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Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Department of Chemical Engineering, meets with an academic from University of California San Diego
Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Department of Chemical Engineering, meets with an academic from University of California San Diego
Malcolm Cross, Director of Research & Innovation Services, meets with  Paul Linden from the Univeristy of California San Diego
Malcolm Cross, Director of Research & Innovation Services, meets with Paul Linden from the Univeristy of California San Diego

Internal News - 06 June 2006

Building a ‘science bridge’ with Californian universities

The SETsquared Partnership, the enterprise and entrepreneurship collaboration between the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey, has launched a research partnership with the University of California San Diego and the University of California Irvine.

In December, the SETsquared Partnership won a £1.5 million award from the Department of Trade and Industry to build a ‘science bridge’ with the Californian universities to encourage joint research projects and the sharing of resources.

Last month, researchers from the British universities travelled to meet with academics and university enterprise experts from California to identify the areas that had greatest potential for collaborative research.

Researchers participated in more than 100 meetings over an intense three days and identified a number of specific one-to-one opportunities for collaboration, and three main areas of synergy.

Nick Smailes, Director of the SETsquared Partnership, said: "Our goal is to facilitate the joining together of research and to advance scientific and technological discoveries with commercial potential.

“Areas of greatest synergy identified were in wireless, bioengineering and stem cells, and sustainable and environmental habitats.

"The UK is known for its excellent academic research, and our universities provide support to academics in making their research-based discoveries available to the public," he said.

"Knowledge is a key resource for innovation, and collaborating with these American academics and sharing resources can further research."

San Diego and Irvine universities maintain a $1.3 billion research base and $1.2 billion in venture capital investment in research-based companies. The SETsquared Partnership has a global reputation for leading-edge research with 6,500 academics and research staff and eight per cent of the UK's research budget per year.

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