The IRmadillo goes to Parliament | IOP Innovation Award
On Monday 30th October 2023, the Keit Industrial Analytics team travelled to Westminster to attend the IOP Business Awards Ceremony.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics, and the leading body for practising physicists, in the UK and Ireland. With a rich history of supporting business innovation and growth, it is committed to working with ‘physics-powered’ businesses, and companies that apply and employ physics and physicists.
The IOP’s prestigious Business Awards are unique in the UK and Ireland in recognising the significant contribution that physicists and physics make in industry.
There are three categories of awards – Business Innovation, Business Start-Up and the Lee Lucas Award (for the medical and healthcare sector) – so businesses at any stage of their development are eligible; from start-ups to multi-national corporations.
The IOP Business Innovation Award specifically recognises and celebrates companies that have excelled in innovation, delivering significant economic and/or societal impact through the application of physics.
Keit was one of just nine companies selected to join the Institute of Physics at the Palace of Westminster for their Business Awards evening.
The event consisted of networking with other physics professionals and viewing the latest physics-based technologies, followed by award presentations and the opportunity to meet Alok Sharma, MP.
The IRmadillo was awarded the prestigious 2023 Business Innovation Award for the development and application of a novel Fourier transform spectroscopy and its application in revolutionising the monitoring and control of production processes, which the team are incredibly proud and honoured to have received.
Dan Wood, our CEO, commented;
"We are delighted to have won this award, recognising, as it does, the innovation and hard work of our development team. Keit’s innovative optical design is enabling a higher level of real-time analysis in the processing industries, benefiting multiple industries from renewable fuels to pulp and paper."
Institute of Physics President, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said:
“The IOP Business Awards recognise and reward the achievements of physics-powered businesses at all stages and of all sizes. Whether well-established or a start-up, an SME or corporation, these innovative companies are making significant contributions to the UK and Ireland’s scientific research and development, driving innovation and supporting the economy.
“All of this year’s winners have creatively applied physics to bring about positive change to individuals, societies or economies, by tackling a new problem or improving on a previous solution, and all are thoroughly deserving of an IOP Business Award.
“Recent events have underlined the absolute necessity to encourage and reward our scientists. We rely on their dedication and innovation for our lifestyles, wellbeing and safety.”