Academics and young researchers from this department (CEB) attended the Second CEB Industry Engagement Forum with scientists from Kimberly-Clark including Pete Dulcamara, Vice President of Corporate Research & Engineering. The event was held at the Hauser Forum, West Cambridge on 17 April 2013.
The Industry Forum aims to encourage early-career University researchers to connect with industry and better understand commercial imperatives.
The researchers were split into three working groups reflecting different research areas and each team was briefed by a representative from Kimberly-Clark.
The research areas were:
- Nano/bio Materials Science and Advanced Analytics led by Dr Geoff Moggridge
- Process, delivery and nano/bio-inspired materials led by Professor Nigel Slater
- Sensors, diagnostics and responsive healthcare technologies led by Professor Chris Lowe
The aim of the forum was for the PhD students to come up with the next 'big product' idea for a consumer friendly product, bearing in mind suitable technological approaches. There were lively discussions with great ideas bouncing around the table and a few lines of interest to follow up. At the end of the session, each team was given a chance to present their ideas to the whole group.
The Forum is organised by Cambridge Enterprise (CE) and funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The initiative was launched last year, when MedImmune took part, and so Kimberly-Clark is the second company to engage in these discussions.
The next issue of CEB Focus will contain more details of the event.