Innovation newsletter - issue 15 – July 2016

Innovation news

Issue 15, July 2016

women in engineering

Minister applauds women in engineering

The Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James has met role models for young women looking to pursue a career in civil engineering.

To mark National Women in Engineering Day, the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Cymru organised an event to encourage more women into engineering.

Seeking to address the gender imbalance in this field, the event consisted of a series of three short presentations by female civil engineers showcasing their work.

Ahead of the event, held in Cardiff University, Skills and Science Minister Julie James, along with the Welsh Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor Julie Williams, met with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors and talked to students about their options.  Read more.  

A leading engineer at Cardiff University has also been named in the inaugural list of the UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering.

Professor Karen Holford, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University, and was previously Head of the School of Engineering. Read more

Economy Secretary

Economy Secretary sets out initial priorities

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates has set out his key priorities.

Speaking at the CBI North Wales Annual Dinner, he said one of his first tasks will be talking to business and key partners about their views on developing a new economic strategy for Wales.  And he would be calling on the business community to work closely with him.

The Minister said: “It is an enormous privilege to have been appointed Economy and Infrastructure Secretary and I am excited and enthused by the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

Byerley Technologies

Cwmbran firm’s equine invention proves it's got good legs in global markets

An equine device developed by a Welsh technology company with support from the Welsh Government is attracting global attention from race horse owners and trainers as it can accurately detect any strain or muscle damage in horses’ legs.

Cwmbran-based Byerley Technologies only launched Tendon Manager in late 2015 and it has already had enquiries from Dubai, Australia and Germany. The technology ensures that horses are in prime condition to compete and also aids rehabilitation when recovering from an injury.

The development of Tendon Manager benefited from Innovation support from the Welsh Government backed by EU funding.  Read more.

Economy Secretary Royal Mint

Economy Secretary celebrates excellent job figures

Over 40,000 jobs were supported by the Welsh Government in 2015/16, Economy Cabinet Secretary, Ken Skates, has announced at a visit to the Royal Mint.

The latest figures show the Welsh Government supported 5.3% more jobs in 2015/16 than it did in 2014/15, and that in the last Assembly Term (2011 to 2016), it supported nearly 150,000 jobs in total. Read more.

United Aerospace

United Aerospace wins prestigious award with Welsh Government Innovation support

SMARTCymru funding has helped United Aerospace (spin off Rebel.Aero Ltd) to develop an innovative seat for short haul aircraft and win the prestigious and international Crystal Cabin Award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation.

Find out how innovation funding can help your business


Cellpath cancer diagnosis products development

CellPath manufactures consumable products used in cellular pathology for the diagnosis of cancer and following funding from Welsh Government has developed new products, grown its staff and increased its turnover.

Dr Neil Haine, R&D Manager at CellPath said: “CellPath Ltd are very grateful for the innovation support provided by Welsh Government, as this has provided the company with the capability to develop and commercialise several new products, which offer significant improvements in cancer diagnosis.”  Read more.

Concrete Canvass

Concrete Canvas wins major LNG contract in Australia

Welsh Government supported Concrete Canvas has won a major contract worth more than US$1M to supply over 32,000sqm of Concrete Canvas® GCCM (CC) for erosion control into one of Australia’s largest resource projects: the Wheatstone LNG plant in Western Australia.

Find out more and learn how the company used Welsh Government innovation support and funding to develop their product and make their business more competitive.

Queen's Award

Queen's Awards for Enterprise winners announced

The Welsh Government Innovation team has supported three out of the four Welsh winners at the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

In the Innovation category Direct Healthcare Ltd and Lumishore Ltd were successful and Kent Periscopes Ltd won the International Trade category. 

These Awards are given to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Find out more.

Advances Wales 79

Advances Wales - issue 79 out now

Scientists, engineers and manufacturers in Wales are responding to our fast-evolving world with cutting edge research and innovative new technologies. This edition includes a range of digital developments and research and development of renewable technologies that both respond to and continue to disrupt the scientific and technological landscape.

Wales’ scientists are working on world-leading experiments to challenge existing physics theories, and teaching humanoid robots to learn and adapt in the way a human child would.  Read the latest edition.

Best in Innovation Wales

Wales is a nation of exceptional people - and now is your chance to nominate them for a St David Award - the highest accolades given by Welsh Government to outstanding individuals and teams deserving national recognition. We are especially keen that your biggest success stories are in the running for the Innovation, Science and Technology Award for 2017.

Don’t miss this opportunity to raise the profile of your organisation and industry. Nominate here  until 21 October 2016.

We want your views on M4 congestion solution

Businesses are being asked for their views as a solution to congestion on the M4 moves a step closer.

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates has announced an independent Public Local Inquiry into the M4 Corridor around Newport project.

The inquiry is set to commence in Newport this autumn.

We’d like to hear your views  - please visit our M4 website for more information.

Venturefest Wales – 28 September,  SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

Venturefest Wales brings together investors, entrepreneurs and innovators to encourage the sharing of knowledge, networks and ideas. This year’s event will be addressing the barriers that entrepreneurs and businesses face when trying to scale a business. Whether you’re having difficulty attaining access to funding, getting to grips with recruitment, or just want to learn how to develop the right marketing strategy or manage uncontrolled growth; Venturefest Wales will be tackling your barriers to business head on.  Find out more.

Summer of Innovation – Celebrating ideas and partnerships that shape our future

Running from June to October 2016, Summer of Innovation will showcase the best of Cardiff University’s innovation work. Find out more.

CoInnovate 2016 – 11 & 12 October, Mecure Holland House, Cardiff

CoInnovate will bring the world’s leading innovators together in the spirit of collaboration.

Building on the success of last year’s event, CoInnovate 2016 challenges will be focused on Aerospace & Defence, Life Science & Medical Diagnostics and Power, Energy & Transport.

Find out more and register.

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