Finalists for Advanced Oxford Breakthrough Technology Award 2019 announced

A leader in solar technology, a manufacturer of advanced biomaterials for tissue regeneration, a biotech company specialising in control of disease-bearing mosquitoes and a developer of smart glasses for the visually impaired have all been shortlisted for the Advanced Oxford Breakthrough Technology Award 2019 – one of five categories in this year’s Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards.

The Awards recognise and celebrate the breadth of innovative companies and individual entrepreneurs working in the science and technology industry in the Oxford region today. They acknowledge the entrepreneurs and start-ups who are just starting out on their journey to success and commendestablished knowledge-intensive businesses that have made a positive impact on the regional economy. The Enterprise Awards have been running since 2005 and have previously showcased future high-growth companies such as Oxbotica, Immunocore, and Adaptix. Last year’s winner of the Advanced Oxford Award was Oxford Nanopore.

The Advanced Oxford Breakthrough Technology Award highlights a product or technology that could be a gamechanger in its field. Advanced Oxford members nominated businesses for the award, voted for the shortlist and the eventual winner. As leaders of key local science and tech companies, Advanced Oxford members understand what make an idea or technology successful.

The companies shortlisted for the Advanced Oxford Breakthrough Technology Award are:

Electrospinning Company
The Electrospinning Company designs, develops and manufactures advanced biomaterials for use in implantable tissue-regenerative devices.

Oxford Photovoltaics
Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) is the pioneer and technology leader in the field of perovskite solar cells. Their perovskite-on-silicon solar cells will generate more power, critical for delivering more affordable clean energy, accelerating the adoption rate of solar and addressing climate change.

Oxitec Ltd is a UK-based biotechnology company pioneering the use of genetic engineering to control insect pests that spread disease and damage crops.

Developed with direct help from those living with visual impairment, Oxsight’s smart glasses bring back a vibrant visual world to improve people’s day-to-day lives.

Sarah Haywood, MD of Advanced Oxford said: “Our region has some of the world’s leading Knowledge Intensive businesses and it’s exciting to see such a strong shortlist of companies and technologies selected for the Advanced Oxford Award.”

Advanced Oxford is the united voice of senior leaders from major knowledge-intensive businesses in the Oxford region. It is research-led and works to support and inform key stakeholders involved in the development of the local innovation ecosystem, infrastructure and policy. For more information, see here.