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Announcing the finalists of PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards

These fledgling companies and collaborations range from high end, premium fine bone china tableware sold in 20 countries worldwide founded on contemporary student designs, to re-purposed space technology (gamma-ray spectroscopy technology) for homeland security which will benefit world trade by millions of dollars per annum.   Also amongst the finalists are: a unique project offering direct knowledge transfer from the University’s law school to local startup businesses, providing a hugely inaccessible skillset to new businesses which had previously been cost prohibitive; an automated social media analytics tool that analyses whole conversations, not just isolated messages, which promises to give brands unique information; and a product that reduces sodium levels in food by between 25%-50% without sacrificing taste. 

Dr Douglas Robertson, Chair of PraxisUnico, said, “The entries and the chosen finalists are a testament to the diversity and strength of knowledge transfer activity taking place within research and higher education in the UK. I would like to thank all those who entered and pay tribute to the many other activities of KT professionals which often stay under the radar but which make the UK a hugely successful environment for university-industry interactions and for transferring research into application for the benefit of society.”

Winners of The Impact Awards will be announced at The Impact Awards ceremony at the PraxisUnico Conference Gala Dinner on 13 June in Nottingham.

The finalists

Business Impact Achieved Award  finalists are:

Flux Stoke on Trent – a design led spin-out company from Staffordshire University

SODA-LO® from The University of Nottingham

Symetrica from University of Southampton

Microlase/Coherent laser companies from University of Strathclyde

Business Impact Aspiring Award finalists are:

City Enterprise Services from City University London

STORM from The University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP)

School Screener™ from City University London

Chatterbox Analytics from Queen Mary, University of London

Collaborative Impact Award finalists are:

New Centre for Global Eco-Innovation from The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd)

CIRCLE from University of York

A new public-private model for cancer drug discovery from Cancer Research Technology and Newcastle University

KT Professional of the Year

Judges determined not to award this year.

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For further information:

Lee Willmott

Communications Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1223 659952, lee.willmott@praxisunico.org.uk

Additional information

Further information on The Impact Awards visit www.impactawards.org.uk

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