Cardiff spin-outs top the list

Two Cardiff University spin-out companies have been named in a list of Wales’ leading start-up businesses.

Science made simple, a spin-out company from the School of Physics and Astronomy and Q-Chip, from the School of Engineering, are included in The Wales Hot 100 list.

Q-Chip, set up to exploit research undertaken by Professor David Barrow of the School of Engineering, is a drug delivery company developing controlled release systems for biological therapeutics. Q-Chip has rapidly established itself as one of the leading developers of advanced microsphere-based life science and therapeutic products. The company is currently investigating collaborative opportunities in the field of medical devices, drug delivery and molecular reagents.

Science made simple, founded by Wendy Sadler, schools liaison officer for the School of Physics and Astronomy, aims to enthuse people about science by using interactive presentations and visual demonstrations.

The Wales Hot 100 list is a joint project between Cardiff University’s Centre for Advanced Studies and the Welsh Enterprise Institute at the University of Glamorgan.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, co-director of The Welsh National Entrepreneurship Observatory said: ‘The profiles of the firms within the Hot 100 demonstrate the wide diversity of entrepreneurial opportunities that exist across regions and sectors within Wales.’