Delegation from Tsinghua University's School of Continuing Education Visits TusPark Cambridge

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TusPark UK was honoured to welcome a delegation from Tsinghua University, led by Zhen Liu, Dean of the School of Continuing Education. The delegation was met at TusPark Cambridge and were warmly welcomed by the President of TusPark UK, Kevin Lin.

Zhen was joined with Zhiqiang Lu, Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Director of International Education, and Yan Li, Associate Director of the Admission Office. Mr Lin led the visitors on a tour of the science park and gave a brief introduction to TusPark UK.

Zhen commented: ”TusPark UK is one of the leading technology transfer and research commercialisation incubators. The progress that TusPark UK has made is inspiring.”

He proposed moving head with practical collaborations between the School of Continuing Education and TusPark UK, promoting best practices in technology transfer and delivering successful entrepreneurial and management training seminars for staff and students. This is part of the School’s ambition to expand its impact and influence internationally, and to connect with its alumni and business communities.

“The cooperation will be a valuable and unique opportunity for students to expand their horizons, get exposed to frontier technology and look for potential business development.” Zhen said. They then discussed further details on the implementation of projects.

Established in 1985, the School of Continuing Education of Tsinghua University was the first school of continuing education among the higher education institutions in China. The school has six departments, covering Management Training, Industrial Training, International Education, Professional Management Training, Long-distance Education, and Education Management. The School of Continuing Education of Tsinghua University has been committed to providing a variety of programmes from pre-undergraduate to postgraduate level in collaboration with top universities and colleges in North America, Australia and the UK. The UNESCO Chair in Continuing Engineering Education is also based here.

Continuing education is an important part of Tsinghua’s talent-cultivation initiative. By the end of 2018, there are more than 1 million people got face-to-face training and more than 3 million people got distance training from the School. Whilst the distance education project on anti-poverty, which started in 2003, has benefited more than 2.6 million people too.

“Expanding our relationships in academia and business allows us to collaborate with leading institutions that have similar focusing interests and thus to make ground-breaking developments in the future of technology and management.” Zhen said, “We look forward to new projects and strengthening our relationship even further.”

Professor of Tsinghua University visits Tuspark Newcastle

Daoyi Chen, professor of Tsinghua University, Director of the Ocean Technology Research Centre of Tsinghua University, Head of Division of Ocean Science and Technology, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, visited Tuspark Newcastle and ORE Catapult. He was warmly welcomed by Kevin Lin, President of TUS UK.

Prof. Chen was an academic staff in University of Manchester and Chair of Maritime Engineering in University of Liverpool.  His research covers renewable energy, coastal engineering and water environment. His team has developed wave tanks with local wind tunnel for wind-wave interaction studies in Shenzhen. An area of ocean field is also developed as a public platform for testing the long-term reliability of renewable energy devices at large sizes of about 1/3 to 1/5 full scale.

He is very interested in establishing collaborations in both research and teaching in ocean technology and engineering.

Mr Lin led Prof. Chen in exploring Tuspark Newcastle, while indicated the general situation of Tuspark Newcastle Eagle Lab, which is the largest innovation network globally, as well as the overall development strategy of Tuspark UK, especially the connections with universities.

Prof. Chen also visited ORE Catapult, which is delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. A discussion was held following this visit.

In the discussion, Mr Lin firstly indicated TUS UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”.

“We’ve been working on building a bridge to connect innovations between China and the UK,” he said. “We also wish to apply the Triple Helix model to promote the connection between Research, Academic and Industry, helping more innovations and research achievements to industrialize.”

James Battensby, from ORE Catapult said, “We’re focusing on addressing the latest research and disruptive technology for the offshore renewable energy sector, as well as deliver products and services in the field of research and innovation. We’re delighted to work with Tuspark UK, who facilitated the collaboration of Tus—Wind, ORE Catapult and Yantai Hi-Tech Zone to create a new research centre to help accelerate offshore wind technology innovation.”

Prof. Chen thanked Tuspark UK and ORE Catapult for their welcome: “ORE Catapult has played a significant role in field of offshore technology and innovations, its unique facilities, research and engineering capabilities bring together industry and academia, and drive innovation.”

“Tuspark’s innovation network brings more opportunities to these innovations, helping them transfer their research achievements as well as expanding their markets globally.”

 

Acting Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Manchester visits Tuspark Newcastle Eagle Lab

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Fan Yingjie, Acting Consul General of the Chinese Consulate based in Manchester, and a delegation from the UK Chinese Business Association was warmly welcomed by President of TusPark UK, Kevin Lin, on a visit to TusPark Newcastle.

Kevin led the visitors on a tour of the space which was recently declared one of the the top 10 co-working spaces in the UK  outside of London(hyper link previous news). He also showed the visitors the Makerspace, which is the region’s only hub devoted to Industry 4.0.  The Makerspace is designed for IoT entrepreneurs to prototype their inventions, and also for established businesses who intend to explore new IoT ideas and to innovate and experiment.  It features machines such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, oscilloscopes, and more.

The delegation held strategic discussions following this tour. Kevin explained overall strategy of Tuspark UK, emphasised TUS UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”, helping startups and scale-ups from the UK ecosystem to set up and incubate in China through TUS’s nationwide network with industry, government and academia, with
Newcastle being an important node.

“Through the TUS Global Innovation Ecosystem,” Kevin said, “startups and scaleup in TUS’s ecosystem, will be able to connect to great resources, both in China and globally.”

Mr Fan expressed the support of the Consulate General for TUS’s strategy, and said that the Consulate General was delighted to see Tuspark contributing to innovation in the North of England.

“This is a great place for start-ups and is full of innovation. More importantly, Tuspark’s global innovation network provides great opportunities for its start-ups and scaleups, as well as bridging innovations between the UK and China. We are looking forward to collaborating with Tuspark in the near future.”

$8bn Fintech Giant XE Joins TusPark Newcastle

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Global fintech company XE has joined TusPark Newcastle to grow its presence in the UK.

The $8bn company chose Newcastle as its first regional hub to work with small businesses around the UK, and if successful, will roll out more similar hubs in Manchester, Leeds and Brighton.

Although well-known for its currency exchange data platform, XE has other services such as payments, foreign exchange and more. It intends to work with and employ local people, such as the students from universities in the North East.

TusPark’s partnership with Barclays Bank makes it a natural fit for fintech companies like XE. Through TusPark Eagle Labs, Barclays offers services to members, such as Premier and Business banking through a personal service.

XE also hopes to grow its presence in China through the TusPark network and to explore fintech opportunities jointly.

Sam McIntyre, XE Europe’s managing director, said: “We are excited by the opportunity to work in a region that is home to a strong & diverse range of exciting international businesses with exceptional growth prospects.”

“By having a dedicated FX expert on the ground, businesses in the Northern Powerhouse regions of the North East, North West & Yorkshire can take advantage of our currency knowledge first-hand as we continue to help businesses overcome the complex challenges created by foreign currency risk via our international payments and FX risk management solutions. With Grant on board we will be able to proactively support the demand of a high-growth region in the UK.”

 

 

 

The China Series Event: Succeeding in China with Cultural Intelligence presented by Tuspark UK

Tuspark UK and Cambridge Science Park collaborated with Expature held the 4th China Series Event: Lunch & Learn – Succeeding in China with Cultural Intelligence.

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We were delighted to have Expature, which is focusing on helping individual and corporate to overcome culture barriers. Speakers – Eva Tarabichi and Zarine Jacob, who have been helping people develop cultural intelligence. In the event, they combined their rich experience to address how culture influences succeeding, and how to use cultural intelligence to conduct business successfully in China.

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Eva, who is an intercultural coach and trainer, carries a degree in Sinology and has worked in both Beijing and Shanghai. She addressed culture differences through comparing the daily life in different countries, such as how people do business communication in the UK, Germany and China.  She mentioned, ignore cultural differences will seriously affect business success and effectiveness. At the end of her speech, she advised, to be aware of the culture differences and treat it correctly, as well as to understand different cultures will reduce the risk of failure of businesses.

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Zarine, is an experienced leadership coach & facilitator across cultures for over 16 years, designing & delivering leadership development work internationally. Different from Eva’s perspective, Zarine used some cases to address how culture shapes the way of thinking in different cultural contexts. She applied knowledge of Neuroscience – how human’s brain works to build relationships as well as combined culture differences to indicate the importance of intercultural as well as how to use cultural intelligence to obtain business success.

Left: Expature founders Dean, Eva and Zarine; Right: Tuspark UK Team

Left: Expature founders Dean, Eva and Zarine; Right: Tuspark UK Team

The China Series event provides a platform to understand China and cross-border business opportunities. It is produced to help companies to develop their businesses in China market via Tuspark’s network – the largest global innovation network. Read more for previous events.

Delegation from Tsinghua University Visits TusPark UK

A delegation from Tsinghua University led by Dr Qinxian Jin, Deputy Secretary General of Tsinghua University and Dean of the Office for Technology Transfer, visited Tuspark Cambridge.

Dr. Qinxian Jin leads Tsinghua University's effort in connecting research-driven academia with market-driven industry to create innovative technology businesses. Under his leadership, the Office of Technology works on establishing an effective technology transfer system with multiple service modules to promote collaborations between Tsinghua's departments/schools and various industry sectors.

The Office also manages the University's strategic investment platforms and international collaborative projects in technology transfer, as well as several industrial research institutes that receive funding and support from local governments and industries.

The Tsinghua delegation wanted to explore the cutting-edge technologies in the Cambridge innovation ecosystem, as well as gaining experiences of technology transfer.

It visited two leading biotech companies: Owlstone Medical — who had successfully commercialised from the University of Cambridge, and Biosceptre — who spun out from University of Sydney, which are both Cambridge based life science enterprises.

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Chris Claxton, Head of Investor Relations of Owlstone Medical introduced the development and core technology of Owlstone Medical, and demonstrated the Breath Biopsy®.

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Shaun McNulty, Chief Scientific Officer of Biosceptre delivered a presentation to explain its next-generation cancer therapeutics utilising its proprietary target, nfP2X7

The delegation met Jeanette Walker, Director of Cambridge Science Park to discuss possible collaborations in the future. Both parties also discussed joint work on clean energy, and Jeanette indicated that a clean energy innovation centre is being planned at Cambridge Science Park focusing on next-generation energy storage.

The delegation concluded their tour with a visit to Cambridge Enterprise. Dr. Jin said: “I’d like to deliver my appreciation to the TusPark UK team, and thank them for all their efforts to make this visit possible. It’s a pleasure to meet these outstanding enterprises, and see how their cutting-edge technologies are changing the field of diagnostics, and improving the effectiveness of cancer treatments. We learnt about many achievements and technology transfer experiences during our discussion at Cambridge Science Park and Cambridge Enterprise. Those successful cases and rich experiences make me look forward to expanding collaborations between Cambridge and Tsinghua University as well as strengthening our connections.”

CW and Tuspark formalise partnership and plan joint activities

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17 July 2019 (Cambridge, UK) – TusPark Investment & Management Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest innovation ecosystem, has today signed a year-long partnership agreement with CW, the leading international community for companies in the wireless sector. Future joint events under this agreement will offer UK companies the Chinese perspective on specific fields such as AI, healthcare and clean technology, and provide CW members with guidance and a support network when doing business in China.

TusPark’s ecosystem of over 5000 enterprises is a major driver of growth in China’s science and technology sector. They are now providing advanced solutions for UK enterprises to develop their businesses internationally, bridging the gap between the UK’s R&D and the wider market in China. 

To facilitate this, TusPark is building relationships with key UK technology ecosystems. CW has 400 active organisations in its membership, 55% of whom are the size of early-stage start-ups, while the remainder boasts some of the most innovative multinationals in engineering. It supports these ambitious firms in meeting new partners and customers, in exposing their brand to the market, and in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of technological advances. This new partnership with TusPark ensures that CW has an offering for companies looking to expand into China.

‘CW is one of the most influential communities in the UK that is leading the international community in technology world. All efforts of CW made on expanding their members’ businesses internationally that also contribute to grow the globally innovation ecosystem. We’re greatly delighted to collaborate with CW promoting business opportunities in China as well as looking forward to seeing more connections between China and UK that will be made by this collaboration’.

- Kevin Lin, President TusPark UK.

‘TusPark has been an active supporter of CW’s activities and, with their work complementing the activities of the CW community so closely, this acknowledgement of our ongoing collaboration is a natural next step. China offers significant opportunity, but guidance and support is recommended to de-risk entry. We are steadily building up partnerships for CW members so that as their sights turn to China, they have the resources they need to expand their businesses successfully’.

- Simon Mead, CEO CW.

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CW CEO Simon Mead & TusPark UK President Kevin Lin

Tuspark UK Becomes Latest Partner of One Nucleus

Tuspark has become the latest Partner to join forces with One Nucleus, which was established in 1997, It is an award winning not-for-profit Life Sciences & Healthcare membership organisation centred on the Greater London-Cambridge-East of England corridor. Headquartered in Cambridge, at the heart of Europe’s largest Life Sciences & Healthcare cluster, One Nucleus supports those institutions, companies and individuals undertaking activity in or with the above region.

Through providing the local, UK-wide and international connectivity, One Nucleus seeks to enable its members to maximise their performance. This support helping them achieve, or better still exceed, the goals they have set for themselves. Biomedical and Healthcare R&D have always been impactful in driving social and economic progress. In an increasingly outsourced, collaborative and multi-disciplinary sector, bringing the best people together is key to translating great innovation into great products that markedly improve patient outcomes and drive economic development. Attracting and enabling the best people to engage with is at the heart of the One Nucleus team ethos and what it continually strives to deliver.

Kevin Lin, President of Tuspark UK commented ‘Tony and I met at ON Helix last year, after in-depth discussion, we reached a consensus of promoting innovation network and clusters not only in Cambridge but globally. We’re delighted to be a partner of One Nucleus, which is playing a leading role in European life science and healthcare network, and we expect to meet more innovations by connecting global networks of both parties’.

Tony Jones, CEO of One Nucleus expands further ‘We are delighted to welcome Tuspark to the One Nucleus Partner Programme. Their expertise in supporting innovation with facilities and investment are great asset for the life science community. Their engagement in Cambridge, both the substantial investment in Cambridge Science Park and equity investment in local companies are great early examples of their commitment and approach. We are looking forward to developing this partnership to benefit more of our members and the wider Cambridge biotech scene’.

Tuspark UK is the Co-organiser of the International Track of the 5th China "Internet+" University Graduates Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

The China "Internet +" University Graduates Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award is one of the largest innovation and entrepreneurship awards in the world, hosted by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.

The 4th Award held in 2018 witnessed the participation of 2,278 colleges and universities in mainland China, 33 higher education institutions in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and higher education institutions from 50 countries or regions. More than 2.65 million Chinese college graduates signed up for the award, with over 640,000 entries and 1,000 Chinese and foreign investors, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial incubator tutors, and experts at innovation and entrepreneurship education participating in the selection and steering of the event.

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TusPark UK was the co-organiser of the international track of the 4th Award, and was awarded the “Best Co-organiser” (out of co-organisers from over 50 countries).

150 small businesses originating from the UK were recommended to the judging committee by Tuspark UK, of which 5 qualified to the final 60, gaining the chance to participate in the final in China, and 2 of final 5 won the golden award, together with another 13 business around the globe.

This year, Tuspark UK will continue co-organise the international track of the 5th Award, and will invite outstanding young innovators and entrepreneurs across the world to participate in this event.

The Award is an unmissable opportunity to bring innovation ideas to real life as well as to grow your business.

Qualifications for Contestants and Participating Groups:

·       Student members of participating projects must be currently registered graduates above 18 years of age, or graduates who graduated from university within the past 5 years (graduating after 2014)

·       The applicant must be the team leader

According to the nature and category of projects, this award consists of 3 categories: the (a) Business Enterprise Group, (b) Social Enterprise Group and (c) Company Sponsored Group.

The entry prerequisites are as follows:

  • Business Enterprise Group. The entrants must have original ideas, technologies, products or business models etc. with clear business plans. Entrepreneurial projects, whether having registered companies or not, can participate in the award. For registered companies, the shareholding of the legal representative (or chairman of the board of directors) of the participating enterprise shall be no less than 10%, and the total shareholding of the signed-up team members shall be no less than 1/3. The legal representative of the enterprise (or chairman of the board of directors) shall not change after the date of announcement by the award.

  • Social Enterprise Group. The participating projects are supposed to address social challenges by commercial means, form a positive, virtuous and sustainable operation mode, serve for the rural revitalisation, community development, help disadvantaged groups or focus on sustainable development as their purpose and goal. The projects shall have mechanisms to ensure the stability of social goals, with clear and measurable social influence and market outcomes.

    Social enterprise projects both unregistered and registered companies can all enter the Award. For registered companies, the shareholding of the legal representative (or chairman of the board of directors) of the participating enterprise shall be no less than 10%, and the total shareholding of the signed-up team members shall be no less than 1/3. The legal representative of the enterprise (or chairman of the board of directors) shall not change after the date of announcement by the award.

  • Company Sponsorship Group.  Companies, government agencies, Non-government organisations, social enterprises are all encouraged set up award topics based on their organisation challenges. Individuals, teams, and enterprises that meet relevant requirements could bid the award, including projects or companies that have won gold or silver award in the International Track of the previous Awards, and could register other tracks of this Award at the same time.

Teachers and graduates are encouraged to set up projects together. Teachers at the universities and graduates who meet the qualifications can enter the award as one team. The team leader must be a student who meets the qualifications. The shareholding of teachers with scientific research achievements is allowed to be calculated together with the shareholding held by signed-up graduates. The combined calculation of the shareholding shall be no less than 51%, with the total of signed-up student members no less than 10%.

Procedures and Awards

Three levels of procedures are adopted in the Award:

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·       Bronze prizes will be awarded (no more than 300 projects) through online semi-final from all the signed-up projects after the preliminary round. 

·       60 winning projects shall be selected among bronze projects to take part in the on-site final award.

·       The total number of domestically-applying finalists having entered the award by dual-enrolment (both international and domestic) should be no more than 2.

·       There are 15 gold awards and 45 silver awards set for the on-site final.

·       Honour certificates shall be granted by the Organising Committee of the Award, with no cash reward.

In the company sponsored group, proposed topics and evaluation standards shall be assigned by the company sponsored party appointed by the Organising Committee of the Award. The company sponsored party and the Organising Committee of the Award will jointly appoint experts to conduct online preliminary examination and on-site final review. Cash reward has been set for the company sponsored group, and the number of finalist teams and the amount of cash reward shall be determined by the company sponsored group and announced at the same time with proposed topics.

Awards have been set for the organisation and publicity work in the International Track, encouraging organisations or individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the organisation or promotion of participating projects, with certificates and medals granted.

Signing up for the Award

The participating teams can register by filling The Registration Form by 30th, August 2019 Beijing time.

All entry materials and on-site presentations must be in English. A project description PPT is compulsory, while a PDF/Word version of the business plan or a 1-minute video can be submitted as supplementary materials.

The Organising Committee of the Award will cover international travel expenses (economy class only) and the cost of local accommodation for 1 to 2 persons of the finalist teams.

The on-site final and award ceremony will be held on 13th to 15th, October, 2019, in Hangzhou, China.

Other Provisions

The Award has established an Organisation Committee, an Expert Committee and a Discipline and Supervision Committee. The International Track is assisted by the Promotion Association for the Global Youth Innovation Leadership Community (PILC) and sponsored by Tencent Cloud etc., enlisting partners globally.

The final interpretation of the terms of this Annex belongs to the Organising Committee of China “Internet +” University Graduates Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@tuspark.co.uk, we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

TusPark Newcastle Featured as a Top Incubator and Coworking Space by WIRED

TusPark Newcastle has been featured by WIRED magazine as one of the top co-working spaces for tech entrepreneurs in the UK.

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WIRED UK is a prominent technology and business publication. It aims to be the leading source of news and thought-pieces about how innovation is shaping society, politics and business. This UK-focused version of the magazine is affiliated with the original US version, founded in 1993.

WIRED’s article, “The UK’s Best Coworking Spaces (that aren’t WeWork)” talks about the cultural phenomenon of coworking spaces, which entrepreneurs rent as their first office because of their low cost and flexible leasing terms.

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Of these, TusPark Newcastle has been singled out as one of the best, and also notes how TusPark has been supporting the local tech ecosystem and entrepreneurs, through hosting events such as Founders Friday.

“The closure of Campus North … in 2018 was a big blow to Newcastle's startups, but TusPark, set up by a Chinese company providing co-working spaces, has tried to fill the gap,” the article notes.

It also observes that TusPark Newcastle “styles itself as an incubator, not just a co-working space” as it provides support for its residents to help build their business through its Newcastle partners such as Sintons (law and IP), Blu Sky (accountancy), and Barclays (banking).

Barclays bank has also made TusPark Newcastle the venue of its Newcastle Eagle Lab presence, connecting residents to the UK’s largest business incubator network, as well as creating a Prototyping Lab for Industry 4.0 in the space.

TusPark Newcastle also runs accelerator programmes such as FORGE and Ignite. It will be hosting the CleanTech accelerator later in 2019, in collaboration with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a UK government support for scaling-up SME’s in the sector, and with which TUS has a joint collaboration in Yantai, China, to assist UK companies in entering the Chinese market through TUS’s network.

TusPark Newcastle also connects its residents into the TusStar network in China, which is the country’s largest network of early-stage incubators.

Through its work, TusPark is able to provide local, national, and international support to its members and partners.

 

High fibre diet as Bridge and TusPark fast-track Cambridge Science Park comms upgrade

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Bridge Fibre, a UK leading Internet Service Provider, has joined forces with Chinese hi-tech influencer TusPark UK to deliver Gigabit connectivity to the tenants of two new buildings on Cambridge Science Park.

The high-speed fibre will be pumped into Unit 22 and Unit 25, TusPark’s flagship Bio-Innovation Centre.

Bridge Fibre has been delivering fibre-based connectivity to multi-tenanted commercial properties such as science parks and innovation centres for over 10 years and has more 30 prominent business sites across the UK in its portfolio.

Bridge Fibre now operates the Gigabit services at seven sites in the Cambridge area alone.

Congcong Wang, head of operations for TusPark, said: “The two buildings will have different applications. Unit 22 has been let to a single multi-national occupier. 

“Unit 25, the Bio-Innovation Centre, will house a variety of life science companies, giving them space and facilities to develop both their technology and their business. 

“We wanted to have attractive services and have been able to agree to have fully resilient connectivity from the opening day, with one line coming into each building and the two buildings connected with a private fibre cable.”

“TusPark Cambridge is our second site in the UK and the completely new buildings are based on our successful global incubation model.” 

TusPark has contracted with Bridge Fibre to build the internal and external networks to service the site and the tenants. 

“We view the relationships we have with landlords such as TusPark as a partnership, with the mutual goal of offering innovative and distinctive service offerings.” said Bob Cushing, commercial director at Bridge Fibre.

TusPark Welcomes Mogrify to the Bio-Innovation Centre

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Turbocharged cell therapies startup Mogrify has hit the afterburners with the appointment of 15 significant new staff and the decision to become anchor tenant at the new, Chinese-financed Bio-Innovation Centre at Cambridge Science Park.

Mogrify is exploiting transformational technology that can convert any mature cell type into any other mature cell type without going through a pluripotent stem cell – or even a progenitor cell-state. 

The thrusting young UK business has unveiled 15 new staff, including Dr Karin Schmitt as chief business officer and Joe Foster as chief operating officer.

In a parallel move it has relocated to TusPark’s recently completed Bio-Innovation Centre at the Science Park, taking 12,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space.

CEO Dr Darrin Disley says these new hires and facilities will help Mogrify accelerate a scalable infrastructure to generate IP around its novel cell conversion to power the development and manufacture of new cell therapies across multiple therapeutic areas.

The high flyer’s new team members include cell scientists, bioinformaticians and executives, bringing current headcount currently to 20.

Dr Karin Schmitt will lead Mogrify’s commercial operations and its R & D function in her role as chief business officer. She has over 25 years’ experience with a sustained track record of successful leadership roles within the life sciences, biotech and therapeutic industries at Exelixis, Inc., Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Horizon Discovery Group plc and PredictImmune. 

Dr Schmitt has brought over 20 innovative products to market internationally across a wide scientific spectrum, with recent emphasis on clinical products and has additional experience in legal, commercial and regulatory pathways. She obtained her PhD in molecular biology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles followed by three years of post-doctoral research in genetics at the University of Cambridge.

Joe Foster’s role as chief operating officer will consist of managing the corporate operations as well as driving Mogrify’s IP management function. He began his career at Horizon Discovery working within the corporate development team gaining experience in business planning, licensing, technology evaluation and M & A analysis, before becoming Dr Jonathan Milner's (co-founder of Abcam plc) portfolio manager where he built and managed a complex portfolio of more than 40 early-stage life science companies. 

Foster holds a degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Bath and an MPhil in Business Management from the University of Cambridge.

CEO Darrin Disley (left) with colleagues in the reinforced senior management team, from left: Dr Rodrigo Santos, director of Cell Technologies; Professor Julian Gough (co-founder and CSO); Dr Karin Schmitt (chief business officer); Joe Foster (chief operating officer); Pierre-Louis Joffrin (corporate development executive). Picture by Phil Mynott.

CEO Darrin Disley (left) with colleagues in the reinforced senior management team, from left: Dr Rodrigo Santos, director of Cell Technologies; Professor Julian Gough (co-founder and CSO); Dr Karin Schmitt (chief business officer); Joe Foster (chief operating officer); Pierre-Louis Joffrin (corporate development executive). Picture by Phil Mynott.

CEO Dr Disley said: “We are growing a world-class scientific and executive team that will enable Mogrify to become a global leader in the development of novel cell conversion IP that underpins the development of lifesaving cell therapies. 

“The new Bio-Innovation Centre at the Cambridge Science Park offers outstanding facilities, service and networks to its tenants and we’re thrilled to be joining them at this exciting time.”

Kevin Lin, president, TusPark UK, added: “Mogrify’s direct cellular conversion technology has the potential to transform cell therapy and we’re delighted to have their expert team join us at our new state-of-the-art research facilities at the centre of the Cambridge cluster.”

The Mogrify platform takes a systematic big data approach to identify, from next-generation sequencing and gene-regulatory networks, the transcription factors (in vitro) or small molecules (in vivo), needed to convert a cell. By bypassing the stem cell-stage of cell transformation, Mogrify simultaneously addresses challenges associated with efficacy, safety and scalability.

Uniquely positioned to address a cell therapy market estimated to be $35 billion by 2023, Mogrify is commercialising its technology via IP licensing, product development and drug development. The company has raised $3.7 million seed funding from Ahren Innovation Capital, 24Haymarket and Dr Disley.

TusPark is a leading global ecosystem in technology and service and is proving increasingly influential in Cambridge. It manages over 300 incubators, science parks and science cities worldwide and invests in seven sectors including life sciences. It has incubated over 6,000 enterprises. 

Tuspark has assets under management of more than £20 billion and over 800 portfolios including nine publicly listed companies.

Tuspark Cambridge is a landmark £200m joint venture with Trinity College which includes 350,000 sq ft of office/lab space that is developed over five new buildings, including the Bio-Innovation Centre. 

In addition to the science parks, TusPark UK has also made equity investments into a few Cambridge life science startups as well as Cambridge Innovation Capital. It has partnered with Innovate UK on helping British startups soft-land and accelerate in China and will continue to work with UK and Chinese governments, businesses, associations, universities, and institutions on cross-border collaborations.

China-UK Qingdao Oversea Innovation Centre was launched in TusPark Cambridge

A delegation from Qingdao, Shandong province of China led by Xianghui Bian, Minister of Organisation Department of Qingdao, , visited TusPark Cambridge, to celebrate the launch of the China-UK Qingdao Overseas Innovation Centre.

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Kevin Lin, President of TusPark UK, warmly welcomed the delegation. Mr Lin related the history and development of Cambridge Science Park from its founding to the current day. TusPark Cambridge is based at the Park as a result of a joint venture between TUS and Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

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The delegation was also shown the completed sections of Tuspark Cambridge, including the state-of-the-art Bio-Innovation Centre, a regional first featuring world-class facilities for the life sciences and HealthTech innovation, including wet laboratories for research.

TUS UK had previously collaborated with Innovate UK, the arm of the UK government that focuses on technology and innovation, holding its FORGE accelerator based around IoT at TusPark Newcastle, to invest and bring UK startups into Chinese cities, including Qingdao.

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At the launch symposium, Mr Lin spoke about TusPark UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”, helping startups and scale-ups from the UK ecosystem to set up and incubate in China through TUS’s nationwide network of industry, government and academia. Cambridge is an important node in this plan.

Mr Peng Lv, Director of Qingdao Municipal Science & Tech. Bureau, said: “we are delighted to collaborate with TUS, and we expect TUS’s innovation network to bring more innovative enterprises to Qingdao, boosting its development in the fields of AI, life sciences, and clean energy.’

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“Qingdao welcomes talented people, and we are keen to settle them in Qingdao and settle, as they transfer their achievements to make Qingdao an innovation city,” Ms Bian said. “We look forward to seeing great outcomes from the establishment of this China-UK Qingdao Oversea Innovation Centre.”

Mr Lin said, “Qingdao is a city rich in history and innovation, creating many well-known enterprises, such as Haier. We’ve seen its potential. As significant nodes of TUS’s ecosystem, we will work to connect Qingdao and Cambridge, as well as China and the UK.”

Yangzhou Delegation visited Tuspark Cambridge

A delegation from Yangzhou, Jiangsu province of China led by Yang Chen, Vice-Mayor of Yangzhou, visited TusPark Cambridge.

Kevin Lin, President of TusPark UK, warmly welcomed delegation and delivered a detailed introduction of the Cambridge Science Park, where TusPark Cambridge is based, as well as TusPark Cambridges’s joint venture with the Cambridge Science Park.

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Kevin addressed, as top-level players in science parks, collaboration of TusPark and the Cambridge Science Park serves both UK and China. TusPark UK has been working on connecting the innovation ecosystems of China and the UK, by using Tus’s resource and the largest global innovation network. TusPark Cambridge is not only a science park but one of 300 Tus innovation nodes in China and the world. Each node closely connects with government, industry and academic that aims to provide greater possibility to startups and scale-ups, as well as match the right opportunities for both British and Chinese enterprises. 

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The delegation was also shown the state-of-the-art Bio-Innovation Centre, the first wet laboratory in Cambridge Science Park, and featuring world-leading facilities for biotech research and healthtech innovation. Dr Wei Meng, Operations Director of TusPark UK led the delegation viewing the Bio-Innovation Centre and explained the layout and facilities.

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Yang agreed the significant impact of the joint venture of TusPark and Cambridge Science Park. Also, he expressed: ‘Bio-Innovation Centre provides the world-class facilities that, I believe, will create a home to innovation in field of life science. Tuspark Yangzhou is about to open, and we expect, increasingly UK technology companies will land to Yangzhou via TusPark global innovation network’.

First Chinese Startup Arrives at TusPark Newcastle through the TUS Ecosystem

TusPark Newcastle has welcomed its first members from China through TusStar, the largest incubator network in China and part of the TUS Innovation Network.

The company, Starlabs Bioscience, is a Healthtech Startup specialising in AI and neurological feedback. Its technology was developed by one of its co-founders, Dr Yongki Kim, a pioneer in this field.

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“We spun out Dr Kim’s research into several products because we wanted to be one of the first in China to popularize this technology,” CEO Aik Fong Png said. Their latest product is an EEG hardware module which detects brain signals between 0.1 to 100 HZ.

Starlabs Bioscience started in TusStar Ningbo, in Zhejiang province, less than an hour away from Shanghai. It was also in Ningbo that Kim met fellow co-founder Dongbiao Xu, then a graduate in behavioural psychology.

Starlabs continued its growth in Asia, with training centres in Beijing and Tianjin. It has also built its South East Asian home in TusStar’s new presence in Malaysia. 

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“TusStar has been a great base for us, for finding talents, sharing resources and expanding our team. The TUS Innovation Ecosystem has made setting up in a completely new part of the world extremely easy,” Mr Png said.

As part of the TUS Innovation Ecoystem, and a member of the TusStar network of incubator bases, TusPark Newcastle supports startups and entrepreneurs coming to the UK with company formation, intellectual property registration, legal, banking, accounting and business support. It is the ideal first-stop for Chinese startups keen to explore the UK market.

TusPark Newcastle is also part of the Eagle Labs network, the largest network of UK incubators, powered by Barclays bank. As a direct collaboration between Barclays and TUS UK, the organization is known as TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab.

Andrew Dixon from Barclays, and ecosystem manager of the Newcastle Eagle Lab said: “The Eagle Labs are a national network of business support, and are designed to help local startups to grow and scale-up nationally and internationally. As the largest ecosystem for technology and the sciences in China of nearly 200 bases, TusPark is the best partner for us to work with in helping to send UK startups to China, and also receive Chinese businesses, big or small, through our physical base in Newcastle.”

TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab is fully equipped to help international industries and investors expand its international footprint and explore the UK market, through Newcastle.

And for companies like Starlabs, it means finding and employing local talent in North East England to support this growth, as well as bringing its own new innovations to the UK.

 

The 3rd China-Series Event “What Failed Badly for Foreign Companies in China” presented by TusPark UK

TusPark presented the 3rd in its series of talks about doing business in China.

Working with the Cambridge Science Park, TusPark has been working to help UK businesses enter China through its innovation ecosystem, the largest in China. This series focuses on helping British startups and companies understand what modern China is like, and gives tips on doing business within it.

Last year saw TusPark presenting on “All You Want to Know about China but Were Afraid to Ask”, and “Business Opportunities in China’s Fast-Growing Technology Sector” in October and November respectively.

Dr. Wei Meng, Director of Operations, TusPark UK delivered opening speech

Today, we were delighted to have Mark Schaub, Senior Partner at King & Wood Mallesons to present “What Failed Badly for Foreign Companies in China”. This event was co-hosted by Cambridge Science Park, CBBC, Tech UK, and King & Wood Mallesons.

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Mark had spent several decades living and working in China, focusing on foreign direct investment, cross-border M&A, intellectual property rights, and private equity investment in China.

Mark delivered a particular perspective of China, seen through the eyes of a foreign lawyer. He gave a general introduction of the Chinese market, as well as explained its significance for technology companies in particular.

Mark also shared his experience in helping foreign enterprises enter China in various fields, such as blockchain, fintech, life sciences, and more. He spoke about challenges faced by foreign SMEs, such as intellectual property rights, which are especially pertinent considerations for tech and science companies looking to enter the Chinese market.

The “China-Series Event” seminars are a platform to understand Chinese and cross-border business opportunities.

Previously on China-Series Events:

3rd Oct 2018: All You Want to Know about China but were Afraid to Ask.

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This was first lecture of the China Series held by Tuspark UK. Dr. Wei Meng, Director of Operations, TusPark Cambridge, gave an introduction to China’s history, different regions, and regional culture. He also introduced TusPark’s over 200 incubators, science parks, and science cities in different regions of China, and the help TusPark can offer in space, capital and network.

27th Nov 2018: Lunch & Learn – Business Opportunities in China’s Fast-growing Technology Sector

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The second event of China Series, with talks by TusPark as well as three of China’s tech giants, Huawei, Alibaba and JD.com, companies learned about the business opportunities arising in this fast-growing sector. Henk Koopmans, CEO of Huawei Technologies Research & Development (UK) Ltd, Dr. Chao Zhang, Founding Advisor of JD.com AI Research Europe, and Alan Shen, Cloud Business Development Manager of Alibaba, gave an overview to Huawei, JD.com, and Alibaba, respectively. Discussions on technologies, especially artificial intelligence, China, and business opportunities followed. Read more.

TusPark Cambridge’s Unit 26 was shortlisted in the top four Commercial Corporate Workplace category in the BCO Awards

TusPark Cambridge’s Unit 26, at Cambridge Science Park, has been shortlisted in the top four Commercial Corporate Workplace category in the BCO UK Midlands Region Awards.

Established in 1990, the BCO (British Council for Offices) Award provides public recognition for top quality design and functionality and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces. BCO is Britain’s leading forum for the discussion and debate of issues affecting the office sector.

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Unit 26 was designed by Scott Brownrigg for TusPark UK’s collaboration with Trinity College and Cambridge Science Park. In this partnership, TusPark invested over £200 million to build more than 350,000 sq. ft office space at the Park. Unit 26 represents 68,835 sq. ft and was launched in 2018 as the first of TusPark’s buildings.

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The building is currently occupied by Frontier Developments plc., one of the largest videogame developers in the UK. Frontier was founded by David Braben in 1994, and has produced several games in the Elite series, including 2014's Elite: Dangerous. In 2013, the company reincorporated as a public limited company, and entered the stock market.

It has built a uniquely diverse catalogue of games – enabled by its Cobra technology. Meanwhile, Frontier now self-publishes its own high quality, innovative games of different genres that embody its world-class expertise across all major gaming formats.

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Daniel Stephen Zeichner, MP for Cambridge Visited TusPark Cambridge

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Daniel Stephen Zeichner and Kevin Lin

MP for Cambridge, Daniel Stephen Zeichner, was warmly welcomed by President of TusPark UK, Kevin Lin, during his visit to TusPark Cambridge today.

At a symposium specially held to mark the event, Mr Lin introduced the history of TusPark, from its origination as a spin-out from Tsighua University in Beijing, to the establishment of TusPark Cambridge via a ground breaking £200M investment into the Cambridge Science Park, and the establishment of a joint venture between both organizations.

Mr Zeichner was also shown the upcoming state-of-the-art Bio Innovation Centre, the first on the Park, and featuring world-leading facilities for biotech research and HealthTech innovation.

Mr Lin also explained TUS UK’s overarching concept of “Two Countries, Twin Science Parks”, helping startups and scale-ups from the UK ecosystem to set up and incubate in China through TUS’s nationwide network with industry, government and academia, with Cambridge being an important node.

“Through the TUS Global Innovation Ecosystem,” Mr Lin said, “This landmark joint venture serves both Cambridge and the UK, as well as accelerating cooperation between China and the UK.”

Mr Zeichner expressed his support for TUS’s strategy to link the two country’s tech and science ecosystems: “We hope TusPark can expand its support to other places in the UK, for instance expanding the golden triangle area, so that not only Cambridge but the wider country may increase its collaboration with China in future.”

TusPark Newcastle Creates the Largest UK-China Innovation Network with Barclays

TUS UK has launched a new partnership with Barclays bank that would create the largest UK-China innovation network.

TusPark Newcastle, TUS Holding’s presence in North-East England, becomes the location of TusPark-Barclays Eagle Lab, and an integral part of the Barclays business support network.

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Located at Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, TusPark-Barclays Eagle Lab will provide onsite resources to offer entrepreneurs advice on how to grow their business, from access to funding, to mentoring and events. The Lab will also feature a ‘Maker Space’, an in-house workshop with technologies such as digital fabrication, 3D printing and laser cutting, giving businesses access to the tools they need for rapid prototyping.

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All members of TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab will be connected to TusPark’s global innovation ecosystem – the largest in China – enabling high-growth enterprises in both locations to deepen relationships and collaborate across the world.

TusPark is the largest science park operator in the world. It was originally formed by Tsinghua University to help incubate and develop tech entrepreneurs. Apart from operating its science parks, it is also a major investor and source of smart money. It has also incubated over 6000 start-ups on its premises of which 70 have gone on to become listed companies. TusPark Newcastle is one of the TUS presences in the UK and is positioned to help UK start-ups access the Chinese market through its unique innovation ecosystem. [Read more: IoT, TORC and TusStar].

Eagle Labs is the largest co-working, collaboration and incubator networks for start-ups and scale- ups in the UK. The Newcastle opening marks the twenty-second location in Barclays’ Eagle Lab network, and comes after success in other cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

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The launch of the Newcastle site follows the creation in 2018 of a new business unit at Barclays called Barclays UK (BUK) Ventures. BUK Ventures has an independent mandate to deliver new customer experiences at pace and scale – ultimately driving growth for communities, businesses and Barclays – and is responsible for growing the Eagle Lab network.

Dr Yunming Shao, Vice President of TusPark Holdings UK said: “We were drawn to the North East’s diverse strengths and cherish the opportunity to work alongside Barclays to amplify the efforts of Newcastle entrepreneurs. TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab will support the rapid scaling up of tech start-ups nationally and internationally, through the largest UK-China incubator network that this Lab will connect its members to.”

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Andrew Lawrence, Barclays Head of SME in the North East said: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with Tuspark and this launch will further our investment in the North East’s entrepreneurs. The city’s businesses are hungry for flexible workspace and we want to help local entrepreneurs to win the ‘champions league’ of growth and job creation. Newcastle is famous for its culture, buildings and people, and has long been at the forefront of industry. Technology is transforming the speed at which start-ups can grow and scale. Simply having access to a 3D printer can now help people turn a clever idea into a business success overnight, and by providing practical resources alongside our financial expertise we intend to help people succeed. The TusPark Newcastle Eagle Lab will take our relationship with local entrepreneurs one step further, providing them with access to our specialist high growth team and giving them the tools and resources that will help them accelerate growth.”

TUS Holdings a Key Contributor for the Xiongan New Area

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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviewed the general plan and policy system of the Xiongan New Area project at the new city’s citizen service centre in China’s Hebei province on 16th January, 2019.

The meeting was attended by Shugui Wang, COO of TUS Holdings, currently one of the resident enterprises and partners of Xiongan.

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As its primary technology and innovation enterprise, TUS designed the planning outlines for the technological capabilities for the Xiongan New Area, as well as detailed development plans towards its construction as a high-tech city, and is resident on-site at Xiongan.

The Tus International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

The Tus International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

The Xiongan New Area was announced in 2017, spanning three counties in Hebei province to the South West of Beijing. This economic and residential area is planned to be one of the largest projects for China in the 21st century, with a focus on Green, Clean Technologies, Smart City, and Healthcare.

TUS Holdings will have a TUS International Innovation Centre in Xiongan, and invites collaboration with international partners, which includes universities and academic organizations, through its triple-dimension helix model of innovation.

By bringing together talented people, technology and finance, TUS aims to build a new generation of science park that has a complete flow of incubation service as well as a complete cycle of tech investment funding.

Design of the TUS International Innovation Centre in Xiongan

Design of the TUS International Innovation Centre in Xiongan