The development of a novel dieting aid has seen a team from University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine make it through to the finals of a national enterprise competition.
CEO, Kelly Ward; Research and Development Director, Robert Hornby; Marketing and Operations Director, Sumaya Dauleh and Finance Director, Ilaria Santeramo won through after presenting the idea behind their firm, Nutec Ltc to judges in the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotech YES).
Kelly, a Physiology PhD student, said: “We are a very enthusiastic team, and I think we have pure passion and belief. Although the competition is only hypothetical, we believe our product could work and really wanted to get people enthusiastic about it.”
The team have come up with a dieting aid that reduces the uptake of dietary sugar into the blood following a meal, with the aim of combatting obesity.
Kelly and her team-mates will now go on to represent the North West at the national finals of the Biotech YES competition, held in London in December, alongside eleven other teams from across the country.
Hard work and dedication
Kelly added: “It would mean the world to us if we were to win. We’ve put in so much hard work, and a lot of dedication, especially having to do it all around our already demanding studies. It’s nice to see our efforts rewarded and, in terms of our career, to win a competition like that speaks for itself.”
Nutec Ltd was assisted by the Institute of Integrative Biology’s Jade Waller, who helped secure the advice of specialist expertise, such as Unilever patents chief, Peter Elliott and venture capitalist, Dr Penny Attridge, as well as the University’s Carol Roberts and Geoff Wainwright.
Organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI), the competition is a blend of the formats made popular by television shows, The Apprentice and Dragons Den.