Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

Intellectual Property

Taking IP forward at STH NHS FT

IP Management 

All IP at STH is taken forward by Medipex Ltd. Medipex is the NHS Innovation Hub for the Yorkshire and Humber region. They assist NHS bodies and their employees (doctors, nurses, R&D staff, supporting functions etc) to recognise the value of their ideas. Guidance and practical support is provided from the idea stage through to development and final product launch in the market place.

They also work with medical technology companies, providing a range of services to help accelerate their product development, place clinical trials and product evaluations, and to help them understand how to overcome the barriers to adoption for innovative products. They provide a link between industry and the NHS, facilitating a two-way exchange of knowledge with the ultimate goal of helping to improve patient care.

Medipex have a working relationship with Fusion (University of Sheffield IP) with whom joint IP arrangements with the University are agreed.

For further information about taking forward IP at STH, please contact Dr Dipak Patel in the CRIO ( or 0114 226 5941).


Taking IP forward at University of Sheffield

IP Management

The Commercialisation Section in Research and Innovation Services provide advice and guidance in respect of commercial opportunity assessment and intellectual property as it relates to the exploitation of inventions and ideas and are responsible for the delivery of University-wide functions relating to the commercialisation of the University's intellectual property, including the University's Commercialisation Assessment System (CAS), patents, licensing administration and evaluation of projects to assess suitability for commercial exploitation. There is a web based procedure for staff to follow to get assistance from the team. If the idea needs legal protection the Commercial Assessment Team will work with the researcher to set this up.

About Fusion IP

In order to help maximise the commercialisation of IP arising from University of Sheffield ideas and inventions through licensing opportunities and the creation of spin out companies, the University has entered into a partnership with Fusion IP. The Agreement enables Fusion IP to work with the University to commercialise University IP but is not intended to prevent the University from undertaking research activity where the funder may require access to, or ownership of, IP arising from the funded work. The Agreement gives Fusion exclusive rights to commercialise IP emerging from research undertaken by the University where such IP is owned wholly or in part by the University.