11 Jul 2013
NanoFlex has won the top prize at this year's Merseyside Innovation Awards, beating fellow finalists CNC Robotics and Big Heritage. The company will now receive £10,000 in cash and £4,000 worth of legal, business, PR, accounting or design consultancy.
The 18th Merseyside Innovation Awards took place this lunchtime at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool. The awards were open to individuals or companies with fewer than 50 employees and were set up to recognise and reward the use of innovation to boost growth and profitability.
Brian McCann, a partner with MIA sponsor Vanguard, said: "This year we had a large and very diverse range of entries, including innovations in the digital, biotechnology, engineering and the not for profit sectors.
"It was not easy to select the finalists out of more than 30 innovations but the sponsor group believes that we had a very strong and varied group of finalists this year. The judging panel were set a real challenge when picking our winner for 2013."
Liverpool-based CNC Robotics was founded in 2011 by Jason Barker who had previously worked as a set designer for pop stars such as Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé Knowles.
His company has developed software which enables industrial robots to be used in a host of new ways and applications including building 18-inch replicas of London landmarks out of chocolate to display in Hyde Park during the Olympics.
Bromborough-based Big Heritage uses Merseyside's rich history to engage private sector companies with modern day issues by highlighting how problems were solved in the past.
Founder Dean Paton said he was planning to expand the business across the UK using a franchise model.
NanoFlex is headquartered on Sci-Tech Daresbury and manufactures high performance electrodes for electrochemical research.
Electrochemistry affects all aspects of life and NanoFlex is the first company to introduce a commercial nanoelectrode through the CAVIty ARray Electrode (CAVIARE) system with all CAVIARE products designed to be used with standard electrochemical equipment.