Two Scottish companies among the winners of the Institute of Physics 2019 Business Awards

22 October 2019

Supermarket checkout-type scanners that enable low-cost sorting and recycling of waste plastics and fabrics, a molecular movie camera and a spectrometer to characterise and authenticate wines. These are among the incredible technological achievements developed by the winning companies awarded at this year's Institute of Physics Business Awards.

The winners from Scotland are:

Business Innovation winner

The Business Innovation Award recognises and celebrates companies that have excelled in innovation, delivering significant economic and/or societal impact through the application of physics.

Horiba (Glasgow) For the development of a novel molecular movie camera

Horiba has developed a novel molecular movie camera. The FLIMERA is a user-friendly camera that detects the location and dynamics of molecules. Using their fluorescence emissions, it enables real-time video rate studies of fundamental cellular processes critical to biology and healthcare for medical research, disease diagnostics, screening and tissue monitoring.

Business Start-up winner

The Business Start-Up Award recognises and celebrates young companies with a great business idea founded on a physics invention, with the potential for business growth and significant societal impact.

Novosound (Motherwell, Scotland) For exploiting innovative thin film processes and technologies

Novosound, a spin-out from the University of the West of Scotland, pushes the limits of ultrasound imaging and measurement. By exploiting thin film technologies and processes Novosound has created new manufacturing methods that allow new applications for non-destructive, ultrasound-based testing and drive growth in the ultrasound sensor market.

The IOP and physics-based businesses

The IOP is committed to working with physics-based businesses, and those companies that apply and employ physics and physicists, and has a rich history of supporting business innovation and growth.

IOP's Business Awards are unique in the UK and Ireland in recognising the significant contribution that physicists and physics make in industry and business, and the recipients are notable in their commitment, vision and ingenuity.

There are two categories of awards – Business Innovation Awards and Business Start-Up Awards – so businesses at any stage of their development are eligible; from start-ups to multi-national corporations.

All the awards showcase, celebrate and reward UK and Irish talent and innovation, and highlight the potential impact that physics and physics- based-businesses have on society and the key challenges facing us today.

Further information

Find out more about the IOP Business Awards.



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