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Fund brings research to business
Three Wiltshire organisations have won a share in a 25m government fund to turn research carried out in the public sector into commercial success.

NHS Innovations South West in Salisbury gets 995,000 for a project to make NHS research easier to sell.

PPARC in Swindon will receive 893,000 to transfer information from three international research organisations.

An MoD laboratory will get 450,000 to create licence deals and investment opportunities in defence technology.

PPARC will work with CERN, the European Southern Observatory and European Space Agency.

Deals created by Ploughshare Innovations Ltd, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down, will cover a range of areas from telecommunications to diagnostics throughout the UK.

The projects have been awarded the cash from the Department of Trade and Industry to market their work.

Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson said: "Without this vital financial support much of the cutting edge research taking place in public sector organisations might never make it out of the lab."

The Public Sector Research Exploitation fund was set up in 2001 to help public sector organisations including research council institutes, government laboratories, NHS Trusts and major museums and galleries to market their research.

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