Universities connecting with investors welcomed

Universities connecting with investors welcomed

The National Centre welcomes the London Stock Exchange first University IP Commercialisation Investor Forum which builds on the findings of the National Centre’s Growing Value work, which stresses the need to sustain the competitiveness of UK R&D. 

The London Stock Exchange’s University IP Commercialisation Forum, in partnership with Numis, today bought together Government representatives, university tech-transfer offices, chief executives of many of the UK’s university spin-outs and UK and international investors. They discussed the UK’s success to date in supporting university IP commercialisation and the continued need for a wider set of investors to engage in the sector.

David Docherty, CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business:

“In this new world, the UK urgently needs intense, sophisticated and productive collaboration between its world class research base and inventive firms. Investors play a vital role in fuelling growth based on these relationships, and we must all work together to increase the quality of communications and broker engagement between all these sectors.”

Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group:

“Bringing breakthrough science and technology to the market place is critical for our economy, both economically through the creation of new, high-quality jobs and to the quality of public life. The companies here today are testament that the right form of equity funding, private or public, allows businesses to innovate and grow rapidly. Together with Government and the investor community, we are creating a unique ecosystem in the UK to support innovation, allowing UK and US IP commercialisation businesses and their portfolio companies to thrive.”

Nigel Wilson, CEO, L&G:

“Spinning out research and development from our universities and turning this innovation into the companies of the future, is paramount if the UK is to improve productivity and deliver economic growth. Legal & General is investing £15 billion in our great towns and cities. We are partnering with universities on research and development, and lending to SMEs. The UK is a world leader in start ups, we need to invest to make them successful scale ups.”

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