We are always happy to hear from diagnostics developers if you have any questions about our services. Before we engage in detailed conversations about potential projects however we ask that you download, complete and submit the London-IVD-Client-Application-form. This includes questions that allow us to set up a confidentiality agreement, if required. (Our standard NDA is here.)
There are a variety of funding options available to work with us. We can support grant applications, company-funded projects, and academic collaborations. (An overview of the funding competitions that support diagnostics development in the UK is here.) The funding model determines the process that we use to work with you.
London IVD process for grant applications
The graphic below describes how we support grant applications. If you would like to work with us, please contact us at least 6 weeks before the competition deadline to give us time to obtain approvals. If you send us your draft grant application in good time we may also be able to provide feedback that can boost your chances of success!
In order to use the name of NIHR London IVD Cooperative in your grant application you MUST have received a formal written proposal from us. This applies regardless of whether London IVD will be a co-applicant or sub-contractor to the project.
London IVD process for company-funded and academic projects
The process varies according to the objectives of the work. However, there are a number of general steps, as depicted in the graphic below. It usually takes between 6 and 18 weeks to scope out, agree and commence a company-funded project with London IVD Cooperative.
How we manage Intellectual Property (IP)
Our approach to handling IP varies according to the goals of client projects, as well as the exact role played by London IVD. Our standard policies are as follows:
- For companies that have already achieved proof of concept: both parties (Imperial College and the company) grant each other licence to use IP generated from the project for research purposes. That means that Imperial College will retain the foreground IP on any research methodology developed, while IP regarding the development of a device will sit with the company.
- For companies at early stages of product development: where companies have not developed an initial prototype, or do not have clear plans regarding how to achieve this, IP arrangements will discussed on a case by case basis. Foreground IP will typically lie with the lead applicant to allow better commercialisation. Royalties and/or equity will be discussed with Imperial Innovations (the IP vehicle of Imperial College).