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UKIF News & Events

This week:

  • The Future of Diagnostics in Life Sciences and Healthcare (12 September, Public Health England)

  • Innovations in Training: Simulation & Interactivity: a UKIF partnering event supported by CDE (9 October, London)

  • Innovations in Drinks: a UKIF partnering event (Oct/Nov, Nottingham)

  • Working with Non-Executive Directors: What to look for and how to manage your NEDs (17 October, Nottingham)

  • Funding: Centre for Defence Enterprise UK Biological Engagement Programme: Strengthening biological security (launches 17 September)

The Future of Diagnostics in Life Sciences and Healthcare

12 September | Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury

with: Public Health England and Medilink SW

Medilink South West in partnership with PHE is proud to announce its event on the Future of Diagnostics in Life Sciences and Healthcare. CEOs, technical directors and research and development professionals are invited to review, discuss and share the latest technology developments in the UK industry to date. The event, chaired by Nigel Silman of Public Health England, will focus on:
  • Clinical needs (primary and acute care)
  • Exhibition of technology providers (corporate, SME and research)
  • Funding, R&D and business growth 
An exhibition of technology providers forms part of the agenda: Industry and SME, as well as academic and research institutions who are working on innovative or novel work with a potential application in intensive and primary/chronic clinical diagnostics are invited to take part.
If you are interested in presenting a poster or having an exhibition stand, please contact Helen O'Connor for more details.

To register as a delegate and read more about the agenda and speakers, please visit the registration page.

Innovations in Training: Simulation & Interactivity

A UKIF partnering event supported by CDE

9 October | University College London 

Digital technologies, both software and hardware, will have a significant impact on the future of training and education - creating a diversity in choice and scale, improving quality and safety, and reducing costs and environmental impact.

In the UK occupational training costs can be significant, for example making up some 20% of the defence budget. This event, which is supported by the Centre for Defence Enterprise and hosted by UCL's department of Computer Science seeks to bring together academia and industry to understand the current needs and challenges of users of interactive technologies for training, and to showcase novel technologies and research that might be applied to address them. The event aims to stimulate cross-sector discussions and develop collaborative partnerships. 

With confirmed speakers from: Centre for Defence Enterprise, UCL, the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick, and STFC, a number of speaker slots are still available for academic and research institutions, and businesses, to present their novel technology and research that could be applied innovatively to training in sectors such as defence, medicine and healthcare, other occupational training, and education.
Companies and researchers who are working on relevant projects are invited to attend and share their vision. Areas of technology might include:  
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality 
  • 'Serious Games'
  • Simulation and Visualisation
To discuss a speaker slot, or to reserve a delegate place in advance of registration opening, please contact Helen O'Connor.

Innovations in Drinks

Oct/Nov 2013 | University of Nottingham Sutton Bonnington Campus

This event supported is likely to take place in late October/early November 2013, with an agenda that is being built with input from some of the UKIF's corporate members including Coca-Cola and Britvic.
We invite researchers and SME who are working in this field to present their work. Areas of innovation of interest include:
  • Novel sensory effects in the mouth (e.g., foams, mousses, viscosity)
  • Nutritional benefits (e.g., fortifiers, Omega 3, etc.)
To discuss a speaker slot, or to reserve a delegate place in advance of registration opening, please contact Helen O'Connor.

Working with Non-Executive Directors: What to look for and how to manage your NEDs

With UK Innovation Forum, NedWorks and supported by UKSPA

17 October, 0900-1330  | University of Nottingham Innovation Park

This event will provide a useful overview of the value that can be added by NEDs in small or early stage businesses, as well as talks on how to find and select NEDs and how to manage your NEDs.
With expert commentary from the UK's leading NED advisor and panels of CEOs and NEDs from relevant businesses, this highly interactive session will allow you to gather insights from a range of those with great experience to share.

If you are the Chair, Chief Executive, Finance Director or Company Secretary of a growing business, or deeply involved with or advising one in your role as a Technology Transfer professional, then this event will help you to understand how you can assess the effectiveness of your company’s board and the value that qualified independent non-executive directors can add.

To register for this event, please contact Helen O'Connor.

FUNDING NEWS: Centre for Defence Enterprise

UK Biological Engagement Programme: Strengthening biological security

Competition launches 17 September - and closes 28 October

Both natural disease outbreaks and accidental or deliberate release of infectious agents are risks to global security. Infectious diseases remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity, with resultant social and economic disruption for millions. New and emerging diseases expose global vulnerabilities, heightening the need for investment in policies, infrastructure, education and training for infectious disease specialists.
The UK Biological Engagement Programme aims to reduce the risk of deliberate misuse of biological materials and expertise by fostering international scientific engagement. It promotes best practice in biosecurity and biosafety, building capacity for effective understanding and control of the infectious disease threat. It also supports public, veterinary and plant health in compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). The programme currently funds a variety of activities in support of these aims:
  • Collaborative scientific research projects that link UK experts from government and academia with scientists overseas
  • Training (including biosafety, biosecurity, veterinary and public health diagnostics and experimental design and analysis)
  • Development of regional biosafety associations
  • Training and workshops in support of the aims of the BTWC
This CDE themed competition invites research proposals on any of the above areas of activity that link a UK institute with an overseas partner that is likely to be located in a number of regions including the Former Soviet Union, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Projects will be led by the UK institute but must demonstrate significant benefit both to the programme’s aim of strengthening global biological security and to the collaborating overseas partner.
Preference will be given to proposals that address organisms featured on the USA’s Select Agent List and are 6-12 months in duration (with potential for extension).
All proposals must be submitted via the CDE portal.
Find out more about the call and register here.
Join one of two webinars to hear more about this competition - prior to launch on 5 September, or after launch on 3 October.
Please contact CDE if you have any questions, or send technical queries here.
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