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University of Birmingham to lead Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA)

10th April 2018:  The University of Birmingham is to lead a connected system of incubators and accelerators that will drive jobs and economic growth across the Midlands region, following a £5 million award announced today by Research England.

The award will establish MICRA as the largest formal technology transfer collaboration in the UK, providing a single gateway to the collective intellectual property (IP) resources from the eight Midlands Innovation universities - Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick. 

Changes to GVA top team at Midlands Office


Carl Potter has been confirmed as new Midlands Regional Senior Director (RSD), taking over from Ian Stringer when he steps down from the role in May.

Ian will remain a director with the company and will focus on providing advice to a specific portfolio of clients.

Wolverhampton's Science Centre up for regional building award

The University of Wolverhampton’s new Science Centre has been nominated in two categories in the region’s premier property and construction awards.

The £10.1m centre located at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, which was completed late last year, has been nominated in two of the eight categories for the RICS (Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2108, West Midlands.

Designed by Fairhursts Design Group and built by Clegg Construction, the building has been nominated in the Design by Innovation category and the Regeneration category.

Duke of York sees energy revolution in the making at Culham Science Centre

Culham is home to JET – the Joint European Torus – the world’s largest fusion experiment, which the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) operates for scientists around Europe. The Duke of York toured JET and learned of its role in paving the way for fusion reactors which could one day provide low-carbon energy to people around the globe. He was shown round the JET facility by officials from UKAEA, EUROfusion (the consortium that manages the JET research programme) and the European Commission.

Dynamic North East companies leading the way in space race

Image: Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult

THE DYNAMISM and drive of North East businesses is what sets them apart from other UK companies working within the space sector, according to a national space industry leader.

Lunar Society partners with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce to showcase tech innovations in the health and wellbeing sector

Image: the flagship i-Centrum building at the Innovation Birmingham Campus

Birmingham’s Lunar Society has partnered with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce to host a showcase of the city’s brightest entrepreneurs driving innovation in the health sector through technology.

£7.4m development opens at NETPark


Image: From left to right, Neil Loxley CEO of IBEX, a new tenant at Explorer, Brian Archer, Business Durham’s MD, Stuart Martin, CEO of Satellite Applications Catapult, Coun Bill Kellett, chairman of Durham County Council, and Ken Williamson, chief operating officer of PragmatIC, another new tenant at Explorer.

Call for ICT researchers, Post-Docs, SMEs and Start-ups

St John’s Innovation Centre is a partner for the recently launched fully funded MERLIN (Methodologies for Researcher Led Innovations) project aimed to support ICT (Information and Commu

Babraham Research Campus appoints Dr Karolina Zapadka to lead Accelerate@Babraham

The Babraham Research Campus is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Karolina Zapadka as Business Acceleration Manager for the Babraham Research Campus’ bio-incubator and life science accelerator, Accelerate@Babraham.

Karolina is a highly experienced biotech business developer, biophysical science consultant and physical chemist, who has been part of the Cambridge life science ecosystem for over eight years.

New NETPark sculpture to be seen from space

A bold sculpture specially designed to be visible on satellite imagery has been installed at the new gateway to one of the country’s leading science parks.