Technology Intelligence

Scanning and monitoring for new technologies

One-Day Workshop 

19 October 2017



Book one place on this course, and bring a colleague for half price.

As well as sharing experiences with participants from other organisations attending the course, this offer gives you the opportunity to develop a plan in collaboration with your colleagues for implementing Technology Intelligence in your own company.

Book online here, or download the booking form



 Are you aware of new technologies early enough?

  • Are you missing out on opportunities to expand?
  • Do you feel swamped with data but have little useful information?

As technology life cycles shorten and companies become more globalised, failing to keep abreast of the latest technological developments can threaten the future competitiveness and even survival of your business. This one-day course focuses on how to develop and improve your technology intelligence activities to capture the information you need to support strategic planning and decision making.


The course is presented by researchers at the Institute for Manufacturings Centre for Technology Management (CTM) with extensive understanding of the issues involved. Industrial speakers from a range of leading, technology-based companies will describe their experiences of implementing technology intelligence. There will also be an opportunity to discuss the issues with other participants and researchers.


Benefits of attending

  • The course will help you understand the principles to follow in order to:
    improve your companys current approach to monitoring technology developments
  • gain the technology information you need to support strategic planning
  • inform your technology strategy including open innovation activities

All participants will receive a copy of the workbook Technology Intelligence: identifying threats and opportunities from new technologies, co-authored by the presenters (retail price £75).


Topics covered

  • The course will present the CTM technology intelligence model, an approach that helps you understand:
    the relationship between technology intelligence and other business activities
  • the main components of a technology intelligence system
  • the processes to follow when performing technology intelligence



09.30    Start – Introductions

09.45    Technology intelligence model (Clive Kerr, IfM)

10.30    Activity – Scoping a technological domain

11.00    Break and refreshments

11.15    Technology intelligence in practice (Letizia Mortara, IfM)

12.30    Lunch

13.15    Technology Intelligence Activities in the Pharmaceutical Industry                   

            (Mark Wilson, Strategic Technology Bioconsulting )

14.00    Technology for Technology Intelligence

            (Ian Jones & Mark Woods, AMPLYFI)

15.00    Activity – Problems and challenges

15.15    Break and refreshments

15.30    Activity – Tips and tools

16.30    Close



Who should attend

Those who benefit from effective technology intelligence including; technology managers and business development executives.


Those playing an active part in technology intelligence activities, such as technologists, technology scouts and open innovation managers.





Dr Clive Kerr is a Research Associate at the Centre for Technology Management at the University of Cambridge. His current research interests are roadmapping, visual strategy, technology intelligence, technology insertion and through-life capability management. Prior to joining Cambridge, he was a Research Officer in Engineering Design at the Enterprise Integration department of Cranfield University. Clive has a First Class Honours degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, a Diploma degree in Economics, a Postgraduate Certificate in the Social Sciences and an Engineering Doctorate.


Dr Letizia Mortara joined the IfM's Centre for Technology Management as a Research Associate in 2005. Letizia has a first degree in Industrial Chemistry gained at the University of Bologna in Italy. After spending three years working as a process/product manager in a chemical company, she moved to the UK where she gained her PhD in processing and process scale-up of advanced ceramic materials at Cranfield University.



In addition, there will be guest speakers from industry who will share experiences.


Mark WilsonMark Wilson

Principal, Strategic Technology Bioconsulting

Mark Wilson is an independent consultant in the field of technology development and commercialisation, with twenty years’ experience of developing, commercialising and licensing novel technologies.  Previously, he was a Director in GSK’s Platform Technology and Science division, seconded on a long-term basis into SR One (GSK’s wholly-owned corporate venture capital group). He was responsible for developing technology-based spin-outs and for out-licensing activity, and co-led this CEO-sponsored initiative. Mark worked for GSK in various licensing and alliance management roles for over fifteen years and has been involved in hundreds of commercial transactions and alliances. His technical background is in pre-clinical development, drug delivery and manufacturing. He originally trained as an engineer and holds a Master's degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds, in addition to an MBA from Columbia University and London Business School.


Ian Jones

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, AMPLYFI
Ian has 25 years of experience in natural resource technologies spanning industry and government. Prior to AMPLYFI, he worked at BP where he developed the Group’s global technology and commercialisation strategies. Ian led BP’s Resource Base assessment, one of the most comprehensive views of the world’s primary energy resource base. Ian has held a number of analytical, commercial and leadership roles across BP and is a regular guest lecturer at Oxford, Cambridge and Tsinghua universities.


Mark Woods

Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, AMPLYFI
Before founding AMPLYFI, Mark was Head of Business Planning and Major Programmes at BT, responsible for a $280m annual R&D budget and advised BT's Board on the 5-year investment plan. Prior to BT, Mark was Principle Consultant at OTM, a specialist oil & gas technology strategy firm, where he commercialised a series of breakthrough software platforms. Trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, Mark began his career as a British Army Engineering Officer.

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The cost to attend this course is £1000.00 plus VAT (£1200.00 inc), including lunch.



Book one place on this course, and bring a colleague for half price.

As well as sharing experiences with participants from other organisations attending the course, this offer gives you the opportunity to develop a plan in collaboration with your colleagues for implementing Technology Intelligence in your own company.

Book online here, or download the booking form


 IfM members and alumni are entitled to a 10% discount on the above course fees.



To book and pay online with a credit card, click here. Alternatively, if you wish to be invoiced, pay via bank transfer or purchase order, please complete and return the booking form here to the email address below:


Lisa Barnett
IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd
Institute for Manufacturing
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T: +44 (0)1223 766141?
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