The shortlisted finalists for the 2018 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition have been announced (see box below for full list).
LONDON, 18-Apr-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Twelve finalists will compete to be named Innovator of the Year 2018 at The Mermaid in London on 16 May 2018.
Now celebrating its tenth year, the Innovator of the Year competition recognises the important impact bioscience research and innovation has on lives, society and the economy. It celebrates the individuals and small teams who have harnessed the potential of their excellent research to significantly address real world challenges across the commercial, early career, social and international impact categories.
Learn more about Innovator of the Year and see previous awards.
Innovator of the Year 2018 finalists
|Principal investigator||Research organisation||Title of innovation||Award category|
|Professor Tony Moore||University of Sussex||Global food security: the development of novel AOX fungicides to combat increasing fungal resistance.||Commercial|
|Dr Neil Gibbs||Curapel/The University of Manchester||Curapel – taking safe and natural technologies to the skin healthcare market.||Commercial|
|Professor Trevor Dale/Dr Marianne Ellis||Cardiff University||Organoids Expanded.||Commercial|
|Dr Marko Hyvonen||University of Cambridge||Production of optimised growth factors to facilitate stem cell research and regenerative medicine.||Commercial|
|Dr Philippa Borrill||John Innes Centre||Accelerating impact of genomic resources in wheat breeding.||Early Career|
|Siobhan Gardiner||Cranfield University||Building resilience in the vanilla supply chain: protecting smallholder livelihoods and the world’s favourite flavour.||Early Career|
|Mr Ben Dolman & Dr James Winterburn||The University of Manchester||Dramatic improvement in fermentation economics using integrated gravity separation technique.||Early Career|
|Professor Joanne Webster||Royal Veterinary College||Zoonotic disease research to improve human and animal health in West Africa.||International|
|Professor Venugopal Nair||The Pirbright Institute||International impact on improved control of poultry diseases for poverty alleviation and global food security.||International|
|Professor Martin Broadley & Dr E.Louise Ander||The University of Nottingham||GeoNutrition: spatial aspects of hidden hunger.||International|
|Professor Dave Goulson||University of Sussex||Reducing threats to wild bumblebees via public and policy engagement.||Social|
|Professor Rob Honey & Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton||Cardiff University||Behavioural neuroscience underpins new guidance for firefighters and the emergency services.||Social|