Over 70 delegates from northern universities, large companies and SMEs, all hungry to find partners for innovation, took part in METRC: Partnerships for Successful Innovation, our partnerships and networking event. At the event over 150 formal one-to-one networking meetings, and countless informal meetings, were held.
Supported by the Bioscience, Chemistry Innovation, HealthTech & Medicines, Materials and Nano KTNs,METRC:Partnerships for Successful Innovation was a free one day workshop focusing on innovation partnerships between companies and 9 major universities from the North of England.
Prof Mike Green, Head of the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University, gave the keynote talk at the event. He was full of praise for METRC’s role as a “one-stop shop” for companies to access the research expertise of nine major universities of the north of England. He also showed that “the nine universities that are part of METRC have research expertise that could be applied to a wide range of industrial market sectors that include Chemicals, Energy, Home & Personal Care, Medicines & Healthcare and Transport & Manufacturing.”
Dr Riddhi Shukla, Business Development Manager at Bradford University, also emphasised in her talk that the nine universities are “open for business and keen to work with industry.” She also commented that “there are many ways to work in collaboration with universities to solve industrial challenges and funding is available at all nine universities that industry can access.”
Four case studies about successful university – company partnerships were also presented. These were:
- Durham University, University of Leeds & Aesica Pharmaceuticals – Helping to reduce costs and improve efficiencies
- University of Manchester & PZ Cussons – Turning university expertise into the first home hair straightening kit on the market
- University of Sheffield & Farfield Group – New technology for identification of novel molecules for drug discovery
- Newcastle University & AkzoNobel – Micronutrient fouling control
One-to-one networking meetings were held in the afternoon and these proved to be very popular, with over 150 meetings taking place.
Feedback from delegates at the event was also very positive. Dr Dan Colegate, Business Development Manager from Newcastle University, commented that “METRC: Partnerships for Successful Innovation was an excellent event, well organised and the one-to-one networking session was brilliant.”
Dr Gareth Wakefield, CEO of X radiotheraphy, an Oxford based SME, commented that “the event was excellent. I’m really looking forward to following up on my one-to-one meetings and getting some collaborations going.”
Dr John Stanford from Leeds University was also positive about the event, commenting that the event was “excellent, a really effective use of time and the best networking session I have been to.”
For more feedback and to view photos from the day, click here.