Archive for November, 2013

Bionow Annual Awards 2013 Winners

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Bionow are delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Bionow Annual Awards. The Winners were announced at the Prestigious Bionow Annual Awards Dinner on the evening of Thursday 28th November at the Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Cheshire. The Awards Dinner showcases the very best of this world class sector and this year was attended by over 330 executives from across the biomedical industry. The event was hosted by Dr John Stageman OBE, Chair of Bionow and Dr Geoff Davison, CEO of Bionow.

  • Start-Up Company of the Year – Sponsored By Baker Tilly Winner: Proveca
  • Promising Technologist of the Year – Sponsored by Novartis Vaccines Winner: Ralph Kirk, Redx Pharma
  • Healthcare Project of the Year – Sponsored by TRUSTECH Winner: PROMs 2.0, Central Manchester Foundation Trust
  • Best Product or Service of the Year – Sponsored by UL EduNeering Winner: ZedScan I, Zilico
  • Biomedical Project of the Year – Sponsored by Waters Corporation Winner: Enhanced Biofilm dispersion, Newcastle University
  • Investment Deal of the Year – Sponsored by DWF LLP Winner: Imagen Biotech
  • Service Company of the Year – Sponsored by Pinsent Masons LLP Winner: Cyprotex
  • Innovative Ageing of the Year Award – Sponsored by MIMIT / Edwards Healthcare Winner: ELAROS, Medical Devices Technology
  • International Company of the Year – Sponsored by AstraZeneca Winner: Redx Pharma


Are you an international student who would like to start a business in the UK?

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If you are and wish to set-up a business in the Manchester area then please read on as the UK Border Agency’s Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa may just be the scheme for you. If you are not within 10 months of graduation and / or do not wish to set-up in Manchester then you may still be able to start a business through the Sirius programme. Further information on this programme can be found at Please note the next deadline for the Sirius Programme is November 30th, 2013

The University of Manchester (The University) is a partner university for the UK Border Agency’s Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. This allows international graduates from The University of Manchester, who have a viable and innovative business idea, to be supported to develop a business in the UK in conjunction with The University.

The University is able to endorse up to 10 of its own international graduates each year (plus up to 10 MBA graduates) for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa sponsorship to develop a business in the UK. The candidate would then apply to UKBA for the visa, using this endorsement.

The visa will be issued for 12 months in the first instance (possibly extendable to 2 years). The University has established its own criteria, (in conjunction with UKBA) regarding how international graduates/business plans will be selected. Detailed guidance and application forms can be found at

The deadline for submitting applications for this year’s 2013/14 allocation of endorsements is 1st March, 2014. However The University is organising the submission and evaluation of applications into a series of rounds. The deadline for the next round will be 9am, December 9th (Greenwich Mean Time). If you are interested in the scheme then please register your interest at making clear the date you graduated and whether you intend to submit an application by December 9th or at a later date.


Technology Strategy Board Manchester Business Briefing Day

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Manchester Science Parks, Friday November 22nd 2013 2-4pm

The Technology Strategy Board will be visiting Manchester Science Park (MSP) to meet with local companies and identify how their funding programmes, competitions and support tools can stimulate business innovation in Manchester. 

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency ( sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. It achieves this by bringing together business, research and the public sector, to accelerate the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. 

This two hour event hosted by MSP will be lead by David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes and Mike Biddle, Interim Deputy Director of Innovation Programmes. It will provide an overview of the Technology Strategy Board’s funding priorities and Q&A, followed by break-out sessions with their technology leads where you can discuss specific innovation challenges, collaboration forming and even explore opportunities for funding.

Technology Strategy Board programmes support businesses, from startups to large multi-nationals and are designed to help only the best ideas with the most economic potential.  Priority thematic areas (which will be covered on the day) include:

  • Digital Economy,
  • Enabling Technologies,
  • Energy,
  • Healthcare,
  • High Value Manufacturing,
  • Programme Development,
  • Space, 
  • Sustainability,
  • Transport

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