As a university we seek to generate and apply new knowledge in order to transform society.
Knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship and partnership working with industry are critical components of this endeavor. In the School of Life and Medical Sciences this takes many different forms.
Some academics are working on drug discovery and novel
translational therapeutics for human disease, others construct novel biomedical
devices or internet-based therapies. And as well as working with small and
large businesses, we actively pursue knowledge transfer through public
engagement with many different audiences, and influencing policy of government
and other public bodies.
The SLMS Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Board
actively seeks to support these activities, working through UCL Enterprise.
Read more below about some of the initiatives within the School that support this work.
Each Faculty has a Vice-Dean (Enterprise) who is responsible for developing faculty strategy and operational planning in the area of knowledge transfer and enterprise. They work with the KT Champions and the SLMS Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Board to enthuse and engage both SLMS academics and external partners in knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial activity.
Life Sciences – Professor Neil Millar
Brain Sciences - Professor Steve Moss
Population Health Sciences - Professor Stephen Humphries
Medical Sciences - Professor Rachel Chambers
Our Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Champions are
appointed to promote Knowledge Transfer within UCL and make it easier for
academics to receive recognition for their work. The seven KT&E champions
working within our four faculties also aim to create inter-departmental links
throughout the university, working with champions outside the School of Life
and Medical Sciences.
Read more about our KT champions on the UCL Enterprise
The aims of the TRO are to enhance the translational culture within UCL and to facilitate the translation of UCL’s basic and clinical research into therapies, techniques and medical products with therapeutic value. These aims are achieved through interacting with investigators, identifying translatable opportunities, advising on project progression strategy and accessing suitable funding. The TRO also provides project management expertise to steer programmes towards practical endpoints.
We are able to link investigators to the necessary resources (either internal or external) for projects at all phases - discovery, preclinical or clinical.
The TRO has specialist knowledge of the translational funding
landscape. We provide assistance with
translational funding schemes from the MRC (DPFS/DCS), Wellcome Trust, CRUK,
NIHR and others. TRO website
UCL Advances is the centre for entrepreneurship at UCL. It offers training,
networking and business support for staff, students and external entrepreneurs
to encourage and enable new enterprises to get going.
UCL Business assists
the technology development process, from consultancy through to collaborative
research, IP licensing and the creation of spinout companies and joint ventures
to maximise the commercial potential of new discoveries, materials and
UCL Consultants offers bespoke consultancy services from UCL academics to companies and organisations ranging from the small to the very large.