With high expectations of a return on government and public investment in academic research regarding job creation and economic growth, the pressure for sustained success has increased exponentially in the past five years. In that context, Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced a new thought-leadership event about the most effective ways to enhance the commercialisation of university-owned intellectual property.

“Research Commercialisation: From Ideas to IPO” (19-20 May 2014, London, UK www.idea2ipo-conference.com) will provide an international forum for knowledge transfer that will enable different sectors to develop new government- university-industry -investor collaborations. Thought leaders representing a wide range of government, academic, and industrial experts all of whom understand the necessity for an international partnering platform, will address what has worked, what has failed, and concrete steps to improve global economic innovation and job creation. Together they will explore ways to translate entrepreneurial innovations into economic growth.

Amanda Brooks, Director for Innovation within the UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will give the keynote presentation. Other key speakers include:

  • Lidia Borrell Damian, Director Research and Innovation, European University Association, Belgium
  • Kevin Cullen, CEO, New South Innovations Pty Limited, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Sean Flanigan, Immediate Past President, AUTM, USA
  • David Sweeney, Director, Research, Innovation and Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England, UK

Speakers will provide topical insight and real world examples of the challenges, risks, and opportunities associated with entrepreneurial projects that commercialise university-owned intellectual property. In addition to traditional information exchange, an online partnership system for delegates will be implemented to build connections and foster future collaborations.