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128INNOVATION UK Centres of Excellence North East: County durham development COMPANY County Durham - where science and technology grow County Durham's economic strategy recognises that innovation and knowledge- based investment are vital to future economic success and that the County must create and sustain an infrastructure that encourages investment and R& D activity. Promoting co- operation between universities and busi-ness; facilitating technology transfer; and providing space for business incubation are all part of the vision for one of the County's flagship developments. As a focus for the commercialisation of the region's inno-vation, providing an interface between universities and business, the North East Technology Park ( NETPark) is making a major contribution to the economic prospects of County Durham and the north east. In a mature parkland setting at Sedgefield, NETPark is one of the UK's fastest growing science, engineering and technology parks. NETPark is being driven forward by County Durham Development Company ( CDDC), which is encouraging the creation of an innovative, self- sustaining knowledge-based community throughout Durham. NETPARK boasts: The NETPark Research Institute - developed to bring Durham University's world class strengths in research & development and Intellectual Property commercialisation to the park. Links to world-class research in all five of the universities throughout the region is one of NETPark's many strengths. The Printable Electronics Technology Centre ( PETEC) - developed and managed by the Centre for Process Inno-vation ( CPI), PETEC is the UK flagship centre for flexible electronics technology and has state- of- the- art facilities that allow companies to develop prototypes and prod-ucts, while engaging with universities for collaborative research. The centre will help to put NETPark and the County at the forefront of revolutionary technologies, poised to exploit a printable electronics market projected to be worth £ 30 billion by 2015, growing to £ 200 billion by 2025. The NETPark Incubator - demand for the adaptable office and laboratory space in the first phase of the Incu-bator, which offers a total support package for young companies, was so great that it was fully occupied three years ahead of the predicted date. The newly expanded incubation facility at NETPark has more than doubled the space in which exciting new ven-tures can thrive. Building work has been completed and the 24,000 sq ft Incubator Phase 2 extension is now attracting tenants. The Incubator is already home to some of the world's most exciting technology companies: » Kromek - digital X- ray and imaging technology with security and other applications; » ROAR Particles - nanotechnology to enhance fingerprint detection; » ANTnano plc - air handling and detection technology » Durham Mag Lev Ltd - revolutionary aerodynamic testing of F1 and other cars. These are just a selection of the companies that have found NETPark the ideal environment for business growth. Harnessing the north east's intellectual power and world- class research strengths, it is providing a focal point for the commercialisation of cutting- edge research & development at the centre of a region that places science, engineering and technology at the heart of its economic strategy. CDDC's dedicated NETPark team ensures that compa-nies have access to tailored business support that enables them to achieve their potential - helping them to grow and compete with the best in the world. And there are further developments in the pipeline. Work is already underway on 3 new buildings, each of them capable of becoming the headquarters of a global tech-nology company and ground and infrastructure works for the next stage of NETPark's land development will see it increase from its present 13 hectares to 16 hectares. To find out more about business opportunities at NETPark, visit: www. uknetpark. net or contact Catherine Johns, CDDC's Director of Innovation Development: Tel: + 44 ( 0) 191 370 8689 E- mail: catherine. johns@ durham. gov. uk

INNOVATION UK129 Durham University Founded in 1832, Durham University has over 15,000 students and is located in the city of Durham and in Stockton- on- Tees at Queen's Campus, which was opened in 1992. The University is organised into three academic faculties: arts and humanities, science, and social sciences and health, made up of 25 departments or schools. It employs over 3,000 staff and has an annual turnover of £ 210m. Additionally, the Durham Business School is known worldwide for its innovative approach to business education. Few universities have comparable research strengths across the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities; yet Durham is compact and interactive enough to develop new approaches, questions and research ideas that tran-scend discipline boundaries. Our Institute of Hazard and Risk Research ( www. dur. ac. uk/ ihrr) is demonstrating the power of such genuine interdisciplinary activity. A further example is the Wolfson Research Institute ( WRI, www. dur. ac. uk/ wolfson. institute) which brings together and develops a wide range of research on human health and wellbeing across the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Over 130 WRI Fellows from 10 aca-demic departments are pioneering new interdisciplinary approaches, from the role of primary care and public health in tackling health inequalities to the new intellec-tual field of medical humanities. The Institute occupies a striking purpose- built waterfront building at the Univer-sity's Queen's Campus Stockton which is being developed to generate new educational and economic opportunities in the Tees Valley. The Institute combines its commit-ment to world- class research with strong partnerships with public services, health and regeneration agencies in North East England, particularly the NHS. These focus on applied research and developing new products and tools to improve health and quality of life, especially among disadvantaged groups where there is most potential to make a difference. Sharing our knowledge We proactively protect IPR generated by research and currently have interests in over 70 discrete patent fami-lies. Healthcare and Life Sciences represent a significant proportion of our portfolio. Projects are taken forward as spin- out companies, licensing deals or industrial collaborations. Durham spin- outs include: Reinnervate ( www. reinner-vate. com), Durham Magneto- optics ( www. durhammag-netooptics. com), Geospatial Research ( www. geospa-tial- research. com), Fscan ( www. fscanltd. com), Surface Innovations ( www. surface- innovations. com), Creative Gene Technology ( www. creativegenetech. com), Durham Pipeline Technology ( www. dpt. co. uk) and Kromek ( www. kromek. com). The latter is now a flagship company of the North East Technology Park ( NETPark) at Sedgefield. Licensing and/ or industrial collaboration opportunities currently being pursued include: » Improved Microgripper for Cell Manipulation; » Point of Care Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis; » Electrochemical Method to Determine the Chirality of Drug Precursors; » Strategies for providing specific, safe and broad-spectrum anti- protozoal drugs for diseases including Leishmaniases, African sleeping sickness, Chagas' disease and Toxoplasmosis. Further opportunities can be found at http:// www. dur. ac. uk/ technology. transfer/ licensing Durham is actively seeking close interaction with: » » companies looking to access technologies through collaboration or licensing; » » investors seeking exciting high- growth opportunities; » » experienced commercial managers wishing to engage in our spin- out activity. Durham also offers a range of opportunities for work-ing with businesses in research and our graduates and postgraduates are recruited by businesses throughout the world. Knowledge Transfer Partnership ( KTP) grants can provide an ideal way of working on a specific project with the involvement of a graduate in collaboration with the University. The University's consultancy units routinely work with business regionally, within the UK and worldwide to improve competitiveness and results in both the public and private sectors. We have an extensive range of state-of- the- art analytical equipment and facilities based in Sci-ence and Social Sciences and Health faculties which can be accessed by businesses and other organisations. If you are interested in finding out more please contact: Dr Jennifer Thompson Tel: + 44 ( 0) 191 334 4643 Website: www. dur. ac. uk/ business or Dr Tim Hammond Tel: + 44 ( 0) 191 334 3189 Website: www. dur. ac. uk/ technology. transfer " In the 2008 research assessment exercise 90% of our research was deemed of international quality, with 78% either internationally ' excellent' or ' world leading". Centres of Excellence NORTH EAST: DURHAM UNIVERSITY