Issue date: 25 November 2002

Examples of how to turn the scientific discoveries of today into the commercial applications of tomorrow will be revealed at a technology transfer symposium to be held in Bristol on Thursday 28 November.

The meeting is aimed at researchers and companies in the West who are working in the field of biodiagnostics – the use of bioscience to improve diagnosis of disease. It will include presentations on filing patents, protecting intellectual property, and real-life examples of discoveries that have been successfully commercialised.

The one-day symposium is organised by the Western Arc Bioscience Exploitation Platform, which links together five universities, two NHS trusts and specialised technology transfer organisations. The Western Arc has won a DTI award for its work in matching commercial clients with the expertise and skills that are available within the platform.

The event is free of charge to scientists and companies working in the biodiagnostics sector. It aims to review the current state of research in the participating organisations and encourage academic-industrial collaborations.

The venue is the United Bristol NHS Trust’s Lecture Theatre in Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol.


Editor’s notes

1. For further information contact Dr Helma Kaptein, UWE, e-mail: helma.kaptein@uwe.ac.uk or tel: 0117 344 2043 or Dr Sandy Cree, Bristol University, e-mail: s.j.cree@bristol.ac.uk or tel: 0117 954 6968 .
2. The website for the Western Arc Bioscience Exploitation Platform is: http://www.western-arc.org/
3. The Western Arc Bioscience Exploitation Platform was created in 1997 to provide a means for the identification, protection and successful exploitation of bioscience. Participants include the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, the University of the West of England (UWE), University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM), North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and United Bristol NHS Trust (UBHT).

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