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Supporting early stage technologies from concept to commercial product.

FIS360 is a focused, energetic company with a successful track record of supporting early stage technologies from concept to commercial product, a process which includes assessing technologies and taking them through to a commercial offering, generating funding and returning revenues.

Frank Allison

Highly experienced in commercialising early stage technologies across a range of industry sectors, until recently Frank worked in the Middle East where he was jointly responsible for developing and delivering a technology transfer business unit, including developing the governance structure, recruiting and training a team, attracting a pipeline of technology opportunities from local and international sources and setting up an investment fund to invest in early stage technology opportunities.

Frank spent over 10 years as a commercialisation manager at the University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP) with responsibility for management and delivery for a portfolio of early stage spin-out and licensing opportunities and implementing industry-led funding initiatives.

He has also held various roles at board level, held positions on steering and energy foresight committees, and worked in the space, aerospace and steel industries in the UK and USA.

Frank studied at Sheffield Hallam University for a BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and at the University of Nottingham for a PhD in Biomaterials Science.

A diverse team with a whole world of commercialisation experience.

The combined experiences and capabilities of FIS360 are unique, highly sought after and a comprehensive skill-set which directly complements the activities and commercial aspirations of early stage technology ventures.

The FIS360 partners have extensive operational experience with key advisory roles at director level, on steering committees and funding boards.

Truly international, the work of FIS360 frequently extends across the UK, Europe and North America as well as having significant experience in the Middle East.

FIS360 have successfully driven the commercialisation of a range of technologies and their work has been used by UK research councils and professional technology transfer bodies as examples of best practice.

Currently, Frank Allison is a key partner to the Innovus GAME CHANGER initiative (supported by Sellafield Ltd), involved in assessing new early stage technology applications.

Associate Oganisations

University of Manchester

The University was formed in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology – institutions. Since 2004 the University has generated more than 100 spin-out companies, contributing to Greater Manchester’s position as the business capital of the north west of England.

National Nuclear Laboratory

The NNL play a key role in the UK and global nuclear sector: reducing the cost of clean-up and decommissioning, maintaining critical skills and attracting talented new people to the industry. They are the only UK organisation with the skills, facilities and expertise to provide technical support to all aspects of the nuclear industry.

Innovus

Innovus has significantly increased research, development and innovation activity in Cumbria and provided the primary focus for technology innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. The creation of a pipeline of new technologies at various stages of commercial development, along with the direct support, reduces the early risk for businesses developing new ideas.

HGF IP Specialists

HGF offers everything you would expect of a world-class intellectual property firm, including patent and trade mark acquisition as well as appeals and oppositions to protect your creative work. HGF provide a bespoke service tailored to your industry, to ensure you really get the most out of your big ideas.

Join us! We’re always keen to hear from talented individuals with skills and expertise that complement our own.

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What’s it like working with FIS360?
Here’s what a few of our clients say about the experience.

Innovus.

FIS360 are integral to the success of the Innovus technology commercialisation programme and are considered as partners rather than as a supplier. 

Innovators benefitting from Innovus support often feedback that the advice they have received from FIS360 has been second to none, whether it be in assisting with the optimisation of their IP strategy or bringing new ideas to augment the technology development offering they are proposing.

FIS360 consistently add considerable value to both the Innovus proposition in realising the latent innovation potential which exists in innovative firms. 

As Innovus aims to expand its reach and service offering, FIS360 are considered to be at the core of this shared growth journey.

Adrian Davis-Johnston
Innovus Programme Director

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UoM Dalton Facility.

I have worked with FIS360 for over 3 years on a variety of commercialisation projects / commercialisation initiatives and have found their approach to commercialisation to be grounded, flexible and pragmatic.

Their ability to quickly gain the respect of the academic / industry inventor teams and importantly inspire the teams to focus on commercialising their technologies is very impressive.

Their commercialisation experience, passion, proven track record and breadth of industry contacts enables informed commercialisation decisions and invariably maintains project momentum.

FIS360 excel at bridging the gap between academia, the supply chain and end users to set appropriate expectations across each party.

Professor Barry Lennox
Director of Research, Dalton Cumbria Facility

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University of Manchester.

FIS360 have been working closely with my research team for over 2 years, initially on a concept for a novel bioreactor. Throughout this time FIS360 have enabled us to develop a clear route-map for the technical and commercial development of the technology in order to take our concept to a market ready product.

This has been guided by direct interaction with industry partners, end users and a detailed understanding of the competitive landscape both for the IP and the existing products on the global market.

The project has been funded (approx. £200k to date) by grants that FIS360 have directed and written in collaboration with my team. In addition to the technical development, FIS360 have ensured that factors such as legal agreements, regulations and industry standards have been addressed. We now have a prototype and focussed commercialisation plan ready for our identified industry partners to evaluate with a view to licensing on commercial terms.

This project has led to other funded project opportunities with industry partners, opening up new and novel areas of translational research and development which will continue to demonstrate impact and recognition for our work.

Professor Sarah Cartmell
Professor of Bioengineering, University of Manchester

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