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Cardiff Medicentre tenants win MediWales awards

Cardiff Medicentre's medtech startups MedaPhor and Smile-on were both recognised at the recent MediWales Annual Innovation Awards.

MedaPhor, a Fusion IP portfolio company, won the Industry Innovation Award for developing their ScanTrainer simulator.

Smile-on's collaboration with the Psychiatry Department at the University Hospital of Wales was recognised through the NHS Partnership with Industry Award. Smile-on is a WestBridge Capital portfolio company.

MediWales Innovation Awards Winners 2010.


Dr Mark Bowman, Director of Innovation at Cardiff Medicentre said “These awards recognise the excellence of Welsh companies operating in the biotech and medtech sectors. To have two Cardiff Medicentre tenants recognised this year was very pleasing indeed."

He added "I look forward to further recognition of our tenants over the coming years."

For all Cardiff Medicentre media enquiries, please contact:

Carina Phillips
T: 07815 058283

Notes to editors

About Cardiff Medicentre

Cardiff Medicentre is a dedicated incubator for biotech and medtech startups. The facility is set in the grounds of the University of Wales Hospital and is a neighbour to Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Established in 1992, Cardiff Medicentre is a joint venture between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. It was the first incubator of its kind in the UK and now provides 32 units of high quality office and lab space accommodation ranging from 284 sq ft to 1,045 sq ft. Low-cost desk leasing facilities are also available to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the Cardiff Medicentre community while writing business plans and raising finance.

Tenants at Cardiff Medicentre benefit from specialist support in establishing and growing their businesses. Their aim, and the aim of the Cardiff Medicentre management team, is graduation – the process of tenant businesses outgrowing the incubation facilities and moving into their own follow-on space, or being acquired.

Examples of successful graduate companies

  • Q Chip Ltd (completed $6 million venture capital investment round in 2011)
  • Cardiff Bioanalytical Services Ltd (acquired by LGC Ltd in 2010)
  • Cardiff Research Consortium (acquired by Capita Group plc for £11.6 million in 2009)
  • BioDynamics Research Ltd (acquired by Quotient BioResearch Ltd in 2008)
  • TrichoTech Ltd (acquired by Concateno plc for £11.25 million in 2007)
  • OnExamination Ltd (acquired by BMJ Group in 2007)

Published on Fri, 10th Dec 2010

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