Oxford Proximity to Discovery Scheme – Round 2

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford

Abstract

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Technical Summary

The MRC Proximity to Discovery scheme awards universities funds to help develop new collaborations, and ways of exchanging knowledge and skills.  The awards can be used to support activities that promote the value of academic-industry partnership, and enhance academic and industry researchers’ understanding of each other’s needs and capabilities.  This may be through people exchanges, creation of technology demonstrators, showcase events, commercialisation workshops and ‘entrepreneurs in residence’ schemes.  Such exchanges of knowledge and skills will boost the most fruitful collaborations between UK universities and life science companies.

Publications

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Description Collaboration with Merck 
Organisation Merck
Department Merck UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Visiting and discussing scientific collaboration with Merck and formation of Strategic Partnership between Merck and Oxford. We aim to establish deep collaborative working. Follow up teleconferences are in progress and there is huge optimism that this will work.
Collaborator Contribution Frequent discussions with Merck about strategic partnership
Impact This has just begun
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with Novartis Basel 
Organisation Astex Pharmaceuticals
Department Astex Therapeutics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Both of these collaborations are around exchange of expertise in cryo-electron miscroscopy for access to Titan Krios time for collection of our own samples.
Collaborator Contribution Both companies provided time on their own Titan Krios
Impact Cryo electron miscroscopy data collected - analysis of data is ongoing
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with Novartis Basel 
Organisation Novartis
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Both of these collaborations are around exchange of expertise in cryo-electron miscroscopy for access to Titan Krios time for collection of our own samples.
Collaborator Contribution Both companies provided time on their own Titan Krios
Impact Cryo electron miscroscopy data collected - analysis of data is ongoing
Start Year 2016
 
Description Antimicrobial Resistance: Diagnostic Solutions workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative (DEC) Oxford (Department of Primary Care), with the support of DEC Leeds and the Knowledge Transfer Network, hosted a clinician/industry workshop on diagnostic solutions for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at St Hugh's College Oxford. Clinicians outlined the clinical need for AMR-relevant diagnostic tests, limitations of available tests and barriers to implementation. Representatives from the diagnostics industry presented new approaches and technologies which are currently in the development pipeline. Oral presentations were followed by rotating workshops covering respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and sepsis. The meeting concluded with a networking dinner in college.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.oxford.dec.nihr.ac.uk/reports-and-resources/amr-workshop-2017
 
Description Diagnostic Evidence Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Diagnostic Evidence Workshop is a two-day training course organised by the Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford which covers diagnostic test development, evaluation and regulation. The workshop is aimed at diagnostics professionals working in industry, academia, research funding and regulatory affairs. The P2D award provided a number of fully funded places on the course to representatives from small and medium sized enterprises who would otherwise have been unable to attend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Health Technology for Tomorrow seminar series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford is currently hosting a new series of seminars to showcase and discuss exciting healthcare technology innovations in three key areas, namely wearables, imaging, and digital health-related technologies. The seminars are providing a platform for visitors from the health technology industry to present their ideas and products to a multidisciplinary group of healthcare researchers and members of the wider University community.

The aim of the seminars is to elicit discussions to define priority areas of clinical need and greatest impact for emerging technologies and to foster relationships between academia and industry. These meetings take the format of technology presentations by industry followed by discussions amongst a panel of technology-appropriate specialists before wider discussions with all participants. Seminars either conclude with a networking lunch, or are preceded by networking refreshments.

To date the seminars have covered a wearable patient monitoring device (Isansys) and a digital aid to support antimicrobial prescription in primary care (accuRx). Both seminars stimulated robust discussions and led to follow-up conversations between the visitors from industry and members of academic staff at the University. The DEC has agreed to work with accuRx to evaluate the efficacy of their digital aid for antimicrobial prescription in primary care.

Future Health Technology seminars are planned, with the next taking place at the Society for Academic Primary Care (Southwest region) conference in Oxford on the 23rd of March.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL https://www.oxford.dec.nihr.ac.uk/courses-and-events/htt-seminar-3