Vale4Business & HealthTec at Harwell present: Resources for Science and Tech Businesses

Vale4Business and HealthTec at Harwell present a morning of short talks for science and technology companies. Join us at the Public Health England training centre from 9am on 7 December to hear from experts on funding, pitching for investment, working with KTP and developing an IP strategy.

Find out more about the day below, and register to attend for free here.


9am – 09.30: Arrival & Registration

09.30 – 09.45: Introductions

Vale4Business, HealthTec at Harwell and Public Health England

09.50 – 10.30: Polish your pitch / Sarah McCloughry FRSA, STEMM Commercial

You’ve set up your company. The R&D is successful, you’ve survived on the grants you acquired but….you are rapidly running out of funds. You need investors on board. Luckily you’ve been invited to pitch to investors when you realise you have questions: What do they need to know? How do you grab attention with all the competition in the room? How do you stand out? Why would investors give you their hard earned money? What’s the point of their investment? How to win the investment and grow your business?

This presentation outlines what you need to know to get your pitch working for you. You’ll learn:

  • The differences between an academic presentation and a business pitch
  • The two most important factors that gain attention of investors
  • How you provide the best shop window for your service/product to win funding
  • How you convert investors from ‘maybe’ to the ‘yes’

Sarah McCloughry FRSA, co-founder of STEMM Commercial Ltd, coaches and trains scientists, engineers and technologists to develop commercial know-how. Her clients include Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, the Crown Commercial Service, Stockholm Environment Institute, Cisco, MapiGroup, and she is a member of Skanska’s Coaching Academy. Since 2002, she has been helping scientists and engineers in small and medium enterprises promote their research and innovation to win buy-in.

10.45 – 11.15: Innovation with KTP: An introduction to Knowledge Transfer Partnerships / Anna Verghese, Oxford Brookes University

An introduction to the national Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme, which has been supporting businesses to grow through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills held by the UK knowledge base for the past 40 years. Attendees will also hear from one of Oxford Brookes University’s current KTP partners, Aquobex Limited, on their experience of the programme so far.

11.20 – 11.45: IP Strategy, getting it right from the start / Dr Claire Irvine and Matt Dixon, HGF Ltd

HGF offers the dynamic intellectual property service that every innovative and competitive organisation requires, wherever they are and whenever they need it. HGF’s presentation will focus on aspects of IP strategy from a business perspective rather than patent prosecution explaining how to:

  • Match the commercial strategy of the business with the IP protection strategy
  • Use intellectual property rights to further the strategic aims of the business
  • Design the business offering to make maximum use of the available intellectual property rights
  • Plan the IP portfolio to match the expectations of the relevant audience
  • Time the acquisition of IP to match the needs of the business
  • Ask first not “What is new?” but “What makes money?”

11.50 – 12.20:  Navigating the R&D funding landscape, Iain Gray, MSC R&D

With the predicted introduction of Innovation loans adding to the already broad range of government-backed R&D and innovation support mechanisms, including Innovation grants; R&D Tax Credits; R&D Capital Allowances and the Patent Box, The R&D funding landscape is becoming even more complex for a company to navigate its way through.
This presentation from MSC R&D – a leading provider of R&D funding and business growth services – will look briefly at each of these mechanisms and the circumstances where they apply, and discuss how best to integrate them in order to get the maximum benefit helping to ensure they are in a better position to plan their R&D funding strategy and take full advantage where possible of government support.

12.20 – 13.00: Open networking

Open networking session, a chance to ask our speakers follow up questions and find out more about Vale4Business and the HealthTec Cluster team.

For further details or questions about the day, please email