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Edinburgh BDE scoops prestigious knowledge transfer award

  • 19 June 2012

A University of Edinburgh business development executive has been recognised for her outstanding knowledge transfer activities.

A University of Edinburgh business development executive has been recognised for her outstanding knowledge transfer activities.

The Roslin Institute’s Business Development Manager, Dr Sonja Vujovic, has been awarded the Knowledge Transfer (KT) Achiever of the Year' at the PraxisUnico Impact Awards – one of the most prestigious awards covering areas around research commercialisation, showcasing the very best examples of knowledge transfer.

Sonja is one of Edinburgh Research and Innovation’s (ERI) Business Development Executives based at The Roslin Institute where she provides dedicated business support to the Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The award presentation took place recently at the annual PraxisUnico Conference in Southampton where Sonja was also one of the speakers.

Sonja joined ERI in 2008 and from the outset her approach has been to increase the number of Institute researchers involved in, and aware of, the added advantages of working with industry on a worldwide basis whilst simultaneously placing this informed industrial engagement, input and market need at the heart of all technology/knowledge transfer activities conducted at the Institute. 

In just over three years, this focused culture change has resulted in over 75% of the group leaders becoming engaged in KT associated activities. Her industry-focused, client management-based approach has resulted in over 40 funding awards from various streams, the value of which exceeds £8 million, and underpinned the establishment of the five year EBRC – Pfizer multi-million pound partnership in animal health.

The Impact Awards are open to all sectors of research that have made an outstanding impact through successful knowledge transfer. The awards are organised by PraxisUnico, the UK’s leading research commercialisation organisation.

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