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Paula Mendes
Professor Paula Mendes

Paula Mendes, Professor of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in the School of Chemical Engineering, has won the Academic Award at the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2019.

Professor Mendes has been making significant and varied contributions to the development of advanced technologies to address current biotechnological and healthcare challenges. This includes innovative in-situ sensor technology to accelerate the safe, clinical efficacious and cost-effective translation of cell therapies into clinical practice. She is also pioneering technology that aims at detecting cancer at early stage and in a more accurate manner. With the support of Prostate Cancer UK, and she is developing a diagnostic assay to accurately determine how aggressive a prostate cancer is.

Speaking of the achievement Professor Mendes said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been recognised for my innovative contributions to the development of healthcare technologies.”

Professor Mendes faced a panel of seven independent judges who considered the interview, application and votes submitted for each shortlisted candidate. Paula was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony on Thursday 3 October.