Institute of Genetics and Cancer

Dr Turnbull awarded for innovative new business idea to improve health

ECRC Scientist awarded £5,000 at the Edinburgh BioQuarter Innovation Competition: June 2015

Dr Arran Turnbull, with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Team in the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, was awarded £5,000 in the best new product/service category at the Edinburgh BioQuarter Innovation Competition awards ceremony held on 9 June.

The annual innovation competition encourages entrants from NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh to share their business, product or service ideas for the improvement of human or animal health.

Dr Turnbull won the award for his work in developing a test to identify a group of breast cancer patients with a higher risk of disease recurrence or poor prognosis, with the aim of improving their treatment and reducing the risk of recurrence. He not only receives £5,000 prize money and support from the BioQuarter Commercialisation Team, but also expert advice from the award sponsors on intellectual property (Marks & Clerk), company growth (MBM Commercial) and taxation and finance (Springfords) to develop his work further.

This is the fifth year that Edinburgh BioQuarter has run the competition and we continue to be impressed by the number of ideas and the level of innovation shown by all entrants. This year’s calibre of entries has been very high indeed…I believe this just goes to demonstrate the strength and depth of biomedical innovation within the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian and the commitment that our clinicians and academics have to make a difference in improving people’s lives.

Dr Mike CapaldiCommercialisation Director of the Edinburgh BioQuarter


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