Wednesday 14 December 2016

New Year Briefing 2017 from Centre for Business Innovation

Another record breaking year at the Centre for Business Innovation! Read our New Year Briefing now available at … with member logos at

Sunday 27 November 2016

Microfluidics Consortium in Cookham (UK) Dec 8 & 9

The Microfluidics Consortium is entering its eighth year!

We meet next on December 8th and 9th at Moor Hall, Cookham near Heathrow.

On this occasion we will be working with:

  •  EIPC (the European Electronics Trade Association) to find synergies between electronics and microfluidics in areas like manufacturing technology and embedding functionality.
  • Big Pharma to find common ground supporting the need for fluidic infrastructure for the new generation of cell, tissue, organ on a chip assays which will be needed for the upcoming revolution in precision medicine.
For details contact Peter Hewkin on

The next meeting of the consortium will be in San Francisco on Jan 26/27 hosted by Stanford University.

Sunday 20 November 2016

Demonstration of Social Media Profiling Tool

The Social Media for Business Consortium is arranging a demonstration on December 13th of the Social Profiling tools which the University of Cambridge Psychology Department have developed. 

The consortium is co-funding further development of these tools in exchange for proprietary access enabling its members to test out strategies for improved dialogue/influence with their stakeholders.

The public domain version of these tools can be viewed here

A new cycle of the Social Media for Business Consortium starts 1/1/2017. For details, please contact Peter Hewkin on

Thursday 27 October 2016

Rescuing #BREXIT with Robots?

“Migration causes wage pressure in low skilled jobs 'Taking back control' of immigration [so the logic goes] will reduce supply of labour and increase local wages.” - a (disputed) claim of the Brexiteers in the UK referendum.

My recent projects looking at the disruptive impact of of automation and AI in various client markets show different trends. It is automation such as: robot clothing manufacturing and autonomous farming and picking that are the long term drivers impacting these low-skill industries.

As migration curbs bite, is the solution for the UK’s innovative businesses to use large-scale automation to fill any shortage of workers. Is #Brexit actually an opportunity to lead the world in advances in automation or will the UK’s new industrial policy prioritise employment over GVA?

Whatever the outcome, one thing is for sure: any global or pan-european companies looking at cross-border R&D and innovation are going to need to quickly plan for a variety of #Brexit scenarios. The Centre for Business Innovation is holding a facilitated symposium to map out the most likely scenarios and potential responses to keep corporate innovation flowing.

A few places are still available - contact or for more details.

Monday 26 September 2016

MF7 Microfluidics Consortium visits Dublin Oct 7 & 8

The Microfluidics Consortium is now in its 7th year and will be visiting Dublin just ahead of the uTAS conference.

Dr Peter Hewkin who leads the microfluidics consortium says "Each year we have an Open Day in Europe when non-members can get to know the members of the Microfluidics consortium and share in their vision. This year we have placed the Open Day on Oct 8th ..just ahead of the global uTAS conference"

Delegates who wish to participate can also join our recruitment event the evening before on Oct 7th. For full agenda and early bird delegate list please click here

The Microfluidics consortium is a global venture with the mission to grow the market for microfluidics enabled products and services. It meets across the USA and Europe .. and visits the Far East each year.

Monday 16 May 2016

Microfluidics Consortium to visit Boston with Open Day on June 24

The MF7 Microfluidics Consortium will be in Boston on June 23 and 24. Hosted by Northeastern University the mission of the consortium is to grow the market for microfluidics enabled products and services.

The consortium delivers this mission by engaging with regulators, funders, business partners of all sizes as well as the venture capital community - all over the world.

While most of the consortium's work takes places in closed (members only) meetings, on June 24 we are holding our annual 'Open Day' where non-members can engage with us and learn about our vision , our values and processes.

To participate in the Open Day please follow this link:

New Year Briefing from Centre for Business InnovationPublished

We are pleased to release the latest briefing from the Centre for Business Innovation in Cambridge UK. It describes our international consortia for:

- corporate venturing
- social media for business
- microfluidics
- nano-carbon enhanced materials
- open innovation meets big data
- medical adherence
- inclusive design

which are helping some of the world's best companies leverage each others position and insight to do more with less.

Read about it here

Social Media for Business Consortium collaborates with Cambridge Psychometrics Centre

Corporate Members of the Social Media for Business Consortium SMfB-2 are testing tools developed by the Psychometrics Centre of the Judge Business School in Cambridge. This provides access to the groundbreaking research of the Centre in the area of 'Social Listening'.

Applications which are of interest to consortium members include: targeting of marketing campaigns, profiling of customers and recruits, improving creativity of teams and identifying possible threats.

Dr Peter Hewkin for CfBI tells us 'corporate members of SMfB-2 are identifying new ways to impact their KPIs by matching psychological profiles to marketing, recruitment and other corporate needs. Working in private we are able to compare notes on what works and what does not enabling members to do more with less'.

Sunday 10 April 2016

Ultrawire Project Features on BBC 'Click' Programme'

One of the major public domain deliverables from the Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials Consortium NCEM has been the FP7 project which the consortium on in 2014.

Named 'Ultrawire' the project aimed to manufacture wire based on carbon naotubed in a copper matrix. The project is now almost complete and findings are in the public domain.

We were pleased to be featured in the BBCs 'Click' programme on April 9th. The programme can be replayed here

Contact for more information

Sunday 6 March 2016

CfBI Summer Summit - Cambridge July 12

Thought leaders from some of the world's best companies who are members of CfBI consortia will meet at Trinity Hall in Cambridge to celebrate our Collaborate Advantage formula and sow the seeds for future consortia which meet their strategic needs.

Dr Peter Hewkin, CEO of the Centre for Business Innovation says 'We are delighted that leading companies like GSK, Philips, Smith and Nephew, Airbus and BUPA have joined several of our consortia and are starting to reap the benefits of synergies between them. We look forward to taking this process to the next level'.

Participation in by invitation only.

Friday 26 February 2016

CfBI New Year Briefing 2016 published

Click here to read the latest briefing from CfBI - providing an overview of our consortia and members as well as recent successes as our 'Blue Ocean' formula unfolds around the globe.

CfBI 'Business Innovation Summer Summit' Cambridge July 12th

CfBI consortium members from around the world will be meeting in Cambridge on the afternoon of July 12th 2016 to celebrate the Collaborative Advantage formula and to seed future consortia which meet their needs to do more with less.

Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Trinity Hall the summit will be followed by dinner (sponsored by Hewitsons) with Professor John Clarkson, head of the Engineering Design Centre in the Chair.

This is strictly by invitation only. For details please contact Peter Hewkin on