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UKTI and NanoKTN Seek “Best UK Nano Company” at UK NanoForum and Emerging Technologies 2009
Article Type: Industry news From: Microelectronics International, Volume 27, Issue 1
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK's primary knowledge-based networks for micro and nanotechnologies, and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) have announced the final call for entries to the prestigious Business Innovation Awards 2009. The awards are open to all UK companies and winners of the “Best UK Nanotechnology Company” award will be announced on the first day of the UK NanoForum and Emerging Technologies 2009 Conference.
For the second year running, the UK NanoForum and Emerging Technologies Conference is host to the Business Innovation Award, the entrepreneurship competition that recognises the best in the UK's emerging technology communities. The competition recognises the top three innovative organisations in the UK's emerging technology communities that have made major steps towards real innovative applications.
Awards will be delivered in three different categories: Life Sciences and Healthcare, Energy and Environment, and Materials and Devices.
Sir Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UKTI, comments, “These awards recognise the best of British innovation. Winners of last year's awards won an opportunity to network in Japan and recognition from Number 10. The UK's success in nanotechnology is admired around the globe, with firms from the USA, Europe, Russia, and China on constant lookout for potential partners. In a competitive marketplace, this award could give your firm the edge.”
Victor Higgs, Director of Applied Nanodetectors and 2008 winner of the Business Innovation Awards says, “We received the Business Innovation Award in the category of Intelligent Connected World and this gave our company an immediate competitive advantage, improving our company credibility and awareness on an International scale. As a consequence, we were able to find new business relationships in the Far East.”
Director of The NanoKTN, Alec Reader adds, “Successful commercial uptake of new technologies is vital to the wealth creating power of the UK and nanotechnologies are leading the way in delivering the UK's wealth creation in the next 20 years. These Business Innovation Awards recognise the major steps UK nanotechnology companies are making towards developing and launching innovative and commercially viable applications.”
Award winners will benefit from industry recognition, media opportunities and take home with them the Business and Innovation 2009 trophy.
Applicants should submit their entries by September 30 which should demonstrate how they have developed process innovations that have substantially improved the commercial performance or prospects of their organisation.
To download the application form or to register to attend the event, applicants should visit: www.uknano.biz