Dr Peter Arnold
CEO of Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

Hello and welcome to Newcastle Science City’s September e-bulletin.

Throughout the summer, thoughts have been on the Comprehensive Spending Review in October, which will have serious implications for the public sector.

At Newcastle Science City we haven’t let it overshadow some of the exciting developments we’ve overseen recently.

In August, we spun out a promising young business called PSAEON that promises to revolutionise the way healthcare students train for practical exams.

A previous spinout, Every1 Speaks, secured an international sample of schools to try out its student voice software this coming academic year. It’s great to see new businesses like this attracting local and international interest.

In September, First Friday, our monthly networking meeting for the leading lights of science and technology businesses, also celebrated its first birthday, and Newcastle Science City’s Vision for the Future was published too.

A crop of exciting new businesses are about to launch from the Innovation Machine, so we have momentum on our side.

Whatever the outcome of the CSR, Newcastle Science City is determined to carry on delivering the new businesses and commercial support that will give depth and diversity to the region’s economy.

Finally, I would like to thank Neil Stephenson, CEO of Onyx Group, for agreeing to contribute towards this month’s guest slot. If you would like to take part in a later edition of this e-bulletin, please get in touch.

Newcastle Science City helps to launch PSAEON

A team of software developers have created an online simulator to help healthcare students train for critical hands-on exams that substantially reduces the number required to do re-sits.

And thanks to Newcastle Science City, Dominic Lusardi and Sam Harrison, both Teesside University graduates and Wade Tovey, a member of staff at the University, have been given business support to help commercialise the 3D interactive software programme called PSAEON.

In trials at Teesside University, PSAEON also helped reduce re-sit rates in tests called Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) by more than 45 per cent and dramatically cut the time university health tutors spent on labour-intensive instruction for exam re-tests. In the same tests, student confidence in their ability to pass the OSCEs was boosted by 90 per cent.

Building Business Success Stories

Date: Thursday 30th Sept & Friday 1st Oct 2010
Venue: Great Hall, Sutherland Building
Location: University of Northumbria, Newcastle
Price: Free

A workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators
Following the hugely successful event held earlier this year, Building Success Stories returns by popular demand on:

Thursday 30th September 2010: 3pm-8pm
Friday 1st October 2010: 9am-4.30pm

If you have an innovative idea or a technology that you would like to take to market then this workshop will help you:

  • Understand the commercialisation lifecycle for innovative ideas and technologies
  • Improve and fine tune your investor pitch
  • Develop an immediate action plan to commercialise your idea

You will also develop a network of like-minded entrepreneurial colleagues and gain access to invaluable resources and management tools.

Boost your business with a FREE Masterclass in Customer Driven Innovation

Date: 6th -7th October 2010
Venue: The Møller Centre
Location: Cambridge

Masterclass led by Sheila Mello, Managing Partner of Product Development Consulting

5 NSC-funded places are available for eligible businesses – saving £1500 in course fees.

Whether you’re looking to successfully enter new markets or expand your current customer base, this workshop will help you uncover and profit from what your customers really want.

Newcastle Science City has teamed up with Pure Insight to enable 5 regionally-based small or medium-sized businesses to attend for free. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Attendees will be required to cover their own travel, food and accommodation.

For information on how to register for your FREE place email Caroline Findlay.

Neil Stephenson
CEO of Onyx Group
Spotlight on Onyx Group

This month Neil Stephenson, CEO of Onyx Group, provides his view on why IT in the public sector will change significantly in ‘austerity Britain’.

The Government’s full cost-cutting plans will be detailed in October but it is clear the face of the public sector will change significantly. The Coalition’s dependency on science and technology businesses – like those that Newcastle Science City supports in the North East – as a key driver of the economy will attract a lot of attention, undoubtedly, but the role of IT in the delivery of government initiatives will be under scrutiny too. In my mind, IT will undergo a sweeping transformation to assist the Coalition’s efficiency drive, as outlined in the Government’s new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) strategy.

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