Bridging the Gap Between Academic Innovation and Industry Drug Discovery and Development (UoDundee P2D 2017)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Dundee

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 H18015 Strategic investment
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Funding ID H18015 
Organisation Scottish Executive 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2021
 
Description Research collaboration with Bukwang 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department School of Medicine
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A screen was run using MALDI-TOF mass spec and hit expansion to deliver 4 series of compounds
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge of the target area
Impact Project based funding for Dundee and Oxford
Start Year 2019
 
Description BBC Scotland news for Takeda collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Scotland were offered an exclusive to report the Dundee collaboration with Takeda. A video was shown on BBC Scotland news on 19/02/19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BioEurope Autumn 2018 
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 Attendance at BioEurope Autumn in Copenhagen for partnering and in particular collaboration building meetings with Bukwang Pharma and SYNthesis Research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BioEurope Spring 2018 
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 Attended 35 one-to-one partnering meetings over 3 days with follow up discussions leading to a research collaboration agreement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Due diligence visit form Bukwang Pharma 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A team of 3 from Bukwang Pharma form S.Korea visited for 2 days to complete diligence and negotiate a collaboration and license agreement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Due diligence visit from Takeda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A team of 3 from Takeda in Japan spend 3 days in Dundee to complete diligence and negotiation a collaboration and license agreement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.drugdiscovery.dundee.ac.uk/about-us/news/drug-discovery-unit-partners-takeda-develop-new-...
 
Description Hosted Ex Scientia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted a visit from Ex Scientia seeking to build a 3-way collaboration with another biotech to develop new AI technologies for antibacterials drug discovery
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Almac 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted a team from Almac to discuss possible collaboration to co-develop a range of DUB inhibitors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosting a visit from SYNthesis Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As a follow up from discussion at BIoEurope we hosted a visit from the President of SYNtheisResearch to continue collaboration discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Takeda and collaborators in Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A 3-way meeting between Dundee, Takeda and collaborators in the University of Cambridge and the MRC LMB. A project plan was agree and subsequently funded via research collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from Chris Law MP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Chris Law MP visited the School of Life Sciences in support of Tay Cities Deal and other activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from Scottish Funding Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Hosted a visit form a number of officials from the SFC to hear more about out research activities and collaboration with other UK universities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from Summit Therapeutics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted a number of visit form Summit Therapeutics leading to receipt of funding towards a PhD studentship
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018