Business incubation

The success stories from Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford and Universities of Asia Pacific will undoubtedly inspire the Faculty and Sri Lanka industries to engage in various innovations.

In the 1950’s Stanford was struggling financially but today it is a key part of the Silicon Valley cluster, hence is financially secure. Stanford graduates, Faculty and staff have launched approximately 1200 companies in the last 50 years.

The Cambridge cluster began in the 1960s and today Cambridge is the largest technology cluster in Europe. Around 54,000 are employed by more than 1,500 technology based firms.

The Republic of Korea is catching up with these trends and in the year 2003, 133 cases of technology transfer projects were reported from 19 Korean Universities. Parallel to this, the income for these universities from technology transfer was 1.913 billion Korean won in 2003.

Collaborative research projects

Memorandum of understanding (MOU)

Industries are encouraged to request for collaborative development of new technologies. Such requests will be accepted depending on the infrastructure and the expertise available at the time. An MOU will be signed before the commencement of the project between the client and Cell.

Identifying intellectual property opportunities

The basic aim of the maintaining intellectual property policies is to promote the progress of science and technology, to assure that discoveries and inventions are used to benefit the public, to provide appropriate royalty revenues to the Cell and the inventor, and to support University research and education through the use of invention-related income.

The Cell will grant to the sponsor, the right to negotiate an exclusive or nonexclusive license, based upon the level of sponsor support. In the event of a technology transfer, a payment should be paid to the Cell in order to transfer the technology.

Payments

Payments are negotiable as both direct and indirect costs are involved in some of these projects. All projects will require an advance payment to commence the work. On successful completion of the project, the outcome will be handed over upon receipt of the full payment.

A technology transfer fee will be levied when transferring the technology. This will vary depending on the level of support obtained from the sponsor for the work done.

Consultancy

All Faculty of Science consultancy work can be handled through the “Cell”, which promotes the University’s consultancy capabilities to external parties.

The following outline is intended as a quick and easy guide when undertaking University consultancy. Consultancy is defined as the contracting of staff for a fixed short length of time, to carry out a task, other than research and development, specified by a client. Consultancy contracts differ from research contracts in that there is no academic output, such as publications in refereed journals. Lecturing and ad hoc interaction with media is excluded from these consultancy services.

Our alumni are important to us. They have been very helpful in the past to find industrial placements for our undergraduates. Hence their input and expert advice in building this industrial/community interaction is very valuable. We at “Cell” would be willing to listen to your ideas in strengthening the relationship between the university and industry.

We plan to upload in this website, batch-wise contact lists of alumni of the Faculty of Science. If there are volunteers from different batches to undertake this task please inform us. Any alumni who are willing to assist us in establishing links with “Cell” could provide the information in the excel sheet which could be downloaded from this site. Your assistance could be in various forms such as funding, establishing contacts, ideas etc.

IP Policy for the University

Template for University IP policy was approved by the 387th Faculty board meeting on March 31, 2015 and tabled at the 86th management committee meeting on June 18, 2015 and 498th council meeting August 13, 2015.

Proposed share of revenues from Net income is under discussion at the Council level.

Services we can offer

We can undertake projects in the following areas.

Agricultural/horticultural

  • Plant disease identification and recommendation of control methods
  • Scientific identification of plants
  • Post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables
  • Machinery for drying of agricultural produce and other materials

Chemical

  • Chemical analysis (water, air quality, soil, metal, and food)
  • Separation, identification and determination of chemicals

Educational (Science related, A.L. and above)

  • Teacher training programs
  • Academic and professional course developments
  • Evaluation of academic programmes
  • Extension courses on science & technology
  • Statistical training programmes
  • Training programs in electronics &automation
  • Workshop practice in mechanical, wood and glass blowing
  • Educational testing services

Electrical/Electronics

  • Electronics instrumentation
  • Scientific instrument development
  • Electromagnetic field measurements and analysis
  • Automation technology
  • Lightning and transients protection

Environmental

  • Consultancy services on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) & Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE)
  • Water/soil quality analysis (biological aspects)
  • Biodiversity assessments & monitoring
  • Testing of samples (food, building materials, etc) for radioactivity
  • Monitoring of environment for radiation
  • Selection of plants for landscaping

Financial and actuarial

  • Quantitative finance, financial optimization, risk management
  • Evaluation of insurance products and retirement plans

Industrial

  • Network optimization, problems related to “Traveling Salesman” problem and job scheduling algorithms
  • Analysis of genetically modified (GM) foods
  • Industrial automation
  • Electroplating
  • Corrosion prevention
  • Isolation & characterization of natural products

Medical/Pharmaceutical

  • Immunodiagnostics
  • Mathematical modeling in health science such as analyzing dynamics of infectious diseases
  • lidna -based disease diagnostics
  • Toxicological analysis
  • Bioactivity of natural and synthetic products
  • Amino acid and protein analysis, enzyme development and kinetics
  • Molecular cloning and gene expression
  • Recombinant protein expression
  • Organic synthesis
  • Molecular modeling
  • Analysis of herbal, pharmaceutical and other industrial products for anti-microbial activity
  • Design and analysis of epidemiological studies and clinical trials
  • Survival analysis

Microbial

  • Microbiological analysis

Statistical/Computational

  • Statistical consultancy Including planning, designing, conducting, sample surveys and analysis and report writing
  • Computational modeling & simulation