IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

19 October 2016

The UK’s reputation for science-based innovation means “brand Britain is incredibly respected around the world”, Foreign Office minister Alok Sharma said at a parliamentary reception to present the IOP’s 2016 Business and Innovation Awards on 18 October.

Sharma’s remit takes in economic diplomacy and his portfolio includes science and innovation, he explained to the audience of award winners, MPs and guests who had come to see representatives of 10 companies receive their awards and showcase the innovations that had led to their success

Sharma’s remit takes in economic diplomacy and his portfolio includes science and innovation, he explained to the audience of award winners, MPs and guests who had come to see representatives of 10 companies receive their awards and showcase the innovations that had led to their success

Addressing the winners and the wider business and innovation community particularly, he said: “I don’t think that we can overestimate the soft power that we have through all the work that you do. Everything you do reinforces the fact that Britain as a brand is open for business, so please keep doing it.”

IOP president Professor Roy Sambles, who presented each award, congratulated the winners and said physics underpinned the high-level technology that supported the UK economy. Physics pushed at the frontiers of knowledge and led to the kind of innovative technology which people such as the award winners produced, he said. This benefited society and generated economic gains and jobs, but it depended on continued investment in education, research and business and innovation, he said. “We need to keep funding basic science, otherwise in 10-15 years’ time the UK will have nothing to offer the world,” he said.

Five companies received Innovation Awards, which are for “bringing new physics-based products, processes or services to market that have had a transformative effect resulting in increased turnover, profitability and jobs”. These were awarded to Ikon Science, Jaguar Land Rover, Kromek, The Technology Partnership and Ultra Electronics NCS

Sharma’s remit takes in economic diplomacy and his portfolio includes science and innovation, he explained to the audience of award winners, MPs and guests who had come to see representatives of 10 companies receive their awards and showcase the innovations that had led to their success

A further five received Commended Innovations, which are for “outstanding innovative applications of physics that push technological boundaries or develop bespoke solutions to market challenges, opening up new opportunities for discovery or market creation”. These were awarded to Airbus Defence and Space, Aqua Cooling Solutions, e2v, Endomag, and Tesla Engineering.

The awards will also be presented to representatives of the companies at the Institute’s annual Awards Dinner on 29 November.

 

The winners are:

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Airbus Defence and Space

For the development of the LISA Pathfinder satellite and measurement equipment that is sensitive enough to detect gravitational waves.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Aqua Cooling Solutions

For the development of their Leak Prevention System, which enables data centres to benefit from water-cooled data cabinets with guaranteed, continuous, leak-free operation.

 

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

e2v

For the development of novel CCD imaging detectors with enhanced X-rays and near infra-red sensitivity to capture more detail in biological nanostructures and remote astronomical objects.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Endomagnetics

For the development of the Sentimag System – a minimally-invasive surgical guidance system for the management of cancer.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Ikon Science

For the development of Joint Impedance and Facies Inversion (Ji-Fi) – a tool that accurately describes petroleum reservoirs and enables more efficient extraction.

 

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Jaguar Landrover

For improvements to the modelling of the impact of sand and water on vehicles enabling earlier identification of design improvements.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Kromek

For the development of intelligent radiation-detection networks that can provide early warning of radioactive materials – improving the ability of security services to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Tesla Engineering

For the development of compact superconducting magnets for medical applications, enabling the more widespread use of proton-beam therapy for cancer treatment.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

The Technology Partnership

For the development of the SonicSense acoustic gas sensor, which monitors the output of the therapeutic oxygen concentrators used in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

IOP Innovation Awards for 2016 are presented at a reception in parliament

Ultra Electronics

For the establishment of a facility to design, manufacture and test neutron-flux detectors, which are critical sensors used to monitor reactor cores in nuclear power stations.