If you are a researcher in an MRC unit or institute, we can provide you with a comprehensive range of specialist technology transfer services.

We look after the MRC’s intellectual property and technology transfer needs. We help protect innovative discoveries developed from the research efforts of intramural MRC scientists and have negotiated numerous commercial agreements, spin-outs and hundreds of successful licences.

Each MRC unit and institute has a dedicated LifeArc business manager who will work with you to identify inventions with commercial potential. Your business manager will help you protect your ideas and find industry partners who can develop them with you towards the market.

If you think your work might have commercial potential, please get in touch with your business manager at LifeArc. To find out which business manager looks after your unit or institute, please go to our people or contact us.

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MRC science can be effectively translated into powerful new therapies, diagnostics, devices and research tools. Our expert teams will help progress your discoveries by evaluating the commercial potential of your research, protecting and managing IP, advising on funding, development paths and routes to market.

Promising research often requires further expertise in multiple disciplines. We can help find consultants, collaborators, licensees and we can help build consortia through our network in industry and academia. In addition, we assist MRC scientist in agreements around technology development and commercialisation, such as material transfer and licensing agreements.

Funding your commercially promising early stage research

LifeArc runs the Development Gap Fund (DGF), an MRC fund that supports small-scale studies. The Fund builds on research undertaken in MRC units and institutes to provide proof-of-concept for projects with commercial potential. It’s intended to help you make the transition from discovery research towards translational development – and so underpin follow-on translational funding schemes such as the MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme(DPFS).

LifeArc will consider projects with specific, translational goals from their earliest stages. Your project might aim to improve prevention, diagnosis or treatment in areas of significant clinical need. Or it might focus on developing research tools that could lead to new interventions. Find out more about the Development Gap Fund

Awards to inventors

When we successfully team an invention with an industrial partner, we share all revenue with the MRC, inventors employed by the MRC, and any collaborating institutions. You can find more information on the Awards to Inventors scheme for MRC employees in the MRC Intellectual Property Policy.

Our track record of success has given us the financial freedom to think differently and invest in the health challenges we believe in. We’re excited about the future and the potential of working with you.