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New research collaboration opens for business in the South East

25 January 2012

A new collaboration between five of the South East’s leading research institutions has been launched. South East IP brings together the latest research from five partner institutions across the South East, making it available to business and investors in a single, easy-to-search format. With initial funding of £75,000 from the UK Intellectual Property Office '2011 Fast Forward Competition', the new site will accelerate the exploitation of innovation in the South East.

The South East IP partners are The National Physical Laboratory, The University of Reading, Royal Holloway University of London, The University of Surrey and The University of Sussex. Together, these five institutions represent a significant portion of the research output in the South East. Now investors and commercial partners can find details of new technologies and techniques from this research base in one place.

The new collaboration will provide a single place for investors and companies looking for specific technologies, to look for IP from a collection of institutions in the South East. It will also provide a service to help participating institutions source specific expertise and equipment  from other institutions in the network, and encourage collaborations and joint funding applications.
David McCallum, Intellectual Property Officer at the University of Surrey, said, “ For the first time, details of new techniques and technologies developed at our five partner institutions have been brought together in one place, and in a form that investors and businesses can search to find the opportunities they are looking for. This is a big step forward for the whole region in matching technology research in the South East with investment, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

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