Innovation in industry partnership recognised
8 December 2014
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Cardiff University and GAMA Healthcare has received an 'outstanding' grade by Innovate UK.
GAMA Healthcare is a leading antibacterial product manufacturer and one of the largest suppliers of anti-bacterial wet wipes both in the UK and across the world. The company worked with Professor Jean-Yves Maillard, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to enhance its products, create data demonstrating their efficacy and lay the foundation for an in-house R&D facility.
Through the KTP, GAMA strengthened key areas of the business in its research and development capability, enabling the company to remain at the forefront of innovation and sustain product development.
It also gained knowledge in efficacy testing methodologies and how to conduct and run a clinical trial, training staff across multiple departments to embed this new capability. The company can now also offer scientific advice and support to existing customers as an additional service, further setting them apart from competitors.
Guy Braverman, Director and Co-Founder of GAMA Healthcare said: "We received great support from Cardiff University, enhancing our knowledge throughout the development of this research area but also practically, embedding capability that enables us to continue to produce innovative products and remain a UK market leader. Working with Cardiff University has enabled us to be an integral part of innovative research. We have developed a really strong working relationship with Professor Maillard and we are now planning ways to continue working together."
For Professor Jean-Yves Maillard the KTP emphasises the importanceof translational research for both his research group and the University. "Interaction with industry is crucial to optimise research application 'in the real word' and create impactful innovation - here, ensuring the product used as part of an infection control regimen in healthcare settings can make a difference and help infection control against troublesome pathogens," he said.
"The opportunity to translate research into practice really shows the capacity for KTP to make a difference. Gaining the experience to design and run a field trial of this magnitude has been valuable and will further establish our international reputation of being at the forefront of infection control, particularly in the use of antimicrobial wipe products.We were really pleased that the success of the collaboration was recognised by Innovate UK and will build on this achievement with additional collaboration," he added.
Paul Thomas, Business Manager, Cardiff University said: "Congratulations to the KTP team for achieving this 'outstanding' grading. The project has achieved incredible success and demonstrates the significant impact a KTP project can have on both business and academia. The University is committed to building and sustaining value-driven collaborative partnerships with businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors, driving forward innovation and impact."