Micropore Technologies were one of just eight winners in the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Chemistry Means Business awards. This was a showcase of success and innovation in the sector across the UK and Europe, took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster on 15 October, complete with sweeping views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.
The focus of the event was our Emerging Technologies Competition final, in which 39 candidates – from a mixture of start-ups, SMEs and university research spin-outs – pitched their ideas to panels of experts in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition. Ideas had to fit into one of four categories, Food and Drink, Materials and Enabling Technology, Energy and the Environment and Health.
Micropore AXF has been awarded an Innovation Award for Pharmaceutical Equipment innovation by Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.
The Micropore AXF-1
The Micropore team at Venturefest:
(left to right) Alex Kerr, Principal Technologist; Sam Trotter, Process Engineer; and Dave Palmer, Business Development Manager
On 22nd May Micropore participated in the Tees Valley Venturefest innovation showcase. During this one day conference, held at the Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel in County Durham in the north of England, Micropore was presented as an example of how to build a business based on innovative technology.
Dai Hayward, CEO of award-winning Micropore Technologies, and Sarah Thorpe of investor UK Steel Enterprise with the company’s latest multi tonne membrane emulsification manufacturing system.
Dai Hayward of Micropore (centre right) handing over a £2k cheque to Joy Parvin of Children Challenging Industry (centre) with Dr Stan Higgins OBE, former chief executive of NEPIC (centre left) and two of the advisory teachers from CCI
"I have been involved with CCI since its foundation by the late Tom Swan and it is a pleasure to continue to support its valuable work through Micropore some 20 years later."
Dai Hayward, CEO Micropore Technologies
Micropore have donated £2,000 received from the 2018 NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) Innovation Award to the highly successful Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme aimed at teachers and children in primary schools, and science-based manufacturing companies in the UK.
The CCI programme aims to improve the perception and understanding of science and industry by teachers and children. The programme combines classroom science lessons led by expert advisory teachers, with visits to industry, to enhance teachers’ confidence and tailored to meet the needs of the science curriculum.
Micropore were delighted to be invited to participate in the event to celebrate the Innovate Tees Valley programme held at Wynyard Hall in Teesside on Tuesday 20th March. This will be followed by a showcase event on Tuesday 22nd May, also to be held at Wynyard Hall, where Micropore will join other cutting-edge businesses from the region demonstrating of the incredible innovation that is currently underway in the Tees Valley.
Dai Hayward collects a certificate recognising Micropore's status as one of Tees Valley's recognised innovators
The diminutive Micropore CXF-1 is an innovative new design of in-line mixer, capable of continuously manufacturing the high quality product emulsions required by today’s food and cosmetic brands in place of traditional industrial homogenisers.
Micropore’s patented encapsulation technology originated in the department of chemical engineering at Loughborough University. The principal inventor, Richard Holdich, is the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. Professor Holdich has published many papers in the field, and is author of a book on Particle Technology. Micropore Technologies Limited was established over ten years ago as a high-technology spin-out of Loughborough University and is a solutions provider commercialising products and technology based on its patented encapsulation and emulsification processes.