DTC Students Win Project Award Funding

Three NOWNANO DTC students win Project Award funding managed by UMIP

A winner, Jacek Wychowaniec (2013 Cohort)

Each year doctoral research students from the NOWNANO CDT along with Graphene PhD students have taken part in the Innovation and Commercialisation of Research (ICR) unit delivered by Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC). The unit takes students, in a very practical and interactive way, through the key steps to commercialising technology; encouraging them to become enterprising scientists in their careers, whether in a university, a company or as the founder of a start-up.

ICR develops an understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship through looking at the translation of knowledge derived from their research area and through this process to identify who could be given additional support in order to accelerate the translation of this knowledge, derived from their fundamental research, into new products and services.

This year’s cohort of 17 research students presented their ideas as a 5 minute pitch to a panel of experts, industrialists and investors; over half were highlighted as having potential for development and were invited to apply for further funding from the Project Award fund managed by UMIP and MEC. This year funding was awarded to three students from the 2013 cohort of the NOWNANO DTC: Thomas Fallows, School of Chemistry for TheraMag; Simon McAdams, School of Chemistry for CigSense; and Jacek Wychowaniec, School of Materials for GelART. All those who presented for funding were also given additional feedback on their ideas and advice on how the opportunity could be taken forward.

One of the winners, Jacek Wychowaniec, commented “this investment grant gives me an opportunity to evaluate the potential of developed materials and take my PhD step ahead. It allows me to fulfil my initial goal of translating and developing biomaterials that will contribute to saving lives of people in nearby future. Indeed, creating gelART will have a large impact on my future academic career. I am very thankful to all people who supported and support my project, mainly my supervisor – Prof. Alberto Saiani, and to the investors, who like me, see a great potential in the biomaterials and I am enthusiastically looking forward of pushing this project further”. 

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