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Success stories

There are multiple routes and business models through which STFC can work to create value with our external partners and stakeholders, exploiting our research, facilities, skills and technologies

The following success stories illustrate just some examples of how this continues to be achieved across the STFC landscape:

Incubation facilities to help SMEs sparkle
05 August 2014
Incubation facilities to help SMEs sparkle

Carrying out R&D using high temperatures and flammable hydrogen can be almost impossible for an SME due to the expensive laboratory infrastructure required. Through the facilities at STFC’s Innovations Technology Access Centre (I-TAC), Designed Materials were able to set up their R&D space and start operating quickly and safely.

Using ISIS to optimise train wheel design with Lucchini UK
04 August 2014
Using ISIS to optimise train wheel design with Lucchini UK

A consortium of private companies and research organisations have been using the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s ISIS neutron and muon facility to optimise the design of train wheels.

Breakthrough for babies born with severe cleft palates
24 July 2014
Breakthrough for babies born with severe cleft palates

STFC’s ISIS facility has been used to develop a novel material which is designed to improve the treatment of cleft palates, speeding up healing times and reducing operating costs.

Fostering small business research and innovation
24 July 2014
Fostering small business research and innovation

STFC is providing leading-edge laboratory space for high-tech SMEs to improve their efficiency and competitiveness.

Using X-rays to improve the durability of Luxfer gas cylinders
23 July 2014
Using X-rays to improve the durability of Luxfer gas cylinders

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)’s Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) has provided Luxfer Gas Cylinders with access to testing facilities at the Diamond Light Source in order to optimise the damage resistance of their product designs.

Publically funded research combats foot-and-mouth disease
14 July 2014
Publically funded research combats foot-and-mouth disease

Using the expertise in foot-and-mouth disease at The Pirbright Institute and facilities for determining protein structures at Diamond Light Source and its predecessor the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS), researchers have developed a new vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Improving airline security
07 July 2014
Improving airline security

UK industry working closely with STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory delivers new x-ray scanning technology that enhances airport security, reduces costs and improves passenger confidence.

Breaking down barriers in regenerative healthcare
30 June 2014
Breaking down barriers in regenerative healthcare

Waiting for a replacement organ that never comes is the heart breaking truth for 14% of patients requiring a liver transplant. The demand for replacement livers has always far outweighed the supply, with over 10,000 people waiting for a liver transplant in the EU alone. This means many patients can die, or otherwise become too sick to undergo surgery, during the wait. It is equally troubling that 6% of the EU population suffer from chronic long-term liver diseases. Available technologies for rep

Helping technology start-ups expand their professional network
30 June 2014
Helping technology start-ups expand their professional network

The most valuable resource in the world is time. The ESA BIC Harwell is supporting award-winning start-up company iGeolise in developing a new online application, ‘Travel Time’, which will revolutionise the way in which people search for any geographic location online.

Solving technical challenges for life-saving businesses
30 June 2014
Solving technical challenges for life-saving businesses

One of the biggest fear for a diver is to resurface out of sight of the dive boat. With access to the world-class expertise available at the ESA BIC Harwell through STFC’s RAL Space, Sci Tech (POB) Ltd has designed a device that allows the boat to track the position of resurfaced divers through a GPS - enabled signalling device.

Last updated: 16 March 2016

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