Could your organisation benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?

Professor Owen Guy from Swansea University’s Centre for Nano-health (CNH) is no stranger to research-led collaborations and provides an example of the huge value these can bring.

Professor Owen Guy from Swansea University’s Centre for Nano-health (CNH) is no stranger to research-led collaborations and provides an example of the huge value these can bring.

“In addition to a full-time research associate and part-time research supervisor joining the company for the duration of the project, SPTS Technologies gained access to the University’s extensive knowledge base, well equipped labs, world-leading technologies and international network of collaborators.

“We recently completed a very successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with SPTS Technologies, helping the company apply their world-leading technology, usually used in consumer electronics, smart phones and automotive applications, to novel products in the healthcare and BioMEMS sectors.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme, managed by Innovate UK, that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. KTPs require a financial and in-kind contribution from partners.

Owen Guy and SPTS

(L-R) Professor Owen Guy with Huma Ashraf of SPTS Technologies.

“The company gained an instant boost to their in-house R&D capacity and in return, we were able to apply our research to the commercial world, whilst gaining access to the company’s expertise, well equipped facilities and market knowledge. 

"Our partnership led to the development of a wide range of micro-devices and process technologies including silicon microneedle (MN) devices for specialised point of care, “pain free” drug and vaccine delivery applications and novel process for solar cells and LEDs.”

Paul Rich, SPTS’s Executive Vice President of Technology & Operations, commented:

“The collaboration with CNH gave us extra resources to investigate and demonstrate results within the emerging BioMEMS market which is forecast to become a key driver of MEMS industry growth over the next decade. The CNH collaboration is giving us a competitive lead into new markets.”

Generating significant media coverage, and contributing to new patents and research publications, the partnership has raised SPTS Technologies’ exposure and business activity into future markets with a recorded multi-million growth in sales of SPTS tools.

The KTP was the beginning of a journey that proved to be the catalyst for major new research projects to advance microneedle technology.

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