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SMART Scotland funding

26/01/2006

The development of an innovative rapid screening system for hospital acquired infection (HAI) is one of 15 new research projects to share in £750,000 Executive funding announced today.

Enterprise Minister Nicol Stephen today revealed the latest group of companies to receive grants under the SMART:SCOTLAND scheme designed to help small businesses develop new cutting-edge products and processes with the potential to benefit Scotland's economy.

Other developments include:

  • Dundee University spin-out company Star-Dundee is developing a new radiation-tolerant chip for spacecraft onboard communication systems. This is expected to have far-reaching potential for the international aerospace industry
  • Shaw Water Engineering Ltd, based in Fife, will use their SMART award to develop new on-line technology for detecting the cryptosporidium parasite in water supplies

Mr Stephen said:

"Harnessing innovation and discovery for the benefit of society is a key element of driving Scotland's future economic success.

"To gain a real advantage in the international marketplace, our businesses need to keep asking themselves how they can be more innovative, more creative and more competitive.

"This is where our SMART:SCOTLAND support scheme is crucial, giving dynamic small businesses the financial kick-start they need to turn their ideas into market-leading products.

"The innovative project to detect hospital acquired infections will deal with a global problem. The technology has potentially huge benefits for both patients and staff in Scotland and beyond.

"This exciting project is one of almost 400 across Scotland to benefit from #14.7 million SMART funding since 1999."

SMART:SCOTLAND 2005 ROUND 3 WINNERS:

1. Cereproc Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL SPEECH TECHNOLOGY

Cereproc Ltd will use the SMART Award to assess the feasibility of developing innovative speech technology in various new markets. The new technology will enable faster and more cost-effective development of speech technology applications in domain-specific environments.

Contact: Mr Nick Wright
Telephone: 0131 651 3157
Email: nick.wright@cereproc.com

2. Conversatec Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNING SOFTWARE

Conversatec will use their SMART Award to assess the feasibility of a software system for the development of a system for the diagnosis of learner-difficulties within a system for teaching conversational foreign language skills within a virtual reality environment. The system is being developed based on underlying technology resulting from Proof of Concept funding and will be used as an adjunct to classroom-based teaching and traditional course material, allowing learners to develop their conversational skills without the need for a one-to-one session with a teacher.

Contact: Mr Simon Hardy
Telephone: 0141 338 6953
Email: simon@hardy.com

3. Design LED Products Ltd, Glasgow

DEVELOPMENT OF AN ULTRA-THIN LIGHT EMITTING DIODE PACKAGE

Design LED Products Ltd will use their SMART Award to assess the feasibility of developing a unique thin LED packaging solution for use in electronic display and lighting applications. This novel technology will target a specific market in providing very thin and flexible "illuminated sheet" products, which would be of lower cost and more reliable.

Contact: James Gourlay
Telephone: 0141 585 6470
Email: James.Gourlay@designledprodiucts.com

4. Ingenza Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF "AMORA" BIOPROCESS PLATFORM

Ingenza Ltd will use the SMART Award to develop "AMORA" a unique biocatalytic platform technology to prepare pure chemical compounds known as amines and amino acids, for the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and fine chemical industries worldwide. The AMORA bioprocess is of high industrial value and will be highly economical and more general and environmentally cleaner than conventional methods.

Contact: Dr Ian Fotheringham
Telephone: 0131 650 7747
Email: ian.fotheringham@ingenza.com
Website: www.ingenza.com

5. Intellevation Ltd, Glasgow

DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL MONITORING SYSTEM

Intellevation Ltd will use their SMART Award to assess the feasibility of a novel integrated sensor technology for applications in in-situ film thickness monitoring for the precision optical coating industry. This novel technology will offer the promise of significant size, cost, functionality and performance benefits resulting in higher yield, higher performance products across the optics, optoelectronics, telecommunications, defence and consumer products sectors.

Contact: Simon Hicks
Telephone: 0141 882 0058
Email: simon.hicks@intellevation.co.uk

6. LUX Biotechnology Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF FLUORESCENT CALIBRATION DEVICES

LUX Biotechnology Ltd will use their SMART Award to investigate the feasibility of developing fluorescent calibration devices. This novel technology aims to offer improved functionality over existing calibration methods and will provide unique fluorescent reference standards for a variety of laboratory instruments including microscopes, imagers and plate readers.

Contact: Dr Patrick Hickey
Telephone: 0131 662 3350
Email: ph@luxbiotech.com
Website: http://www.luxbiotech.com

7. Oligon Ltd, Livingston

DEVELOPMENT OF A CMOS INTEGRATED CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER PROCESS

Oligon Ltd will use their SMART Award to validate the design and method of fabrication of a low temperature complementary metal-oxide semi-conductor (CMOS) compatible process for the formation of capacitive micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) transducers. This novel technology proposes to increase functionality and decrease cost, power consumption and size and will initially be applied for use within audio integrated circuits.

Contact: Dr Richard Laming
Telephone: 01506 402479
Email: richard.laming@oligon.com
Website: www.oligon.com

8. Point-2-Point Genomics Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF A SHEEP GENOTYPING SYSTEM

Point-2-Point Genomics Ltd will use their SMART Award to optimise their own patented genetic tool at one specific gene. The gene chosen is believed to be involved in a sheep's susceptibility to become infested by nematode worms. This novel technology aims to differentiate maternal and paternal chromosomes by analysing variations on single strands of DNA. The aim is to develop the defining DNA code leading to a new proprietary test for use in the selective breeding of sheep that will be worm-free. Today this is technically impossible. Worm infestation causes a loss in muscle mass of 20# and eradication of the trait would improve the UK annual sheep revenues by #100m.

Contact: Mr Ray Harrison
Telephone: 0131 229 8509
Email: rayharrison1@btconnect.com

9. Professional Scientific Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF AN ACOUSTIC FILTRATION DEVICE

Professional Scientific Ltd will use their SMART Award to investigate the feasibility of developing a filtration device for use in the removal of contaminates from waste water. This novel technology will initially target the waste water treatment requirements of the dairy industry and promises to offer a less expensive solution to currently adopted methods.

Contact: Dr John Cosgrove
Telephone: 07815 723930
Email: john.cosgrove@blueyonder.co.uk

10. Professor W E Smith, Glasgow

SCREEN FOR NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIONS

The SMART Award will enable a new company to be formed to assess the feasibility of developing a highly sensitive, selective and rapid method for detection of harmful bacteria associated with hospital acquired infections. The technology, based upon a unique light scattering approach, will offer the potential to meet the present need for reliable and rapid screening methods for the agents responsible for these problematic medical conditions.

Contact: Dr Alexis Enright
Telephone: 0141 548 2096
Email: alexis.enright@strath.ac.uk

11. Pufferfish Ltd, Edinburgh

PUFFER-IMMERSIVE MOBILE SPHERE "PIMS"

Pufferfish Ltd will use their SMART Award to test the feasibility of internalising a projection system into a fully immersive mobile display system that is not only robust, but is also quick and easy to setup and operate. The new technology will allow the creation of a full 360° panoramic view for the visualisation of 3D data sets and virtual reality models and will accommodate up to five individuals. This will allow on-site collaborative visualisation of spaces which are either physically inaccessible or in the pre-realisation stage of development. The technology will initially target the Oil & Gas and Construction industries.

Contact: Mr Will Cavendish
Telephone: 0790 99 22 567
Email: willcavendish@btinternet.com

12. Shaw Water Engineering Ltd, Dalgety Bay

DEVELOPMENT OF AN AUTOMATED PROCESS FOR CRYPTOSPORIDIUM DETECTION

Shaw Water Engineering Ltd will use their SMART Award to develop an on-line automated process for the detection of Cryptosporidium. This novel technology promises to offer a quicker and more efficient monitoring system for the detection of Cryptosporidium in water supplies and will be initially targeted at Water Authorities.

Contact: Gary Shaw
Telephone: 01383 820 595
Email: shawwater@aol.com

13. STAR-Dundee Ltd, Dundee

SPACEWIRE CHAMELEON

The aim of this 12 month project is to develop a system for linking together small electronic sub-systems into readily customisable evaluation, development and test equipment for a new generation of radiation tolerant chips for use in a spacecraft onboard communications network (SpaceWire). The early availability of this novel technology will place STAR-Dundee Ltd in a leading position to supply the international aerospace industry with the development and test equipment required for SpaceWire applications.

Contact: Dr Steve Parkes
Telephone: 01382 345194
Email: sparkes@computing.dundee.ac.uk
Website: www.star-dundee.com

14. Textensor Ltd, Edinburgh

AUTHORING STRUCTURED CONTENT FROM TEXT

Textensor Ltd will use their SMART Award to assess the feasibility of implementing new approaches to adding machine readable structure to text. The enhanced content will be used to build extensive indexes that open up new automated processing opportunities providing fast and reliable access to information.

Contact: Dr Fred Howell
Telephone: 0131 3323846
Email: fred@textensor.com
Website: www.textensor.com

15. Timberpost Ltd, Edinburgh

DEVELOPMENT OF "TRAITS"

The project is concerned with the development of "TRAITS" - a unique process to develop two software components, based on new biologically inspired ideas for a novel highly-automated long/short equity fund management system. This new technology has the potential to make equity fund management systems more responsive to significant market changes.

Contact: Dr Peter Ross
Telephone: 0131 446 9210
Email: peter.ross@timberpost.com