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Collaborate to Innovate: Open Innovation, SMEs, motives for and barriers to cooperation

Roslin BioCentre; Edinburgh Science Triangle; Edinburgh City Council; CGPL Consulting

Thursday, 31 May 2012 at 09:00 (BST)

Collaborate to Innovate: Open Innovation, SMEs,...

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Both days - Thursday 31st May - Friday 1st June Ended Free  
Day one only Thursday 31st May   more info Ended Free  
Day two only - Friday 1st June   more info Ended Free  

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  Roslin BioCentre logo                          Interreg logo          Open Innovation logo 


Collaborate to Innovate







How can we tap into or exploit knowledge for business growth using Open Innovation?  

Innovation through the exploitation of the knowledge-base is the key to business growth for SMEs. For some time larger companies have recognised that they cannot manage production, marketing, distribution, servicing, financing, or the generation of new ideas and that "not all the smart people work for them". Many therefore adopted a more open approach to business through what is called Open Innovation.


How can SMEs use Open Innovation for their own business growth? How can they partner and collaborate with larger companies who are doing this already? How do they find new sources of ideas and how can they exploit their own skill base more widely?


The workshop to be held at BioCity Scotland on 31 May and 1 June 2012 will draw on examples from Astra Zeneca, GSK, Novartis, Pfizer, Infosys, Unilever, (U-BIOPRED; Pistoia Alliance) from academia and commerce within Scotland across the UK and from Europe to look at how Open Innovation principles can be used by SME's.


'Collaborate to Innovate' will also look at how to use Intellectual Property effectively in Open Innovation'-based relationships. What is the likely impact of Government requirements on academia to make IP more freely available?


How do the traditional funders of scientific research view Open Innovation?


How can SMEs use Open Innovation intermediaries to find partners and new customers?


How can our science parks contribute to SME growth?


How can we source finance for business start-up 'creatively'? What is crowdfunding and how have SMEs used this to raise investment and access skills.


How does our more traditional investment community view Open Innovation?


How can we unlock creativity from within the organisation? Find out in a session entitled "Creativity isn't just out there, it's in here".


Open to SMEs, academia, those working at the interface of academia and commerce and anyone else interested in business start-up and growth. 

SMEs attending this workshop will take away with them:

  • a better understanding of how Open Innovation can be used for business growth
  • the changing innovation environment today
  • an understanding of  how large companies apply the principles of Open Innovation to product development 
  • how to use Intellectual Property in Open Innovation
  • the views in Scotland about how SMEs can access IP arising from publically funded research
  • the role of Open Innovation intermediaries 
  • how to unlock creativity in their business model 
  • how to raise investment in a difficult market

Confirmed Speakers

  •        Professor Pierpaolo Andriani - EUROMED Business School
  •          Mr Malcolm Bateman -  CEO Roslin BioCentre/Chair, Edinburgh Science Triangle
  •          Claire Brady - Edinburgh Research and Innovation
  •          Alison Bryce -  MacLay Murray Spens
  •          Kirsty Burnham - SoLoCo
  •          Paul Chapman - Marks and Clerk Patenty Attorneys
  •          Mariana Dodourova - Hertfordshire Business School
  •          Tom Farrell - Scottish Enterprise
  •          Sandy Gunn - TSB Catapult Centre for Process Innovation
  •          Kenny Harris - Head surf Limited
  •          Lars Hein - CEO IPU Denmark
  •          Scott Johnstone - CEO Scottish Life Sciences Association
  •          Siobhan Jordan - Director, Interface
  •          Professor Renata Kaminska - SKEMA Business School in Nice, France
  •          Professor Richard Knowles - Arachos Pharma and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
  •          Andrew Mearns Spragg - Aquapharm Limited
  •          Patrick McCarthy - Genecom Limited and CGPL Consulting
  •          Kazimierz Murzyn, - Director, Life Science Kluster, Krakow
  •          Jordi Rafols - Innoget
  •          James D Rooney - Innovation Access Network
  •          Richard Seabrook - Wellcome Trust
  •          Morna Simpson- FlockEdu Limited
  •          Professor Joyce Tait CBE - University of Edinburgh
  •          Steven Tait - MRC Technology
  •          Stewart Whyte - McClure Naismith
  •          John Wise - Pistoia Alliance

We apologise that for personal reasons, Georges Kayanakis is indisposed and will no longer be talking on the subject of Sophia Antipolis

Draft Programme 

Thursday 31 May 2012

09:30-11:00                     Plenary Session 

                                            What is Open Innovation?                                 Professor Renata Kaminska

     Professor Pierpaolo Andriani

11.:00 – 11:20                 Coffee

11:30 –  13:00                  Lessons from Europe

                                            Life Science Cluster Krakow                                Kazimierz Murzyn

                                            The Innovation Access Network                        James D Rooney

                                            Collaboration through the 'TSB' and

                                             the 'Framework' Program                                   Andrew Mearns Spragg

13:00-14:00                    Lunch

14:00 – 17:00                  Choose from


                                            Breakout Session 1 Intellectual Property and Open Innovation 

                                            'Concerning IPR’s and Open Innovation'

                                                                                     Paul Chapman and

                                                                                     Alison Bryce

                                             OI froma Funding Perspective                          Richard Seabrook

                                             A view from MRC Technology                           Steven Tait

                                             Easy Access IP                                                          Scott Johnstone

                                             A University View                                                  Claire Brady



                                           Breakout Session 2

   What is new as regards the Open Innovation Paradigm?

                                           What learning can we transfer to SME’s in the EST region?

                                           Open Innovation in Practice


                                           Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst                 Professor Richard Knowles

                                           Open Innovation in the Life Sciences    Professor Joyce Tait 

                                           The Pistoia Alliance                                       John Wise 

                                            U-BIOPRED                                                        Professor Richard Knowles


Friday 1 June 2012


10:00 – 10:35        Plenary Session

                           OI in the automotive industry    Mariana Dodourova

                           Breakout Sessions


                                  Choose either (or alternate between)


                           Breakout Session 3 - Working with OI Intermediaries


'Collaboration and Inspiration are the

keys to Open Innovation'

Interface Scotland                             Siobhan Jordan

                             Innoget                                           Jordi Rafols

'What can the TSB Catapult

Centres Do For You'                           Sandy Gunn

                             Lessons learned from the on-campus

                                    Innovation Factory IPU, Denmark               Lars Hein

                             Support for Innovation from SE            Tom Farrell



Breakout Session 4


Creativity from within                             Kenny Harris


13:00 – 14:00          Lunch


14:00 – 16:00        Breakout Session 5 - Crowdsourcing and Crowd Funding


                             Crowd Sourcing                                  Morna  Simpson

                             Crowd Funding                                   Stewart Whyte

                             "Panacea or Train Crash"                      Kirsty Burnham


16:00                         Wash up followed by Drinks Reception

                              sponsored by the Scottish Life Sciences Association


Our Sponsors




               City of Edinburgh Council logo                            Caledonia general partners limited                    




Do you have questions about Collaborate to Innovate: Open Innovation, SMEs, motives for and barriers to cooperation? Contact Roslin BioCentre; Edinburgh Science Triangle; Edinburgh City Council; CGPL Consulting

When & Where

Bo'Ness Road
ML1 5SH Motherwell
United Kingdom

Thursday, 31 May 2012 at 09:00 (BST)

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