IWCI Entrepreneur one of MIT’s Innovators Under 35

Henrik Hagemann has been featured in MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 Europe list for his work on CustoMem.

The Imperial alumnus founded CustoMem in 2015 to develop new solutions in wastewater treatment. The startup’s lead product, CustoMem Granular Media, combines biological and selective material which can be customised for different contaminants. In tests, CGM has been ten times more efficient in filtering out Polyfluoroalkyl—an industrial pollutant—at lower costs when compared to existing solutions.

Hagemman and the rest of the CustoMem team joined the Incubator through their participation in the Venture Catalyst Challenge, later staying on to continue developing the business and product. Earlier this year, the company was awarded a €1.4 million grant in the EU’s highly competitive Horizon 2020 SME Instrument scheme. This allowed CustoMem to increase its operations and move from the IWCI’s shared lab space to its own facilities.

IWCI hosts Startup Bootcamp

On 14th September, the Imperial White City hosted Startup Bootcamp, an accelerator programme that supports early-stage tech companies in growing and developing their emerging technologies and innovations. Each programme focuses on an industry and gives the opportunity for an unparalleled level of support from industry professionals.

This edition was led by Trevor Townsend, CEO at Startup Bootcamp Australia and focused on smart energy with 10 participating companies split into two sessions. The format of the programme allowed the companies to give 5-minute pitch presentations on their most up-to-date development followed by a roundtable discussion.

Trevor Townsend stated that “It was great to partner with the Imperial White City Incubator for our FastTrack event in London. The standard of the startups that we met with was exceptional and certainly relevant to our clean energy theme. The FastTrack event is all about helping the startups shape their business, we were fortunate to have some great mentors along on the day, including Graham Hewson and Anca Mandruleanu from the White City Incubator.  We look forward to building the relationship with the Imperial White City Incubator as part of a global network on entrepreneurship and innovation.”

The participating companies were:

  • Advizzo: customer engagement software for water, electricity and gas utility

  • Parking Energy: scalable and affordable EV Infrastructure car charging for the real estate sector and parking operators

  • Smart Green Charge: clean electric infrastructure integrated on motorways

  • LighFi: Wi-Fi motion sensors to safe electricity

  • SciBreak: supergrip enabling solutions

  • Go to U: quick and easy access to a reliable charging network for every EV driver

  • Bookmycharge: peer-to-peer website which brings together those people with EVs of all types looking for a charging point

  • Utilidex: simple, clever technology to inspire smarter, more efficient, more transparent ways of working in energy and finance

RebelBio launches new cohort hosted at the IWCI

RebelBio has brought together seven new companies for its Cohort VI, the second to be hosted at the Imperial White City Incubator.

Following the successful collaboration between RebelBio and the IWCI which began in January this year, the world's first life sciences accelerator has decided to bring in a second group of companies to Imperial's Translation & Innovation Hub.

The companies in Cohort VI are working on a wide range of issues, from sustainability in the food sector to artificial intelligence & machine learning, through neurodegenerative disease and the microbiome. The founders, a mix of students, academics, doctors, and entrepreneurs, will undergo RebelBio's three-month-long training programme, while also being able to access support provided by the IWCI's experienced team.


The companies of RebelBio's Cohort VI

Biomathematica - developing digital microbes (computer simulations of the human gut microbiome) to support personalised medicine. 

OmProbiotics - using probiotics for a new path to sinus health.

Because Animals - a novel, environmentally-firendly approach to pet food.

Machine Medicine - video capture, storage and analysis for better diagnostics.

Cellari - applying AI to complex bioimaging tasks.

MicroSpray Technologies - developing a spray-manufacturing system able to fine tune particle size.

DropGenie - democatrising gene editing with microfluidics.

 The Cohort VI CEOs sit with  RebelBio’s Bill Liao

The Cohort VI CEOs sit with  RebelBio’s Bill Liao

Incubator client SIME Dx Announces New Design for Lung Maturity Diagnostic Device

Imperial White City Incubator client, SIME Dx, a digital molecular medicine company focused on the development and commercialisation of point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, today announced a new device design that fully automates the company's novel neonatal Lung Maturity Test (LMT). LMT, the first application on the patented Digital Molecular Diagnostics (DMDx) platform, has been clinically proven to predict Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) with high accuracy. RDS is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in premature babies, and can only be prevented with early diagnosis and targeted treatment.

LMT addresses this urgent unmet clinical need in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where speed is critical and rapid screening has the potential to change the standard of care. To achieve real-time, lab-quality diagnostic results within minutes, SIME Dx developed an automated digital platform - DMDx. Powered by photonics and machine learning, DMDx measures multiple biomarkers simultaneously, in real-time, without the use of reagents or laboratory expertise. This transformative approach to diagnostics is ideal for POC and offers considerable advantages over central laboratory testing, such as fast and simple sample handling, early diagnosis and preventative care.

To develop the LMT device, SIME Dx partnered with Integrated Technologies Limited (ITL), an award winning and innovative medical device design house and manufacturing group based in England, the United States and China.

"Completion of the LMT device design is a major milestone for SIME Dx. For the first time we are able to demonstrate exactly how our technology translates into a viable point-of-care product." said Povl Verder, CEO of SIME Dx. "The focus is now on performance testing the device in a programme of clinical work in NICUs across Europe and China, as the company prepares for regulatory approval and early commercialisation."

This project was part funded by the EU Horizon2020 Phase II SME instrument, project number 666668.

About SIME Dx

SIME Dx is a digital molecular medicine company developing novel point-of-care diagnostics. Our reagent-free platform, DMDx, analyses a single fluid sample for multiple biomarkers in real-time. Delivering precise diagnostic results to clinicians in critical moments. Our technology converges photonics, machine learning and medical science to enable preventative medicine.

Developed by world-renowned scientists, the first DMDx application is a Lung Maturity Test (LMT) for premature infants used to help neonatologists diagnose Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) minutes after birth. SIME Dx is an EU Horizon2020 Phase II and Microsoft Ventures alumnus based in London (UK), Shanghai (China) and Holbaek (Denmark). Further information can be found at http://www.simedx.com .      

Contact:
SIME Dx
Povl Verder
CEO
media@simedx.com
+44(0)-20-7193-8041

Ooho! in trial with Just Eat

Skipping Rocks Lab, an Imperial spinout and Imperial White City Incubator company, has entered a trial with Just Eat, the online food ordering service, to trial the use of its Ooho! compostable packaging as condiment sachets in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic waste.

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The trial will last for six weeks, with the Ooho! sachets being used to distribute sauces from Just Eat's restaurant partner, The Fat Pizza, in Southend. The trial will test the feasibility of rolling out the seaweed sauce sachets more broadly across Jus Eat's network of 29,000 restaurants. Altogether, over 11 billion plastic condiment sachets are sold globally.

The sachets, which are filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, are made from an alginate based material. They are opened just like normal sachets and can be thrown into the home compost, or otherwise the normal bin, to fully decompose. The collaboration comes as part of Just Eat's package of measures to reduce excess plastics included in UK takeaway deliveries.

Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder, Skipping Rocks Lab, said:

“As an innovative sustainable packaging startup, we are passionate about pioneering the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed to create packaging with low environmental impact. 

“We’re thrilled to be working with Just Eat to trial the use of our novel sauce sachets. They are 100% plant based, naturally biodegradable and decompose within six weeks, making them a natural and sustainable alternative to single-use plastic packaging.”

Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said:

“At Just Eat, we’re committed to helping reduce the impact of the takeaway industry on plastic waste levels and we’ve already taken measures to drive more environmentally-friendly behaviour among our restaurant partners and customers. We’re delighted to now be taking our commitment a step further through our partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab. 

“The Ooho Sauce Sachets trial and the results from it, will form an important part of our ongoing work to develop innovative and credible alternatives to traditional single-use plastic packaging currently in use across the takeaway sector.”

Upcoming Imperial White City Incubator and Petit Miracles business event collaboration

The Imperial White City Incubator will be co-delivering two workshops with local charity Petit Miracles on Thursday 31st May 2018: Marketing and Social Media for Business and Face-to-Face Selling in a Digital World.

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Petit Miracles is a charitable social enterprise, teaching furniture restoration, interior design, and basic DIY to those needing help to get back into work. The organisation also has retail premises Petit Miracle Interiors in the West12 Shopping Centre. Petit Miracles also offers a Petit Miracle Hub within the same location, providing space for business incubation projects giving access to the retail market. Customers can expect a varied, one-of-a kind shopping experience where they can meet the designers, hear their stories and purchase bespoke designs and products.

The upcoming workshops will further support the Petit Miracle’s Hub programme Start Your Own Enterprise.

The Marketing and Social Media for Business workshop will focus on identifying and understanding new and existing customers as well as creating messages sustaining an interest in the business. Additionally, attendees will be given examples and guidance on selecting the right messages for social media and the role of different platforms as a marketing tool.

Face-to-Face Selling in a Digital World will demonstrate the ability to plan sales goals and objectives, understand the target audience, and identify customer behaviour. The event will also provide real life customer meeting scenarios to overcome objections leading to a successfully closed deal.

The events will be free for residents of Hammersmith and Fulham council, in line with the charity’s and Incubator’s goal to support local business ventures and giving them an opportunity to expand their knowledge.

You can find and register for these events on Eventbrite.