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London's universities say ‘OpenSME’ to new support for capital's small businesses

A group of London's universities are launching a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.

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2013 UCL Business Award


Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost & Prof David Selwwod

The UCL Business Award seeks to mark the achievements of UCL academics who have delivered notable commercial projects. Previous award winner (2012), Prof David Selwwod was selected for his numerous engagements around his drug discovery work with UCL Business over the years and his involvement in three start-up companies.

Last year UCL Business presented for the first time their ‘One-to-Watch’ award. This was given to Professor Neal Skipper and Dr Chris Howard for their project ‘Separation and Purification of Carbon Nanotubes’.

Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost, Dr Chris Howard & Professor Neal Skipper

Based in the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) the One to Watch winners have worked closely with UCL Business over the past few years to help commercialise their novel process to separate and purify carbon nanotubes. Their process could help unlock the huge commercial potential of carbon nanotubes by providing a means to separate semiconducting tubes from metallic.

UCL Business PLC is a leading technology transfer company, which supports and commercialises research and innovations arising from UCL, one of the UK's leading research-led universities.UCLB has a successful track record and strong reputation for identifying and protecting promising new technologies and innovations from UCL academics.

It invests directly in development projects to maximise the potential of the research and manages the commercialisation process of technologies from the laboratory to be market ready. UCLB supports UCL’s Grand Challenges of increasing UCL’s positive impact on and contribution to Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

UCL Business is pleased to continue the realisation of research through its work and by recognising projects which have done so through the 2013 UCL Business Award.