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Innovation – the centre of corporate strategiese
Lord Sainsbury, UK Minister for Science and Innovation
British Innovations
On the road again
Christopher Macgowan, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Fossil Fuels – An Energy source for the Future
Greg Lewin, President, Shell Global Solutions
Chain of success
Kenny McKay, Director, and Will Wright, Manager, Restructuring practice at KPMG
Innovation and the Patent Office
Lawrence Smith-Higgins, Head of Awareness Information & Media The UK Patent Office
Benefits of association
Dr Michael Moore, CEO, PIramed Ltd
Innovation and strength in the UK biotech sector
Aisling Burnand, Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association
Simfonec: Helping make good research BIG business
Heron Evidence Development: Successful deal of missed opportunity
Springwell Ltd: Match-maker for Innovative Technologies
Korn/Ferry International: Pharmaceutical companies desire to break the mould
A quality core interface
Dominique Kleyn head of BioPharma Business Development, Imperial College London
Evolutec Group: Creating a range of commercial options
Moving forward
Dr Ceri Williams, Senior Manager, Science and Innovation at Yorkshire Forward and Dr Danielle Hankin, Bioscience Cluster Manager
Oxitech: Revolutionising SIT Programmes
Oxford Expression Technologies: Meeting the needs of the post-genomic era
Business Services
Innovating business related services
Norma Rose, Director-General, Business Services Association
BT: Innovation Strategy and Innovation Continuum
UK Film Council: How the UK wins in the international film industry?
On the defence
Major General Alan Sharman CBE, Director General, Defence Manufacturers Association
ProEtch: Precision parts of quality
Wallop Defence Systems: Aircraft Countermeasures and the Dual Spectral Threat
Education, Education, Education
Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Education and Skills
Applied Sciences at Wolverhampton - Innovation in Higher Education Professor Trevor Hocking, Associate Dean, International Development
Wind energy
Marus Rand, Chief Executive, British Wind Energy Association
Vital energy
Ian Leitch, Commercial Director, Energy Industries Council
Waterman Group: Solutions to solve climate control legislation
Winning the war against germs
Dr Ron Mitchell, Managing Director, GB Environmental
Show me the money! Funding for innovation – who can help?
UK: Innovation Nation?
Launching the “Innovation Nation?” initiative
Innovation in the 21st Century
Gemma Harman, Director of Strategy & Media, BT Chief Technology Office
UK Manufacturing - a driving force for innovation
Andrew Manly, Director General, Manufacturing Technologies Association
Waterman Group: Single project model 3D
Renishaw: Achieving global manufacturing competitiveness in the UK
Yorkshire Forward
The European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
Del Stark, Chief Executive, European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance
University research drives a new wave of innovation
Omar Cheema, Nanotechnology Business Development, Imperial College London
Oxford Instruments: Enabling nanoscience and nanotechnology
Semefab (Scotland): A real driver of change
Metal Nanopowders: New products that meet your needs
Regional Development
London Development Agency: One jump ahead
91Advantage West Midlands: At the heart of it all 95


Simfonec: Helping make
good research BIG business

Do you know that in London there is a specialist centre helping to create a more entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial business climate within the UK? No? Then read on.

O ver the past couple of years the government has made major policy changes in order to increase the amount of knowledge transfer from our science and engineering base. At the recent Simfonec LEAP 2005 business plan competition awards dinner, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, described the reasoning behind these changes; ?This (lack of knowledge transfer) has been a great weakness of the UK?s innovation in the past, and the government has introduced a number of schemes to remove the barriers to academic innovation.? One of these schemes has been the creation of Science Enterprise Centres (SECs). Simfonec is one of these. Based at Cass Business School in the heart of London, Simfonec is a partnership of some of the capital?s leading universities.

The aim of the centre is to help organisations, both large and small, create a more intrapreneurial environment, and also to help the public become more enterprising in their approach. Simfonec supplies training and mentoring in order to help staff and individuals exploit market opportunities.

One of these schemes has been the creation of Science Enterprise Centres

Ultimately our programmes are helping to create entrepreneurially minded people; the people required to help take a company forward in today?s business world. Simfonec works closely with the NHS, secondary schools and universities as well as with high-tech companies, including helping spin-outs from our partner universities. The latest of these, Phonologica, has just fl oated on AIM with a valuation of £30m. We are now offering our expertise to a wider range of companies nationwide.

We run a number of programmes specifically for companies and individuals who are interested in exploiting and developing these areas of enterprise. Topics covered include: Innovation & Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship, Leading the Entrepreneurial Venture, Access to Finance & Financial Management Control, Idea Generation & Innovation, Strategic Marketing for the Technology Start-Up, Intellectual Property Rights & Law, Communication, Networking & Negotiation workshops and 1-to-1 Mentoring.

Commenting on a recent programme that was run for the NHS, Terry Conder, Director, East London Innovation Hub, commented; ?We have engaged with Simfonec on a number of levels, including: the training of NHS staff who are involved in delivering IP management, and secondly in the delivery of education and training programmes to R&D Managers within NHS trusts, specifically focusing on IP issues.? Speaking on the intrapreneurial aspect of the course Terry continued; ?The courses have helped to increase staff confidence here in the Hub and have helped people outside to understand that there is the expertise here to be used.?

Science Enterprise Centres have played a key role in this process of cultural change

Lord Sainsbury highlighted the impact and importance that such enterprise training is having upon UK plc; ?Science Enterprise Centres have played a key role in this process of cultural change, and I believe that one of the best signs for the future of the British economy is that today 24,000 science and engineering students are receiving enterprise training, whereas the figure in 1998/99 was 3,000.? If you are interested in organising any of the above-mentioned programmes, or simply want to find out more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Julie Logan Director

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
Tel: 020 7040 4141