The primary objective of the BRC is to translate biomedical research into practice. For much of this translation we work in partnership – with other parts of the NIHR infrastructure, with other universities and NHS Trusts, and with business. We have a strong and successful track record of collaborating with the life sciences and other related industries, and a commercially-responsive culture in embedded throughout the BRC. In 2016, Imperial College was ranked second by Reuters in terms of the most innovative universities in Europe, as measured by patent volume and their impact, industry citations and collaboration. Bringing new products and services to market contributes to the wealth, as well as the health, of the UK.
Over the last 5 years, the NIHR Imperial BRC has leveraged more than £57 million of collaborative industrial investment from the life sciences industry, supporting our early stage clinical and biomedical research. This includes strategic alliances with global pharmaceutical companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, UCB, NovoNordisk, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, Roche, MedImmune, and Bayer. We have also established highly innovative collaborations in metabolic phenotyping with the equipment manufacturers Waters Corporation and Bruker Corporation, and also with device technology firms such as MedTronic.
Our Corporate Partnership team, within the Faculty of Medicine, supports BRC scientists and clinical academics to connect and develop collaborations with industry based on mutual scientific interest. The team promotes BRC research in, for example, the pharmaceutical, device and equipment manufacturing sectors. They assist academics – especially early career investigators – throughout their commercial engagements, manage ongoing relationships and develop sustainable strategic partnerships. We are always eager to hear about your projects and ideas for industrial collaborations. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org