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It takes a certain type of person to take an idea and turn it into a successful company, and this is as true in the chemical sciences as in any other endeavour. In fact, a successful chemistry spin-out may be even more special – most inventions and new technologies don’t face the ‘valley of death’ that often separates the university lab bench from the commercial marketplace. The dragons of the den may understand the appeal of a well-branded and marketed jerk chicken sauce, but far fewer people have the insight to see the potential in chromatin modifying enzymes, haemolysin nanopores or spherical nucleic acids.
To celebrate those people who do see this potential (and whose vision so contagious they can get the support they need), we have the Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The award recognises an individual’s contribution to the commercialisation of research, and so is open to anyone who has started or contributed to the growth of a start-up company. We’re looking for someone who has built a collection of intellectual property for the company and has developed new products that have reached the market recently or will do in the near future. The prize includes £4000, a trophy and a feature in Chemistry World.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 prize, so do you know anyone who would fit the bill? We’re interested in anyone who is helping to commercialise chemistry, so is there an enterprising individual you would like to see holding the trophy aloft? You can find all the details of how to nominate someone here. Nominations will remain open until January 15th 2014. Oh, and you can’t nominate yourself!
Best of luck to everyone who is nominated!