Three i-Teams have won this year’s Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1k competition! A huge congratulations to all the teams!!!! The winners are:
1. AQDOT, Michaelmas 2011 (also winners of this year’s £100 for 100 words competition)
Microencapsulation is currently a multi‐billion‐per‐annum industry with established applications in food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and personal care products. The current unmet consumer demand is to produce sustainable and inexpensive capsules that can be triggered to release bio-macromolecules. To address this critical industry challenge over the next decades, AQDOT has developed an innovative technology to produce microcapsules with greatly simplified manufacturing procedure and unprecedented ability to encapsulate and release enzymes, antibodies and other high value materials. We are currently building a prototype for the consumer products that will act as a demonstrator for the many other possible applications.
2. Cambridge Nanosystems, Easter 2012
Cambridge Nanosystems aims to become the leading supplier of high quality Single‐Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) by a novel, patented method based on Floating Catalyst Chemical Vapour Deposition (FCCVD). The company is a spin-out from the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy and seeks to obtain first commercial sample of reproducible, long and highly conductive SWCNTs at low cost by the end of the year 2013. These nanotubes will be particularly suitable for improving the performance of copper in electrical applications.
5. Purit Technologies, Michaelmas 2012
Purit Technologies Ltd (Purit) is a UK biotechnology company that has developed a technology platform that enables a faster, cheaper and more scalable solution for the purification and isolation of biopharmaceuticals. Porous micro-capillary film (MCF) is a versatile, low cost, and robust material which can operate at higher flow rates and pressures than traditional packed bed columns providing a route to the industry’s first ‘plug and play’ (and throw away) downstream processing solution. The market for columns, supports and ancillary reagents in the chromatography sector was $6.6 billion in 2011 and will reach $8.9 billion by 2017 (growing at a CAGR of 4.1%)1. Purit is well positioned to address this market via a business model that comprises OEM licensing, materials supply and direct product supply.