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23 June, 2017 - 11:07 By Tony Quested

Top trio does the East of England proud in RSC tech competition

Parkure Zografos

Healthcare and energy sector innovations with links to the universities of Cambridge and Cranfield starred in the Emerging Technologies Competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Cranfield took first prize in the Energy and Environment category for its development of an innovative process for the selective separation of ammonia from contaminated fluids.

This enables process intensification over the state-of-the-art, and further provides simultaneous transformation into a high purity crystalline fertiliser product. These combined facets enable reduced processing, lower costs and new value streams to be realised.

A University of Cambridge innovation won second prize in that category for a novel electroactive material for automotive Li-ion batteries.

The university is seeking to commercialise these high-performance Li-ion batteries for the automotive market. The technology relies on an advanced nanomaterial to replace the standard material used for the negative battery electrode (graphite). This material significantly improves energy density, power density, cycle life, safety, and cost compared with commercially available batteries.

A further success with Cambridge links saw Parkure claim second prize in the health category.

Parkure CEO Dr Lysimachos Zografos is an alumnus of Cambridge University Entrepreneurship Centre’s 2014 Ignite programme. Parkure’s vision is to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease by discovering disease modifying drugs against novel or known targets.

Parkure will also try to improve the life of those suffering from PD by exploiting any new drugs that lead to the improvement of symptoms. 

Dr Zografos said: “Our highly qualified scientific and business team are committed to translating current scientific knowledge into treatments that stop the brain degeneration process of Parkinson’s disease.”

Cambridge University’s Entrepreneurship Centre is a business support partner of the RSC Emerging Technologies Competition 2017, established to identify promising chemistry-based technologies and help accelerate their commercialisation. Its head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes and Engagement, Dr Shima Barakat, was a keynote speaker at the event. 
The Emerging Technologies Competition is the RSC’s annual innovation initiative, turning promising ideas into commercial reality. Now in its fifth year, the competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society.

With over 54,000 members and an international publishing and knowledge business, the RSC is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Parkure CEO Dr Lysimachos Zografos

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