Alternative careers for researchers knowledge transfer

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Alternative careers for researchers knowledge transfer

  1. 1. SheffieldHealthcareGateway. Dr. James Lapworth Business Manager October 2012
  2. 2. Overview1. Beginner’s guide to Knowledge Transfer2. What is a Gateway and what does a “Business Manager” do?3. About the role – skills, attributes4. Routes into KT5. Useful sources of information08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  3. 3. Knowledge Transfer- what is it? “Working with partners to bridge the gap between fundamental research and commercial application.”08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  4. 4. • Research Income • Maintaining a competitive • High impact publications advantage: • New & interesting problems • New products • Public value • New marketsPriorities • Efficiency and cost savings • Protectable IP • Commercial value • Securing grant income • Product development • Generation of fundamental • Routes to marketStrengths knowledge and “discoveries” • Facilities for scale-up and manufacture 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield Acknowledgement – Dr. Richard France
  5. 5. Knowledge Transfer- what is it? Spinning-out a company Licensing intellectual property Collaborative R&D Consultancy and University Services Contract Research Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses Secondments and Fellowship Schemes… 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  6. 6. Knowledge Transfer- why is itimportant? 1. Universities have a duty to ensure that publically-funded research is disseminated and exploited for the benefit of the public 2. Fundamental research is too “high-risk” for industry, but new discoveries and technologies will not realise their potential without commercial investment 3. Because it is important to the government!08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  7. 7. 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield Acknowledgement – Dr. Richard France
  8. 8. Knowledge Transfer- why is it important?“Just as castles provided the source of strength formedieval towns, and factories provided prosperity in theindustrial age, universities are the source of strength in theknowledge‐based economy of the twenty‐first century.” Lord Dearing, quoted in Wilson Review 2012 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  9. 9. Knowledge Transfer- why is it important?“If the potential of UK business–university collaboration isfulfilled, the next Review will report that universities arefirmly at the heart of our economy, collaborating withbusiness and government in generating the wealth that isnecessary for a healthy and prosperous society.” Wilson Review 2012 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  10. 10. Knowledge Transfer- why is it important?• Carrots (and sticks) for Universities: • Up to £3m per annum Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) – “based on performance” • University Rankings – REF and 20% “Impact” -> “Quality Related funding” • RCUK and EC funding priorities – translational schemes, BBSRC Partnership grants top-sliced 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  11. 11. Knowledge Transfer- “a newprofession” “…has emerged to manage the process of turning technology, know-how, expertise and skills into innovative, commercial products and services.” Institute of Knowledge Transfer08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  12. 12. 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield www.shef.ac.uk/civic/then-and-now
  13. 13. So what is a “Gateway” & whatdoes a “Business Manager” do?08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  14. 14. The Business Manager Role(s)• 2 different roles: • Commercialisation: Identifying commercial opportunities and supporting the commercialisation of academic research outputs (spinouts & licences) • Collaboration: Building and supporting partnerships between University researchers and external (commercial) organisations to stimulate collaborative and contract research08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  15. 15. Job Description.• To be responsible for the management of knowledge-exchange activities from the Departments of Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Human Communication Sciences• To identify internal potential commercial opportunities including securing and licensing of intellectual property, contract and collaborative research with industry, industrial studentships and consultancy.• To stimulate external interest from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health technology industries in opportunities for collaborative or contract research• To work with Faculty staff and research teams in coordinating and drafting bids for funding.• To provide technical and management support for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects based in the Faculty.• To build appropriate links with other stakeholders within the University responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property (in particular Fusion IP PLC)• To work with partner institutions (e.g. the NHS and White Rose) in stimulating local and regional knowledge–exchange activity.• To liaise with academic stakeholders in other Faculties (in particular the Faculty of Science) and departments (in particular Research & Innovation Services).• To be responsible for the communication and dissemination of Faculty knowledge- exchange successes through the media (e.g. print, newsletter, web and other media) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  16. 16. Job Description.• To be responsible for the management of knowledge-exchange activities from the Departments of Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Human Communication Sciences• To identify internal potential commercial opportunities including securing and licensing of intellectual property, contract and collaborative research with industry, industrial studentships and consultancy.• To stimulate external interest from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health technology industries in opportunities for collaborative or contract research• To work with Faculty staff and research teams in coordinating and drafting bids for funding.• To provide technical and management support for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects based in the Faculty.• To build appropriate links with other stakeholders within the University responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property (in particular Fusion IP PLC)• To work with partner institutions (e.g. the NHS and White Rose) in stimulating local and regional knowledge–exchange activity.• To liaise with academic stakeholders in other Faculties (in particular the Faculty of Science) and departments (in particular Research & Innovation Services).• To be responsible for the communication and dissemination of Faculty knowledge- exchange successes through the media (e.g. print, newsletter, web and other media) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  17. 17. Job Description.• To be responsible for the management of knowledge-exchange activities from the Departments of Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Human Communication Sciences• To identify internal potential commercial opportunities including securing and licensing of intellectual property, contract and collaborative research with industry, industrial studentships and consultancy.• To stimulate external interest from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health technology industries in opportunities for collaborative or contract research• To work with Faculty staff and research teams in coordinating and drafting bids for funding.• To provide technical and management support for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects based in the Faculty.• To build appropriate links with other stakeholders within the University responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property (in particular Fusion IP PLC)• To work with partner institutions (e.g. the NHS and White Rose) in stimulating local and regional knowledge–exchange activity.• To liaise with academic stakeholders in other Faculties (in particular the Faculty of Science) and departments (in particular Research & Innovation Services).• To be responsible for the communication and dissemination of Faculty knowledge- exchange successes through the media (e.g. print, newsletter, web and other media) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  18. 18. Med-Tech Industry day, June 2012137 Delegates - Industry (55); Academia (55); NHS (14);Other (13) map“A fantastic way to find out whats going on nationally and locally infield of Med Tech. Great way to network.”“A superb event with an excellent range of exhibitors and attendees.” 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield *Feedback from Industry delegates
  19. 19. Job Description.• To be responsible for the management of knowledge-exchange activities from the Departments of Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Human Communication Sciences• To identify internal potential commercial opportunities including securing and licensing of intellectual property, contract and collaborative research with industry, industrial studentships and consultancy.• To stimulate external interest from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health technology industries in opportunities for collaborative or contract research• To work with Faculty staff and research teams in coordinating and drafting bids for funding.• To provide technical and management support for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects based in the Faculty.• To build appropriate links with other stakeholders within the University responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property (in particular Fusion IP PLC)• To work with partner institutions (e.g. the NHS and White Rose) in stimulating local and regional knowledge–exchange activity.• To liaise with academic stakeholders in other Faculties (in particular the Faculty of Science) and departments (in particular Research & Innovation Services).• To be responsible for the communication and dissemination of Faculty knowledge- exchange successes through the media (e.g. print, newsletter, web and other media) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  20. 20. Job Description.• To be responsible for the management of knowledge-exchange activities from the Departments of Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Human Communication Sciences• To identify internal potential commercial opportunities including securing and licensing of intellectual property, contract and collaborative research with industry, industrial studentships and consultancy.• To stimulate external interest from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health technology industries in opportunities for collaborative or contract research• To work with Faculty staff and research teams in coordinating and drafting bids for funding.• To provide technical and management support for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects based in the Faculty.• To build appropriate links with other stakeholders within the University responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property (in particular Fusion IP PLC)• To work with partner institutions (e.g. the NHS and White Rose) in stimulating local and regional knowledge–exchange activity.• To liaise with academic stakeholders in other Faculties (in particular the Faculty of Science) and departments (in particular Research & Innovation Services).• To be responsible for the communication and dissemination of Faculty knowledge- exchange successes through the media (e.g. print, newsletter, web and other media) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  21. 21. Job Description.• To be responsible for the management of knowledge-exchange activities from the Departments of Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery and Human Communication Sciences• To identify internal potential commercial opportunities including securing and licensing of intellectual property, contract and collaborative research with industry, industrial studentships and consultancy.• To stimulate external interest from the pharmaceutical, medical devices and health technology industries in opportunities for collaborative or contract research• To work with Faculty staff and research teams in coordinating and drafting bids for funding.• To provide technical and management support for interdisciplinary and collaborative projects based in the Faculty.• To build appropriate links with other stakeholders within the University responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property (in particular Fusion IP PLC)• To work with partner institutions (e.g. the NHS and White Rose) in stimulating local and regional knowledge–exchange activity.• To liaise with academic stakeholders in other Faculties (in particular the Faculty of Science) and departments (in particular Research & Innovation Services).• To be responsible for the communication and dissemination of Faculty knowledge- exchange successes through the media (e.g. print, newsletter, web and other media) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  22. 22. Publicity and Media © The University of Sheffield 13 Jan 2011
  23. 23. Day to day activities• Evaluating new commercial opportunities• Attending industry networking events• Writing/ reviewing project proposals and grant applications• Responding to expertise requests from potential collaborators & other organisations• Reporting! 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  24. 24. A week in the life…Day to day activities• CALENDAR08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  25. 25. Person Specification. Criteria Essential Desirable How this criterion will be assessed e.g. Application / Interview / Presentation / References Qualifications and experience  First degree in an appropriate scientific  Application subject or equivalent experience).  PhD (or equivalent) in subject related to biomaterials science and equivalent Application research experience.  Communication skills  Effective communication skills, both  Interview written and verbal, report writing skills and experience of delivering presentations.  Excellent customer service skills, with  Application/interview experience of responding efficiently and effectively to phone and email enquiries. Team working  Ability to work as part of a team.  Application/interview Problem solving and decision making  Ability to develop creative approaches to  Application/interview problem solving.  Ability to analyse and solve problems with  Application/interview an appreciation of longer-term implications. Project management  Ability to assess and organise resources,  Application/interview and plan and progress work activities.  Experience of a range of project  Application/interview management approaches. Personal effectiveness  Experience of developing and maintaining  Application/interview a network of contacts throughout own work area.  Experience of adapting own skills to new  Application/interview circumstances.08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  26. 26. Key skills & attributes.From PhD/ postdoc Additional• Analytical thinking • Commercial awareness• Problem solving • Technology development• Time-management & commercialisation• Independence/ • Intellectual property, esp. autonomy patents• Communication – inc. • Negotiation written & oral • Networking• Multi-tasking • Project planning/ project• (Technical knowledge) management 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield • Customer service…
  27. 27. Picking up the additional skills.08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  28. 28. Routes into KT (and back out…) Sam Karen Yasin JamesEducation PhD (Sheffield, MSc (Sheffield, PhD (Aston, 1988) PhD (Sheffield, 2007) 1999) 2009)Previous Research Scientist Clinical Trials Several roles YorkshireRoles (Lombard Medical Manager (Parexel, (Technical & Enterprise Fellow Technologies, 2003-2009) Management) in (2009-10) 2006-2009) public and private sector. 1991-2009KT Role Business Business Manager Business Business Manager Development (Sheffield Development (Sheffield Manager (METRC, Healthcare Manager (Sheffield Healthcare 2009-2011) Gateway, 2010- ) KTA, 2010-2012) Gateway, 2009- )Where Operations Founder-Directornext? Director TBC (Hydrogel TBC (QuantuMDx Healthcare Ltd., Group Ltd., 2012-) 2011-) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  29. 29. Additional information.Key Organisations Sources of Training• AURIL • Think Ahead Programme• Praxis Unico • University of Sheffield• Institute for Knowledge Transfer Enterprise• Technology Strategy BoardUniversity KE centres Publications• Sheffield Healthcare Gateway • Lambert Review (2003)• Sheffield Science Gateway • CIHE/ CBR Report (2008)“Universities, Business and• Sheffield Engineering Gateway Knowledge Exchange”• Advanced Manufacturing Research • Dyson Report (2010)“Ingenious Centre (AMRC) Britain”• Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) • Wilson Review (2012) 08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield
  30. 30. Dr James Lapworth– Contacts james.lapworth@sheffield.ac.uk @JWLapworth www.linkedin.com/in/jameslapworth08/03/2013 © The University of Sheffield

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