Finalists 2023

The PraxisAuril KE Awards 2023 provide recognition nationally, and beyond, for the exceptional work that is taking place across the sector. Winning, or being a finalist for an award, can enhance your reputation and that of your team and your institution.

Place-based KE Initiative of the Year

Unit 9 provides short-term incubation for Medical Technology companies that need appropriate space, equipment and facilities. It directly supports the aspiration of the West Midlands to lead in innovation and creativity and to grow industries around these activities by retaining IP, talent and the infrastructure to commercialise.

Companies benefit from the location at Birmingham Research Park, which has an equipment-sharing agreement with the University of Birmingham and facilities for cell culture or microbiology work which are available at the BioHub Birmingham ®.

Richard Williams, now CEO of Healome Therapeutics, said: “Unit 9 has been a much needed and timely development for us. Healthcare is an expensive sector to start-up in and keeping control over costs and liabilities as start-up is essential. Our options for scaling the business and manufacturing have very different space requirements. Unit 9 has allowed us to keep the business moving here and now while we gather the data and information to choose the best way forward. We have a very collegiate community in Unit 9 that is always supportive of one another through the start-up journey and happy to share contacts.”

Fifteen years ago, vector control had little role in g-HAT control due to a lack of cost-effective methods. Research led by LSTM with a host of international partners, from research and industry, led to the development of a new cost-effective, easy to use tool, Tiny Targets.

The effectiveness of Tiny Targets has contributed to two countries having achieved elimination of g-HAT and will accelerate elimination efforts in the other countries where the technology is used. The evidence of the impact of Tiny Targets on tsetse and on disease transmission has meant that vector control is now part of national and international policy for g-HAT elimination.

StreetLife is an innovative and interdisciplinary project led by the University of York, in collaboration with City of York Council, York Civic Trust, York Music Venue Network, and creative practitioners. It was awarded £460,554 from the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) and aimed to create innovative, immersive experiences to revitalise historic Coney Street. The StreetLife Hub (a formerly empty retail unit) is a free exhibition space for community-led research and has hosted over 100 events and workshops.

Collaboration across three academic strands (heritage, music, and print) has delivered a truly multidisciplinary project with a wide range of activities combining digital innovation and physical engagement which aim to better connect communities with civic spaces.

StreetLife has engaged with people, businesses, and organisations. It has supported businesses to test and develop new products and services, deliver knowledge transfer activities with new partners and support individuals into education and training

In 2020, the University of Liverpool established the UK’s first Civic Data Cooperative (CDC) funded by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to create a data-collaboration/innovation environment for improving health and wellbeing through intelligence-led public services, and growing the region’s knowledge economy.

CDC’s mission is to support people and organisations to nurture data as an active civic asset rather than something passive to be extracted – fuelling a data-action/innovation environment, with knowledge exchange (KE) turning data into insights, better care, new technologies and new jobs.

CDC is driving data-action innovation with/for local public services, universities and businesses – creating a HealthTech KE environment that attracts new jobs to the region. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC mobilised data that enabled world-first innovations saving thousands of lives and livelihoods and shaping policies internationally and continues to support research by operating as a data gateway via trusted research environments e.g. the Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action (www.CIPHA.nhs.uk) developed by the CDC, University of Liverpool, the NHS and local government.

CDC fed into the Hewett Review of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and is now driving the KE for a pioneering ICS data-into-action blueprint and helping form the first Civic HealthTech Innovation Zone in Liverpool City Region.

Commercialisation Achievement of the Year

Between 2008 and 2013, researchers at UCL and St Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital developed a novel gene therapy with the potential to enable people with haemophilia A to produce functional Factor VIII. Following publication of pre-clinical results in 2013, Biomarin, a US company, licensed the therapy from UCLB. Over the subsequent 10 years, the company, working closely with the UCL academic team and UCLB, developed the therapy to market.

In August 2022, the treatment (‘Roctavian’) was approved for sale in Europe with USA approval secured in June 2023. With over 14,000 adults living with severe haemophilia A in the U.S and Europe, there is a significant patient population who in the years ahead can be freed from the burden of three-times a week Factor VIII
infusions, to one injection in a lifetime.

Amphista Therapeutics is an outstanding biopharmaceutical spin-out company from the University of Dundee’s School of Life Sciences (“SLS”). Amphista develops first-in-class drugs, based on targeted protein degradation (TPD). TPD is an exciting new approach that harnesses the body’s natural processes to selectively and efficiently degrade and remove disease-causing proteins.

Amphista formed in late 2017, with seed investment from Advent Life Sciences and was based on licensed University IP for an entirely new approach to TPD developed by Professor Alessio Ciulli. Amphista was initially incubated within Dundee’s SLS, but moved to BioCity Glasgow after closing a US$7.5M Series A round (2020), to facilitate its accelerating growth. With an enhanced management team, and rapid progress against milestones, Amphista raised US$53M Series B funding resulting in it winning “Financing Deal of the Year” 2021 in the annual Scrip Awards.

Following the B Round, Amphista expanded significantly, moving its headquarters to Granta Park, Cambridge in 2022. Also in 2022, Amphista announced licensing collaborations with global pharmaceutical companies Merck and Bristol Myers Squibb that include upfront payments and performance-based milestone payments valued at more than US$2.125bn, representing the largest deal globally to date in the TPD space. These recent achievements are what this submission recognises

A new model of academia and industry collaboration is explored with the partnership of Zinc VC and City, University of London. Zinc VC and City joined forces to translate groundbreaking research in at-home glaucoma monitoring into real-world impact.

Stemming from 8+ years of research in City’s labs, the research initially struggled to find a commercialisation pathway. The TTO support was vital in exploring various commercialisation models and choosing a spinout model. Zinc brought vital funding through the Healthy Ageing Catalyst, provided dedicated venture building support, and opened the healthcare network to the team.

This unique collaboration model resulted in the formation of a commercial team, refining the business model, establishing the company as Irida Health, negotiating the heads of terms with the University, receiving follow-on funding and making the team investment-ready. The City-Zinc VC collaboration model serves as an inspiring case study to what can be achieved through collaboration to achieve a common goal of making an impact from academic research

Quinas Technology Ltd, a spin-out from Lancaster University, is making waves with ULTRARAM™, an ultra-efficient memory technology that blends the non-volatility of flash with the performance of DRAM. Founded in February 2023 by Professor Manus Hayne, Dr Peter Hodgson, and CEO James Ashforth-Pook, this venture stems from ten years of collaborative work between Knowledge Exchange (KE) staff and academic researchers at Lancaster.

KE staff played a pivotal role in bringing this innovation to market. They secured external management expertise, facilitated funding, and supported IP protection and licensing negotiations. Lancaster University's KE team also helped Quinas secure a £300k Innovate UK scale-up grant.

ULTRARAM arrives at a crucial time, addressing the urgent need for energy-efficient ICT solutions amid growing data demands. The spinout's presence has garnered significant attention, winning accolades at industry events and gaining acceptance into prestigious accelerator programs. Moreover, Quinas has built vital investor relationships with leading UK deep-tech funds. CEO James Ashforth-Pook's involvement in UK semiconductor delegations further solidifies their position for seed funding to disrupt the $160 billion memory market currently dominated by DRAM and NAND flash. This partnership has the potential to transform both the institution and the memory technology
landscape.

Net Zero Collaboration of the Year

Based at Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands, the Sustainable Aviation Test Environment (SATE) is the UK's first low-carbon aviation test centre embedded at a commercial airport. SATE brings together an international consortium of industry partners, public sector bodies and academia who work with a range of regional businesses and stakeholders to apply state-of-the-art aviation technology to deliver targeted economic growth.

Recent successes include Ampaire demonstrating the first hybrid-electric flights in Scotland and Windracers trialling autonomous flights for delivering Royal Mail cargo between Kirkwall and North Ronaldsay.

SATE is now expanding to create the UK Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Regional Aviation Systems, enabling pre-commercial demonstrations of novel aviation technologies with proven use cases to commercialise clean innovation in a real-world environment.

Implementation of these will require advances in technology, regulation, and policy. These are reflected in the cross-cutting activities which include:

  • Establishing a dedicated test environment airspace
  • Matchmaking technology to community and business needs
  • Accelerating technology innovation
  • Mapping out the future Highlands and Islands aviation system

Project highlights include working with the CAA to approve a regional airspace evaluation zone, establishment of a UAV hub-and-spoke delivery network, and an autonomous international demonstration flight to Norway.

ECO-I North West (ECO-I) is an internationally award-winning innovation programme aiding small businesses in their net zero transition. Addressing the gap in traditional provision for SMEs to access innovative technologies and the challenges in implementing green tech, ECO-I supported small businesses in their net zero transition by forging collaborations between the small business community and academia.

Implemented in two phases, businesses initially joined a fully funded two-day workshop, to undergo a sustainable design sprint informed by prior research carried out by the team. This saw participants learn about climate science and risks, envision sustainable futures, assess business impacts, and strategise the implementation of transformative interventions.

With support from the project team, businesses would then go about implementing their strategies. Businesses requiring advanced solutions were given the opportunity to collaborate with Manchester Met academics to being innovations to life through advanced support across the likes of additive manufacturing, alternative fuels, artificial intelligence, and circular economy.

The programme supported over 100 businesses in their journey to net zero – with SMEs implementing 31 new-to-firm innovations – and 57 ongoing collaborations. By summer 2024, we expect the businesses we’ve worked with to reduce their emissions by many thousands of tonnes of CO2e.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) is an internationally leading initiative that supports the development of new products and services with environmental benefits. CGE brings together cross-disciplinary expertise across environmental, biological and physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, business and design at Lancaster University into cross-sector partnerships to co-develop low-carbon solutions that enable people and planet to prosper. Since 2012, CGE has worked with over 1000 businesses and has saved over 180,000 tonnes of carbon.

It has supported more than 100 PhD and 50 MRes studentships with North West SMEs, over half of which were interdisciplinary. This is in addition to over 130 student research projects and many long-standing business peer networking groups. This experience places it as a national leader in SME partnership-working for sustainable low-carbon business support.

Most recently, the CGE KE team have used this experience to lead an innovative Pan-LEP £14M programme Eco-I North West (2020-23) part-funded by ERDF which supported 400 SMEs with the development of over 100 innovative, low carbon products, processes and services. The Centre’s leadership of a regional network of HEIs is acting as a nucleus for a collaborative approach to establishing our region as a global leader in net zero innovation.

KE Strategic Partnership

The Alan Turing Institute commenced a 5 year, multi-million pound, partnership with global Pharmaceutical company, Roche in June 2021.

The collaboration was nurtured from first contact by Katrina Payne in Turing’s Partnerships team, working closely with scientific director, Professor Chris Holmes and now led by Professor Ben MacArthur.

Small projects provided a practical test of how we worked together whilst, in parallel, senior stakeholders explored the benefits of a strategic partnership. This evolutionary approach gave time to build understanding and strengthen relationships, so that there was a more complete appreciation within Roche of the value of scientific freedom to operate when it came to contract negotiations.

Two years in, this is recognised as one of Turing’s most successful partnerships, advancing science for public good in 2 ways, by:

• employing, training and co-supervising a team of early career postdoctoral researchers;

• creating and supporting a multidisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners from across the UK and beyond, bringing them together to tackle challenges that stand in the way of deploying personalised medicine into the clinic.

The ultimate goal is to enhance clinical care for people around the world through improved understanding of the impact of patients’ individual characteristics on their disease and response to different therapies

Promoting economic growth and raising aspiration lie at the very core of the University of Suffolk’s mission. Furthermore, one of our university’s strategic imperatives is to be recognised as a regional Business Support provider of choice. For this reason, in January 2022 we created Innovation Labs – University of Suffolk (ILABS). This is a partnership between the University and private sector business Innovation Labs Group, offering entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses (including students) multi-site collaborative workspace and wraparound business support in Suffolk.

The unique private / public business support partnership is developing the business and innovation ecosystem, connecting business members from 4 collaborative workspaces across Suffolk with more in the pipeline. The collaboration provides a transformational business support programme, coaching and access to university expertise, student talent and facilities to all members as part of the membership.

The first year of partnership has resulted in the following impact:

  • Membership numbers increased by 200%
  • 30 student entrepreneurs supported
  • Facilities hire target almost doubled
  • Becoming a partner on 3 regeneration and development enterprise projects
  • Moving the business incubation centre on to a profitable model

We see this partnership continuing to flourish, making Suffolk a location of choice for future businesses.

CPI is a deep-tech social enterprise with a mission to drive economic development and prosperity across the UK. The University of Liverpool (UoL) has been working with CPI for over ten years. The addition of the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), to CPI in 2017 was a catalyst for deepening this relationship and senior leaders exchanged site visits to explore areas of mutual interest. KCMC is a membership organisation of which UoL was a founding partner. CPI’s vision was to expand their geographic regional focus to support economic development in the Northwest, which complimented UoL’s ambitions to establish a new translational partner for its Chemistry research outcomes. This long-standing strategic partnership was formalised in 2022 through signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

UoL now works collaboratively with CPI on large and small projects across the breadth of disciplines to realise mutual R&D aspirations. These include the Intracellular Drug Delivery Centre (£10m), a new Microbials Accelerator programme, as well as collaborating across numerous projects totalling ≈£14.2M, pivotal to Liverpool City Region’s Life Sciences Investment Zone. Since 2017, KCMC has delivered over £12M grant and industry collaboration funding in partnership with UoL alongside >460 company engagements (including 130 SMEs).

Rautomead Ltd is a progressive, technology-based SME in the advanced manufacturing sector based in Dundee. Rautomead are international leaders in the design and production of continuous metal casting equipment for global markets, providing enabling technology for the production of non-ferrous and precious metals.

Rautomead’s strategy is continually to develop and improve its capability for both existing and newly-developed alloys, and it is always looking to reduce manufacturing lead times, reduce environmental impact and cut costs by making efficiencies in the production process. Success with this creates improved margins for Rautomead, and a product that is closer to the client’s specification, providing significant operating savings to the client.

Collaboration with Dundee’s School of Science & Engineering started in 2012, with Rautomead’s strategy as the driver. The relationship has helped Rautomaed accomplish demanding technical goals and break into new export markets, resulting in significant increases in its turnover and profitability. As an example, Rautomead’s turnover in the year to 30th June 2023 was c. £10M, up from just over £5m in 2021). Recently, the partnership has moved to a new level, with the partners winning (2023) a significant award from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (UKRI) for a Prosperity Partnership.

KE Team of the Year

We are a team of 8 enthusiastic KE professionals with cumulative years of professional experience exceeding 150 years! The team grew from 2 people back in 2015 to 8 members in 2023 bringing a diverse cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural background. We support the implementation of the RCA’s strategic goal in knowledge exchange and the delivery of the RCA Knowledge Exchange strategy emphasising the enabling role of art and design in innovation, growth, and social prosperity.

In 2022-23 academic year, the KE team achieved 150% of its award target generating £4.6m of external awards (contract research, consultancy, and executive education) and overshooting the original target of £3m. Our KE team has developed a unique value proposition to industry partners, which brings human centred design led innovation to address environmental, economic, and societal challenges. In 2022-23, key initiatives included the launch of the KE Academy to equip researchers with skills for business engagement, running the 3rd cohort of the RCA KE Champion award, collaboration with London & Partners on Open Innovation Fellowship, free online IN SESSION talks attracting 2,000+ participants from 65 countries. One of the specific challenges is to articulate what value we can bring to business and industry partners – it takes time to build confidence and trust while explaining the value of design and creative disciplines for innovation and growth.

The IP Commercialisation Team at Northumbria University have demonstrated how a modern university with high-quality research can build a high-performing, sustainable technology transfer office without decades of investment and development.

The team have achieved this through clear strategy, innovative approaches, passion and dedication, and belief and support from the University leadership and Board. The Northumbria Team believe passionately that the commercialisation of intellectual property should be an accessible and sustainable route to achieving impact for all universities.

We have evidenced this through moving from almost no commerialisation activity in 2019 to a project portfolio of over 120 opportunities, an invention disclosure rate of over 70 per year, our first active spinout company, a further 4 companies forming this year, and over £750k in external funding for commercialisation activity today. We now have a strong foundation to achieving significant impact for our research and wish to inspire others who wish to make technology transfer a viable mechanism for knowledge exchange at their institution.

The CUBE team is entirely orientated towards providing knowledge exchange by driving conversation around collective problem-solving for our student and graduate entrepreneurs. Peer-to-peer networking, competitions, boot camps, drop-in clinics, mentoring and expert advice ensures a model where ‘crowd thought’ enables barriers to growth to be rapidly addressed in a variety of ways and from a huge diversity of sources – an accelerated form of knowledge exchange.

In a short period of time, with limited resources and without a dedicated physical location the CUBE Team has generated huge demand for student start up and enterprise skills development, resulting in a step change in HE-BCI rankings for University of Plymouth. Over 240 student and graduate start up businesses have been supported by the team, resulting in over £3.3M of additional turnover for these entrepreneurs and 216 jobs created. With their dedication to networking and partnership development the team of 3 have secured over 384 hours of in-kind expertise from over 100 professionals across the city and have delivered in excess of 500 events, clinics,
workshops and competitions.

Supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion through Knowledge Exchange

The Touch & See project is about breaking down barriers and making museums accessible to everyone, especially those with sight loss. It revolves around the idea of bringing 2D historical artefacts to life in a tangible way. By harnessing the power of technology including 3D printing, Lancaster University School of Engineering, Lancaster City Museums Service and Galloways embarked on a journey to forge a profound connection between the world of art and the realm of accessibility.

The project developed a low-cost haptic stand product that features a fully adjustable arm, backlit lithophanes (3D printed versions of the artwork, providing a tactile method of engagement) and audio descriptions. The solution was co-created by the team above, including incorporating feedback from those with varying degrees of sight-loss. The result is an immersive historical experience that transcends visual boundaries.

By utilising technology, the project aimed to create a bridge between art and accessibility. The partnership highlights the incredible results that collaborative efforts and knowledge exchange can achieve in the pursuit of EDI goals. It showcases what can happen when organisations and individuals come together with a shared vision of making our cultural heritage accessible to all.

Since the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, Dr Nicholas Evans of the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute has played a central role in ensuring the voices of racially marginalised communities in the city of Hull have secured a strong voice through a partnership between the university and Hull Museums. Emerging through the development of a coproduced exhibition, Homelands, led by Evans and involving people from West Africa who live and work in the city, this partnership developed into a new advisory panel which meets four times per year to help make heritage more inclusive.

This has enthused a racially diverse group of people to celebrate their racial identities in public spaces and ensured that Africans and African-Caribbean communities shape the way displays present the legacy of slavery and antislavery in a largely monocultural city. Such knowledge exchange is anchored around the communities involved and inclusive practice is transforming the role of the University of Hull as a civic university, and ensuring the museums respond to issues raised in 2020 in creative and meaningful ways that amplify inclusivity.

UCLan’s Creative Mental Health Framework is a unique Knowledge Exchange project delivered by the Creative Innovation Zone (CIZ) at UCLan, aimed at addressing mental health challenges within the LGBTQ+ student community. It is made up of a series of creative activities including podcasts, TV shows, art workshops and a theatre production delivered by students, for students, and harnessing the power of creativity to raise profile and to reduce barriers and stigma. Students have also learnt how to support each other, practise self-care and understand mental health triggers, leading to 30 student ambassadors being appointed to work with student services at UCLan to provide peer-to-peer support. UCLan’s CIZ has brought together external partners, including Tate Liverpool, MIND and LGBTQ+ Lancashire, with diverse academics, students, and researchers in a mutual goal to improve mental health and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.

“Being a part of the Creative Mental Health Framework has transformed how I see myself and helped me find a new way to express anxiety and worries. I have forged friendships and sharing my experiences through art has given us a lasting way to reach others who may also benefit from our journey.” – Poppy, 3rd year LGBTQ+ Student

Academic Entrepreneur

Lancaster University's leading computer scientist and EPSRC fellow Dr. Peter Garraghan, has spearheaded the creation of Mindgard Ltd, a pioneering AI security spin-out. As CEO, Peter's visionary leadership has propelled Mindgard to unprecedented heights, securing an impressive £3M in its initial funding round and achieving an eight-figure company valuation in under 18 months.

Peter's entrepreneurial journey underscores the transformative potential of academic research. Recognising the emerging need for AI security solutions, he harnessed research grants and formed a team to tackle the complex challenges. Mindgard's technology empowers businesses to safely deploy mission-critical AI in a dynamic cyber landscape, addressing a pressing market demand.

Peter's commitment led him to engage in accelerator programs and commercialisation training, equipping himself with the knowledge and networks needed to craft a compelling business proposition. Peter has bridged the gap between academia and industry, positioning the UK as a leader in AI security. His leadership and team-building skills have been instrumental in Mindgard's success, while his network spans venture capitalists, industry professionals and researchers.

Mindgard's journey, under Peter's leadership, vision, and guidance represents a remarkable achievement in academic entrepreneurship, showcasing the power of research-driven innovation and its potential to transform industries and secure substantial investments. 

Professor Damion Corrigan, a prolific academic entrepreneur at the University of Strathclyde, is dedicated to translating his research in electrochemical biosensors into real-world applications. He has achieved notable success in founding two innovative spin-out companies, Aureum Diagnostics and Microplate Dx, addressing global healthcare challenges.

As Aureum CSO, he supports development of a low-cost biomarker detection platform for point-of-care disease detection. As CTO of Microplate Dx, Damion champions their antibiotic stewardship mission, developing antibiotic susceptibility testing for UTI treatment. Through Damion’s commitment to Knowledge Exchange and mentorship he supported many academic graduates taking leadership and technical positions within these companies.

Damion is Laboratory of the Government Chemist Professor of Measurement Science for Health and Director of the Centre of Advanced Measurement Science and Health Translation, supporting R&KE activities driving R&D programs in Scotland for patient benefit and economic growth.

A serial entrepreneur, since 2016 Damion has developed four pieces of commercially valuable IP at Strathclyde University and was involved in patented and licensed IP while at Edinburgh University. His diverse activities also include a veterinary diagnostics KTP, licensing opportunity with a US based diagnostics company for recently filed IP and a spin-out being explored by Turkish collaborators for drug resistant TB diagnosis. 

Dr Srijan Jindal is one of the University of Liverpool’s (UoL) most accomplished academic founder-entrepreneurs. He is Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer at UoL spin-out PhenUTest Diagnostics. With support from the University’s IP Commercialisation Team, he took an idea he developed through his PhD and Post-Doc research, spun-out a company from UoL in 2021, and after leading the R&D team, has put his technology as the front-runner to provide cheap, accurate and rapid diagnostics for (UTIs) at point-of-care setting. PhenUtest made exceptional early progress and has gone from strength to strength, securing ~£5m in investment funding over 2 years. 

Srijan maintains 2 partnerships with large industry players who are supporting the development of PhenUtest’s technology. This includes one of the largest diagnostic companies in the world who have validated the biological assay. Success was due to Srijan’s ability to build a team with complementary skills now employing 18 members of staff, and with Commercialisation team support, assemble a Board with industry experts. 

Srijan is a popular research commercialisation thought leader and shares his experiences at various events. He has become an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and underrepresented groups across the Liverpool City Region’s research innovation community and beyond.

KE Professional of the Year

Professor Jo Crotty is an influential senior leader who has single-handedly established knowledge exchange at Edge Hill University.

Alongside her substantive post as the Director of the Institute of Social Responsibility, Jo has advocated for parity of esteem for knowledge exchange, developing and delivering on a three-year KE strategy which has culminated in the launch of the Knowledge Exchange Office. Now, the University has a dedicated team of sector professionals employed to support academic and professional colleagues across the university to develop their own knowledge exchange activities for the benefit of Edge Hill University and its partners locally, regionally, and nationally.

“Jo has also taken a lead on laying down the practical foundations and governance structures within the faculties on which to implement a successful KE strategy, going out to the faculties, engaging the local leadership, and helping to identify the future champions. In that latter regard, she has also played an important part in gaining recognition through the University’s promotion routes for KE, alongside Research and Teaching”. – PVC, Research and Knowledge Exchange, George Talbot

Anastasia, a pioneering figure in the field of biomechanics of pregnancy and childbirth, employs transdisciplinary approaches and advanced KE practices to address deep-rooted challenges in maternal and neonatal care, bridging academia with untapped sectors. Her innovative methods, including thermal imaging goggles for perinatal care, have led to significant industry-academia collaborations.

Beyond her ground-breaking innovations, Anastasia launched the transformative SKEL initiative (a Synchronised Azure Kinect-based tracking system for the biomechanical Evaluation of Labour), assembling a diverse team, showcasing her holistic approach to KE. In January 2023, Anastasia founded the International Research Network for the Study of Biomechanics in Pregnancy and Childbirth (INBIRTH), uniting experts from 11 countries and setting a new paradigm in the KE arena.

Additionally, she proactively addressed significant data management challenges within her institution, raising the bar in knowledge and research data sharing and management practices. Central to her endeavours is a profound commitment to Patient and Public Involvement, ensuring the voice of the end-users remains at the forefront. Her efforts in bridging transdisciplinary gaps, combined with her strategic foresight and unyielding dedication, position her as a leader par excellence. Undoubtedly, Anastasia's unparalleled achievements and drive make her the ideal nominee for KE Professional of the Year.

The provision of support for KTPs within the University of Huddersfield was centralised in 2020. This enabled consistency and cohesion across the University’s KTP management and processes which has led to increased engagement from a broader range of academics and business partners, and enhanced the applications submitted. The KTP portfolio within the University has risen significantly as a result.

This nomination celebrates the person who drove the creation of the Central KTP Office - Laura Forester-Green. She identified the opportunity and the change it would deliver, and developed the proposal through a programme of research and engagement.