Working with Industry at the University of Birmingham for positive impact

Innovating with business for positive economic and societal impact is one of our top priorities at the University of Birmingham. This month we have had some great industry collaborations highlighted in the media. We work with businesses of all shapes and sizes and across all sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-nationals.

Innovating for sporting performance

One of our alumni, Oscar Ryndziewicz, set up a local sports garment business, UNBOWND. His company develops clothing that combines K-Tape (a type of tape applied along muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons to provide support) and compression wear, to aid sporting performance and recovery. He worked with academics from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham to independently verify how the clothing performed. The study, on a sample of 25, did reflect that 30 seconds could be shaved off from a 60 minute cycling time trial. 

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Innovating with AI and robotics to deal with radioactive waste

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics, led by Professor Rustam Stolkin from the University of Birmingham, showcased its work at the Royal Institution and how it is developing next generation robots and AI to support industry in its journey to deal with radioactive waste more effectively, as well as how that learning can be applied to other industry sectors. Read more, such as how it has flown drones over Chernobyl to locate pockets of high radiation.

Innovating for improved medical diagnostics in cancer

The University of Birmingham is delighted to collaborate with Sona Nanotech to advance medical diagnostics, developing next generation nanorods for tissue imaging. The goal of the project, which is being led by Zoe Pikramenou, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Photophysics at the University of Birmingham, is to investigate whether gold nanorods can eventually be used to target cancer cells in the human body. Read more.

Innovating for improved patient outcomes for bone implants

We have just released a case study, focusing on the partnership between the University of Birmingham, led by Dr. Sophie Cox, and Renishaw. Using 3d printing, personalised bone implants are produced, layer by layer, to create an implant that is customised to each patient, leading to better recovery times. In addition, there is ongoing work looking at the type of surface used in the bone implant, to reduce the threat of infection and to promote the growth of tissue. As well as this innovative product work, the partnership also provides a platform for the University of Birmingham in developing ties with other life sciences businesses in the West Midlands region.