The Catalyst Centre showcases technology from tenants past and present

On the 21st of September 2016, the Catalyst Centre companies not only attended, but exhibited at Hampshire’s largest innovation event, Nucleus Expo. The exhibition took place in the University of Southampton Science Park’s brand new Grade A office accommodation, 5 Benham Campus. The Rt. Hon. Sir Vince Cable officially opened both the building, and Nucleus Expo, a science and technology event created to support the commercialisation of leading-edge technology.

Sir Vince Cable was joined by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton, and Peter Birkett, CEO of the University of Southampton Science Park and Catalyst Founder to open the new building, before delivering a keynote speech highlighting the important work universities and science parks do to build the links between academia and business.

Peter Birkett commented: “Supporting the commercialisation of high-quality science and technology has always been of great importance here at the Science Park. Opening 5 Benham Campus as part of Nucleus Expo provided a unique opportunity to showcase the best of innovation in the region. We were thrilled to welcome both Sir Vince Cable and Sir Christopher Snowden to celebrate the achievement alongside some of the most promising science and technology companies in Hampshire.”

Peter Dingley, the CEO of BluPoint, a Nucleus Expo Hampshire 2016 exhibitor and previous Catalyst tenant, commented: “Being based on the Science Park since our inception has meant that we have witnessed first hand how a vibrant community can make a real difference to the success of a business. BluPoint founder Mike Santer came up with the idea to create a pop-up Intranet solutions giving everyone access to vital information and services whilst completing his PhD at the University of Southampton. The idea was developed through the Science Park’s Catalyst programme. I was introduced to Mike by Peter Birkett, we have had support from SETSquared on the site and now two years later the business employs 12 staff and has just deployed its first systems in South Africa and Tanzania and is looking to take advantage of the flexible accommodation at the Park to move to new offices.”

The Catalyst stand at Nucleus Expo Hampshire last week saw Catalyst companies, both past and present showcase their technology to the vast range of expo attendees, gaining not only valuable knowledge but also potential clients. CEO of Hive Wire, Dilan Pathmajothy, commented: “As a startup looking to collaborate with healthcare providers to develop new tech, exposure to your markets is essential. The Nucleus Expo last week was the perfect ground to cross-pollinate ideas with key health stakeholders and help get us a step closer to providing them with the solutions they’re looking for.”

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