17 May 2018

We spent yesterday touring the vast halls of Vitafoods Europe 2018 in Geneva. It was interesting to see all the innovative businesses from across Europe demonstrating their new technologies, products and services in the food and ingredients sector. We were testing the market for a number of new projects we are collaborating on too deliver healthy ingredients derived from food waste/co-products. It was a brilliant day of fact finding and making new contacts.

There were some major themes evident throughout the show such as healthy ageing and protein especially for sports nutrition, but also some new themes emerging which may prove to be the stars of the show in a few years from now such as eye health and beauty from within. 

20 April 2018 

Brilliant news, one of our collaborators Inspro have secured a second Innovate UK project to develop localised facilities to produce Black solider fly larvae from food waste for fish feed applications. Looking forward to working with you some more on this project.

17 Oct 2017 

Great to present at the KTN's Early Careers Researcher event in Birmingham. It is always good to meet people at the start of their careers and talk about the exciting things they could get into. There are many more careers paths and ways of working open to people than ever before so it is important to show all the options.

16 May 2016

Innovate UK funding for Agri-food Innovation with Turkey. Interesting opportunities for UK businesses to apply for a share of £1.5 million to work with Turkish businesses on innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-food sector in Turkey.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-agri-food-innovation-in-turkey

SPG Innovation Ltd is interested in being partners, subcontractors or helping with the proposal writing for any projects in this call.

Commercialisation of University Research

 

I have spent more than a decade working at the interface between Academia and industry, trying to commercialise some of the amazing research which comes out of our academic institutes in the UK. I have seen a number of successes and my fair share of failures but I still firmly believe that the UK can be a leading force when it comes to commercialisation of University research. It is rarely a simple matter to extract technology from a university and transfer it into a useable format for industry. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way that may help:

  • Early feedback from potential customers is invaluable – this may save you months even years developing an unusable technology
  • Be careful with the information you disclose; some may be confidential or protectable. You often don’t know the value of this information at the beginning of a project
  • Keep the technology as simple as possible, avoid trying to introduce a new product and process at the same time
  • Think about large scale manufacturing process and costs up front, you don’t want to get halfway through a project to find that the manufacturing is not viable
  • Believe in your product or service, if you don’t you won’t convince anyone else to!
  • Don’t be afraid to give it a go……

Remember the most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing!

If you would like to know more about commercialising research or would just like a chat about your ideas, please feel free to contact me.

Dr Sarah Gaunt, SPG Innovation Ltd, experts in commercialisation of IP in food, life sciences and Agritech. 


10 May 2016

SPG Innovation Ltd is just coming up to the end of its first year trading, it has been an exciting journey with many ups and downs. Overall, we have worked with some really interesting people and exciting projects, long may it continue.

We have attended and presented at some really interesting events such as the Foodwastenet ‘Pathways to Commercialisation’ event http://www.foodwastenet.org/events/pathways-to-commercialisation-1-2-march-2016/ and the EPSRC Centre for innovative manufacture Food Futures Annual conference. Looking forward to attending more interesting events and meeting more interesting people.