PhenUtest Diagnostics win The Innovation Challenge
The Liverpool-based SME which has developed a 30-minute point-of-care kit for urinary tract infection diagnosis won £5,000 and a package of support from Forresters and fellow partners.
PhenUtest was chosen by the judges at the finalist showcase on 29 June, where 10 shortlisted SMEs pitched their projects to a panel of judges. Runners-up were E-Nano, a robotics and AI solution for improving athletes’ performance and wellbeing; and Scrubbee, a sustainable skincare company repurposing by-products from the beverages industry.
The finalist showcase was the culmination of the Innovation Challenge which had seen applicants attend workshops hosted by partners before submitting their business plans. Greg Smith and Dr Jagvir Purewal, senior associate patent attorneys at Forresters, attended the showcase and led Forresters’ involvement with TBAT.
Dr Jagvir Purewal, senior associate patent attorney at Forresters, said PhenUtest was a worthy winner of the Innovation Challenge. “From the outset, PhenUtest was a strong candidate and they made a compelling pitch. They have come up with technology which addresses a healthcare need and is claimed to be easy to use, accurate and cheaper than other solutions. Greg and I would like to congratulate PhenUtest on their success and we wish them all the best with their continued development.”