The Queen shown around QinetiQ joint research
Last week Her Majesty the Queen visited the University of Exeter and while there was shown around a joint project between the University and QinetiQ. The research project has looked at the best ways of developing Intellectual Property (IP) through to commercial exploitation, specifically looking at improving the accuracy of Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) systems when tracking goods through the supply chain.
The Queen was introduced to Dr Andrew Treen, Matt Biginton and Professor Roy Sambles, who are all part of the Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) project, which is known as Arkiris. The project is part of an initiative funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and is an excellent example of industry working with academia and a model that can be successfully replicated elsewhere in the academic sector.
The Queen was also given a demonstration of how RFID can be used to track blood samples as they travel from the hospital or surgery, through testing in the clinical laboratory, before returning the results to the patient. The new system has the ability to improve accuracy and minimising issues that are experienced within the current system, significantly simplifying how such services are currently provided.
Andrew Treen, who is seconded from QinetiQ to lead the Arkiris project said, “It was a great honour for us to be able to tell Her Majesty what we have been doing. We have formed a close collaboration with the University over the last few years and we are hopeful that in the near future we will be able to make the underlying research and development a commercial reality through a spin-off company.”
Notes for Editors
- Arkiris is the Exeter University Knowledge Transfer account, a unique collaboration between Exeter University’s academics and the Applied Technologies Division of QinetiQ (a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defence, security, energy and environment markets). Arkiris’s goal is to develop new opportunities in the field of functional materials, specifically in the area of tailored electromagnetic solutions. We utilise existing patented technology and develop it to a level where the ideas will attract external funding. The Arkiris KTA grant supports an experienced entrepreneur employed as a secondee from QinetiQ to gain third party investment. To separate the grant from standard research grants, the Exeter KTA has been named Arkiris. A corporate logo and identity has also been developed to help recognise the commercial nature of the project and act as a fascia for the collaboration during external interactions.
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