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Services Provided for Public Sector Researchers

PBL welcomes approaches from any scientist or industrial liaison office, from any organisation, who is interested in our services.

Identification of Technology Opportunities

PBL aims to identify existing and emerging intellectual property and materials at an early stage of development. Upon identification of a technology opportunity, it is reviewed with the inventor-scientist(s) to identify potential applications. Subsequently we undertake a preliminary analysis of the technical and commercial feasibility of the development and exploitation of the technology. If the outcome of this first evaluation is positive then PBL will work with the inventor-scientist(s) and his/her organisation to consider adopting the technology for protection, marketing and commercialisation.

Enhancement and Protection of Technology

In most cases, significant additional efforts and investment are required to develop technologies generated at academic research institutes before they can be commercially exploited by industry. PBL works closely with inventor-scientists to ensure technology is at the optimal stage for transfer to industry. In order to provide an adequate return on such investments PBL seeks to protect the technologies with promising commercial potential. Where possible the preferred form of protection is in the form of registering for patent rights but other forms of intellectual property rights or legal protection will be employed when deemed appropriate and effective. PBL has in-house patent experts and the costs of IP protection are either borne by PBL or may be shared with the relevant source organisation.

Commercialisation Strategy

PBL has on its staff MBA qualified scientists and economists who are able to assess market opportunities and values and develop an appropriate commercialisation strategy for each technology. This may take the form of starting up a new venture, or licensing the technology to an established company.

Licensing

Licensing a technology is a well-established route in the commercialisation process, and is an area where PBL has an excellent record. PBL has an established international network of business contacts and this, combined with the existing industrial links of inventor-scientists, enables active, targeted marketing of the technology portfolio. When licensing, PBL aims to find as many partners/licensees as necessary to achieve rapid deployment of an invention in each major market, and in as many applications as possible. Partners/licensees must have the technical and commercial capability to bring licensed technology to market, as well as being able to secure appropriate freedom-to-operate and regulatory approvals as required. 
We are flexible and pragmatic in structuring agreements with industry to provide a strong incentive to evaluate, develop and exploit the licensed technology and at the same time provide revenue to finance its operations and provide a return to its shareholders and licensors. 
Exclusive rights to exploit technologies developed with complete or partial public, charitable or institutional funding will only be granted where the licensee is willing to commit to timely evaluation and diligent commercial development and exploitation of the technology in accordance with an agreed plan specifying milestones and time-lines.

Business Development

PBL can help with the formation of start up companies, and in addition our wide range of technologies may offer the opportunity of bundling technologies together to improve the overall technology package. We have experience of this start-up process and have the contacts with the organisations that are essential to make it happen. We also help manage the Norwich Bio-Incubator, an incubator facility for new bioscience businesses, ready for occupation in early 2002. This gives us easy access to high quality facilities in the dynamic Norwich Research Park.

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