National Biofilms Innovation Centre

NBIC: Introduction to Commercialisation programme

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To be eligible, you must be a PhD student from one of NBIC’s partner research institutions.

To apply email and include:

    • The name of the institution at which you are studying.
    • Your job/course title (which should be PhD).
    • Confirmation of a postal address to which a hard copy of the programme handbook can be sent.
    • Confirmation that we can share your name, email address and postal address with the programme provider, the Entrepreneur Business School (EBS) so they can give you access to their online portal of training materials and send you the hard copy programme handbook.

Goals: The objective is to introduce Doctoral candidates to innovation, entrepreneurship, the basics of business acumen and how to build collaboration and networks.

Cost: Free – NBIC will cover your costs for the programme.

Provider: Entrepreneur Business School (EBS).


  • Online delivery.
  • A hard copy workbook will be sent to your preferred postal address in advance of the first online workshop.
  • You will also have access to the EBS portal for training materials for a 12 month period.


  • By no later than 21 December 2020: Delegates will be asked to provide 2 paragraphs giving an overview of themselves and their objectives for the programme.
  • 6 January 2021, 10:00-11:00: 1 hour ‘getting to know you’ session with EBS.
  • Programme delivery over 4 half day online workshop sessions, 09:00-13:00:
    • 12 and 13 January 2021.
    • 19 and 20 January 2021.

We do hope this course is of interest to you. As per the comments from attendees provided below, previous cohorts have enjoyed the course and found the content useful.

Attendee feedback from previous sessions:


“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I found it interesting and beneficial, I don’t think I have any negative feedback for you”.

“It was very good to look at all these topics, how they relate to my project and how this effects my meetings….”

“It has been a pleasure to participate in this training course; I appreciated the professionalism with which it was presented. Though it is a new field for me, I found this course very interesting and actually, I look to my project differently now. I also found very useful the TRL table; I was not aware of all the steps to develop a medical device. I believe that the info provided in this course would be essential to move my project forward effectively”.

“I can only say that I think is a high-quality course. Well done”.

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to join these sessions, and I hope there will be an opportunity to meet again (hopefully in person next time)”.

“Thank you for an interesting and enjoyable course. I think the zoom part worked fine, it was much smoother than a lot of meetings I’ve had over the past few months”!

“The pace -as scientists, business is unfortunately a world away from what most of us spend our time on and so it was necessary to teach us the very basics and slowly. I think you nailed that, and weren’t patronising at all while doing so!”

“Making it relevant to scientists -I appreciate you probably have a wide range of audiences but the course felt relevant to me throughout. Understanding the route to commercialisation from the lab and its infrastructure within the university is extremely useful, and Alister’s anecdotes helped to ground sometimes abstract concepts in reality.”

“The material -a lot of the material is made up of things that we wouldn’t be taught anywhere else. I knew I didn’t have a good understanding of patents and IP, but had never considered that I could plan and manage meetings better.”

“……when it comes to business I’m really dealing with unknown unknowns -I don’t know what I don’t know. So I suppose I’d say keep doing what you’re doing, figuring out where our knowledge gaps are, because there’s a good chance we’re missing them!”


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Date And Time

06/01/2021 @ 10:00 AM to
06/01/2021 @ 11:00 AM


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