University of Manchester academic wins Promising Technologist of the Year at the 2015 Northwest Bionow Awards

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Over 360 people from the Northwest’s biomedical sector gathered on 26th November at the 14th Northwest Biomedical Awards at Mere Golf and Country Club, Cheshire. This prestigious awards dinner celebrates key achievements from companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the biomedical sector during 2015.

The University’s Dr David Brough won the Promising Technologist of the Year Award 2015 for his work on a novel treatment for inflammatory conditions. Manchester Imaging Ltd were finalists for Start-up of the Year Award for their Innovative computer-aided diagnostic imaging to support dental healthcare professionals and their patients.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

  • Bionow Outstanding Contribution Award – Sponsored by Sci-Tech Daresbury Dr Peter Jackson

Dr Geoff Davison, Chief Executive Officer of Bionow, commented: “The 14th Annual Bionow Awards Dinner has been our best yet and we would like to congratulate all of the award winners and thank the sponsors for their continued support. We were delighted to spend the evening celebrating the achievements in our sector which showcases the strength and breadth of the sector in the North and demonstrating how we can contribute to the Northern Powerhouse.”

The shortlisting was presided over by a judging panel including; Lorna Green – NWCAHSN, John Willis – Cheshire East Council, Amy Harris – UL EduNeering, Kevin Giles – Waters Corporation, Ruth Hale – TRUSTECH, Graham Bond- RMS, Paul Treloar – Sci-Tech Daresbury, David Tyreman – Seqirus, Jane Theaker – QIAGEN and Mike Snowden – AstraZeneca.

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Business Growth Hub recruiting Life Sciences Medtech Sector Advisors

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This is a momentous time for Greater Manchester, as it seeks to capitalise on its current trajectory, including the opportunities presented by its ground-breaking devolution agreement with Government.  The Business Growth Hub is at the heart of Greater Manchester’s strategy for determining and delivering business growth services. We are part of the Manchester Growth Company and we work with ambitious businesses that want to grow their bottom line, boost their profile, and create new business growth.  Our key aim is to help people think differently about their business and explore different ways of developing their company. We are looking to appoint two advisors to work in the Digital Healthcare area.  These two posts will sit with our project partners TRUSTECH, who with the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science network provide a range of business support in the healthcare Medtech area through the Innovation Nexus Service.

Business Growth Hub is committed to providing equality of opportunity to all job applicants and members of staff. We encourage applications from individuals with a disability.

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UMIC Events Teams Up With The Christie To Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary

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Layout 1The University of Manchester Innovation Centre Limited is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its conference business by becoming an official supporter of The Christie as well as unveiling a new name for its growing business, UMIC Events.

UMIC has had a long-standing informal relationship with Manchester’s leading cancer charity and will be supporting The Christie with a series of fund raising tenant events and corporate initiatives in the year ahead.

UMIC Events has also just regained the Meeting Industry Association standard, gained AIM accreditation and has retained its Investors in People status. It has also invested in a programme of enhancements to boost its offer including a brand refresh, new website, improved signage and re-decoration at its Grafton Street Innovation Centre and Core Technology Facility.

Since its inception UMIC has become recognised as a market leader, providing 13,620 sq m of high quality state of the art office and laboratory space and has a mixed portfolio of high specification laboratories and office spaces. Key tenants include Epistem, Nanoco and 2-DTech. UMIC Events provides the conferencing and events facilities together with onsite catering.

Commenting on its ten year celebration UMIC Events Sales and Conferencing Manager Simon Hadfield said: “We are thrilled to announce a formal partnership with The Christie and have organised a series of internal and external events to communicate with our stakeholders, have some fun and raise money at the same time for this great cause. Our aim is to build on our reputation, strengthen relationships with current clients and develop our work with new clients from a wide variety of sectors.”

In 2016 UMIC Events will roll out a new concept, UMIC Insights, a series of talks from key business leaders, innovators and creators from a variety of industries and disciplines, bringing together their thoughts on what makes successful businesses stand out.

UMIC Events will also host a series of Inspire Now events where people can join the team for lunch and listen to key and influential speakers giving their insights and ideas into how people can think differently.

University of Manchester polymer helps 3M win prestigious innovation award

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A polymer invented by University of Manchester academics is a key component material of the 3M™ Service Life Indicator featured on the new 3M™ Organic Gas and Vapour Service Life Indicator Filters 6000i Series. The filters, which recently won the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) Product Innovation Award, contain the University developed innovation – a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM). The 3M™ Service Life Indicator is a new sensor for organic vapours that, when used in appropriate environments, indicates when it is time for a user to change their filter.

Workers in many industries are required to use respirators to protect against organic vapours, and, until now, there has not been a real-time way to determine when an organic vapour filter needs to be changed – with workers instead relying on estimated exposure and usage levels to estimate service life, or using odour, taste or irritation to determine when it’s time to change.

PIMs were developed at the University in research led by Professors Peter Budd and Neil McKeown, with the innovation being licensed to 3M by the University’s agent for intellectual property commercialisation, UMIP.

PIMs are big molecules with highly rigid and contorted molecular structures. These create tiny apertures of a nanometre or less in size, which small molecules can penetrate. Organic vapours are readily absorbed by the PIM and the sensor is designed to indicate when the PIM has absorbed vapours above a specified minimum level.

3M has also launched their new series of organic vapour filters to the US market. ”Using a respirator filter too long can lead to break-through of the hazard into the respirator,” said Alana Mitchell, Global Marketing Manager, Reusable Respirators, 3M. “In appropriate environments, the 3M™ Service Life Indicator can help protect workers from dangerous airborne organic vapours by helping remove the guesswork related to cartridge replacement, giving users the assurance that their respirator is delivering the protection they need.”

Peter Budd commented: “It’s great to see an idea, sparked over a decade ago, develop into a real product that offers a genuine benefit to people in the workplace.”

Current research is exploring other applications for PIMs, including their use in membranes for separating gas mixtures and liquid mixtures. PIMs have potential for the removal of carbon dioxide from power station flue gases, and for the purification of bioalcohols.

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The University of Manchester partners with Ximbio

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The University and Ximbio, part of Cancer Research Technology (the development and commercialisation arm of Cancer Research UK) are pleased to announce that they are partnering to make the University’s life science research tools more widely available to the worldwide scientific community. The partnership will begin with an initial listing of 7 antibodies from the laboratory of Professor. Martin Humphries, Professor of Biochemistry, Vice-President and Dean in the Faculty of Life Sciences.

The University of Manchester has been nominated as part of the “golden diamond”, alongside Oxford, Imperial, UCL and Cambridge, due to its thriving research activity and reputation as one of the leading research-intensive British universities. Honoured by remarkable academic achievements and a long list of Nobel laureates, the University of Manchester continues to provide the scientific community with breakthrough discoveries and cutting-edge innovations. Ximbio is an online reagents portal for the life science community and has been developed to change the way that research reagents are searched, sourced and shared. It aims to broaden the range of tools available to scientists globally and support and advance life science research. UMIP, the University of Manchester’s Agent for Intellectual Property Commercialisation ( and Ximbio have established and implemented a master commercial agreement. This makes it very easy to add the University of Manchester research tools to the Ximbio platform. The first researcher to participate is Professor Martin Humphries who has contributed seven monoclonal antibodies which will be made globally available on the Ximbio portal for researchers working on cell adhesion and signalling through integrins. These antibodies, directed against CD49e,CD49b, CD29 and CD151, have been generated in Prof. Humphries’ laboratory, by a very productive team with a strong interest in understanding the role of cell adhesion molecules in orchestrating the dialogue between cells and their environment. Amongst many others, his discoveries include the description of conformational changes in integrin molecules, which define the level of connection between cells and the extracellular matrix. Through the use of mass spectrometry and biochemical analysis, Prof. Humphries was able to understand the multi-component complexes of integrins, called adhesomes, and their involvement in cell movement and the different types of adhesion.

All the antibodies provided by The University of Manchester have been used in top level publications by Prof. Humphries and others, and their presence on the Ximbio website will undoubtedly promote and facilitate future research in the field of cell adhesion and signalling. For scientists looking for specific reagents to use in their experiments, Ximbio offers a fully searchable database, extensive datasheets, and supplier options, and in future will also feature peer reviews of listed products. Each reagent record can be linked to the originating inventor, enabling scientists and institutions to be credited for their work. Ximbio will operate as a business unit of CRT, and will focus on all areas of biology.

Melanie Hardman, Head of Ximbio said: “We have created Ximbio to be a place where scientists can share their research, and reagent companies can source new products, in a streamlined process that saves both time and resource. We hope to accelerate life science research.”

Edward Maughfling, Express Licensing Manager at UMIP said: “Research Reagents are a key component of UMIP’s Express Licensing strategy and we are really pleased to partner with Ximbio to make the University of Manchester’s research reagents available online.”


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