Imperial Innovations becomes Touchstone Innovations

Since 2011, Innovations has diversified its supply base across the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, investing in opportunities from the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and University College London as well as Imperial.  Over two thirds of its new investments in the past five years have been into companies originating outside Imperial College London.  
New initiatives including Apollo Therapeutics and Innovations’ commitment to the UCL Technology Fund broadened the Group’s access to IP arising from throughout the Golden Triangle.


The Group also felt that the use of ‘Imperial’ in its name often created brand confusion both for Innovations and the College.


Although the Group as a whole has been re-branded as Touchstone Innovations, and investments will be in this name, the name Imperial Innovations is being retained for the operations of the technology transfer office for Imperial College.  


Touchstone has a new website (see below), , but the Imperial Innovations website has been retained and refocused on the needs of the academic community at Imperial.


Regarding the choice of new name, the company has explained that touchstones were historically used by goldsmiths to test the purity of gold or silver, and the term ‘touchstone’ has also come to represent a standard against which the genuineness or quality of something is judged.  It comments that “Touchstone Innovations thus has an interesting resonance with the Group’s science focus and many positive connotations relevant to the Group’s operations.”

For further information, see:
www.touchstoneinnovations.com
www.imperialinnovations.co.uk

Since 2011, Innovations has diversified its supply base across the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, investing in opportunities from the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and University College London as well as Imperial.  Over two thirds of its new investments in the past five years have been into companies originating outside Imperial College London.  
New initiatives including Apollo Therapeutics and Innovations’ commitment to the UCL Technology Fund broadened the Group’s access to IP arising from throughout the Golden Triangle.
The Group also felt that the use of ‘Imperial’ in its name often created brand confusion both for Innovations and the College.
Although the Group as a whole has been re-branded as Touchstone Innovations, and investments will be in this name, the name Imperial Innovations is being retained for the operations of the technology transfer office for Imperial College.  
Touchstone has a new website (see below), , but the Imperial Innovations website has been retained and refocused on the needs of the academic community at Imperial.
Regarding the choice of new name, the company has explained that touchstones were historically used by goldsmiths to test the purity of gold or silver, and the term ‘touchstone’ has also come to represent a standard against which the genuineness or quality of something is judged.  It comments that “Touchstone Innovations thus has an interesting resonance with the Group’s science focus and many positive connotations relevant to the Group’s operations.”
For further information, see:
www.touchstoneinnovations.com
www.imperialinnovations.co.uk

Posted on Wednesday, 07 June 2017