Enabling Technologies judge Jo Slota-Newson, from IQ Capital, said: "We had a very strong and diverse group of finalists from machine-learning to enzyme technologies, and as a group of judges we thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the finalists.
"Bio-Sep's technology aims to solve a critical global challenge, namely the need for renewable carbon sources, and it looks to do this by making efficient use of an abundant waste stream. The judges were impressed with the breadth and depth of capabilities in the interdisciplinary team and, while the technology has a significant development path ahead, the team demonstrated a thoughtful approach that focused on the critical elements of scale-up. So we very much looking forward to seeing their progress from here on.
Andy West, from Bio-Sep, said: "Thank you so much, that is fantastic! The quality of the group we were in was fantastic – we’ve learned about things we knew nothing about before and got really excited about their technologies. So, it’s really brilliant to be picked [as a winner]
"For a small company to get this level of recognition from an organisation like the Royal Society of Chemistry and all of the judges involved is amazing, and the difference it will make is huge. Just that recognition that we’re making a difference or trying to make a difference is really really good, and the external validation will be brilliant for us.
"We’re in this take-up stage where we are really trying to push to get our technology on the market and one of the things we’re missing – which this win will really help with – is that validation of the products that we make, so we can now get a lot of external validation which would have previously been a big challenge for us – and that, again, will be a game changer for us."