Innovation news in brief: Majestic; nanoscience; vaccines; Leeds Digital Festival

Alex Chudnovsky (left), founder and managing director, and Dixon Jones, marketing director of Majestic.

Majestic wins coveted Queen’s Award for Innovation

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based Majestic has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, selected for their outstanding achievement and commercial success in innovation, marking the 50th anniversary of the awards.

Majestic – developer of the world’s largest commercially available website link index – was recommended to be shortlisted for the award by the Prime Minister’s office and an advisory committee composed of leading individuals from industry, commerce and trade unions. The award will be formally presented by a Royal representative at a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in July.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise acknowledges British businesses and other organisations that excel in three categories; International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development, with an additional Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP), awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contribution to promoting and enhancing enterprise among UK entrepreneurs and companies. The Queen’s Awards, the highest official UK accolade for British businesses, aim to promote excellence and drive economic growth.

Alex Chudnovsky, founder and managing director of Majestic, said: “We have won quite a few awards over the years and from the start, Majestic’s marketing director, Dixon Jones, and I had a pact that we would meet the Queen one day – and we are thrilled to say that day has arrived!

“To win an award of this calibre is a fantastic achievement for our team and is the pinnacle of our work to date. Following our recent rebrand, we look forward to moving forward and continuing to build upon our success, to grow as a tech company.”

Inaugural nanoscience symposium hailed a success

More than 130 of the world’s leading experts in nanoscience and technology have taken part in the first-of-its-kind, international symposium on functional nanomaterials in industrial applications.

Held recently at the University of Central Lancashire and organised in collaboration with UK technology company Hosokawa Micron Ltd, the conference has been declared a success and a “huge leap” towards a collaborative strategy for functional nanomaterials that will benefit mankind.

The event, attended by academic researchers and industrial organisations, created a platform to share information on the very latest in the research and development of nanomaterials and to discuss opportunities for collaboration to bring new materials to tomorrow’s marketplace.

Topics covered by the speakers at the symposium included:

  • Improvements in targeted delivery of drugs, directly to tumour sites using nanoparticle drug coated stents.
  • The green economy of using less of the world’s resources by making finer particles, that create less waste.
  • Addition of nano silica in tyres to improve tyre durability and enhanced traction in the wet.
  • Nanotechnology for the removal of harmful organics and heavy metals to purify water.
  • Depletion of the world’s resources and new nanoscience options for the recovery from waste of increasingly precious metals such as lithium for use in batteries – to run the new generation of electric cars.
  • Opportunities for student research and technology enabling, developmental funding and collaboration projects.

Funding available to develop new vaccines for global epidemics

The Department of Health is to invest up to £10 million to develop and manufacture new vaccines for global epidemics.

This SBRI competition aims to stimulate the development of:

  • vaccine for priority infectious diseases
  • vaccine platform technology
  • manufacturing technologies that would allow for the rapid manufacture of vaccines in low-income settings

More information is available here

Leeds Digital Festival

The Leeds Digital Festival kick off next week, with speakers from BBC, Buzzfeed, Spotify and Microsoft all lined up to speak, reports Prolific North.

The multi-venue, city-wide festival celebrates digital culture in all its forms, which will take place from Monday 25th to Friday 29th April 2016. In total there are 53 events taking place across the city, and more than 160 speakers.

Leeds Digital Festival has support from the digital community of Leeds, Leeds City Council, and TechNorth, the Government’s initiative to promote and support digital entrepreneurship.

More information is available here