Commercialisation Toolbox

Following our highly successful event ‘How to commercialise your research and turn your glycoscience into a glyco-biotech start up’, here is a list of resources to help you commercialise your research.

This list has been compiled from the workshop participant’s personal recommendations and experiences. We will keep adding to this so please keep checking back for more resources. If you have other recommendations or suggestions to share contact the Network Manager and we will include them.

In alphabetical order…

BBSRC – Innovation pages (with additional links on funding, knowledge exchange, IP and commercialisation agreements)

BBSRC Enterprise fellowships –

BioHub at Alderley Park – offers world-class state-of-the-art laboratories and commercial office space, shared services, training, business support and access to finance for the creation and growth of life science companies. Highly recommended are their 3 day boot camp and 12 week accelerator program.

Bio-Start Competition – annual competition designed to commercialise the engineering of biology. Selected participants undergo boot camp and mentoring to develop their pitch and business plan before final judging.

We used the Business Canvas Model as a framework for our event (download the agenda here). Find out more about the Business Canvas Model at

Capital Cell – An investment crowd-funding platform specifically for biotech projects.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship – Bill Aulet (Book)

Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise – Saras D Sarasrathy (Book)

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) – A week long, high level, intensive executive education course teaching skills for high impact entrepreneurship. It is held onsite at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston in January each year. The course is aimed at highly ambitious entrepreneurs from businesses with international potential who want to learn from the best and be the best.

100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them – Emily Ross & Angus Holland (Book)

‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’ includes the golden circle – Simon Sinek, TED Talk (Video)

Check how good your website is at using their ‘Marketing Grader’. Also gives tips on how to improve your website.

Innovate UK – Innovation agency sponsored by BEIS offers funding and support

KTN – Knowledge Transfer Network which provides support and advice –

LinkedIn – always a good source of contacts. For glyco-specific links try the IBCarb group to get started

Networks in Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy BBSRC NIBB – Established to foster collaborations between academia, industry, policy makers and NGOs in order to find new approaches to tackle research challenges, translate research and deliver key benefits in Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy. Each NIBB have a wide range of members from academia and industry and host workshops & events as well as providing funding to support research collaborations between their members. As such they are a good source of contacts and support. e.g. At IBCarb events we often have speed dating sessions giving members the opportunity to establish and build connections.

Pitch@Palace – offers the chance to get your business idea in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level. Each pitch@palace has a theme and there are 2 per year. If your business is selected you will be invited to attend a Boot Camp where you’ll receive support and guidance to develop your pitch.

PraxisUnico – useful website with training and resources. Membership is on an organisational level and a large number of UK universities are subscribed.

Rainbow Seed Fund – an early-stage venture capital fund building and growing companies stemming from the UK’s research base. The fund backed by BEIS is partnered with 9 publicly funded research bodies (incl. BBSRC) and is independently managed.

SynbiCITE – the Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for Synthetic Biology funded by the UK Research Councils, EPSRC and BBSRC, and Innovate UK

The Lean Start Up – Eric Ries (Book)

UK government website –

UK Science Parks Association –