Researchers from Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford and UCL to exhibit licensable technology built from research

On Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September, over 80 researchers will showcase game-changing innovations that could tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

At IP4U University Tech Fair  – held at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus – industry specialists will be able to explore the latest technologies designed by academics in the fields of two of today’s biggest global challenges – sustainability and future health.

Alongside meeting researchers from four of the UK’s leading universities, visitors will be able to book one-to-one meetings with commercialisation professionals from the universities, to understand more about how to bring the innovations from concept to creation and put them into action within their organisations. Delegates will also be able to organise meetings with other delegates, and the event sponsors.

The event highlights the important role that university Technology Transfer Offices play in brokering partnerships between universities, researchers and industry. By showcasing a range of technology innovations, it also seeks to enhance the contribution universities make to impactful innovation. This collaborative showcase enables industry to access groundbreaking technologies from across these leading university research institutions in one place.

The event

IP4U is structured over two days, with Sustainability the focus on 19 September and Future Health under the microscope on 20 September.

Each afternoon, specialist sessions delivered by the TTO teams will explore and demystify routes to industry collaboration with universities, through technology licensing, partnerships, consultancy and through investing and supporting the growth of start-ups and spin-outs.

On the morning of both days, senior leaders from Cambridge Enterprise, Imperial Enterprise, Oxford University Innovation and UCL Business Ltd – the Technology Transfer Offices of the universities – will discuss the contribution of technology transfer to wider society.

The sessions will be chaired by prominent figures in the field, with Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Innovation bringing her insights and experience gained through many years in Parliament to the discussion on 19 September, and AstraZeneca’s Director of Transactions, Sally Mardikian – a former TTO executive herself – chairing the panel on 20 September.

IP4U is free to attend.

Cambridge Enterprise is proud to be part of the UK's inaugural University Technology Fair. Industry relationships are essential to our ambitions to create economic and social impact from academic research. IP4U is the coming together of four universities to create easier access for industry to access IP from leading institutions. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to meet directly with our inventors and to assess a wide range of new technologies in one place.

Dr Diarmuid O'Brien, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise

I’m hoping that IP4U will be an opportunity to meet a number of possible future collaborators to help our team commercialise our research. Working in a university, it can often be difficult to appreciate how industrial scientists value our work and I’m looking forward to discussing this with them and to hearing their thoughts on what the next steps should be in the development of our technology.

Dr Ewa Malek, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge


This event is brought together by the four TTOs, and we are grateful for the support of the following event sponsors:

Platinum sponsor

Mishcon de Reya

Gold sponsors

Barker Bettrell

D Young & Co

Imperial Business Partners

Kilburn & Strode

Mathys & Squire

Medtech To Market

Taylor Wessing