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Nottingham to share Biotech knowledge with growing start-ups from Poland

Nottingham is to host promising health tech and pharma start-ups from Poland as part of a training programme which will see them learn from the city’s burgeoning biotech industry and work with experts from Nottingham Business School (NBS).

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BioMed Academy is a partnership between NBS, part of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the British Embassy in Warsaw and the Polish Development Fund.

The visitors from 17 companies, selected through a competitive process, will take part in an intense week of workshops with NBS researchers, industry experts and mentors on commercialising their work. They will also attend site visits to BioCity and MediCity.

From 1 – 5 July, the participants will prepare business pitches and create posters of their work to be presented to a panel of external experts on the final day.  The programme will conclude with a gala dinner, attended by industry experts, potential investors, representatives from NTU, BioCity, Polish Development Fund and the British Embassy, Warsaw.

Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Dr Margaret Grzegorczyk, is leading the programme for NBS, she said: “With a 4.2% GDP growth in 2019, Poland is the second -fastest growing economy in the EU and yet its innovation scores are low. Nottingham is a hub for biotechnology and we have two fantastic incubators on our doorstep to show these growing companies how they can successfully bring their ideas to market. The programme also presents some fantastic opportunities for networking and creating valuable links with UK companies.”

Upon launching the programme at a recent event in Poland, British Ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott, said: “We hope the participants of this programme will use this opportunity to develop, but also foster more and more partnerships between the UK and Poland.”

The companies will also take part in a week’s training in Poland before visiting the UK.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook

    The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 88% satisfaction score in the 2018 National Student Survey.

    NTU is also one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

Published on 27 June 2019
  • Category: Press office; School of Science and Technology