The Big Idea competition

Driven by ideas from both MDS and LES, our Big Idea Competition has gone from strength to strength since the challenge was first established in 2006, to encourage the translation of research into healthcare benefits or downstream tools for other investigators.

In the finale of the competition for 2012, over 65 people came along to see four shortlisted contestants - Dr Peter Balfe, Dr Yanina Sevastsyanovich, Dr Oliver Goodyear and Dr Peter Noy - pitching their ideas to a dragon’s den of experts and speakers including Dr Chris Hand (CEO of Abingdon Health), Dr Rupert Osborn (co-founder and CEO of IP Pragmatics) and Dr Terry O’Neill (TWI Industry Sector Manager).


Prizes were presented by Professor Alice Roberts, and all the finalists will be working with Alta Innovations (the technology transfer company of the University) to transform the most promising proposals for commercialisation into a reality. This year, the audience and dragons agreed and awarded both the Hotel Chocolat audience prize and first prize of £1,500 to Oliver Goodyear, made possible thanks to the generosity of University of Birmingham alumni, supporters and friends to the Circles of Influence campaign.

Congratulations to him, and well done again to all of the finalists!

Posted on Thursday 15th November 2012