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March 2017 Newsletter

After several months of planning, we are delighted to announce the rebranding of Isis Enterprise as Oxentia. The name Isis has a long history within Oxford – the name of the River Thames as it runs through the Cotswolds – but the time has come to refresh our brand and we will, therefore, be using ‘Oxentia’ as the name under which we undertake our innovation consultancy and training activities. In the article below, we describe the vision of Oxentia and our future direction.

On March 8th, Oxentia held the inaugural University Enterprise Forum, where Pro Vice Chancellors from universities across the United Kingdom were invited to discuss how higher education institutes can position themselves at the centre of their local innovation systems. With the success of this event, we look forward to hosting future knowledge sharing forums.

Our consultants have been busy delivering another cohort of Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) for the Royal Academy of Engineering. Oxentia have now delivered training programmes for the LIF programme for the third year running, and have seen the programme grow to include 14 Newton Fund partner countries. 

As ever, please get in touch to exchange ideas, ask questions, or meet us at upcoming events.

With Best Regards,

Dr Steve Cleverley,
Head of Oxentia

Isis Enterprise rebrands to form Oxentia

Oxentia is the new name for Isis Enterprise, the successful innovation management and technology commercialisation consultancy, that originally began as an operating division within the world leading technology transfer company, Oxford University Innovation. Since 2004, Oxentia has delivered services to a worldwide customer base of public and private sector clients in over 60 countries and is a key part of Oxford’s innovation ecosystem.

The name Oxentia was developed from two core concepts; ‘Ox’ is a reflection of Oxentia’s location and experience within the city of Oxford and ‘entia’ echos the 12-year history operating as Isis Enterprise. Oxentia’s vibrant logo expresses the global nature of its business and is reminiscent of the Radcliffe Camera, a key component of the Oxford skyline.

Oxentia’s activities are all underpinned by core values of trust, excellence, creativity, and collaboration, as is our commitment to working in partnership with our clients to build capacity, develop capability, and deliver impact through innovation for the benefit of economies and societies.

University leaders come together to navigate innovative future for the UK

University innovation finds itself at an inflection point. The demand for more effective translation of university research into real world technologies is increasing. Student bodies have become substantially more entrepreneurial, and universities need to harness this momentum to remain relevant. Additionally, for the first time, bespoke resources to support the development of university spinouts are beginning to emerge in the form of university venture funds (UVF’s) and patient capital.

To tap into themes emerging from this rapidly changing landscape and provide leadership for the sector, it is critical that universities communicate and collaborate on innovation strategies. With this in mind, Oxentia recently brought together senior university management focused on the innovation ecosystem, called the University Enterprise Forum. 

Held as an evening session at the Hilton Paddington Hotel in London, 22 Pro Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors from across the country came to discuss university innovation at the inaugural University Enterprise Forum. Discussion was focused on the areas of funding, investment, entrepreneurs, and industry collaboration.

There is immense potential for stronger sharing of ideas on how best to capitalise on innovation, and a need to collaborate between universities to maximise their efforts. Oxentia looks forward to developing further University Enterprise Forums and other information­ sharing events.

Leaders in Innovation Fellowships Programme: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training

For three consecutive years, Oxentia has played a key delivery role in the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) programme, hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Oxentia have now delivered specialised training programmes for the LIF programme for 14 partner countries and coached over 400 emerging entrepreneurs. 

In March, Oxentia delivered the latest LIF programme where delegates from the Philippines, Columbia, China, and India spent two weeks in London learning about entrepreneurship. Oxentia provided training in business modelling, leadership, finance, marketing, intellectual property, and regulation, and coached fellows on how to pitch their technologies to investors.

After the fellows return to their home countries, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Oxentia will continue to support them through the LIF programme by providing remote mentoring, coaching and hands-on commercialisation support.

The overarching aim of the programme is to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and develop business propositions for the fellow’s innovations.

Recent Engagements

European Academy for Taxes, Economics and Law 2017

In February, Dr Gaelle Coullon was invited to speak at a seminar in Berlin, organised by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics, and Law entitled “Funding Strategies and Sources for International Research Cooperation”. The two-day seminar brought together representatives from higher education and research institutes working in a range of different roles, including projects administration, contracts, research funding, technology transfer, and international cooperation. Gaelle spoke about the value of technology transfer and knowledge exchange in higher education institutes, drawing from research commercialisation experiences at Oxford and around the world. This is the third time that Oxentia and Oxford University Innovation have presented at this seminar.

ATTP Course

In February, Oxentia delivered a two-day technology transfer course held at the Oxford University Innovation offices in Oxford. Accredited by the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), the workshop is designed for professionals looking to better understand and engage with knowledge exchange and the commercialisation of university intellectual property.

Oxentia supports technology commercialisation

Since September 2016, Oxentia has worked with Snell Advanced Media (SAM) on supporting the commercialisation of a select number of patent applications. This partnership aims to develop new and recurrent revenue streams for the company while positioning SAM as a leading and pioneering technology brand.

Webinar on commercialising IP 

In collaboration with PatSnap patent software, Oxentia consultants Dr Bruno Reynolds and Ben Oakley recently presented a webinar discussing some key measures that can be taken to identify promising commercialisation projects that are underpinned by strong intellectual property. They provided insight on methods for trimming and shaping academic patent portfolios so that they are optimised for strong overall returns. Oxentia can develop bespoke webinars on key technology commercialisation and innovation management topics. Please contact Dr Bruno Reynolds for more information. 

They provided insight on methods for trimming and shaping academic patent portfolios so that they are optimised for strong overall returns. Oxentia can develop bespoke webinars on key technology commercialisation and innovation management topics. Please contact Dr Bruno Reynolds for more information. 

Please contact Dr Bruno Reynolds at bruno.reynolds@oxentia.com for more information.

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