Royal Academy of Engineering backs university projects with entrepreneurial training

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub will provide funding, mentoring and support to four businesses spun out of UK universities.

Dr Peiman Hosseini

Dr Peiman Hosseini

The four are:

  • Dr Matthew Murray, University of Leeds, Ultramatis anti-counterfeiting implantation
  • Dr George Frodsham, University College London, MediSieve magnetic haemofiltration for malaria
  • Dr Peiman Hosseini, University of Oxford, materials for wearable displays
  • Bethan Wolfenden and Philipp Boeing, University College London, personal molecular biology lab

These are the finallists in a competition for engineers working with electro-technology in UK universities.

Murray of Leeds came out on top, winning the RAEng ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Award.

He won Hub membership, skills training to run a business, support and advice from an Academy Fellowship mentor, invitations to workshops and networking events, plus £10,000 personally and £30,000 to boost the development of his project.

The others get Hub membership and £2,000 each.

The projects:

Murray’s project, called Alpin, allows anti-counterfeit marks to be implanted into the glass surface of bottles to identify batches of pharmaceuticals, alcohol and perfume. It uses a femtosecond laser to mark using a plasma containing optically-active elements – called ultra-fast laser implantation (UFLI). The make can be visible or revealed by UV light.

Frodsham’s haemofiltration ‘sieves’ a malaria victim’s the blood to reduce parasite burden, keeping patients alive and symptom-free indefinitely, he claims. MediSieve products will be commercially available in the next couple of years.

Hosseini modulates both the optical and electronic properties of phase change materials to create a class of thin, high resolution displays with nanosecond access speed and no power consumption in static mode. The intention to use them in near-eye devices. A working device is expected within a year.

Wolfenden and Boeing are creating ‘bento•lab’, a 3kg personal education and citizen science laboratory that fits on an A4 sheet and will “allow anybody to carry out basic genetic experiments”.


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