On Friday 7th September, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the triple helix and beyond in action. Examples from the Manchester environment will stimulate discussion and debate and will help develop a greater understanding of what works and what does not work in terms of optimising collaborative triple helix interactions. Each tour is led from a different perspective ranging from industry, academia and innovation cluster. It is envisaged that at the end of each tour the group will establish the top three contributing elements successful triple helix interaction. These will be collated to help inform iterative debate towards creating a ‘blue print’ of key elements for an optimum triple helix partnership. Each tour is priced at £30 per person and includes travel from the University of Manchester.


Oxford Road Corridor

13:00 – 16:30

Join us on an afternoon tour to explore the Oxford Road Corridor, Manchester’s Innovation District and a prime example of the Triple Helix and beyond. Collaboration includes local and national government, academia, industry and commerce, health and communities. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some landmark buildings and see how the partnership works in practice. The tour features sites at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Science Park, as well providing the opportunity to sample the new food and drink experiences in this dynamic and cosmopolitan area.

Time Venue Details
13:00 – 13:30 Citylabs – Oxford Road Corridor overview Steven Cochrane, Oxford Road Corridor
13:30 – 13:45 Travel to the Bright Building
13:45 – 15:15 Bright Building – Smart Cities Demonstrator Kate Theodorakopoulou, Cisco
15:15 – 15:30 Bright Building – Refreshments
15:30 – 16:30 Oxford Road Corridor – Sights of Interest Anne Beswick, Manchester Tour Guide

Manchester Science Partnerships

13:00 – 17:00

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) is a public, private and academic partnership and the UK’s leading science and technology park operator. It supports a vibrant community of knowledge-based businesses at three main campuses – Manchester Science Park, Citylabs and Mereside at Alderley Park, all of which have Enterprise Zone status.

It provides scalable, world-class physical facilities and a comprehensive programme of business support services to enable companies of all sizes in the life sciences, digital and medical technology sectors to grow.

MSP is part of a joint venture (with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), MMU and TRUSTECH) to manage the MedTECH Centre Incubator, stimulating the growth of healthcare technology companies in Manchester and is also an active stakeholder in Health Innovation Manchester.

Working with parent organisation and property company, Bruntwood, as the strategic property partner, MSP in a joint venture with MFT has secured planning permission for Citylabs 2.0 & 3.0.  A £60m, 220,000 sq ft extension to the Citylabs campus which will see the creation of a world-leading precision medicine and data analytical hub due to open in 2020.

MSP is at the forefront of technological and digital innovation in the UK. Its 70,000sq ft Bright Building located at Manchester Science Park, is the HQ of CityVerve – the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) smart city demonstrator and Mi-IDEA (Manchester Inspired – Innovation Digital Enterprise Alliance) – a post-accelerator programme and co-innovation ecosystem delivered in partnership with Cisco.

In 2018, MSP will launch a new digital tech incubator at Manchester Technology Centre,  part of Circle Square. This will support start-ups and tech entrepreneurs focused on data science and technology innovation.

The tour will provide you with the opportunity to visit and go behind the scenes of MSP’s three campuses, and to meet the team who can answer any questions you may have.

Draft Schedule:

Time Venue Details
13:00 Bright Building


Welcome to the Oxford Road Corridor. Partnership Manager

Refreshments will be available.

13:10 Tour and Discussion with Anne Dornan, Head of Innovation & Partnerships.

Tour to include – Bright Building Internal and Mi-IDEA.

13:40 Travel to Citylabs 1.0


14:00  Citylabs 1.0 Tour of Citylabs 1.0 by Matt Lee, Head of Commercial.

Tour to include:

Stoller Biomarker Discovery Center


Connected Health Cities

Health Innovation Manchester

14:30 Travel to Alderley Park
15.15  Alderley Park Overview of the APL masterplan within Vision 5 by Chris Doherty , Managing Director of Alderley Park.

Refreshments will be available.

15.45 Tour of Alderley Park with Chris Doherty, Managing Director of Alderley Park.

Tour to include:

AMR Centre within Block 24

Radnor Atrium

Blueberry Therapeutics


17:00 Travel to University of Manchester

University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC)

13:30 – 15:20


Join us on an afternoon tour with the University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC) to explore the Manchester Incubator Building, the UK’s first bioscience incubator constructed in 1999 and the Core Technology Facility constructed in 2005 to house the scaling companies at the university and provide for grow on space and to collocate companies involved in collaborative R&D. You’ll have the opportunity to visit these important buildings and see how UMIC contributes to the growth of the dynamic innovation ecosystem. The tour will also feature a presentation from UMIP the universities intellectual property commercialisation company and Manchester Enterprise Centre on its academic and student accelerator programmes and how it has embraced social innovation and developed a multi-award winning programme for social enterprise and impact creation. As well as presentations from social enterprise companies.

Draft schedule:

Time Venue Details
13:30 Travel from University of Manchester
14:00 UMIC Core Technology Facility Welcome to UMIC. Director of UMIC.
14:10 Incubator Building and CTF 20 mins to include an internal tour or demonstration
14:30 UMIP  & MEC 30 mins to include a presentation on UMIP and MEC accelerator programmes and social enterprise strategy
15;00 Case studies of UMIP social enterprise x 2 20 mins to include presentation or demonstration
15:20 End of tour








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