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UCL nominated for Knowledge Transfer Awards - Vote Now

18 November 2008


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  • The London Development Agency
  • UCL Centre for Biomedical Engineering
  • UCL Computer Science
  • UCL Business
  • UCL Advances
  • UCL has four finalists in three categories of the London Development Agency's 'London Knowledge Transfer Awards'. The winner of one of the categories, the 'Knowledge Transfer Champion Award', will be determined by a public vote which closes at noon this Friday, 21 November. Dr Jeff Skinner from UCL Advances is UCL's nominee for this award, which acknowledges 'a successful individual working in business development or knowledge-transfer at a London Higher Education Institution, Further Education or other research organisation who has demonstrated outstanding achievements and business acumen in their field'.

    Dr Jeff Skinner

    Dr Skinner is the UCL Director for Corporate Alliances, and has been central to knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities at UCL for sixteen years. He has played crucial roles in the development of UCL Business, UCL Consultants and latterly as Commercial Director. During that time he has helped spread best practice in all aspects of knowledge and technology transfer through key roles with the leading professional bodies PRAXIS and ASTP. Since autumn 2008, Jeff has been Executive Director of the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management at the London Business School but maintains his links to UCL through continued work with UCL Advances.

    This Award is being sponsored by the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and the New Engineering Foundation.

    The Other UCL Nominees

    The London Knowledge Transfer Awards cover six categories in all. The shortlisted entries were announced on 17 November, and the other three nominees from UCL are:

    Stanmore Implants Worldwide (SIW) and the UCL MSc in Financial Computing, both nominated for Commercial Deal of the Year Award, which recognises the commercialisation potential of Higher Education Institutions.

    SIW is a successful spin-off company from UCL's Centre for Biomedical Engineering. SIW is an innovative orthopaedic business focused on saving and restoring the function of limbs and joints and was sold in February 2008 to a syndicate led by Abingworth Management and MDY Healthcare plc in a deal worth £12.5m. To find out more, please go to http://www.stanmoreimplants.com.

    The UCL MSc in Financial Computing, led by Chris Clack (Director, Financial Computing Programme, Computer Science) has successfully brought UCL together with a series of top-tier partners, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Sachs and Thomson Reuters. The partners have provided generous financial support to help deliver the programme as well as funded the development of the Virtual Trading Floor, a physical space that models a City dealing room. To find out more, please go to http://fc.cs.ucl.ac.uk/

    EuroTempest, which has been nominated for the Environmental Science Award (sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)), which acknowledges successful knowledge-transfer activities in the arena of the environmental sciences, such as climate change, environmental influences on human health and the genetic make-up of life on earth.

    EuroTempest, a UCL spin-off led by Frank Roberts (Space and Climate Physics), provides innovative weather risk products to benefit the warning and management of weather risk across Europe. EuroTempest's services are of specific benefit to insurers, reinsurers, risk managers and loss adjusters. EuroTempest can also provide services that are relevant to companies and organisations in other industry sectors whose performance is influenced by extreme high winds. To find out more about EuroTempest, please go to http://www.eurotempest.com.The winners of these two categories are voted for by the London Knowledge Transfer Award's panel of judges.

    About the Awards

    The UK is recognised as one of the strongest countries in the world for basic research and scientific discovery and London has a world-leading knowledge base, comprising education establishments and research organisations, together with the structures to transfer that knowledge. Organised by the London Development Agency, the London Knowledge Transfer Awards will showcase the very best collaborations between London-based businesses and the knowledge base.

    To find out more about these awards, or the UCL departments and centres involved, please click on one of the links at the top of the page.