Prof Chris Lowe has won the BBSRC Commercial Innovator 2011 award for his work on SMART HOLOGRAMS, a revolutionary intelligent optical sensor technology for a wide range of applications.
The Innovator of the Year awards recognise individual and institutional commitment to realising the social and economic potential of excellent research. The finalists presented to a judging panel on 23 March 2011 and the winners were announced on 24 March in London as part of Bioscience for Growth, a business networking reception including senior representatives from 20 leading universities, business, industry, investors and policy makers.
Prof Lowe and his colleagues have created 'smart' holograms by fabricating them in flexible gels that bear specific receptors so they swell or contract in response to specific physical, chemical and biological stimuli and respond with a change in colour, brightness or image. The company, Smart Holograms Ltd is focusing on three main markets: brand protection, product verification and medical diagnostics.