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Winners named in the inaugural Business and Education Partnership Awards

As keynote sponsor Universities Wales was delighted to offer its support to this year’s inaugural Welsh Business and Education Partnerships Awards.

Organised by Business Insider, these unique awards for Wales highlight some of the great research, training, commercialisation and products that come to life when business and academia come together.

Key award results from last night’s ceremony include:

New Product Award
Winner: Asalus for Ultravision surgical instrument
Asalus, a spin-out from Cardiff University, developed Ultravision, a keyhole surgery device which clears smoke generated in some operations.

Commercialisation Award
Winner: Medaphor
Medaphor’s ScanTrainer simulators are in use in medical schools around the world, and it recently launched its transabdominal ultrasound simulator. One judge said: “It’s taking intellectual property, responding to a need, and taking it to market.”

People Development Award
Winner: GE Aviation Wales
GE Aviation trains 25 engineering and business apprentices every year with Coleg y Cymoedd, and has 11 employees studying degrees with the college, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. “Good work across range of roles,” said the judges.

Research and Development Award
Winner: Valueform
Valueform developed a pizza packaging disc using waste straw with Bangor University which is now in development with the UK’s biggest maker of chilled pizzas.

Investment Award
Winner: Medaphor’s flotation on AIM
Medaphor raised £4.7m by floating on AIM, London’s junior market. Its success was driven by work with Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales.
Shortlisted: Asalus funding for Ultravision product; Marine Power Systems £1m funding

Economic Impact Award
Winner: Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Zero 2 Five Food Industry Centre
Cardiff Met’s centre and the Food Technology Centre at Coleg Menai helped to boost sales of Welsh produce by £56m. “A great set of impacts,” said one judge.

Partnership Award
Winner: SPTS Technologies with Swansea University
SPTS makes equipment for the semiconductor industry. Partnership with Swansea University helped prove the concept of using its equipment for biomedical applications.

College of the Year
Winner: Coleg Sir Gar
Coleg Sir Gar engaged with 800 companies in the year to July 2014. Judges praised it for its “active and innovative” approach.

University of the Year
Winner: Swansea University
Swansea University’s £450m Bay Campus, under construction now, shows how this institution is prepared to develop and work with industry. One judge highlighted its “vibrancy”.

For a full list of shortlisted institutions and businesses visit the Insider website.