Identifying the opportunity – Janice Kiely

Janice Kiely, 2013 Enterprise Fellow Professor Janice Kiely was awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship in 2013. The Enterprise Fellowships provide funding, training and mentoring to outstanding entrepreneurial engineering researchers who are working at a UK University, in order to enable them to develop a spin-out business around their technological idea. Since becoming a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub, Janice was also awarded the Blavatnik Family Foundation Enterprise Fellowship Alumni Award in 2014, in recognition of her excellence in engineering entrepreneurship. Janice received both awards due to her work on food safety testing, and specifically her development of a robust and cheap bio-sensing kit to test food onsite in food processing facilities or…

The career path of an entrepreneur – Bethan Wolfenden

Bethan Wolfenden, ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award 2015 runner-up Bethan Wolfenden became a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub in 2015, having been named as a runner-up for the RAEng-ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award with her business partner, Phillip Boeing. The Award seeks to identify, encourage and reward entrepreneurial engineering researchers working in UK universities, in a field involving electro-technology. Bethan was selected for her team’s invention, the bento•lab, which is a personal laboratory that will allow anybody to carry out basic genetic experiments from the comfort of their own homes. The bento•lab weighs only 3kg, fits on an A4 footprint, and contains all the basic equipment required to carry out research in molecular biology. Bethan’s company, Bento Bioworks,…

Finding your calling and securing support – Nicola Irwin

Nicola Irwin, 2015 Enterprise Fellow Nicola Irwin became a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub in 2015, having been awarded a prestigious Enterprise Fellowship. The Enterprise Fellowships provide funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial engineering researchers who are working at a UK university, in order to enable them to develop a spin-out business around their technological idea. Nicola was selected for her innovation of a new lubricant coating to reduce pain and discomfort for millions of global catheter users. For patients with poor control over their bladder function, intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) - involving the regular insertion of catheters into the bladder via the urethra - is increasingly preferred over the use of indwelling catheters. Over 600 million…

Laying the groundwork – Susannah Clarke

Susannah Clarke, 2013 Enterprise Fellow Susannah Clarke became a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub in 2013, after being awarded one of the first Enterprise Fellowships. She was selected for her work in pioneering a new type of 3D printed technology to revolutionise joint replacements. Current joint replacement instrumentation systems are standardised, employing a one-size-fits-all approach, despite the fact that bone shape and size can vary widely between individuals. Susannah had the idea to create fully-customised parts for surgery. Through her company, Embody Orthopaedic, she now produces instruments designed specifically for a one person’s surgical intervention and printed in nylon, a low-cost, robust material that can be readily sterilised. The minimally invasive devices assist highly skilled surgeons…

Changing sectors – Pam Liversidge

Pam Liversidge OBE FREng, leading engineering entrepreneur and first female president of the IMechE Pam Liversidge is an entrepreneur who has enjoyed success in a number of engineering fields, from forging to the power industry. The first female president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Pam has worked across many technical and business roles, from being Sales Director at an engineering firm, to launching her own businesses. Her career shows how each new experience can contribute to personal and profession development. As a successful engineer turned entrepreneur, Pam was involved in the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub from the very beginning, helping to shape the support that the Enterprise Hub now offers for promising entrepreneurs in the technology…

Mentees teach mentors things too – Molly Stevens

Professor Molly Stevens FREng Organisation: Imperial College London Mentee: Dr Toby Basey-Fisher Area of expertise: regenerative medicine, bioengineering, nanotechnology Molly Stevens is currently Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and a Research Director at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College. Molly completed her Postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer, winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before moving to Imperial College in 2004. In 2010 Molly was recognised by The Times as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40, and as one of the 1000 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard in 2014. She has received many awards for…

The path to success – Damian Gardiner

In 2013, Dr Damian Gardiner was awarded one of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub’s prestigious Enterprise Fellowships for his development of printable lasers for use in anti-counterfeit applications. His innovative approach allows objects to be authenticated in a number of ways – on a purely visible level by the general public right through to highly secure features using the unique optical laser signatures possible with the technology, offering a valuable tool for the reliable authentication of high-value commodities. The ability to print directly onto products such as banknotes, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods therefore stands to play a substantial role in combating the £500 billion global counterfeiting industry. Understanding your technology When his Enterprise Fellowship was announced in 2013,…

Launchpad competition winner – Niall Kent

Dr Niall Kent, Winner of the 2014 Launchpad competition In September 2014, Dr Niall Kent and his business partner Dr Alessia D’Onofrio became the winners of the inaugural Launchpad Competition, aimed at identifying and supporting talented engineering entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 25. Niall and Alessia won the competition for their product ‘Aerograft’, an innovative synthetic material that can be used as a substitute for bone replacements in a range of dental procedures. Aerograft has the potential to facilitate up to 600,000 of dental operations performed worldwide each year, offering a much-needed alternative to existing products. Inspiration strikes The idea for the product first occurred to Niall when his brother, an artist at the Royal Academy of Arts,…

Building world’s fastest Atomic Force Microscope

Whereas a conventional AFM image can take a specialist up to five minutes to produce, the new technique developed by our team at NanoDynamics is designed for a capture rate of 10 frames per second. This speed was pushed up further still to 1200 frames per second for the 20th anniversary of AFM, providing an insight into the tremendous potential of this technology. In addition to the improved operation speed, our system is controlled by an intuitive joystick mechanism easily accessible to the non-specialist. Rather than appearing line-by-line as in a normal AFM, the image appears almost immediately, resulting in a much more intuitive vision at video rates. This high-speed AFM has already been used in collaboration with nuclear physicists…

Concrete Canvas: MacRobert Award 2013 Finalist

The material consists of a three-dimensional fibre matrix linking two faces: a porous face that retains the dry concrete powder but allows water to pass through it, and an impermeable PVC face. The dry concrete mix is trapped within a fibre matrix that controls the saturation and also acts as reinforcement for the resulting set concrete. It can be installed by non-specialist contractors with minimal training, creating a concrete solution that can be laid anywhere – in the rain, underwater and even in high-altitude desert conditions. Inventors of the concrete canvas and founders of the company, Will Crawford and Peter Brewin met in 2003 as students on an industrial design engineering postgraduate course run by the Royal College of Art…

RealVNC: MacRobert Award 2013 Winner

RealVNC’s innovation originally enabled IT teams to provide online users with remote technical support from their own terminals, rather than having to physically visit the computer with the problem or explain ‘blind’ over the phone. To this day, helpdesk support remains VNC’s primary function, but its uses are expanding all the time. For example, VNC is now a standard component in most MRI scanners and X-ray machines, and Jaguar Land Rover is using the technology in new in-car entertainment systems. The company was established by husband and wife team, Dr Andy Harter and Lily Bacon, and from humble beginnings has gone on to work with global technology giants such as Google, Apple, Intel, Sony, and countless more in using this…

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The Enterprise Hub is keen to celebrate the achievements of engineering entrepreneurs. Here, you will find case studies from inspiring people and exceptional companies that are supported by the Enterprise Hub.

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