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Business ideas to change the world: the Richard Berg Rust Enterprise Society Awards

Three finalists, AptaTec Medical, IoQS and OpFix pitched their exciting business ideas to a panel of judges and a full Peter Richards Room at the Grand Final of the Enterprise Society Awards last week.

The teams did an exceptional job at persuading the audience that their business idea is a worthy candidate for the prize. Dominik Reich’s (PhD 2015 Chemistry) company Aptatec Medical is developing an innovative way to personalise cancer treatment through aptamer screening. IoQS, founded by Graeham Douglas (PhD 2013 Engineering), is creating a new method for measuring lung function in asthma patients and Pablo Lubroth, Samuel Black (MPhil 2016 Bioscience Enterprise) and the OpFix team are planning to use software to turn any smartphone into a low-cost, portable glaucoma diagnostic tool. With cancer, asthma and glaucoma-induced blindness major health issues around the world, all three of our finalists could soon be making a huge difference to people’s lives.

This year, OpFix’s solution to a portable glaucoma diagnostic tool was a winner and they were awarded the £1,250 prize.

Winning team OpFix at 2017 Enterprise Society Awards

Winning team OpFix at the Richard Berg Rust Enterprise Society Awards
Winning team OpFix at this year’s Richard Berg Rust Enterprise Awards Grand Final. This year’s Enterprise Award was named in honour of Richard Berg Rust, former Development Director at Hughes Hall. Richard was always a strong supporter of the Hughes Hall Enterprise Society, and this is a mark of our gratitude for all he did to make the Society into the success it is today.