Catapult Bulletin: A roundup of the latest news all-things Catapult (October)

As always, the Catapult Network is a hive of activity and innovation. In our commitment to bringing our substantial academic audience closer to industry, here’s what the 9 Catapults have been up to in the last month and beyond.

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult: A new partnership

Cryoport, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYRX) (Cryoport), a leading global provider of innovative products and services to the fast-growing cell and gene therapy industry enabling the future of medicine for a new era of life sciences, and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, an independent innovation and technology organisation specialising in the advancement of cell and gene therapies, have announced the organisations have entered into a new strategic partnership to support the advancement of cell and gene therapies.

Read the full story on Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult’s website.

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CSA Catapult: Semiconductor industry on the rise

Dr Andy Sellars, Strategic Development Director at Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, has been appointed to the UK Government’s Semiconductor Advisory Panel. 

Dr Sellars joins nine other experts on the panel who will be tasked with helping to grow the domestic semiconductor sector, mitigate the risk of supply chain disruptions and protect national security. 

The panel will also focus on how to nurture skills, improving access to finance, and developing stronger international collaboration, setting out how industry can work directly with government to achieve these goals. 

Read the full story on Connected Places Catapult’s website.


Connected Places Catapult: Cyber friendly

Connected Places Catapult, Digital Catapult and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult have announced a joint collaboration to develop the emerging National Cyber-Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) ecosystem in the UK – funded and supported by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

Read the full story on Connected Places Catapult’s website.

Digital Catapult: The bridge to AI

Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology, in collaboration with Innovate UK BridgeAI programme partners, has announced a cohort of nine innovative startups and SMEs participating in the first of five BridgeAI Acceleration programmes.

Read the full story on Digital Catapult’s website.

Energy Systems Catapult: A smart solution

A £2.75m Programme – Inclusive Smart Solutions – funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, is to be delivered by Energy Systems Catapult, aimed at overcoming the barriers faced by Low Income and Vulnerable (LIV) consumers, as the UK transitions to a smart, flexible energy system.

Read the full story on Energy Systems’ website.

HVM Catapult: Tool support

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult has launched its pilot Manufacturing Energy Toolkit nationwide to support UK manufacturing SMEs with their energy costs.

As the winter sets in, the cost of energy will be a key concern for businesses of all shapes and sizes across the UK. With the Manufacturing Energy Toolkit, the HVM Catapult is opening its doors to help manufacturers make their processes more energy efficient, cutting their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions while improving profitability.

Read the full story on HVM’s website.

Medicines Discovery Catapult: Novel deliveries

Innovate UKLifeArc, and Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC) have joined forces to create PACE (Pathways to Antimicrobial Clinical Efficacy), a £30 million initiative supporting early-stage innovation against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to save lives. PACE has today (19 October 2023) announced its first funding call with up to £10 million available to support innovators developing new antimicrobials.  

Read the full story on Medicines Discovery Catapult’s website.

Satellite Applications Catapult: Stuart Martin’s legacy 

After 10 incredible years as Satellite Applications’ CEO, Stuart discusses how things have changed over the last decade, the relationship between the Catapults, the importance of academia and international collaboration in his work, and more with PoliticsHome.

Read the full story on PoliticsHome’s website.


Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult: Accelerating innovation

The Joule Challenge, the UK Government-funded collaborative programme aimed at helping develop a manufacturing capability for the large components integral to the offshore wind turbines of the future, will focus on the demonstration of radical new composite‑based components in its next phase.

Funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), the new £4.7m 18-month phase of the programme brings together UK Government, offshore wind industry experts and the composite supply chain to drive a step-change in technology and manufacturing processes to make the turbines of the future today’s reality.

Collaboratively delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, the Joule Challenge explores the significant performance and lightweighting opportunities of composites, to address the technical challenge of developing the next generation floating wind turbine platforms up to 20MW.

Read the full story on Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s website.

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