This is a guest post by Alexander Geddes. Alexander is a member of the UMIP enterprise associates team.
The inaugural ‘Science meets commercialisation’ event saw three entrepreneurs from The University of Manchester speak to over 70 postgraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers about the experience of setting up their own spin out companies.
During first the talk Prof. Richard Walmsley, CSO and founder of Gentronix, showcased a number of technological innovations, specifically tests used to identify genetic mutations in yeast, and even brought with him products that had previously been used on the international space station. Next, the founder and CEO of Biorelate, Dan Jaimeson, provided some useful insights into the use of networks and how experienced figures from industry have readily volunteered mentorship to help get his business off the ground. Lastly, the audience was clearly refreshed by the talk from George Grant, founder of Shindigger Brewing Co. The journey from student-homebrews to established brewers, now selling over 6 different beers to numerous pubs across Manchester and further afield, was both entertaining and insightful.
The next in the ‘Science meets commercialisation’ series will be held on the 28/08/2015 in Zochonis lecture theatre B. The keynote speaker Chris Taylor OBE will be speaking about his newest business venture, Imorphics. Through the development of novel techniques to analyse 3 dimensional medical images, such as those obtained from CT and MR measurements, Imorphics provide surgeons with accurate models that facilitate automated approaches to diagnosis, enables the use of surgical robots during treatment and much more …
If you would like to hear from Imorphics and other companies that have spun out from The University of Manchester, find how you yourself can further investigate any commercial opportunities you may have identified and attend a free networking lunch with likeminded students, then please register to attend.