Northern Accelerator and an innovation-led COVID-19 recovery

Tim Hammond, Project Lead for Northern Accelerator, gives his views on an innovation-led COVID-19 recovery The COVID-19 crisis has hit the North East hard. But, whilst the Spending Review was heavily focussed around the “levelling up agenda” and the announcement of a £4bn “Levelling Up Fund”, the region’s post-COVID-19 recovery plans acknowledge the key role […]

Join Northern Accelerator and three of our spin-outs at 2020 BioFocus

Dr Tim Hammond, Northern Accelerator’s project lead, will once again be appearing at BioNow’s annual BioFocus conference. The two-day conference brings together industry, academia and experts within the field of life sciences. Comprising conference, company showcases, pre-booked partnering and virtual networking sessions, the event provides a unique opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, innovations, key […]

North East academic entrepreneurs set for £1.7m funding boost

Northern Accelerator has today launched a new £1.7m seed investment fund that aims to grow the region’s economy by building on its successful record of creating innovative spin-out businesses. Our Seed Investment Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, will complete its first deals in the next two months, with further funding allocated over a 12-month period. […]

More enterprising academics set to benefit from Innovation Assessment

We’ve revised our Innovation Assessment offer so more academics can benefit – get a free assessment of commercial readiness & other specialist consultancy from qualified business analysts and sector specialists at UMi.  Innovation Assessment support is available to potential spin-out companies and other commercialisation prospects from any of our partner universities. Support can be provided […]

New investment routes for North East university spin-outs as Northern Accelerator partners with Northstar Ventures

A partnership of North East universities that is already delivering a step-change in the translation of world-class research into sustainable commercial enterprises is to launch a new seed investment fund for spin-out companies, through a novel partnership with venture capitalist, Northstar Ventures. Northern Accelerator is an innovative collaboration between Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities. […]

Northern Accelerator shortlisted in THE Awards 2019

Northern Accelerator has been shortlisted for Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2019. These are the 15th annual THE Awards and are widely known as the “Oscars of higher education”. The winners will be announced at a celebration on Thursday 28 November. Northern Accelerator’s shortlisted entry reflects the tangible […]

Atelerix Consortium Awarded £267,000 Innovate UK Grant for collaboration with the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and Rexgenero on Cell Therapy Stabilisation Technologies

Newcastle University spin-out Atelerix, pioneers in the storage and transport of cells at room temperature, has been awarded a grant of £267,000 from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, with collaborators Rexgenero and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. The grant will be used to develop gel stabilisation technologies, developed by Atelerix, with the first […]