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Innovate and win

More than £55,000 in prize money is on offer to staff and students in the 2011 BioQuarter Innovation Competition.

The competition recognises 2010’s best innovations that have led to new medical companies being formed from scientific research.

It is the biggest competition of its kind in the UK.

Life sciences entrepreneur and Edinburgh honorary graduate Professor Walter Nimmo is to chair the competition’s judging panel.

New businesses are important to any economy. At a time when the Scottish economy has been hit by the recent recession, it is important that new businesses in fast-growing sectors such as life sciences should be given the opportunity to flourish.

Professor Walter NimmoEntrepreneur and Edinburgh honorary graduate

Patient benefits

University of Edinburgh researchers and PhD students and NHS Lothian staff are eligible to enter.

Entries must outline a business concept that delivers patient benefits in either human and/or animal medicine. This could include new drugs, diagnostic tools, software or devices.

The deadline for the competition has been extended to 31 March 2011.

An awards ceremony will be held in Edinburgh in July 2011.

The Edinburgh BioQuarter commercialises world-leading medical research and brings investors, ideas and companies together at one campus.