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Research Commercialisation Open Programme

3-9 April 2022

The Research Commercialisation Open Programme offers individuals a week of intensive training with the University of Cambridge, focusing on research commercialisation.

This annual five-day course of lectures and workshops is aimed at those who wish to understand the basics of how new ideas and research outcomes are commercialised at the University of Cambridge and in the wider Cambridge Cluster.

The course is of particular relevance to university technology transfer staff, academic entrepreneurs, government advisors and policymakers who are developing knowledge-based economies, wishing to spin-out or out-license new technologies, or deliver consultancy based on university expertise and knowledge from research.

Training sessions are delivered by experienced trainers and practitioners with direct experience of research commercialisation, raising finance and developing knowledge-based ventures.

Open Programme details

Key learning objectives

The key learning objectives are to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of research commercialisation practices in the UK
  • Understand how to evaluate and pursue the most appropriate research commercialisation route
  • Learn techniques for negotiating and structuring technology out-licensing agreements
  • Learn the principles behind successfully financing and developing knowledge-based ventures

Topics covered

The course offers a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions covering such topics as:

  • Principles of research commercialisation
  • Researching the market for new innovations
  • Innovation, evaluation and valuation
  • The spin-out versus licence decision
  • Technology out-licensing
  • Negotiation skills
  • Creating and developing a new knowledge-based venture
  • Developing a commercialisation strategy
  • Building the team
  • Raising finance
  • Delivering consultancy services

Course dates

Our next Research Commercialisation Open Programme course dates are:

  • 3-9 April 2022

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How to apply

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Make an enquiry

Details on how to apply for a place on our next Open Programme will be available here in due course. For other queries regarding the Open Programme, please contact us.

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