A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Connectivity, Catchment, Cost
St. Helens

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses


Healthcare: University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham
? a centre of excellence for
innovative translational research

Through substantial internal and external investment a highly specialised environment has been developed at the University of Birmingham, College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS) where basic scientists and clinicians successfully work together on key national biomedical research priorities. MDS translational research is focused on five themes: Cancer, Cardiovascular Sciences, Hormones & Genes, Immunity & Infection and Neurosciences. Cutting-edge infrastructure and high-spec technical facilities support research across the college, driving translation of basic biomedical research into real clinical benefit. Strong NHS partnerships and the location of the university in the centre of the West Midlands region allows exceptional access to patients, with a huge (>5.5m) ethnically and socio-economically diverse population.

Facilities and Infrastructure

Understanding the complex biological processes causing human disease is fundamental to generating future medical technologies and relies heavily on the development and effective use of high-technology equipment and analytical methods. The University of Birmingham is at the cutting edge of this area and has developed a comprehensive array of analytical facilities, supported and developed by a network of worldleading expert investigators.

Current facilities include the Institute for Biomedical Research (containing the Birmingham MRC Centre for Immune Regulation), CRUK Institute for Cancer Studies, Henry Wellcome Building for Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Birmingham University Stem Cell Centre, Biomedical Services Unit, Centre for Electron Microscopy, Bioinformatics Unit, Centre for Systems Biology and the Functional Genomics & Proteomics Laboratory.

Recent investments are expanding and extending current NMR, proteomics and genomics capabilities, allowing researchers to further study the nano structure and function of molecules of biological significance. New and proven technologies for drug discovery, metabolomics, proteomics and structural biology are developed and provided through these facilities. The facilities currently house the world?s most powerful magnets and fastest robotics for molecular research, including a 900 MHz spectrometer and cryogenic probes providing the greatest level of sensitivity and resolution available.

Translation of basic research through to patient benefit and clinical practice is supported by a unified Clinical Trials Unit (CRUK and DoH core funded) and the highly successful Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WT-CRF). The WTCRF was recently awarded a grant to expand and develop its facilities, to include the only dedicated paediatrics CRF in the UK. Numerous trials are underway, many involving interactions with key pharmaceutical partners. The college is also committed to working with smaller biotechnology companies, particularly in early phase (phase I/II) trials. Other clinically orientated research facilities include the CRUK Clinical Cancer Research Centre, CRUK-DH Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, Centre for Clinical Haematology, Birmingham University Imaging Centre, MRC GMP IVF facility (with Birmingham Women?s Hospital), National Blood Service Birmingham and West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory at Birmingham Women?s Hospital.

The Future of Translational Research in Birmingham

Significant regional and national investment is allowing the University of Birmingham to extend its already impressive translational research activities and facilities. These developments build on existing regional expertise and partnerships with key NHS trusts to improve access to patients, infrastructure and facilities and will support Translational Research activities ? from the discovery and development of new approaches to improve management of human disease to clinical trials of new medical technologies.

Key activities in Birmingham will provide a dedicated new building for Translational Research, housing a human tissue Biorepository and gene therapy pharmacy. The Biorepository will enhance university and NHS collection and storage of human samples and underpin a wide range of research. This facility will also enable businesses and academic collaborators to access high-quality tissue samples for pre-clinical studies. Spin-out hatchery facilities will support establishment and development of early stage companies.

Examples of Translational Research Activities

Some examples of new research breakthroughs include community screening for heart failure and stroke prevention, discovery of new genes and pathways underpinning cancer, neurological and liver disease, and exciting new therapeutic interventions focused around gene and immunotherapy programmes, male infertility and new drugs for patients with obesity-diabetes.


The research environment developed by the College of MDS at the University of Birmingham enables researchers to make ground-breaking discoveries underpinning development of future medical therapies and diagnostics. Members of the college currently work with a range of sponsors and collaborators to maximise the impact and translation of research and are continuously seeking development partners in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. An active programme to identify, protect and commercialise current and future IP arising from its vibrant research activities has enabled the college to develop a portfolio of technologies that are available for co-development or licensing.

For more information, contact:
Dr Kate Bishop
Research Business Development Manager
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
Tel: 0121 414 3115