Shell Springboard 2011 Award winner, Cambridge Carbon Capture, is developing a unique electrochemical CO2-mineralisation technology to tackle the global problems of cheaply converting fossil fuels to carbon-free electricity and sequestering carbon dioxide safely and permanently. CTO, Michael Priestnall (pictured), had the initial idea that the natural carbon-silicate cycle – in which limestone is formed from the reactions of carbon dioxide with volcanic rocks – could be executed very rapidly and efficiently using a fuel cell.
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Influential company bosses in Cambridge & the East of England in focus in our personalised Q&A.
David Jaggard established Fluid two years ago with fellow IT consultant and security expert John Baines to provide plain-speaking support to companies where secure, reliable and cost-efficient IT systems are vital to the business. Fluid provides pragmatic advice on IT strategy, data security and support for mobile working. It also offers proactive IT support and trouble-shooting expertise aimed at keeping the business up and running.
ABOUT DR SOPHIEN KAMOUN: Dr Kamoun received his B.S. degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. He then attended the University of California at Davis, where he received his Ph.D. in Genetics in 1991. He then was a postdoctoral fellow at the NSF Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens, UC Davis, and at the Department of Phytopathology, Wageningen University, Netherlands.
Key Capital Partners (KCP) launched in 2007 to address the ‘equity gap’, making investments of between £1m and £10m in profitable, growing UK companies. The firm operates nationally from offices in Birmingham, Cambridge and Leeds and has made seven investments since closing its maiden £100m fund. KCP’s portfolio includes contemporary furniture and home accessories retailer, Dwell, manufacturer of soups and sauces and the Glorious! brand, TSC Foods, and street fashion business, Fly53.
Founded by a former tax inspector, websters in Cambridge prides itself on using imagination in tax planning tailored to the needs of the individual and the businesses in which they are involved. To that core expertise the firm has, over time, added accountancy, personal tax returns, legal advice from a solicitor, international tax planning and independent financial advice.
The Cambridge office of PwC has been serving clients in the region for 25 years in both the private and public sector.
Ipatter.com was founded in April 2010 by Norfolk businessman Andy Fisher. It is an online direct messaging platform which is transforming the way that businesses and organisations connect with each other. Ipatter.com is an Enterprise Investment Scheme company with 29 shareholders.
After completing a PhD in Biochemistry (1992) from the University of Southampton UK, Tony Jones undertook several years of post-doctoral research in the oncology field, primarily with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund taking novel neuropeptide antagonists into Phase 1.
- Chris Bayne, managing director for Access UK & Ireland
- Dr Shai Vyakarnam, co-founder of AcceleratorIndia
- Martyn Hanlon, commercial director of Redd&Whyte
- Tony King-Smith, VP Marketing at Imagination Technologies
- Matthew Young, founder of Oval Medical Technologies
- Dr Anne Blackwood, chief executive, Health Enterprise East
- Celia Hodson, Chief Executive, Choose Suffolk
- Sam Weller, chairman of GCP's international relations forum
- Patrick Phelan, managing director of JDR Cable Systems Ltd
- John M. Brimacombe, executive chairman, Linguamatics
- David Franklin, general manager at Envisional
- Kevin Keable, Managing Director of Oilennium
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