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Converge Challenge winners share £100K

Converge Challenge

1 Oct 2015

A new business which builds sensors that can precisely detect and measure single photons has won the £60,000 top prize in the 2015 Converge Challenge, which is jointly funded by SFC and Scotland's eight research-intensive universities.

Richard Walker, who created Photon Force at the University of Edinburgh, was announced as the 2015 winner at a gala event at the University of Strathclyde, addressed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP. The technology has many applications, including in biomedical imaging.

In second and third place were Caroline Barelle with her company Elasmogen Ltd., from the University of Aberdeen, which will look to create the next generation of drugs for the treatment of tumours and inflammatory diseases; and Rebecca Pick from the University of Strathclyde with her business Pick Protection, a revolutionary personal attack alarm.

The overall prize fund is over £100,000, including a comprehensive support, mentoring and training package for the winners.