Dragon's Den Event Recap
We had our first in-person ‘Dragons Den’ Style event on the 17th of June 2022 kindly hosted by UCL Partners. Thank you to all who came and watched the five teams pitch their exciting ideas.
With two pots of £5000 prizes for the two winning teams to kick-start their projects, here are a reminder of the shortlisted teams who presented:
- Pitch 1: “Facilitating Adoption of Magnetic Hyperthermia Cancer Treatment using Iron Oxide Nanoflowers” – Nguyen TK Thanh & Mary McCormack
- Pitch 2: “A sustainable and frugal approach to manufacturing natural bionanocomposite materials with silver nanoparticles: focus on tissue engineering applications” – Alvena Kureshi, Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam & Federico Trotta
- Pitch 3: “LymphMotion - Development of a wearable MedTech device to manage lymphoedema” – Katherine Wang
- Pitch 4: “Intravascular thrombus imaging and characterisation in venous thromboembolism” – Adrien Desjardins, Chung Sim Lim & Richard Caulfield
- Pitch 5: “Development of a desiccated human cell: implications for cell therapy and long-term storage” – David Chau, Mei Huang & Victoria Hutter
Along with the monetary prize, the two winning teams are also provided with
- 1:1 meeting/consultancy with UCL TRO to discuss specific training that will enable the smooth translation of research (e.g., IP, translational grant writing, conflict of interest)
- Receive specified training from UCL TRO
- Market access training from UCL Partners to support translational gap.
All five teams presented an excellent proposal and the judging panel had a very difficult decision to make, but finally our winners were:
- Alvena Kureshi, Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam & Federico Trotta- for their project A sustainable and frugal approach to manufacturing natural bionanocomposite materials with silver nanoparticles”.
- Katherine Wang & Carla Zanichelli – for her project “LymphMotion - Development of a wearable MedTech device to manage lymphoedema”.
Congratulations to the two winning teams, and we are looking forward to seeing how your project progresses! Many thanks to the Dragons who judged the proposal. Our dragons were Jennifer Furman (UCL TRO), Elias Zapantis (UCL Partners), Roby Rakhit (Clinician), and Weng Sie Wong (UCLB).
This event was supported by UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Translational Research Office (TRO), UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) and UCL Partners.