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UCL Awards for Innovation and Enterprise 2019 winners

See the full list of individuals and teams who received an award or commendation at the UCL Awards for Innovation and Enterprise 2019.

UCL Provost’s Spirit of Enterprise Award

Recognises the achievements and positive attitude of a UCL academic, student or alumni who has demonstrated a willingness to engage with enterprising activities. This could be either independently or in collaboration with business, in multiple ways that have enhanced their core research, teaching or learning.

Winners

Kim Novelli, Enterprise & Research Project Manager, and Professor Paul Ruyssevelt, Chair of Energy & Building Performance, The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources (BSEER), UCL

Leading their respective professional services and academic teams, Kim and Paul have, over the past five years, developed a partnerships approach to enterprise which sits across research, teaching and consultancy. The school now employs a full-time Partnerships Manager overseeing the development and maintenance of relationships with a large number of partners who support research projects, sponsor post-graduate students and commission consultancy. Notably, the school has implemented a consultancy framework which focuses on projects that provide academic value and generate income for the school’s development fund.

Commendations

Professor Jonathan Knowles, Head of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Taking fundamental research discoveries in materials science and applying them in a diverse range of practical applications, from the clinic to the household, has been a feature of Jonathan’s career. Collaborating widely, he's secured a portfolio of patents, licensed technology out, filed joint IP with collaborators both in the UK and overseas, and recently established a joint Dental Medicine Innovation Centre with Dankook University in South Korea to help drive the translation of research to clinical use.

Dr Giuseppe Mazza, Research Associate, UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, Division of Medicine

Giuseppe and his team are pioneering the development of both tissue-specific and disease-specific human extracellular matrix (ECM) for accelerating and improving the drug discovery process. In the long term, it's hoped his work will have a transformative impact on the lives of patients suffering from hard or impossible to treat diseases, such as liver fibrosis and liver and pancreatic cancer. 

Dr Hector Altamirano, Associate Professor, The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources, UCL

Hector and his team are driving a truly collaborative approach to tackling the major global economic and health problems of damp buildings. He's gathered industry and public stakeholders to form the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB) which is helping to share the latest academic research and develop diagnosis tools and mitigation strategies.

Innovators Award

Recognises a researcher or research team whose work has shown a firm commitment to commercialisation, with a view to making true impact on society.

Winner: Echopoint Medical

Echopoint Medical is commercialising miniaturised sensors and microcatheters that will transform minimally invasive medical procedures. For example, they'll allow imaging and measurements from within the blood vessels of the heart, which will help clinicians diagnose and treat illness and ultimately benefit patients across the NHS and worldwide. The development of these technologies was based upon multi-disciplinary collaborations across UCL and with UCLPartners.

The co-founders of Echopoint Medical are:

  • Dr Adrien Desjardins, Associate Professor, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, UCL Faculty of Engineering
  • Malcolm Finlay, Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, UCL Faculty of Engineering
  • Ioannis Papakonstantinou, Professor of Photonics and Nanofabrication, UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL Faculty of Engineering
  • Richard Colchester, Research Fellow, UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, UCL Faculty of Engineering

Early Career Impact Award

Recognises early career researchers who have contributed towards delivering research impact at UCL as part of acceleration activities. 

Winner: Dr Niall Kent, Research Associate, UCL Chemical Engineering

The novel bone grafting material which Niall helped develop and commercialise has the potential to improve dental health for millions. It's being used by dentists performing surgery and is now being assessed as an additive in toothpaste to aid remineralisation.

Short Courses Award

Recognises the drive of UCL colleagues who have engaged with new audiences through developing and delivering a short course, which has informed professional practice or enriched lives. 

Winner: Dr Manjula Patrick, Co-Director, DCAL Continuing Professional Development, UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre

Manjula is helping organisations improve the services they provide to people with hearing loss by delivering specialist courses and training. In the healthcare sector specifically, this is helping remove barriers to access and leading to vastly improved communication between clinicians and patients. 

New Partnerships Award

Recognises a new collaboration that was developed with any new business, public or charity sector partner.

Winners: UCL Institute of Education and Numberfit

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and award-winning social enterprise Numberfit has enabled the company to design innovative new numeracy products that raise engagement and attainment in maths. With the support of the KTP, the company is now in a position to scale up and roll out some of the new projects.

The partnership team include:

  • Manolis Mavrikis, Reader, UCL Knowledge Lab, Department Culture, Communication and Media, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Maria Kambouri, Department Graduate Tutor, Psychology and Human Development department, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Estibaliz Fraca Santamaria, KTP Associate, UCL Institute of Education and Numberfit
  • Gavin Mair, Director, Numberfit
  • Ashley Highmore, New Business Development Manager, Numberfit

Innovation Networks Award

Awarded to a network that brings together academics from across UCL to develop opportunities in a particular area/technology.

Winner: Small Molecule Therapeutic Innovation Network

The Small Molecule Therapeutic Innovation Network (TIN) is leading the engagement of UCL departments and faculties with drug discovery partners including major pharmaceutical companies such as GSK, AstraZeneca and Merck. The focus is developing networks that enable the development of small molecule therapeutics at UCL, converting exciting UCL science into drugs for unmet medical needs. Successful initiatives have included a drug discovery ‘Dragons Den’ with strong industry and academia participation. 

Leading UCL staff involved in the network:

  • Bart Vanhaesebroeck, Professor of Cell Signalling, Research Department of Oncology, UCL Cancer Institute
  • Richard Angell, Head, Drug Discovery Group, Translational Research Office, UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Matthew Todd, Professor of Drug Discovery, UCL School of Pharmacy

Consultant of the Year Award

Recognises an outstanding academic or researcher who has collaborated with others to successfully deliver consultancy work that has achieved a societal impact and enhanced UCL’s reputation.

Winner: Dr Parama Chaudhury, Founding Director, UCL Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics (CTaLE)

As Founding Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics, Parama led a successful bid to deliver training for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Diplomatic Academy. She pulled together a highly qualified team which has successfully taught nearly 200 learners around the world, including employees of other government bodies such as the Department of International Trade. The CTaLE team is now leading another economics fundamentals training project for the Cabinet Office. 

Most Promising Startup Award

Awarded to a business venture that has demonstrated significant traction or achievement during their time and support by UCL Innovation & Enterprise.

Winner: Musemio 

UCL alumna Kaitlin Fritz (MA History of Art) and Olga Kravchenko founded edtech startup Musemio, which is developing innovative mobile virtual reality games that allow children to explore arts and culture. Children adventure through curriculum-led quests that feature artifacts from institutions around the world. It's built on pedagogy developed from research at UCL IOE's Educate Program and Finland's xEdu. They're working with over 3,000 pupils across the UK and Finland, gaining international cultural partners, and have an increasing list of parents waiting to buy.