University of Warwick-based NanoSyrinx wins award for “Best Innovation”


NanoSyrinx, the discovery-stage biotechnology company based at the University of Warwick’s Medical School, has been recognised by winning the award for Best Innovation at the ICURe Celebration & Showcase event, held in London.

The Midlands ICURe Showcase event offers a gateway to innovators who are bringing ground-breaking ideas to fruition and into the market.

The award panel, comprised of innovators and early-stage investors, recognised the groundbreaking nature of the company’s technology and commented on its potential to have a significant impact on the biologic therapeutics market by creating a whole new class of targeted medicines.

Joe Healey, NanoSyrinx’s CEO, said: “We are delighted that NanoSyrinx has been recognised with this award. It shows how far the company has progressed, since completing the ICURe programme in 2018.  ICURe gave us a head-start in terms of validating the market demand for our technology and also brought us together for the first time as a founding team. The experience has stood us in good stead for where we are today, and I’d recommend that anyone given the opportunity to take part, does so.”

Last July NanoSyrinx announced an oversubscribed £6.2M Seed+ funding round to develop its novel biologic delivery platform.

The ICURe award was presented by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and former Managing Director of John Lewis, alongside Dr Laura Lane, Principal at venture capital company Advent Life Sciences and Professor Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick.

ICURe, which stands for Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research, is a 3-6 month customer discovery and business planning accelerator designed using lean start-up methodology and funded by Innovate UK.

The programme trains, funds and supports teams led by university early-career researchers (ECRs) to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, science or technology.

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