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BBSRC Winners of Innovator of the Year 2019

Professor Achillefs Kapanidis from the University of Oxford and Mr Bo Jing, CEO of Oxford Nanoimaging have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2019 – an award celebrating excellent research which demonstrates impact.

Twelve finalists competed for the title at the Science Museum in London last night, 15 May 2019. The overall award was presented by Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

The awards, now in their 11th year, are made in a number of categories that include: commercial impact, social impact, international impact and early career impact. These awards were presented by Professor Malcolm Skingle, Director of Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline and Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC.

A range of diverse, important and exciting research had been delivered by the finalists including; genome-edited pigs proving resistant to billion dollar virus, improved bioconversion of gases for renewable energy storage, and the proteomics standards initiative – a global, open access to data through innovation in standards, software and databases.

The winners of each category were:


Awarded to


Awarded for

Commercial impact

Professor Achillefs Kapanidis and Mr Bo Jing

University of Oxford & Oxford Nanoimaging

Nanoimager: desktop single-molecule imaging for the biomedical researcher 

bringing single molecule imaging to your desk

Early Career impact

Dr George Frodsham


MediSieve Limited

Magnetic Blood Filtration for the Treatment of Blood Borne Diseases

a magnetic revolution for the treatment of blood borne diseases

International impact

Dr Diane Saunders and team

John Innes Centre

Mobile And Real-time PLant disEase (MARPLE) diagnostics

a real time diagnostic tool for Ethiopian wheat farmers

Social impact

Professor Alan Radford and team


University of Liverpool

The Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network - big data to improve animal and human health.

using big data from small animals for better health


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Innovator of the year 2019 finals