For Researchers

If you’re an academic or student at UCL working on a novel and exciting idea that shows promise and potential, the options and opportunities can seem complex and confusing. We’re ideally positioned to help and guide you at every step of your journey from innovation to impact.

Making technology transfer make sense

If you’re an academic or student at UCL working on a novel and exciting idea that shows promise and potential, the options and opportunities facing you can seem complex and confusing.

You might, for example, wish to learn how to commercialise your research to generate money for your department, find out more about forming a spin out company or fully understand the value of protecting your intellectual property (IP).

Don’t worry, we’re ideally positioned to help and guide you at every step of your journey from innovation to impact.

Why trust us with your technology?

We offer you peace of mind as well as an expert capability
Formed in 1993, we were one of the first technology commercialisation businesses and today we’re in the top five such organisations. Yes, we’re successful, stable and secure but we’ve lost none of our innovative, flexible and responsive edge.

We’re with you every step of the way, from the very earliest stages
This means you can focus on the important, exciting work while we manage and organise the more mundane stuff.

You’ll find us open, welcoming, proactive, nurturing and passionate about commercialising your technology. There’s no jargon or business-speak, just transparency, honesty and objectivity.

We’re on a mission
We imagine our vision reflects your own? That is to work ‘for the benefit of humankind in its widest sense.’ After all, it’s how you and we contribute much to the wellbeing of UCL, the technology transfer industry and the education sector, as well as wider society.

Confidentiality is key
If you believe you’ve an innovative, patentable technology, it’s important you contact us before any form of public domain disclosure.

Read our Technology Transfer Page

FORMS & RESOURCES

It is important to control the information flow around ideas that have commercial potential. Discussing your innovations with people from other organisations, giving talks or publishing information online or in journals can jeopardise the chances of protecting and commercialising them.
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FOR PARTNER NHS STAFF

Since 1993 we’ve worked in partnership with a number of leading NHS Trusts, particularly in the field of biomedical research. In fact, our vision is ‘to help support and commercialise research from UCL and NHS trusts associated with UCL for the benefit of humankind in its widest sense.’
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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

There are various funds you can apply to in order to support the development and commercialisation of your promising technology. Click Read More below to learn about the support they provide, the criteria they apply in doing so and how you can find more information or apply for help.
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MATERIAL TRANFER AGREEMENTS

Materials Transfer Agreements (MTAs) govern the transfer of materials from the owner or their authorised licensee (usually referred to as ‘the provider’) to a third party (usually referred to as ‘the recipient’) who may wish to use the material for research purposes.
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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

We work closely with the business managers of the UCLB team to support investigators like you at every stage of their translational research. Together with the research project teams, we help develop new technologies and propel them along their commercial pathway.
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PROOF OF CONCEPT FUNDS

There are various funds you can apply to in order to support the development and commercialisation of your promising technology. Click Read More below to learn about the support they provide, the criteria they apply in doing so and how you can find more information or apply for help.
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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

If you’re looking to develop your academic research for public benefit rather than private gain – perhaps to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people, address environmental issues or reinvest profits back into the community – we should be talking.
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DO YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A NOVEL INVENTION?

If you believe you have a novel invention, you should find your relevant Business Manager.
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XIP ONLINE LICENSING

XIP is UCLB’s express licensing portal providing industry and academia with easy access to software and materials developed by UCL’s researchers.
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Academics guide to XIP