The University of Nottingham’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) has been nationally recognised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) for its work in commercialising technologies arising from research into Clostridia.
The team from The University of Nottingham was one of just six from universities across the UK, to be shortlisted to pitch to the BBSRC for the Activating Impact award.
As a result of the work of the TTO at Nottingham, the University has, since 2006, obtained over £12 million of commercial and government funding for the development of new technologies and research into this area.
The first technology was ClosTron which was an innovative adaptation of an existing technology that enabled its deployment in clostridia. Since then, his group has developed several new proprietary methods which have led to four patent families. These patents are being exploited to lever in research funding and as the basis of licence deals with industrial biotechnology companies.
Exciting techniques and technologies
Dr Celia Caulcott, Director of Innovation and Skills, BBSRC said: “Our Fostering Innovation competitions develop partnerships, increase participation, promote innovation and help researchers deliver important knowledge and benefits for people around the world.
“I would like to congratulate The University of Nottingham’s technology transfer office for the great work they have done in exploiting the commercial potential of technologies arising from their research into clostridia.”
In addition to the multi-millions of pounds of funding that the Technology Transfer Office has secured from commercial and government sources, four patents have been filed for the genetic manipulation of clostridia, 24 commercial licences have been granted and over 250 material transfer agreements have been drafted.
Support for academics and businesses wanting to license ideas
Dr. Susan Huxtable, Director of Intellectual Property and Commercialisation at the University, commented: “The excellent work that the technology transfer team has done with Professor Minton and his technologies is a great example of the support that we offer to academic staff at the University, as well as to businesses wanting to license innovative new ideas.
For more information about the technology transfer services that the University provides to businesses, visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/servicesforbusiness