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IOP Business Forum: The UK´s Innovation Landscape

3 May 2012

How can small science-based companies bridge the investment ‘valley of death’ and what more should the UK government do to support them?


These were two of the questions discussed at the IOP Business Forum meeting held at the University of Southampton Science Park on 25 April 2012.

The audience of figures from small and large businesses, funding agencies and policymakers heard from speakers with extensive experience of all sides of the processes of commercialising science: Don Spalinger, formerly of SPI lasers and now director of corporate relationships at Southampton, Alec Reader, director of the nanotechnology knowledge transfer network and Sandra Sassow, CEO of SEaB Energy, a start-up developing pioneering technology in generating energy on-site from waste materials.

The outcomes of the session can be seen on the event page and will be forwarded to the House of Commons select committee who are currently conducting an inquiry into how the UK can better commercialise its research to which the Institute has previously submitted evidence (PDF, 215 KB).