What has physics done for your company lately?

27 February 2013

The Institute of Physics (IOP)’s Innovation Awards are now open for entries.

Innovation Awards 2012 attendees

If your business – of any size and from any sector – has successfully addressed a commercial need using a physics-based innovation in either the UK or Ireland, it might be eligible for entry.

Winners of the award are presented their trophy at the IOP’s annual awards dinner and will also appear at a high profile annual exhibition, hosted by IOP, to showcase the companies’ winning innovations.

Professor Sir Peter Knight, President of IOP, said, “Examples of physics-based innovation addressing commercial need are ubiquitous but often over-looked. It’s easy to forget, for example, how different a supermarket shopping experience would be if you got to the checkout and there was no laser, originally an invention derived from fundamental physics research.

“This awards scheme, which is now in its second year, congratulates the innovators who are helping drive the UK economy forward by bringing cutting-edge technology to the real world.”

The innovations from last year’s four winners – Aurox Ltd, Naneum Ltd, Technology Partnership Plc and ZBD Solutions – have found application in a broad range of sectors, including retail, medical, environmental and academia.

On receipt of Naneum Ltd’s Innovation Award last year, after developing a portable ‘scanning mobility particle sizer’ for environmental monitoring, Robert Muir, Managing Director of the Canterbury-based company, explained what winning the award means to him and his colleagues.

He said, “As a small company striving to produce innovative instrumentation we are delighted to win an inaugural innovation award from the Institute of Physics.

“This award is a great motivation for our young researchers giving them wider recognition for their ground-breaking work. We hope to build on this achievement to gain greater exposure for our products.”

All four winners were helped to publicise their success. This included the commissioning and creation of short professional video profiles.

To watch the video profiles of the 2012 winners, for further information about the awards scheme, including eligibility criteria, or to enter, go to www.iop.org/innovation

The opportunity to enter your company this year will close on 31 May.

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