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

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.

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult: You’re hired

The Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community (ATAC), a programme established by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult in 2018, has announced the enrolment of its 300th apprentice.

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

CSA Catapult: Expansion coming this Autumn

Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, the UK’s leaders on all-things compound semiconductor applications is expanding across the UK to Bristol, the North East and Scotland. In Autumn 2023, CSA will open a Future Telecoms Hub at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, establish a presence at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham and open a space at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

Martin McHugh, Chief Executive Officer of CSA Catapult said: “CSA Catapult’s purpose is to deliver long-term benefit to the UK economy and accelerate UK economic growth in industries where applying compound semiconductors creates a competitive advantage.

“Expanding across the UK means we can support more companies and bring more products to market through our technology expertise, supply chain creation and building compound semiconductor clusters. Setting up new centres in Bristol, Scotland and the North East will allow us to grow the ecosystem to support these new and emerging technologies in the UK.”

Read the full story on the CSA Catapult’s website.

Connected Places Catapult: We are the champions

Seven companies have been selected to join a carbon reduction competition organised by National Highways and Connected Places Catapult.

Innovative ideas put forward to proceed to the second phase of the National Highways Accelerating Low Carbon Innovation Programme include a climbing robot that carries out structural inspections, ‘smart fibre’ plastic bridge beams that monitor structural performance and low carbon fencing materials.

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

Digital Catapult: Looking to the future

Digital Catapult is collaborating with software company NVIDIA to fast-track the development of cutting-edge tools and technology to enable next-generation content and experiences.

Read the full story on Digital Catapult’s website.

Energy Systems Catapult: Welcome home 

More than 2,000 UK households have now volunteered to join Energy Systems Catapult’s pioneering Living Lab, providing a platform for a real-life clean tech innovations systems test which will help almost 30 million homes in the UK to reach Net Zero.

Becky Sweeney, Business Leader – Homes at Energy Systems Catapult said: “A new idea or whizzy bit of kit may work well in a test lab, but we want to know if it really makes a difference – to real people, with real demands on their time, and real budgets.

“Our pioneering Living Lab is helping the UK’s clean tech innovators to unleash their creativity and advance technologies that place our journey to Net Zero at their heart, without losing sight of the needs of the end-consumer.”

Read the full story on Energy Systems’ website.

HVM Catapult: Taking flight

Airbus Helicopters  has signed a deal with the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult – the UK’s leading group of research, development and innovation centres.

The strategic partnership will see both organisations establish a framework under which they will jointly investigate opportunities to work together on future opportunities.

Katherine Bennett, CEO of HVM Catapult said: “We are thrilled to join forces with Airbus Helicopters in the UK in this exciting partnership. The collaboration will enable us to leverage our capabilities in manufacturing research and development across our seven centres to enhance the competitiveness of the helicopter sector. Together, and with support from Innovate UK, we will push the boundaries of what is possible and shape the future of helicopter manufacturing in the UK.”

Read the full story on HVM’s website.

Medicines Discovery Catapult: Novel deliveries

Medicines Discovery Catapult is establishing a brand-new Intracellular Drug Delivery Centre in partnership with CPI, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Liverpool and Imperial College London to help develop novel drug delivery technologies and support promising RNA vaccines and therapeutics.

The partnership is the first-of-its-kind in the UK and will investigate and develop new lipid nanoparticle (LNP) formulations for the delivery of RNA medicine, and a framework to develop next-generation nano delivery systems.

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

Satellite Applications Catapult: Out of this world

A new partnership has been announced between the Satellite Applications Catapult and GHGSat, the global leader in high-resolution emissions monitoring from space, to provide satellite data on domestic and international methane emissions for R&D in the UK. The company will also be opening an international analytics centre co-located in London and Edinburgh.

Read the full story on Satellite Applications Catapult’s website.

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult: Accelerating innovation

A new report from the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult details how the latest advancements in technology can enable faster and more accurate data collection – leading to more informed decision making and the potential to reduce consenting times for offshore wind farms by as much as 40% – reducing costs and improving our knowledge of the marine environment.

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

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