Professor Eileen Ingham, academic founder of University spinout company Tissue Regenix, has received the top award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Academia and Research, sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). She was recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
Professor Ingham is the inventor of a novel tissue engineering technology for treatment of cardiovascular and muscular skeletal disease. Her leadership within the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University has established a world leading centre of excellence in medical engineering with over 100 academic researchers, and with current external grant income in excess of £50m.
The judging panel, which included Lord Willis of Knaresborough and Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors, was impressed by Professor Ingham's influence as an inspirational role model for future generations of women in SET.
She said: "I'm surprised and delighted to have been presented with this award. It's a privilege to be able to spend my working life in activities that I truly enjoy - and then be recognised for my work. During my career I have been supported by a number of entrepreneurial mentors and have worked with many outstanding scientists, engineers and clinicians. I hope that my work can be an inspiration to others too."
Professor Ingham and the six other winners have been captured in a series of creative and dramatic portraits which will be displayed in prominent locations across the UK including academic institutions and professional body headquarters.
Lord Willis, Chair of the judging panel, is delighted to be able to celebrate female excellence in SET. He said: "The range and quality of nominations this year was exceptional, demonstrating the breadth of women's contribution and impact across all areas of science, engineering and technology. I congratulate Professor Ingham as an exemplar in innovation and entrepreneurship."
Created and led by the UKRC, the Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards are now in their sixth year and recognise the diverse contributions of women as leaders, innovators and role models.
The UKRC is the UK's lead organisation for advancing women in SET. Annette Williams, Director of the UKRC said: "We received record entries this year and the nominations were hugely impressive. These women, and the growing collection of powerful portraits now being housed in our major institutions, play an important role in increasing the visibility of inspirational female role models in SET."
Neil Geddes, STFC Director and Diversity Champion, said: "It is the combination of innovation and entrepreneurship that gets a good idea out of the research lab and into the market place. STFC has had some notable success in doing this, and we're delighted to encourage others through our sponsorship of the 2011 UKRC Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards."
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Jennifer Tomlinson, Royal Society (Jan 2018), £512,801
Alex O'Neill and colleagues in Chemistry, BBSRC (Nov 2017), £431,865
Tom Bennett, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £523,679
Neil Ranson, Darren Tomlinson, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £494,318
Nikita Gamper, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £490,426
Amanda Bretman and colleagues from UEA, NERC (Oct 2017), £430,886
Juan Fontana, Rosetrees Trust consumables grant (Oct 2017), £22,500
Helen Miller, DSM Nutritional Products AG (Sep 2017), £69,988
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Jamie Johnston, Physiological Society (Sep 2017), £10,000
Frank Sobott, Adrian Goldman, Mark Harris, Andrew Macdonald, Stephen Muench, Sheena Radford and colleagues in FMH and MAPS, Wellcome Trust Equipment Call (Aug 2017), £415,000
Ralf Richter, David Brockwell, Eric Hewitt, Jessica Kwok, Emanuele Paci and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £600,000
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Stefan Kepinski, Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso, Tom Bennett, Michelle Peckham, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £331,000
Roman Tuma, Lars Jeuken, Paul Millner, Sheena Radford, Peter Stockley and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £222,000
Vas Ponnambalam, Darren Tomlinson, Stephen Wheatcroft, BHF (May 2017), £107,878
Graham Askew in collaboration with Bangor University, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £477,383
Stephen Muench, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £132,945
Nic Stonehouse, MRC (Mar 2017), £906,341
Bill Kunin, Steve Sait, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £602,831
Adrian Goldman, EU (Mar 2017), £546,576
Sheena Radford, Wellcome Trust (Mar 2017), £1,836,482
Tom Bennett, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Jamie Johnston, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Beatrice Filippi, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Ryan Seipke, BBSRC (Feb 2017), £52,116
Mary O'Connell, BBSRC (Feb 2017), £46,986
Hannah Dugdale, NERC (Feb 2017), £504,138
Anastasia Zhuravleva, EPSRC (Jan 2017), £100,792
Richard Bayliss, Cancer Research UK (Jan 2017), £1,600,000
John Barr, EU (Jan 2017), £339,000
Mark Harris, Royal Society (Jan 2017), £250,000
Alison Dunn, NERC (Jan 2017), £105,000
Alex Breeze, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (Jan 2017), £180,000
Alison Dunn, NERC (Dec 2016), £18,000
Lisa Collins, BBSRC (Dec 2016), £1,681,835
Brendan Davies, Leverhulme Trust (Dec 2016), £247,555
Alan Benson, Mark Drinkhill, Ed White, British Heart Foundaion (Dec 2016), £217,223
Adrian Goldman, Royal Society (Dec 2016), £82,999
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Katie Field, Rank Prize Funds (Nov 2016), £20,000
Jessica Kwok, Royal Society (Nov 2016), £14,948
John Ladbury, Cancer Research UK (Oct 2016), £4,250