Cardiff awards celebrate Summer of Innovation

1 June 2016

Innovation Awards

Five pioneering partnerships which have transformed policy and practice in healthcare, business, and society are being celebrated by Cardiff University.

The prize-winning projects have been chosen ahead of the University’s annual Innovation and Impact Awards in three weeks’ time.

And Cardiff University is offering everyone a chance to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ Award by selecting their favourite from the five finalists.

The entry judged the best wins a Pebble Time Smart Watch (Black). Second prize and third prize winners will each receive a Raspberry Pi 3 Essentials Kit (Rainbow).

The Innovation and Impact Awards – sponsored by IP Group, Symbiosis IP Ltd and Blake Morgan - form part of Cardiff’s Summer of Innovation. Running from June to early October 2016, Summer of Innovation which will shine a light on the University’s research projects and partnerships.

Top academics will gather for the Awards in Cathays Park, Cardiff, on 22 June where the ‘People’s Choice’ winner will be unveiled.

Cardiff University is offering everyone a chance to vote for the ‘People’s Choice.’ The winner judged the very best will also be offered a chance to meet the winning team of Cardiff University innovators before the dinner, and join them for the event.

Entry closes at 10am on Monday 20 June. To vote for a winning finalist, see the summaries below:

Innovation in Healthcare Award

Developing a new drug for metastatic breast cancer - Tiziana Life Sciences Plc with the School of Bioscience and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. To read more, and vote for this project (#CUII1), click here.

Business Innovation Award

Lean inventories: helping businesses to forecast demand for their products - Panalpina World Transport Limited with Cardiff Business School. To read more and vote (#CUII2), click here.

Impact on Policy Award

Tackling violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence in Wales - Welsh Government with the School of Social Sciences. To read more and vote (#CUII3), click here.

Social Impact Award

Housing Policy: changing the way Wales supports homeless people – Welsh Government with the School of Geography and Planning. To read more and vote (#CUII4), click here.

International Impact Award

Harnessing the power of gold as a cleaner, greener commercial catalyst - Johnson Matthey plc with Cardiff Catalysis Institute. To read more and vote (#CUII5), click here.

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “This year’s shortlisted winners highlight the impact of research not just on healthcare and industry, but on wider society and government policy. They are all outstanding examples of why our world-leading research matters, not just in terms of driving the economy, but in shaping wider society in Wales and beyond."

Alan Aubrey, Chief Executive Officer, IP Group Plc, said: "IP Group is delighted to be sponsoring these awards for the eighth year running. We look forward to helping to create exciting new businesses out of Cardiff University’s world leading IP for many years to come."

The Innovation and Impact Awards Competition is organised under the auspices of Cardiff University Innovation Network; the business/university network established nearly 20 years ago. The Awards are a showcase for Cardiff University’s innovative academic collaborations with business and other non-academic organisations, demonstrating the positive impact that universities can have on economy and society.