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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018: Best Research & Development Project

PUBLISHED: 09:19 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 21 September 2018

Best Research & Development Project

Best Research & Development Project


We reveal the winner of this year’s Best Research & Development Project, sponsored by Hazlewoods

On the evening of Thursday September 20, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the fourth annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards, held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The glittering black tie ceremony celebrated the incredible achievements made by companies who really do put the Cotswolds on the map, drive the region’s economy and keep the area at the top of the tree when it comes to entrepreneurship and business success.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the Best Research & Development Project, sponsored by Hazlewoods.

The finalists are:

Brainomix, Oxford: e-ASPECTS

Brainomix, a medical diagnostics software company, was founded in 2010 as a spin-out from the University of Oxford and is dedicated to improving outcomes for patients with neurological and cerebrovascular disorders. Brainomix is currently focusing on acute stroke.

Brainomix’s flagship software solution is e-ASPECTS, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose and treat stroke victims quickly and effectively, improving patient outcomes at a much lower cost than traditional diagnosis and treatment. e-ASPECTS new 7.0 version uses AI to provide a fast and standardised assessment of stroke patient CT scans, supporting quick and consistent treatment decisions by medical professionals, irrespective of their experience and expertise. Doctors can review results anywhere, in less than a minute, on their smartphone via email, leading to smarter, faster, more informed decision-making.

Reaction Engines, Abingdon: Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE)

At Reaction Engines, they are developing the next generation of engine technology which they believe has the potential to deliver transformationally lower launch costs.

SABRE - Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine - is a new class of engine for propelling both high speed aircraft and spacecraft. They are unique in delivering the fuel efficiency of a jet engine with the power and high speed ability of a rocket.

SABRE’s highly efficient air-breathing design, which eliminates the need to carry on-board oxidizer during air-breathing flight segments, will enable aircraft-like horizontal take-off and landing operations, reducing cost, infrastructure and mission timelines, while increasing responsiveness and system reusability.

And the winner is...

Oxford Space Systems, Harwell: AstroTube™ Boom

Oxford Space Systems (OSS) is a space technology business developing a new generation of light-weight unfurlable antennas and other structures for the global commercial satellite industry. By developing its own proprietary materials such as high flexibility composites and shape memory membrane, it allows OSS to pioneer the development of a new generation of products that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than existing solutions.

The agile and novel approach to R&D by OSS is evidenced by the company setting two world records for the space sector: the fastest time from product concept, completion of R&D phase to successful deployment on orbit of its AstroTube™ Boom was achieved in under 30 months (typical time for a new product in the space industry is seven to ten years). The AstroTube also represents the longest retractable booms systems for the size of spacecraft.


To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk.

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