PraxisUnico Impact Awards

The awards recognise and celebrate the success of collaborative working and the process of innovation: the transformation of knowledge and expertise beyond its creation in higher education, charities and public sector research establishments for the wider benefit of society and the economy.  This year’s awards were presented at the PraxisUnico annual conference in Cardiff in June.
Dr Sue O’Hare, chair of PraxisUnico, said “We have had a diverse range of strong entries to the PraxisUnico Impact awards in 2014.  Since establishing the awards in 2009 we have received over 500 entries – these are excellent examples of how universities are demonstrating the impact of their research for the wider benefit of UK PLC.
“Building on the success of The Impact Awards to date, the 
Research Councils and PraxisUnico are pleased to announce that in 2015 we will be working in partnership to deliver Awards that will recognise outstanding impact achieved through successful knowledge exchange and technology transfer, and the benefits these bring to society and the economy.”
Further details of all the awards listed below can be found on the website www.impactawards.org.uk
Business Impact Aspiring Award
Winner
Ultravision™
Cardiff University
Ultravision solves the problem of vision-limiting smoke generated in operating theatres during laparoscopic surgery, based on proven electrostatic precipitation technology.  Commenting on the award Dominic Griffiths, managing director of Asalus Medical Instruments (http://asalus.com), the spinout created to commercialise the technology, said “Our story has been an excellent example of best practice collaborative IP commercialisation.  The University instantly recognised the potential value of 
Ultravision, filed IP and provided translational funding to create prototypes.  The commercialisation team then secured funding from Fusion IP to create a spinout company.  Four years later we have a launched product and are attracting distribution partners worldwide.”
Finalists
Ketso 
UMIP, University of Manchester
STAR, remediation of tar and oil land contamination  
University of Edinburgh
Seralite® The power to know, the power to act 
University of Birmingham
Collaborative Impact Award
Winner
Knowledge transfer partnership working in Nigeria 
University of Wolverhampton
The Universities of Wolverhampton and of Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria are working together to increase the numbers of high growth SMEs in a country with challenging, unstable conditions generated by six years of violent terrorist insurgency.  Marc Fleetham, director of business solutions at the University of Wolverhampton, said “We are delighted to have won this major award, which is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of all at the University.  Our international partnership working has clearly demonstrated the impact you can have when dedicated, passionate people collaborate successfully together in a way which benefits both our academics, students and the wider community.”
Finalists
Collaborative research training partnership with GSK 
University of Strathclyde
Local business support delivering regional business impact 
University of Wolverhampton
Business Impact Achieved Award
Winner
Actual Experience PLC 
Queen Mary University London
Actual Experience (www.actual-experience.com) is a digital analytics technology company built on ten years of research at the University, which helps businesses benchmark how good their digital service should be and identifies underperformance, thereby improving the experience of employees, customers, and partners with regard to important digital products and services. 
Adam Daykin, Head of Technology Transfer (Tech&Eng) at Queen Mary Innovation, said “Actual Experience is a major success story for QMUL.  Since 2009, it has managed a period of sustained growth, picking up a number of large global clients.  Having recently listed, we see an excellent future and QMI is very proud to have helped the company to where it is today.”
Finalists
Oxford Photovoltaics 
Isis Innovation, University of Oxford
Smarter Grid Solutions 
University of Strathclyde
Also featured at the conference was the popular poster competition, judged by conference delegates. 
First
Converge Challenge – 
Pan-Scotland Start-Up Competition
Heriot-Watt University
Converge Challenge (http://convergechallenge.com) gives students and staff from all Scottish universities and research institutes the chance to exploit the commercial potential of their inventions.  The programme is funded by eight Scottish universities and the Scottish Funding Council.  
Second
University of Essex Postgraduate Consultancy 
Service
Third
Oxford Photovoltaics
Isis Innovation:  
The awards recognise and celebrate the success of collaborative working and the process of innovation: the transformation of knowledge and expertise beyond its creation in higher education, charities and public sector research establishments for the wider benefit of society and the economy.  This year’s awards were presented at the PraxisUnico annual conference in Cardiff in June.
Dr Sue O’Hare, chair of PraxisUnico, said “We have had a diverse range of strong entries to the PraxisUnico Impact awards in 2014.  Since establishing the awards in 2009 we have received over 500 entries – these are excellent examples of how universities are demonstrating the impact of their research for the wider benefit of UK PLC.
“Building on the success of The Impact Awards to date, the Research Councils and PraxisUnico are pleased to announce that in 2015 we will be working in partnership to deliver Awards that will recognise outstanding impact achieved through successful knowledge exchange and technology transfer, and the benefits these bring to society and the economy.”

Further details of all the awards listed below can be found on the website www.impactawards.org.uk

Business Impact Aspiring Award

Winner

Ultravision™
Cardiff University

Ultravision solves the problem of vision-limiting smoke generated in operating theatres during laparoscopic surgery, based on proven electrostatic precipitation technology.  Commenting on the award Dominic Griffiths, managing director of Asalus Medical Instruments (http://asalus.com), the spinout created to commercialise the technology, said “Our story has been an excellent example of best practice collaborative IP commercialisation.  The University instantly recognised the potential value of 
Ultravision, filed IP and provided translational funding to create prototypes.  The commercialisation team then secured funding from Fusion IP to create a spinout company.  Four years later we have a launched product and are attracting distribution partners worldwide.”
Finalists
Ketso 
UMIP, University of Manchester
STAR, remediation of tar and oil land contamination  
University of Edinburgh
Seralite® The power to know, the power to act 
University of Birmingham

Collaborative Impact Award

Winner
Knowledge transfer partnership working in Nigeria 
University of Wolverhampton
The Universities of Wolverhampton and of Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria are working together to increase the numbers of high growth SMEs in a country with challenging, unstable conditions generated by six years of violent terrorist insurgency.  Marc Fleetham, director of business solutions at the University of Wolverhampton, said “We are delighted to have won this major award, which is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of all at the University.  Our international partnership working has clearly demonstrated the impact you can have when dedicated, passionate people collaborate successfully together in a way which benefits both our academics, students and the wider community.”
Finalists
Collaborative research training partnership with GSK 
University of Strathclyde
Local business support delivering regional business impact 
University of Wolverhampton

Business Impact Achieved Award

Winner
Actual Experience PLC 
Queen Mary University London
Actual Experience (www.actual-experience.com) is a digital analytics technology company built on ten years of research at the University, which helps businesses benchmark how good their digital service should be and identifies underperformance, thereby improving the experience of employees, customers, and partners with regard to important digital products and services. 
Adam Daykin, Head of Technology Transfer (Tech&Eng) at Queen Mary Innovation, said “Actual Experience is a major success story for QMUL.  Since 2009, it has managed a period of sustained growth, picking up a number of large global clients.  Having recently listed, we see an excellent future and QMI is very proud to have helped the company to where it is today.”
Finalists
Oxford Photovoltaics 
Isis Innovation, University of Oxford
Smarter Grid Solutions 
University of Strathclyde
Also featured at the conference was the popular poster competition, judged by conference delegates. 
First
Converge Challenge – Pan-Scotland Start-Up Competition
Heriot-Watt University
Converge Challenge (http://convergechallenge.com) gives students and staff from all Scottish universities and research institutes the chance to exploit the commercial potential of their inventions.  The programme is funded by eight Scottish universities and the Scottish Funding Council.  
Second
University of Essex Postgraduate Consultancy Service
Third
Oxford Photovoltaics
Isis Innovation

Posted on Tuesday, 30 September 2014