Innovation Newsletter - Issue 27

January 2019



Lextox receive Welsh Government SMART Productivity support

Cardiff-based drug, alcohol and DNA testing firm has seen an increase in output since implementing key changes recommended by the SMART Productivity scheme.

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) benefit from SBRI

Support from Welsh Government allowed NRW to find a novel solution to pollution in the watercourse through a challenge led competition called Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

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Innovation support for Mon Naturals

A SMART partnership with Bangor University and the Welsh Government  helped business start up Mon Naturals to launch a new traditional balm.

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Advances Wales Issue 87

The latest Advances highlights new research that could save the northern white rhino from extinction and a digital tool to identify false police statements.

The edition also features research into the impact of reduced gravity in space on human health.

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Launch of the Water Test Network (WTN)

The project will establish a transnational network of testing facilities for SMEs in North-West Europe to test, demonstrate and develop new products for the water sector. The Network will issue Innovation Challenges and end users will have the opportunity to submit existing water problems for innovative SMEs to solve.

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New Centre to boost health innovation within Wales

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Centre of Excellence is being hosted by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and funded by the Welsh Government. The Centre aims to work collaboratively to improve health and wellbeing to benefit all within Wales. Find out more

Can you solve industry led challenges?

Expertise Wales promote challenges and collaborative opportunities from industry and academia on their website, new opportunities are added on a regular basis.

Current challenges include:

  • Developing ways to re-use, stabilise or recover metals from by-products treatment of contaminated mine water.
  • Initiatives that help to change the current consumer perception of the use of steel cans to package food.
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Innovate UK - Analysis for Innovators R&D Competition Briefing Event

5 February 2019 - Treforest (QED Centre)

Innovate UK's "Analysis for Innovators" Competition addresses competitiveness and productivity. This could be an issue of precision or accuracy of measurement (e.g. on a production line) that has not been solved using standard available technologies and techniques.

Register here for the briefing event to find out more



Welsh government is committed to delivering more and better jobs for Wales, through a stronger, fairer economy. We will improve and reform our public services and eliminate inconsistent delivery. By working together for Wales, we will secure opportunity for all, and build a united, connected and sustainable country.

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