UCL Innovation and Enterprise


UCL Awards for Enterprise 2014 Winners

UCL Business Award 2014

Professor Amit Nathwani

Professor Nathwani has been awarded the 2014 UCL Business Award for his work on Factor VIII gene therapy program for haemophilia A which has been licenced to BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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UCL Business One-to-Watch Award 2014

Professor David Patterson and Dr Mark Leaning

Professor Patterson and Dr Leaning have been awarded the UCL Business One to Watch Award for their work on Helicon Health.

Helicon Health has developed unique systems and tools that enable better quality shared care closer to home for patients with long-term cardiovascular conditions.  The company’s proven integrated approach, focused initially on stroke prevention, combines patient management tools and advisory systems with accredited learning and clinical governance.  It is being welcomed by a growing number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

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UCL Consultants Award 2014

Professor Gordon Blunn and Professor Alister Hart

Both consultants have been involved in consultancy projects with a total overall value in excess of £465,500.00 with clients such as DePuy International Ltd, Stanmore Implants, Leigh Day, Kennedys, Moloney & Co Solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, Blake Lapthorn, and JRI Orthopaedics.

The largest project undertaken by Gordon and Alister (via the London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC)) is the implant storage and inspection service for failed DePuy ASR metal on metal hips, and as individuals, Gordon has provided specialist advice on complex joint replacements, limb salvage and percutaneous/transcutaneous implants and Alister has commented and provided recommendations on an implant study protocol and attended clinical user group meetings. Additionally, they have both undertaken a number of Expert Witness consultancies for various law firms relating primarily to failed metal on metal implants.

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UCL Social Enterprise Project of the Year Award 2014


In2scienceUK is a UCL social enterprise that utilizes the expertise of UK scientists to give AS level students from low socio-economic backgrounds internship, mentoring and careers advice that supports their progression to University.Since 2010 over 150 students have participated in the program, 80% of whom are now at University. This far exceeds the 16% of students from this demographic at University nationwide, demonstrating the power of this program.

In 2013, In2scienceUK gained funding from UCL Outreach and the UCL Alumni office that will allow the program to expand beyond London to some of the UK's most socio-economically disadvantaged regions.

Rebecca McKelvey, a UCL PhD student, founded In2Science to place gifted science A level students from low income backgrounds, on two week placements working alongside UCL research scientists. This enhances their applications to university, improves their communication skills, interview techniques and personal statements. Students are given a skills day, travel and meal allowance, a copy of the New Scientist and a booklet to write up their research and University/degree choices plus a celebration evening with talks and certificates.

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London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 2014 Winner & UCL Bright Ideas Award

Darwin Toolbox

Philipp Boeing: Chief Executive Officer: UCL MEng Computer Science 2014
Bethan Wolfenden: Chief Operating Officer: UCL BSc Biochemistry 2014
Oliver Coles: Co-Chief Technology Officer: UCL PhD Instrumentation, MPhil Physics 2015
Tom Catling: Co-Chief Technology Officer: UCL PhD Instrumentation, MPhil Astrophysics 2016
Desmond Schofield: Chief Scientific Officer: UCL EngD Biochemical Engineering 2015

Darwin Toolbox is an affordable, accessible, portable synthetic biology laboratory. Darwin Toolbox will make synthetic biology technology accessible to innovators that complement academia, in the same way that the maker community contributed to the home computer revolution

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London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 2014 Runner Up (UG)


Danny Hakimian: UCL BA Economics & Business 2014

FooGuru is a mobile application that provides a social platform for football predictions. The app enables users to share their predictions about the outcome of football matches, and compete against their friends or colleagues or even nationwide to see who is the best predictor over time.

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London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 2014 Runner Up (PG)


Youngjoon Chung: Partner, UCL March Urban Design 2013
Katarzyna Bendowska
: CEO, UCL March Urban Design Candidate
Iulia Fratila:
Partner, UCL March Urban Design 2013
Stefanie Sebald:
Partner, UCL March Urban Design 2013
Odysseas Diakakis:
Partner,  UCL March Urban Design 2013

Archifi replaces the traditional folder-based system which is ineffective and time consuming when it comes to large photo archives. Archifi is a web platform and mobile application that allows architects and other building professionals tro document specific elements and overall progress on site through photos, organise them into a coherent an logical archive and share with colleagues in a single step

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London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 2014 Provost’s Prize


Sarah Anne Bedford: SOAS, Graduate Diploma in Economics
Lynn Kremer: UCL, MA Comparative Literature 2014

Eat&Greet is a social enterprise which aims to tackle the problem of social isolation in care homes. We bring care home residents together with groups of visitors – over a weekly lunch in the care home. We provide the visitors; the home provides an affordable lunch. 50% of profits go to the home and 50% to Eat&Greet.

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London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge 2014 Social Enterprise


George Neris: Co-Founder, UCL MPhil, Centre for Sustainable Heritage 2017

High art in the high street: artFix will create permanent artfix stores in everyday places around London, in select high-footfall locations, in high streets and shopping centres delivering, under one unified brand, artistic content originating from major cultural organisations and community artists.

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UCL Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award 2014

Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith

Andy Hudson-Smith fully deserves the recognition of having a true spirit of enterprise for what he has done and continues to do. Andy has a long and hugely successful track-record in engaging in non-standard academic activities with and for those outside of academe.

He has produced or contributed to various apps, websites and software that permit both engagement and insight into the worlds of data. He was in the vanguard of the 'internet of things' and his work with organisations such as Oxfam, the Church of England, GLA and the Future Cities Catapult demonstrate his desire to make a difference.

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UCL Small and Medium Enterprise Partner of the Year Award 2014

Winsor and Newton

Paul Robinson has given time, knowledge and introductions to W&N research staff including the chemist in Innovations and Development Manager.   W&N have provided financial support for Slade student and research exhibitions; factory tours; talks on materials; free materials for students, and donated samples of historic pigments for the Slade pigment research library.

W&N are currently supporting our AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award for pigment research on Turning Landscape into Colour, supporting the potential impact of our research beyond academia and providing access to the research laboratories with specialist equipment and materials required for testing and producing pilot batches of paint. 

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UCL Corporate Enterprise Partner of the Year 2014


UCL's engagement with Japan dates back to 1863, and in neuroscience is reflected in our enduring relationship with Eisai, where the company's therapeutic discovery interests closely complement major UCL strengths.

2013 saw our relationship enter an exciting and important new phase through the establishment of a unique open innovation model, the Therapeutic Innovation Group. This major investment has brought together a group of leading UCL and Eisai scientists with complementary skills and resources to develop novel drug discovery programmes  at UCL, extending from discovery to clinical evaluation in neurodegenerative diseases together with the major new Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre.

An impressive portfolio of projects addressing innovative approaches towards treatment of neurodegenerative disorders is already emerging from this collaborative venture.

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UCL Best Mentor Award 2014

Russell Gilbert

Russell Gilbert has been a business mentor with UCL Advances since the spring of 2012. In that time, he has met multiple businesses and substantially supported three of them.

He has a wealth of experience from a rich career and is very generous with his time, contacts and knowledge when mentoring small businesses. In the autumn of 2012, Russell also joined the UCL Angels group and has actively helped two companies following the dinners to strengthen their business plans and product offerings to be investment-ready.

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UCL Best Impact by a Student Consultancy Project 2014

London Specialist Pharmacy Consultancy Team

They won this year because they produced a costing model that is detailed enough to be actually used by the business to improve their operations.

Compared to other projects on the period this project was quite complex – as the business' production process and the number of possible products is large – and they were able to deliver much more than an academic type of report, giving their client something they could directly apply, adding real value to their business.

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UCL Knowledge Transfer Business of the Year 2014


Polecat have established a long term collaboration with Computer Science, working on a number of Knowledge Transfer and student based projects over the last 4 years.
Since starting its Knowledge Transfer Partnership with UCL, Polecat has significantly grown, in both turnover and staff and has established an office in the US.

The development of its product, MeaningMine within the KTP, has enabled Polecat to diversify its customer base across a wide range of sectors and to secure business from major high profile customers.

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UCL Entrepreneurial Alumnus of the Year 2014

Wayne Hemingway

New for 2014, this award recognises a serial entrepreneur and the impact they have had. The entrepreneur must be an alumnus of UCL and we look, ideally, for evidence that they have achieved success in more than one business, maintained links to UCL and have had an impact on wider society.

This is not an award to recognise philanthropic activity but an attempt to highlight some of the fantastic and successful entrepreneurs that have emerged from UCL and enhanced living and working in the UK. Taking into account Red or Dead, Vintage and Hemingway Design, Wayne's story covers many of those traits . There appears to be a repeating pattern of Wayne wanting to address and change things he is not satisfied with: fashion, festivals, homes. 

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UCL CPD and Short Course Award 2014

Modular Bioprocess Industries (MBI) TeamUCL Department of Biochemical Engineering

The ground-breaking Modular Training Programme for the Bioprocess Industries (MBI) Programme has up-skilled 800 professionals from 300 companies, in 30 countries worldwide. It has ensured continuity of the sector by training approximately 600 Masters and 1,000 doctoral/postdoctoral researchers, contributing £2M in sales to support further development of training materials and seeding high value research collaborations.

MBI is a beacon of Bioprocess leadership and innovation; 70 industrialist experts help to design and deliver cutting-edge modules with e.g. the High Value Manufacturing and Cell Therapy Catapults in the UK and abroad with international partners including MIT and IIT Dehli.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014


Julija Bainiaksinaite: Founder, MEng Civil Engineering, Year 4

FOXHUNT Menswear is a luxury bespoke and ready to wear knitwear uniquely made in Britain offering products that ‘tells’ their own story digitally.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014

Grandad's Kitchen

Sean Davey: Founder, BA Philosophy

Grandad's Kitchen make and sell Caribbean food products to people looking for authentic flavors, allowing them to enjoy traditional Caribbean cooking without the trouble of making recipes from scratch. Our recipes are sourced from the local community, which means that the customer gets a true flavor of the Caribbean and a chance to sample some of the best traditional recipes.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014

Bentham 3D

James Cook: Founder & Product Director,  BEng Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Nergis: Founder and Business Director, BSc Mechanical Engineering 2010, UC

Bentham 3D produces customisable and personalised body apparel.  The initial product is a custom 3D printed cycle helmet individually tailored to each user.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014

Real Funds

Arya Taware: CoFounder, 2nd year of BSc Planning Design & Management
Robin Karlsen: Co-Founder, 2nd year of BSc Urban Studies

Real Funds is an online platform connecting investors and property developers. This platform gives property developers an alternative access to capital and provides high quality real estate investment opportunities for investors.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014

3D Repo

Jozef Dobos: Founder, UCL EngD Completing Research Candidate (CRC,) 2014

3D Repo is an open source version control system that enables coordinated management of large 3D data over the Internet. It is currently the only cloud­based architecture able to support maintenance and transmission of 3D models and associated metadata as well as rendering on the scale required by the industry.
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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014

Hoxton Analytics Ltd

Owen McCormack: Founder, UCL MSc Web Science and Big Data Analytics

Hardware and software solution for counting retail store footfall and customer demographics in real time.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014


Andrew Millar: Co-founder, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, North Middlesex University Hospital
Bahman Nedjat-Shokouhi: Co-founder, UCL MRC Senior Research Fellow, Gastroentology

Medefer is a medical advisory service that improves patient safety and reduces the need for patient referrals to secondary care. GPs can liaise directly with Medefer’s specialist consultants, via Medefer’s secure online portal, or telephone. Medefer's Specialist Consultants provide a written response within 48 hours.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014

Motilent Ltd

Alex Menys: CEO, PhD Medical & Bioengineering Imaging
Valentin Hamy: CTO, PhD, Medical image registration and computing and analysis
Richard Stebbing: COO
Katherine Prescott: Regulations

Motilent Ltd is a developer of advanced medical imaging software aimed at maximising the effectiveness of radiology in the evaluation of gastrointestinal function to enhance patient treatment and drug development.

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UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014


Laura Davies: Product and Creative Lead, MSc TE
Kensuke Muraki: Machine Learning Lead,  MSc Machine Learning
Melvin Ng: Strategy and Finance Lead, MEng Chemical Engineering
Andrew Rennie: Front-End Development Lead, BSc Computer Science

JobHound is a mobile application and web platform that caters to the needs of students in their job search. Through machine learning and deep learning technology, JobHound provides job opportunities tailored to their individual preferences.

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