Four victories for university research and business
Loughborough University won four categories at the 2021 LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards, representing the impacts of pioneering engineering research and dynamic start-ups that have been launched at LUSEP, the university’s science and business park.
A record 13 nominations in academic research and business were shortlisted for the awards which were celebrated in a ceremony on September 14, 2021 at the National Space Center in Leicester.
Dr Nik Kotecha, CEO of Morningside Pharmaceuticals and Chairman of the Innovation Council of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), opened the awards ceremony, praising the adaptability and the new ideas and approaches developed in the region, and set out the council’s vision to create long-term sustainable innovation through partnerships.
Loughborough University laureates are
Innovation in construction – 3D concrete printing
A notable highlight of the University resilient infrastructure research, concrete 3D printing is a pioneering technology invented at Loughborough that shaped the international landscape for large-scale additive manufacturing research for construction. Research on these digital manufacturing approaches is fundamentally aligned with the Industrial strategythe demand to optimize innovation and skills to build faster, more efficiently and more productively.
Innovation in technology – Tzuka
Tzuka has designed and is currently developing what he claims to be the world’s most durable sports headphones, which will launch later this year. Founded by alumnus Tom Jelliffe (BSc in Geography and Business Management, 2018), the headphones aim to be the world’s first with impact resistance certification as well as being fully waterproof and impact resistant. , with built-in storage to directly download 4 GB of music or podcasts. Tzuka is based in the University incubator, LU Inc to LUSEP.
Medical and Health Innovator of the Year – HIVE Composites
Responding to the call to accelerate new products to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, HIVE has created an innovative material that contains antiviral and foaming agents that has been used to make disposable gloves that can be washed in the washing machine. hot water, thus safely reducing the amount of contaminated plastic waste. HIVE is co-founded by alumnus Gerry Boyce (Materials Engineering MSc, 1980) and is based on LUSEP.
University student innovation – BéoBia
Learning that intensive meat production was responsible for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, former student Thomas Constant (Industrial Design and Technology BSc, 2018), spent 10 months researching possible solutions before to launch his startup BeoBia to manufacture a closed-loop system that turns food waste into protein, including sustainable pet foods, as well as plant fertilizers. BeoBia very recently raised investments and graduated from LU Inc.
The following academic nominations were also highly recommended finalists:
Shifa Technologies, founded by a doctor from Leicester and four PhD students from Loughborough, developers of ShiVent, an oxygen-efficient off-grid non-invasive ventilator specially designed for hospitals in emerging economies.
People’s business, founded by alumnus Louise Lennon (Business Psychology MSc, 2019), the organizational development consulting firm behind the Fairness First Framework ™, a nationally unique and research-proven framework to advance equity in the workplace.
Alcuris, founded by Alex Nash (Product Design Engineering MEng, 2016), the assistive technology company behind Connec + ™ and MemoHub®, the next-generation proactive solution for social assistance already adopted by several health authorities.
Research on safe road systems based on intelligence helps reduce fatalities and ease UK roads by using AI to interpret data provided by satellite technology to accurately identify high-risk routes and provide highly accurate black spot mapping of accidents Traffic.
Professor Claudia Eberlein, Dean of Science and Business at Loughborough University, said: “To have the excellent impact of the research as well as the work of so many graduate companies recognized by the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards is a fantastic success. It reflects the extent of the University’s outstanding accomplishments during a very difficult year. Congratulations to all of our finalists.
Notes for Editors
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links to industry and unparalleled achievements in sport and its underlying academic disciplines. .
It has been awarded five stars in the independent university rating system QS Stars, named the world’s best university for sports-related subjects in the QS 2021 World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and The Sunday Times. University Guide 2022.
Loughborough is in the top 10 of all national rankings, being ranked 7th in the UK Complete University Guide 2022 and 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty UK universities in the Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ and in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of her contribution to the sector, Loughborough received seven Queen’s Birthday Awards
The campus of Loughborough University in London is based on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive level education, as well as research and business opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of education and the latest modern thinking.