A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between sports footwear firm inov-8 and graphene experts at the University of Manchester has helped develop the world’s first running shoe to use a graphene-enhanced foam in the sole.

The KTP,  co-funded by Innovate UK,  helped develop a cushioned foam, called G-FLY™, which features as part of inov-8’s new trail shoe designed for ultramarathon and long-distance runners.

KTN’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser on the project is Dr Andrew Kenney who commented:

“It has been a pleasure to see this project help to deliver an exciting real-world application for graphene to significantly enhance the performance of running shoes. It’s a great example of how KTP can facilitate business collaboration with our Universities to deliver innovation and commercial impact”.

See the full story on the KTP website here. 

KTPs and Management KTPs link forward thinking businesses with academic teams to access and embed expertise and knowledge.

KTN is a delivery partner of the KTP and Management KTP programmes, with 31 specialist Knowledge Transfer Advisers based all around the UK who provide end to end support for every project.

Funding competitions for KTP and Management  KTP are open throughout the year. If you think a collaboration with an academic team could help drive positive change in your business, find out more on the KTP website. 

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