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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Next Generation Expression Systems: Matching the needs of tomorrow's products.

The Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals (COEBP) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are hosting a joint meeting on 1st October 2015 at Manchester Institute of Biotechnology – Next Generation Expression Systems: Matching the needs of tomorrow's products.


The production of biologicals (including therapeutics and functionally-engineered cell systems) demands appropriate expression platforms, which between them are capable of generation of a plethora of molecular formats. The selection of an appropriate expression system platform, vector and process is directed by multiple factors including nature and scale of required molecular product and timeline and cost of production.

This meeting draws together academic and industrial speakers who will provide a comparative vision for the relative merits of use of varied expression systems.

Speakers include:

·       Jesus Zurdo (Lonza Biologics)- Emerging therapeutic products and new medical needs. Choosing the right manufacturing platform

·       Lisa Swanton (University of Manchester) - The cells fight back: Complexity of UPR response to protein variants and process conditions

·       Bob Possee (Oxford Expression Technologies) - flashBACTM : A one-step high throughput Baculovirus based protein expression

·       George Lomonossoff (John Innes Centre) - Plant production platforms

·       Ivan Wall (University College London) - Human regenerative stem cells and production vehicles

·       Ian Fotheringham (Ingenza) - Development of synthetic biological tools for greater predictability in expression of biologics 

·       Lisa Caproni (Touchlight Genetics) - Applications of synthetic doggybone™ DNA

You can register for the event HERE and the meeting Agenda is available here.

For further enquiries please contact Mark Kelly at mark.kelly@ktn-uk.org or Dr Joanne Flannelly at joanne.flannelly@manchester.ac.uk.