Manchester Innovation Ltd.
Manchester Innovation Ltd.'s role goes beyond commercializing intellectual property generated by the university and managing the biotechnology incubator building on the university's behalf. Where some other universities' technology transfer initiatives stop at helping with the formation and financing of spin-out companies, MIL aims to provide its spin-outs with ongoing help to develop into successful enterprises.
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