Translating research into impact

In the past academic research outputs have been focussed on publications in high impact peer reviewed journals, postgraduate research students undertaking higher degrees and grant funding from Research Councils and AMRC.

The introduction of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) as the successor to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has added a further output to the list; impact. So now Universities need to demonstrate that they are taking their research outputs to the next level. In the case of healthcare, ‘Impacts where the beneficiaries are individuals and groups (both human and animals) whose quality of life has been enhanced (or potential harm mitigated)’. This is where Medipex’s expertise in taking ideas from NHS staff and facilitating their development into products and services to improve patient care will be of real benefit to the University community.


Protecting Intellectual Property (IP) arising from research is just one stage of the commercialisation process. Healthcare is a specialist market which requires a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating the market potential of a product and assessing how the technology should be positioned. Doing this sort of work is important as increasingly potential licensees for technologies and grant awarding bodies (e.g. NIHR, Technology Strategy Board) are requesting more information about the market and how a technology will actually be used within that market.

Medipex’s services for Universities have been designed to support the technology transfer process enabling the collection of a comprehensive package of detailed information about the commercial opportunity associated with a technology.

Some free resources about patents and other types of intellectual property rights can be found by following the links below:

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