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Our March Ignition Award winners are…

Dr Jean-Marc Schwartz and Petronela Buiga

We are delighted to be awarding Dr Jean-Marc Schwartz and Petronela Buiga from the School of Biological Sciences a £2,000 Ignition Award; an initiative to empower campus-based innovators in a risk-free environment.

Jean-Marc and Petronela have been working on data intensive techniques within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health to support researchers with their data analysis. Since recognising the impact their service has on accelerating discoveries in Biology and Medicine, they are keen to branch this out nationally at first, with a vision to go global.

Jean-Marc commented: “We’ve been delivering our analytical services in FBMH for a while now and recently recognised the potential it could have to support not just researchers at The University of Manchester, but also for external research groups. Our specialised analytical services help users exploit their data to a higher level and provides new information to researchers, helping them to accelerate their discoveries.”

Petronela added: “Between us, we have over 25 years of experience in Bioinformatics, and with our professionalism and expertise we’re motivated to scale what we do to ultimately be a leading bioinformatics analysis service. With the support we’re receiving through the Innovation Optimiser Roadmap programme combined with this Ignition Award, we’re both really excited to drive our enterprise forward, and are grateful for the opportunity.”

Jean-Marc and Petronela will use their Ignition Award to attend conferences and events around the UK and US to speak with potential users to clarify the needs, which will help them shape their business model.

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† (ECRs) 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 April Ignition Award winner. Apply now to get your idea off the ground by emailing ignitionawards@umip.com

For more information, please visit the FAQs section of our website.

Closing date for this month’s award is Thursday 25th April 2019.

*Subject to availability.
† UK Research Council definition of ECR: an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions. The award of PhD is defined at the point of successful PhD viva.

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