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23 March 2010 | PR 10/56

Visitors meet some of Loughborough’s brightest business stars

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A delegation from China will be finding out how nano-technologies are taking the sting out of medical injections when they pay a visit to Loughborough University’s Innovation Centre this week.

The 23-strong group of political and business leaders from China’s Jiangsu province will be meeting experts at Nemaura Pharma, a company which uses micro and nano technologies to develop better systems for drug delivery. The company’s technologies include microneedle systems for painless drug delivery through the skin, and a non-invasive glucose monitoring system for diabetics.

Nemaura Pharma is one of 35 ground-breaking companies based at Loughborough University’s Innovation Centre.  The centre’s tenants are all young, high growth enterprises that benefit from links to leading research expertise at Loughborough University.

The Chinese delegation will also be meeting three other tenants of the Innovation Centre - hi-tech communications specialists CommAgility, ASIC IP, which licences intellectual property and commercialises patents into products, and clean power experts Intelligent Energy.  Intelligent Energy will shortly be graduating from the Centre to Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, having been awarded a £800,000 Grant for Business Investment (GBI) from East Midlands Development Agency (emda),

The guests are visiting Loughborough as part of the UK China 400 programme. Four groups of 100 leaders from both countries have been selected to visit each other’s country to learn from each other.

Thursday’s visit has been organised by the British Council in partnership with the Common Ground Foundation – a group which aims to deliver intercultural educational programmes supporting the development of stronger, cohesive and more resilient communities.

ASIC IP director and innovation centre tenant Jitu Choudhury has helped to organise the East Midlands section of the exchange. He said: “My company ASIC IP develops patents from innovative businesses all over the world, so we fully understand the importance of cultural differences and business practices. I feel that this exchange programme is invaluable in breaking down cultural and business barriers and encouraging understanding between two nations.”

Innovation Centre operations manager Andrew Bowler said: “We’re very proud of our success in helping dynamic businesses grow and prosper. We’re looking forward to welcoming our Chinese guests and hope that they’ll enjoy a fascinating afternoon at the Innovation Centre.’’

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Marketing Officer Enterprise
Loughborough University
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E: S.Hall@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. The Innovation Centre is a wholly owned subsidiary of Loughborough University. It opened in 2002, with support from emda and since then, has been attracting knowledge-based start-ups from across Leicestershire and further afield.

Today, it accommodates more than 200 people working for 35 companies.

The Innovation Centre offers 3,500 m2 of fully serviced office, workshop and laboratory space, flexible tenancies at affordable prices, on-site business support and mentoring.

It benefits from the University’s exceptional on-site conference, hotel, sport and leisure facilities in an excellent location within easy reach of major road, rail and air networks.

The Innovation Centre is incubating a substantial pipeline of potential occupants for Loughborough University's Science and Enterprise Park, located to the western boundary of the University campus. At around 50,000m2 of floor space, the site is one of the largest science parks in the UK and accommodates the University’s international research institutes and organisations from the energy, transport, healthcare and sport sectors.

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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