Cutting edge university research being showcased at British Science Week

The UK’s most successful university technology transfer partnership will be hosting a free event to showcase some of its latest cutting edge developments and investment opportunities to businesses and R&D (Research & Development) organisations.

Midlands Innovation (MI) is a world-class partnership made up of eight of the country’s leading research intensive universities. It is the largest formal collaboration of Technology Transfer Offices in the UK, working together in a programme known as MICRA – Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator.  The partnership generates more patents per pound of research income than any other UK university alliance, and on September 12th it will be hosting its MICRA Showcase event to highlight its latest research and investment opportunities.


The event is being held at the University of Warwick as part of British Science Week, and will showcase some of the MI universities’ successful spin-out companies as well as giving a platform for businesses in the region to find out more about the exciting research coming out of our institutions. This MICRA Showcase is themed around three key challenges outlined in the Government’s Industrial Strategy; new solutions to help meet the needs of an ageing society; leading the way in artificial intelligence to transform business and society; and developing sustainable, resource-efficient technologies to move towards a circular economy.

This event will be the first in a series which will showcase the wide-ranging opportunities and sectors that MICRA is addressing. Speakers at the event include:

Ageing Society: new solutions for longer, healthier independent living
Dr James Brown, who is the Director of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA), has extensive experience in broadcasting and consulting on programmes including ‘Holding back the years’ (BBC1), ‘How to stay young’ (BBC1) and ‘Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Olds’ (Channel 4).

Artificial Intelligence (AI): growing the economy, transforming society
Professor Andy Pardoe, who is the Chief Executive of Informed AI Group and head of the new AI Incubator at the University of Warwick, as well as being an expert advisor to the All Parliamentary Group on AI.

Towards a circular economy: design challenges
Professor Gary Leeke, who is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, has over 20 years expertise in resource efficiency and the development of processes to recover, upgrade and remanufacture materials and chemicals from waste ,

Dr James Wilkie, Director of Enterprise & Innovation, The University of Birmingham and Programme lead for MICRA said: “British Science Week will focus on the breadth of science and the impact it has on everyone’s life, and so it’s an ideal time to shine a spotlight on the impact of scientific research by MICRA partners.

“Working with business to translate cutting-edge research and innovation into real-world applications is at the centre of what we do. Our collaboration with companies, generating tangible outcomes and improved business performance opportunities, shows our commitment to delivering extensive social, economic, environmental and technological impacts from the world-class research excellence generated across the partnership.”

MICRA, which is funded by Research England, aims to create a spin-out and start-up environment that will significantly increase the innovation productivity of the Midlands region, supporting the Government’s Midlands Engine initiative to help to accelerate the speed at which innovations can reach the market by creating a joint pipeline of scalable investment opportunities.

MI universities are already highly effective at identifying new inventions, patenting these, and starting up spin-out companies to develop and commercialise new technologies.

Businesses and public sector organisations with an interest in R&D in these areas can book their free space by visiting:




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Media interviews and photo opportunities there will be opportunities to meet the speakers and the team from 09.30 on 12 September to 15.00 at the Oculus Building, University of Warwick


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