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Imperial Innovations is part of a network comprising inventors, investors, start-up and spin-outs. We support new technologies with the potential for significant impact in the environment, society, and individual lives. It is important that we supplement this by recognising and giving back to the communities around us.
We aim to build an environment that enables our workers to achieve to the best of their ability. We promote a diverse and inclusive work place, where each person is recognised by their achievement and hard work. In creating and maintaining a fair culture, free of prejudice, we hope to attract the best talent.
It is also important that talent is nurtured and developed internally. Staff are encouraged to seek further training, and we promote all vacancies internally.
We consider Innovations to be an equal opportunities employer, and do not differentiate based on gender, ethnicity, religion, or physical ability. Innovations supports universal human rights for its employees and ensures that, where possible, its transactions uphold these principles.
We hold numerous events to promote social wellbeing within Innovations, including quiz nights and annual team building exercises, such as white water rafting and group cooking competitions.
Since summer 2011, over 70 interns have taken part in our paid internship programme, assisting in roles ranging from market analysis, to patent management and contract administration.
Most interns have a scientific background, having completed PhDs or Post-doctoral degrees before joining Innovations. Taking part in an internship at Innovations gives interns valuable experience of the commercial aspects of science and research and facilitates the transition from the lab to a business. Many interns take up positions within the technology transfer or patents and licensing fields, with some even going on to start their own ventures.
Health and Wellbeing
We know that a business depends on its staff being healthy. All members of staff are provided with access to discounted gym membership and we run occasional events such as company table-tennis, badminton and 5-a-side football sessions. Innovations has a strong cycling culture, which is facilitated by access to a cycle-to-work scheme.
Our community volunteering scheme allows our employees a number of days per year to use flexibly for social or community based activity. Staff members are encouraged to donate such volunteering time to charitable activities, and we also provide opportunities to take part in corporate charitable events. These have included repainting a state primary school in West London and repairing a community garden.
We have raised money for several charities, including Macmillan, Save the Children, the Autism Society, and Genetic Disorders UK, through internal events such as office bake-offs, Christmas jumper days, and casual clothing days. Furthermore, individual members of staff have participated in charity runs and cycles, raising money for organisations such as Le Cure de France, Scope, and the British Heart Foundation.
We are in the process of setting up an Alumni network for Imperial Innovations and Touchstone Innovations plc. We consider our former associates to be part of our extended family. Our Alumni network will allow us to connect with former employees, keep in touch and, in the future, meet up with us for some social events also.
As a commercial partner to Imperial College London, we try to foster creativity and entrepreneurship within the community. Imperial Innovations has sponsored competitions and events such as the CDT Den, a business plan competition taking place within the Institute of Chemical Biology and styled after Dragon’s Den.
We also developed the Venture Catalyst Challenge, a six-week entrepreneurial programme where students and alumni develop their business ideas with guidance from a variety of mentors and present to a panel of investors for a chance to win a cash prize. January 2016 saw the inaugural run of our Art of Research scientific image competition, which aimed to showcase the breadth of research undertaken at Imperial through images created by scientists. To the right is Trisection, a submission by Li Shen showing the "trisection" of three different bubbles undergoing thin-film drainage.
Imperial Innovations is committed to being an environmentally friendly institution. We monitor and review our emissions and have put in place a cycle-to-work scheme, which encourages staff to adopt climate-friendly commutes. Staff members regularly also work from home. Doing so has not only reduced the amount of emissions from transport (both to/from the office and with out-of-site meetings), but has also increased the use of electronic documents and a reduction in paper used for printing. Furthermore, our waste disposal contractor is able to recycle plastics, glass, paper, and organic waste, with electrical waste processed by a dedicated contractor.
In the past year, we have been able to reduce our on-site energy consumption by 16%.
Technology for the future
As a part of Innovations’ role as the Technology Transfer Office for Imperial College London, we are in a unique position to support environmentally-friendly new technologies on their route to market. In the past few years, we have (or are in the process of) commercialising technologies such as:
- A method to incorporate atmospheric CO2 in the production of polymers
- Novel designs for motor components to increase engine efficiencies
- Multiple pipeline health analytic systems, which help prevent leaks and improve resource use efficiency
- Novel forms of generating energy
- A system to mass produce molecules from rare plants while protecting wild populations
52 Princess Gate
Our offices at 52 Princes Gate are part of a listed building in Imperial’s estate. We maintain the building and have recently undertaken a large refurbishment project. Modifications are done with its heritage and visitors can see its original features and history.
Imperial White City Incubator
Imperial Innovations manages the new Imperial Incubator in the Translational i-Hub building at Imperial’s new White City campus near Shephard’s Bush, London. This new building has been built to exacting specifications of Imperial’s Supplier Framework.
Touchstone Innovations PLC
Imperial Innovations is part of Touchstone Innovations plc which occupies new premises in Air Street in Central London. The building boasts an “Oustanding” award from BREEAM—a building sutainability assessment for sustainability in construction.