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Business partnerships recognised

11 Mai 2007

The paper-free company, a company tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and new lung tissue cultures have all been recognised at the Cardiff University Innovation Network Awards.

All three of this year’s award at this year’s ceremony, held in the Glamorgan Building, are examples of successful partnerships which are delivering innovative new approaches for companies.

The Award for Longer-Term Collaboration was presented for a world-leading digital business system developed for South Wales water hygiene company Aquamarc Ltd by experts in the School of Computer Science. A new CD-ROM and web-based system has replaced paper-based documentation systems and the company has seen turnover grow by more than half as a result.

The Award for Early-Stage Collaboration went to an online project to control antibiotic resistance, developed by healthcare learning specialists Smile-On Ltd and the Department of General Practice at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. The team has worked on a learning resource to reduce the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics.

The Innovation Prize went to Unilever and Dr Kelly BeruBe in the University’s School of Biosciences for research to develop lung tissue cultures from human cells. This work has the potential to speed up the development of treatments and ways of preventing respiratory disorders.

The awards are sponsored by Geldards LLP and Biofusion Plc, which works with the University on the commercial development of its intellectual property.

Ceri Delemore of Geldards said: "Innovation is key to successful business and about much more than just developing new products or processes: it is about understanding and embracing change in everything that we do. Most of us benefit massively from collaborating with others. The Innovation Network Awards are about celebrating the important collaborations and partnerships that led to innovation. Geldards LLP, is delighted to be involved with and to support these awards."

David Baynes of Biofusion said: "The research conducted at leading universities such as Cardiff is an important driver of innovation. Biofusion’s whole focus is to help the University turn world class research into business success. Key is the ability to work as a team. This is why we directly align our interests with those of the University, making it a partner in our business. Biofusion is therefore delighted to be on the team and to support tonight's Innovation Network Awards."