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.

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The BioHub Birmingham showcases its new facilities

The Biomedical Innovation Hub (The BioHub) in Birmingham opened its doors last week to show off its brand new and innovative biomedical laboratory and office space set to launch in January.  The exclusive first-look event welcomed a host of researchers, interested business people and medical entrepreneurs over two open days.  

Business Development Manager, Helen Miller-Viney and colleague Anthony Clarke, Senior Laboratory Manager, were on hand to show potential tenants around the impressive £7m venue, which boasts a large 4,500 sqft shared biomedical laboratory space, including specialist Category 2 microbiology rooms, freezing capabilities of -150°C, a microscopy lab, specialist cleaning and sterilisation facilities and a cryogenic suite for housing liquid nitrogen- all required for any biotech or life science businesses and academics.

The first of its kind in the Midlands, The BioHub is a unique, managed and equipped facility, located in the Edgbaston Medical Quarter, meaning that tenant academics and start-ups are placed right in the centre of a medtech cluster – with access to a fantastic network of connections from a distinguished, collaborative health science community.  

As a hub for entrepreneurial activity, The BioHub has been designed to support researchers and start-up businesses in their early stages of development e.g. with proof of concept, helping turn innovation based research into new business and products ready for market. Ensuring the science hub is further geared towards results, there is additional help and guidance from expert, on-site Laboratory Managers and access to business growth advice. It offers shared state of the art bench space, an office desk and internet access – all at a cost effective price – similar to the affordable ‘plug-and-play’ biotech incubators that are emerging in the US.

The brand new and exciting investment will be a major contributor towards the success of Birmingham’s flourishing medical research and healthcare district. In close proximity to the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, BioHub tenants will also benefit from access to the diverse network of businesses, research scientists and clinicians based at these and other adjacent life science venues. 

Helen Miller-Viney said: “There was a great turn out and it was brilliant to see that the science community is thriving in the West Midlands. We are so proud of this fabulous facility and want to ensure it becomes a thriving hub of people all sparking off each other and helping the UK medical innovation sector grow and develop. 

“The brand new development is in the heart of Birmingham’s medical quarter and is very exciting for the future of biomedical science and Birmingham. With The BioHub, we aim to strengthen our healthcare economy and become the leader in biomedical and innovation research in the UK.”

For more information about The BioHub visit www.thebiohub.co.uk or contact 0121 471 4988.