The University of Hull’s pioneering ‘Lab on a Chip’ research has been recognised at the inaugural Hull and East Yorkshire Digital Awards.
Lab on a Chip won the award for Best Emerging Technology at the ceremony at the new C4Di headquarters on 22nd October.
Lab on a Chip is an innovative technology that enables scientists to build their ‘labs’ on chips – shrinking a whole laboratory, and all basic functions carrier out there, to chip size.
The research has led to significant developments in the fields of chemistry and biology, having been an international leader in the field for over 20 years.
Best Emergency Technology award, winner Lab-on-a-Chip.
Pictured, from left, Amy Dawson, Rory Cellan-Jones, presenting the award James Greenwood digital director Strawberry and John Greenman
Picture: Jerome Ellerby
Lab on a Chip has a range of applications, which includes producing individualised treatment plans for patients with cancer, heart or lung disease by studying living tissues on the chip.
It is also being developed to test for pathogens in water in resource-poor countries where water monitoring facilities are scarce.
The multidisciplinary research is carried out by academic staff from the areas of chemistry, engineering, physics, biology and medicine.
Professor John Greenman, a researcher in the Lab on a Chip group and Head of the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences said, “It’s fantastic that the pioneering work of many spread across the Faculty of Science and Engineering was recognised.”
“Understanding how biological processes work is the start of us being able to design new ways of treating disease, as well as enabling us to use existing drugs in a smarter way.”
The University had a strong presence in the awards with six shortlisted entries in total.
These included Adam Boyne, a Computer Science graduate who helped found video game firm BetaJester, who was shortlisted in the Young Digital Person of the Year Award.
Seed Software, based in the Department of Computer Science, which develops high-end software for UK fire services, was shortlisted in the Best Digital innovation category.
Computer Science graduates were also shortlisted for their software firm Arc Studio, which has expanded 50 per cent since launching a year ago, being shortlisted in the Best Digital Start-up category.
Lab-on-a-chip was also shortlisted in the Best Hardware category.