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Our February Ignition Awardee is…

Dr Daniel White, Senior Scientific Officer from Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

Congratulations to Dr Daniel White, winner of a £2,000 Ignition Award through the UMIP Innovation Optimiser; an initiative that empowers innovators across the University campus. Daniel’s idea aims to ultimately make the lives of researchers easier by providing commercially managed on-site ultra-low temperature sample storage.

Daniel commented: “I have first-hand experience as a scientific researcher of the hassle of storing biomedical samples on-site. I believe my idea has the potential to free up valuable time and financial resources of University staff, allowing them to focus on what’s important – research and teaching.

“The support available through the Innovation Optimiser, including both the Ignition Award and the Roadmap programme, will be a great help in driving my enterprise forward. Using my knowledge and enthusiasm I am determined to make a success of it.”

Daniel will be spending the next few months developing new relationships with stakeholders as well as gathering market research data from potential future users.

If you’re a researcher who stores samples at -80 degrees and below, please take just 5 minutes to help Daniel drive his venture forward by completing this short survey via Survey Monkey.

The Innovation Optimiser Ignition Award of up to £2,000 is available every month* until the end of July 2019 for staff and early career researchers at The University of Manchester with innovative ideas.

Do you have a solution to a commercial, societal, or environmental problem? Then you could be our March Ignition Award winner. Apply now to get your idea off the ground by emailing ignitionawards@umip.com

To find out more about the monthly Ignition Awards and about the support available through the Innovation Optimiser, please register today for this free event, ‘Ignite Your Idea’ taking place on Wednesday 27th March over at The Milk & Honey Café, 1pm-2.30pm.

*Subject to availability