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The 2018 BBSRC Innovator of the Year finalists revealed

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The shortlisted finalists for the 2018 BBSRC Innovator of the Year competition have been announced (see box below for full list).

Twelve finalists will compete to be named Innovator of the Year 2018 at The Mermaid in London on 16 May 2018.

The awards recognise the full breadth of impacts that investments in research have, from the creation of spinout companies or social enterprises, to working in collaboration with business and working with policy makers, both in the UK and abroad.

The competition has four award categories:

  • Commercial Impact
  • Social Impact
  • International Impact
  • Early Career Impact

Winners in each category will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the overall winner, the BBSRC Innovator of the Year.

Learn more about Innovator of the Year and see previous awards.

Innovator of the Year 2018 finalists

Principal investigator Research organisation Title of innovation Award category
Professor Tony Moore University of Sussex Global food security: the development of novel AOX fungicides to combat increasing fungal resistance. Commercial
Dr Neil Gibbs Curapel/The University of Manchester Curapel - taking safe and natural technologies to the skin healthcare market. Commercial
Professor Trevor Dale1 &
Dr Marianne Ellis2
1 Cardiff University
2 University of Bath
Organoids Expanded. Commercial
Dr Marko Hyvonen University of Cambridge Production of optimised growth factors to facilitate stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Commercial
Dr Philippa Borrill John Innes Centre Accelerating impact of genomic resources in wheat breeding. Early Career
Dr Siobhan Gardiner Cranfield University Building resilience in the vanilla supply chain: protecting smallholder livelihoods and the world's favourite flavour. Early Career
Mr Ben Dolman &
Dr James Winterburn
The University of Manchester Dramatic improvement in fermentation economics using integrated gravity separation technique. Early Career
Professor Joanne Webster Royal Veterinary College Zoonotic disease research to improve human and animal health in West Africa. International
Professor Venugopal Nair The Pirbright Institute International impact on improved control of poultry diseases for poverty alleviation and global food security. International
Professor Martin Broadley1 &
Dr E.Louise Ander2
1 University of Nottingham
2 British Geological Survey
GeoNutrition: spatial aspects of hidden hunger. International
Professor Dave Goulson University of Sussex Reducing threats to wild bumblebees via public and policy engagement. Social
Professor Rob Honey &
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Cardiff University Behavioural neuroscience underpins new guidance for firefighters and the emergency services. Social



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