by me and George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences. This taskforce is focused on making recommendations to anchor the manufacture of advanced therapy medicinal products in the UK. It had its first meeting on Tuesday 22 March and more information will be coming soon on its terms of reference, scope and next steps focusing on manufacturing capability and technology, skills, and international competitiveness.

Read the full Ian McGubbin blog here