PraxisUnico 2017 Conference

14th to 16th June / Sheffield Hallam University

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About the Conference

What are the big challenges facing knowledge exchange and commercialisation practitioners, and how can we work together to address them?

These and other issues will be under the microscope at our Conference, alongside the "big picture" view of the landscape in which we work.

Just as we celebrate the diversity which makes the UK a leader in knowledge exchange and commercialisation within university and Public Sector Research Establishments, we draw upon speakers from across a wide range of backgrounds: industry experts, policy influencers and expert practitioners from home and abroad, covering topics pertinent to knowledge exchange and commercialisation in all disciplines.


Appleyard Lees has a large team of specialist patent attorneys with degrees and PhDs across all scientific and engineering disciplines. We assist universities throughout the UK, Ireland and overseas to secure the right protection for their inventions worldwide. We are known for our excellent client service and our pragmatic approach.

Haseltine Lake is a major Intellectual Property practice with highly experienced attorneys across four European offices, offering top quality technical and legal advice across the full spectrum of IP rights. We are proud to work with many innovative universities and research institutions across the UK, Europe and worldwide, as well as major international corporates.

At Forresters, we provide clear, sensible and practical advice to clients looking to protect their intellectual property. We believe in cutting through the complexity of IP and delivering our advice in plain, jargon-free language - a language you'll understand.

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact, together investing £3 billion in research each year.

Withers & Rogers is one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, with four offices across the UK and one in Germany. Our Higher Education group provides specialist intellectual property advice to clients from Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), particularly, Technology Transfer departments within HEIs and spin-out companies.

Accelerate Associates provides bespoke market research services to the science and medical technology markets. Working with research and development organisations such as Universities and companies, we assess commercial viability through market research and competitor analysis. Supporting the technology transfer process, Accelerate undertakes projects ranging from route-to-market studies to identifying potential commercial partners.

Beauhurst is a platform that lets you track the UK’s high-growth companies. It is trusted by hundreds of organisations to help them research and monitor ambitious businesses and the funders that back them.

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

We create, make and sell innovative, sustainable, high performance speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere.

RWS inovia is the world’s leading expert in IP translations, foreign patent filing and patent search services. For more than 50 years, we have led the industry and helped more than 10,000 clients protect their intellectual property and enforce their IP rights worldwide.

IN-PART makes the initial connection for technology transfer between universities and companies simple, efficient and scalable.

IN-PART is a matchmaking platform for university-industry collaboration. It enables businesses to find, evaluate and connect with advances in science and technology from academics who are actively looking for strategic external partnerships. Utilising natural language processing and smart-matching algorithms, IN-PART connects university technology with the most relevant professionals in industry.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

IP Pragmatics has helped its clients in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to manage, create and realise value from their intellectual property assets since 2000. We provide specialist and independent intellectual property advice and business development assistance including: Market Assessments, Industry Engagement, Shaping Knowledge Exchange Strategy, Patent Landscaping, IP Valuations and Patent Renewals Management.

Konfer was created by the National Centre for Universities and Business to make the wealth of expertise, resources and innovation available in UK universities accessible. Working in partnership with HEFCE and RCUK, konfer brings knowledge and growth to businesses, valuable exposure for university talent, and future prosperity for the UK.

Winner of the Queen’s Award for International Trade again in 2015, Minesoft is an established leader in the field of Patent Information, working globally with industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities. Minesoft specializes in tools and services for retrieving, storing and distributing patent & technology information throughout the enterprise.

MyIP is a popular Web-based software package for managing an organisation's Inventions, Intellectual Property, Contracts and Commercialisation activity. myIP Limited was founded in 2002 in Cambridge, UK and is proud to work with Technology Transfer offices around the world

Oxentia is the new name for Isis Enterprise, a successful innovation management and technology commercialisation consultancy that started life as an operating division within the technology transfer company Oxford University Innovation. Since 2004, we have been working in partnership with our university and research institute clients to support knowledge exchange and commercialisation, develop capability and enable innovation for the benefit of economies and societies.

Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK’s largest universities, with exceptional learning and research facilities. Our mission is simple: we transform lives. We focus on real-world challenges, designing programmes which provide students with practical skills and knowledge and by creating knowledge in collaboration with others that provides practical solutions to real world challenges.

Ximbo is a website created to enable the sharing of research tools within the global life science community. It aims to unify the life science community by making research tools widely available and accelerate research. Ximbio acts as a marketplace for scientists to maximise commercial opportunites for these tools and share information.

14-16th June

Sheffield Hallam

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Attend parallel sessions which fit your interests, join plenaries to hear about issues affecting the whole KEC landscape, and meet new contacts. Try our Training Taster and hone your skills, or attend Site Visits to local areas of industrial interest.

 Wednesday 14th June 2017

Site visits

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Training Taster - "An Introduction to Managing Consultancy in a University or Research Institute" - FULLY BOOKED (1025)

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Registration: Welcome drinks and buffet; speed networking. Sponsored by Haseltine Lake. (Heartspace Atrium)

 Thursday 15th June 2017

Coffee Kickstart for International & First time Delegates (Heartspace Atrium)


Registration (Heartspace Atrium)


Welcome (Heartspace Atrium)


KE Framework : changing and challenging perceptions? (Owen 223)

Speaker: Trevor McMillan

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Networking break (Heartspace Atrium)

10:45-11:45Parallel Sessions (A)

A1: Perspectives on non-UK best practice in KE & IP (Owen 1028)

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A2: KE in Arts & Humanities : opportunities & engagement (Owen 1025)

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A3: H2GL2: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Lambert 2 Toolkit (Owen 1029)

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A4: Facilitated Networking (Owen 1033)

12:00-13:00Parallel Sessions (B)

B1: Science & Innovation Audits [No presentations were used in this session] (Owen 1028)

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B2: Driving growth and innovation beyond the university context: the role of the UK’s Innovation, Research & Technology organisations (Owen 1025)

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B3: International Benchmarking of University Venture Funds (Owen 1029)

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B4: Facilitated Networking (Owen 1033)


Lunch, networking & IP Clinic. Sponsored by Forresters. (Heartspace Atrium)

14:00-15:30Parallel Sessions (C)

C1: Directors Forum [No presentations were used in this session] (Hallam View)

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C2: Internal Marketing : making inroads with academics (Owen 1029)

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C3: Spinouts: lessons and learning points [No presentations were used in this session] (Owen 1025)

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C4: Facilitated Networking (Owen 1031)

C5: Training Taster - "An Introduction to Managing Consultancy in a University or Research Institute" - Please note that this is a rerun of Wednesday's session and runs until 16:00. (Owen 223)

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Networking break (Heartspace Atrium)


Funding for the UK Research Base: Delivering against the Industrial Strategy [No presentations were used in this session] (Pennine Lecture Theatre)

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PraxisUnico AGM (Pennine Lecture Theatre)


Gala Dinner: Cutlers Hall. Sponsored by Appleyard Lees. (FULLY BOOKED)

Cutlers Hall, Church St, Sheffield, S1 1HG

 Friday 16th June 2017

Registration (Heartspace Atrium)


Industrial Strategy & Impact on Demand for University-Business Engagement (Pennine Lecture Theatre)

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Networking Break (Heartspace Atrium)

11:00-12:00Parallel Sessions (D)

D1: STEAMing ahead for Innovation: Lab4Living (Owen 1029)

Chair: Rob Evans

Facilitator: Ed Cole

Speakers: Paul Chamberlain; Heather Elphick

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D2: The Growth of a Strategic Partnership (Owen 1028)

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D3: HEIF and non-HEIF strategies for success (Owen 1025)

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Closing plenary (Pennine Lecture Theatre)

Speaker: Jeremy Basset


Close and collect take-away packed lunch (Pennine Lecture Theatre)


PraxisUnico's conference is open to members and non-members: members receive £100 discount on standard rates or a group discount. Members who book within our Early Bird period can save £200 on standard rate. (Standard rate is £825.)

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There are numerous hotels in and around Sheffield city centre, for details please visit -


The Conference takes place in the Owen Building at Sheffield Hallam University: enter via the Main Entrance.

By Train

Sheffield Hallam University is easily accessed by rail, and is opposite the train station.

By Car

The postcode for Sheffield Hallam University is S1 1WB. Discounted parking is available for delegates.

By Air

Robin Hood Airport is around 30 minutes away by car. Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and East Midlands airports are all about an hour away.

Manchester airport has a direct rail link to Sheffield. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London are reasonably accessible by rail.

Sheffield Hallam University City Campus Furnival Square Sheffield, S1-4QL


The PraxisUnico Conference 2017 is sponsored by:


  • Aberystwyth University

  • Addgene, Inc.

  • Anderson Law LLP

  • Anglia Ruskin University

  • Appleyard Lees IP LLP

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

  • Aston University

  • Australian National University

  • Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd

  • Bangor University

  • Barker Brettell LLP


  • Cambridge Enterprise Ltd

  • Cancer Research Technology

  • Cardiff University

  • City, University of London

  • Coventry University

  • Cranfield University

  • Croda

  • Durham University

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

  • Edinburgh Napier University

  • Edinburgh Research & Innovation Ltd

  • Forresters

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Haseltine Lake LLP


  • HGF Limited

  • Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

  • IDACO Consulting Limited

  • Imperial College London

  • Imperial Consultants

  • Imperial Innovations Ltd

  • Innovate UK

  • Institute of Cancer Research

  • Interface - The Knowledge Connection for Business

  • Inteum Company, LLC

  • inventtory Ltd.

  • IP Pragmatics Ltd

  • Keele University

  • Kingston University

  • Knowledge Transfer Ireland

  • Lancaster University

  • Liverpool John Moores University

  • London School of Economics Enterprise

  • London South Bank University

  • Loughborough University

  • Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Maynooth University

  • Medical Research Council Technology (MRCT)

  • Mills & Reeve LLP

  • MyIP Ltd

  • NERC

  • Newcastle University

  • Northumbria University

  • NUI Galway

  • Oxford Brookes University

  • Oxford University Innovation Ltd

  • Palacký University Olomouc

  • Potter Clarkson LLP

  • Public Health England

  • Queen Mary Innovation Ltd

  • Queen Mary University of London

  • Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Royal Veterinary College

  • School of African & Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London

  • Sheffield Hallam University

  • Spinouts UK

  • St George's University of London

  • Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

  • STFC Innovations Ltd

  • The Pirbright Institute

  • The University of Manchester

  • Trinity College Dublin

  • UCL Business plc

  • UMI3 Ltd

  • UMIP

  • University College Dublin

  • University of Bath

  • University of Birmingham

  • University of Bradford

  • University of Brighton

  • University of Bristol

  • University of Cambridge

  • University of Chichester

  • University of East Anglia

  • University of Edinburgh

  • University of Exeter

  • University of Glasgow

  • University of Greenwich

  • University of Hertfordshire

  • University of Hull

  • University of Kent

  • University of Leicester

  • University of Limerick

  • University of Liverpool

  • University of Oxford

  • University of Portsmouth

  • University of Reading

  • University of Salford

  • University of Sheffield

  • University of South Wales

  • University of Southampton

  • University of St Andrews

  • University of the West of England (UWE)

  • University of Warwick

  • University of Westminster

  • Withers & Rogers LLP

  • WMG International Manufacturing Centre