Directory aims to be link with research


20-05-2001

A new transfer system has been set up to help get university research into business.

The University Technology Directory, the first of its kind, will act as a broker between universities and potential partners who will be able to exploit the technologies commercially.



Dr Richard Farndale at Cambridge University's biochemistry department, said: 'This initiative will be welcomed by academic scientists as a means of raising awareness of the opportunities for commercialisation.'



Run by AURIL, the Association for University Research and Industry Links, the directory will be housed on the UK Patent Office website and will list details of new technologies available for licence from universities across the UK and Ireland.



Unlike other technology directories in the US and Japan, the AURIL facility will help universities attract potential business partners and investors free of charge and with minimum effort, the association says.



Following a successful pilot scheme with 25 universities earlier this year, the directory will be launched at the Innovation Exchange -- Advances in Engineering and Communications Technologies conference at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday.



Dr Philip Graham, chairman of AURIL said: 'This directory will promote entrepreneurship among academics and help to close the gap between vision and reality.'



The UK Patent Office website is http://www.patent.gov.uk.

 

The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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