The Impact Awards finalists announced


The men and women driving some of the most exciting business relationships and entrepreneurial businesses of tomorrow have beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted for The Impact Awards, organised by PraxisUnico.

The nine teams and three individuals have been shortlisted from 80 entries across all award categories. All the shortlisted entrants have made outstanding contributions to society and the economy through innovation.

These fledgling companies and collaborations range from programmes that support companies engaging with the academic research base across Scotland’s higher education and research institutes, to a business that promises to revolutionise the solar power industry.

Chair of PraxisUnico, Dr Phil Clare said, “The Impact Awards have once again revealed a rich mix of diverse projects which knowledge and technology transfer professionals contribute. These shortlisted entries are examples of some significant achievements within the profession. With the translation of research for economic benefit remaining a high priority for the nation - and of many institutional strategies - it is important that these projects, and others like them, are acknowledged.”

The Judging Panel, this year led by Professor Sir Tim Wilson retired Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire added, “The strength and diversity of the entries for the 2011 awards made the task of the panel extremely challenging. Many of the submissions will have a significant impact within their application fields; and several will yield excellent commercial returns. It is a privilege to be exposed to such a wealth of ideas and innovations.”

Winners of The Impact Awards will be announced by Maggie Philbin at The Impact Awards ceremony, held at the PraxisUnico Conference Gala Dinner, on 9 June in Glasgow.

The shortlist   

Business Impact Achieved Award, shortlisted entries are:
· Autonomous inspection of subsea cables and pipelines from SeeByte Ltd/Heriot Watt University
· VERT – Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training from The University of Hull

Business Impact Aspiring Award, shortlisted entries are:
· NGenTec - Creation of A Leading Renewables Spin-Out Company from University of
Edinburgh/Edinburgh Research and Innovation
· Novacem from Imperial Innovations/Imperial College/Novacem
· High performance, low cost plastic solar cells from Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge

Collaborative Impact, sponsored MRCT, shortlisted entries are:
· The InterAct Partnership: A unique PSRE collaboration from The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera)
· Interface - The knowledge connection for business from University of Edinburgh on behalf of all Scottish Universities
· GraftBolt®: from sketch to product from TrusTECH (North West NHS Innovation Hub)
· Great Western Research from Great Western Research

Career Track – KT Achiever of the Year award:
· Dr Ross McLennan from TMRI Ltd – a joint venture involving Scottish HEIs and NHS
· Dr John Pearson from University of Birmingham
· Dr Dawn Scott from University of Exeter


About The Impact Awards

Further information on The Impact Awards visit

The Impact Award categories include:
· Business Impact – Achieved
· Business Impact – Aspiring
· Collaborative Impact
· Career Track Award - KT Achiever of the Year

Tickets to The Impact Awards Ceremony are available to non-conference attendees priced at £135 (plus VAT) per ticket.

The Judging Panel

Judging panel members:
· Professor Sir Timothy Wilson (Chair)
· Dr Allyson Reed, Director of Strategy and Communication, Technology Strategy Board
· Emeritus Professor Trevor Page, FREng., Senior Researcher, School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (formerly Cookson Group Chair of Materials Engineering & Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Research)
· Jackie Wilbraham, Director of R&D Science Policy
· Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline


The Impact Award sponsors
Collaborative Impact Award – MRCT is a technology transfer company, working with scientists from the MRC and other organisations, to discover, protect, develop and commercialise healthcare innovations. MRCT also has a Centre for Therapeutics Discovery, engaging in small molecule drug discovery and therapeutic antibody development, and a Centre for Lifescience Technologies specialising in device and
diagnostics development.

About PraxisUnico
PraxisUnico is a not-for-profit educational organisation set up to support innovation and
commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact. PraxisUnico encourages innovation and acts as a voice for the research commercialisation profession, facilitating the interaction between the public sector research base, business and government. PraxisUnico provides a forum for best practice exchange, underpinned by first-class training and development programmes.


For further information:

Lee Willmott
Communications Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1223 659952


PraxisAuril is the UK’s leading association of research commercialisation professionals, representing more than 100 UK universities and public sector research establishments.