Achillefs Kapanidis scoops Innovator of the Year award

16 May 2019

Congratulations to Professor Achillefs Kapanidis and Mr Bo Jing, CEO of Oxford Nanoimaging who have been named as BBSRC’s Innovator of the year 2019 – an award celebrating excellent research which demonstrates impact.

Prof Kapanidis and Mr Jing developed the Nanoimager, a high-resolution microscope that detects single fluorescent molecules. The microscope reveals the motions, structure, and arrangement of biomolecules and nanoparticles on surfaces, in solutions, and living cells, accelerating academic and industrial research, diagnostics, drug discovery, chemical analysis, and education. The Nanoimager was commercialized in 2016 via the spin-out company Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI), which has attracted substantial investment in the past 3 years. Bo was a DPhil student in Achillefs's group and now serves as CEO in ONI, which has ~100 employees at Oxford and California, and already sold a large number of microscopes worldwide.

Prof Kapanidis said: ‘When I started my own lab, I realised that, to enable our methods to reach biologists and clinicians, and fulfill their enormous potential, easy access to single-molecule imaging was paramount; I thus dedicated significant time towards this goal. The product of this quest, the Nanoimager, is driving further innovation in hundreds of academic and industrial labs worldwide, including my own: we are now developing novel methods for rapid detection of antibiotic resistance and viral pathogens.

‘Winning BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2019 along with my co-inventor Bo Jing makes me proud and very happy, since it serves a tangible recognition of our long-term efforts and success of the spin-out company that commercialised our innovation. We are also excited about the opportunity to display, discuss and celebrate innovation at this fantastic BBSRC event.’

Twelve finalists competed for the title at the Science Museum in London last night, 15 May 2019. The overall award was presented by Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

The awards, now in their 11th year, are made in a number of categories that include: commercial impact, social impact, international impact and early career impact. These awards were presented by Professor Malcolm Skingle, Director of Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline and Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair of BBSRC.

Find out more about BBSRC Innovation Awards.

Find out more about the work of Professor Achillefs Kapanidis.

Image Credit ©BBSRC Prof Kapanidis collects the award from Chris Skidmore - Govt Minister for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Melanie Welham