The 2019 List – People, Companies and ‘Things’

The cofinitive #21toWatch campaign launched in 2018 to showcase the homegrown innovation across the Cambridge and East of England region. The list is made up of the people, companies and ‘things’ that are shaping the future in their industries locally, nationally and globally. The list in not industry specific and represents a broad spectrum of what the region has to offer. With such a diverse list, the attributes each #OnetoWatch submission is assessed on are Innovation, Challenge, Influence, Viability and Memorability.

Many of 2019’s Top21 have gone on to enjoy great success – securing new rounds of funding, making new mentoring and business connections and securing new clients. What is evident is that this is a campaign that business wants to be a part of – either to be on the list themselves or to be supporting those businesses on it.

As a result of the huge success of the campaign and awards in 2019, we have now renamed the initiative to #21toWatch. Find out more, and view the current people, companies, and ‘things’ lists on our microsite.

At a glance: Top21.2019

CorrosionRADAR co-founder and CEO Dr Chiraz Ennaceur, Waterscope CEO Dr Alexander Patto, particle physicist Dr Mireia Crispin, Geek-whisperer Adelina Chalmers, Darktrace CMO Emily Orton, Simprints CEO and co-founder Toby Norman, Agrimetrics, Satavia, Repositive, Cambridge Glycoscience, Paragraf, CMR Surgical, Exonate,  ROADMap, Sorex Sensors, Colorifix, BIOS, 8 Power, Mursla, ANB Sensors, Cydar Medical.

People Company ‘Thing’ Longlist Shortlist Top.21 Name Synopsis
Company

10to8

Company

1Spatial 

Company

8power

A remote condition monitoring solution for industrial assets such as motors, pumps and generators, providing early warning of equipment failure
Thing

Inotec AMD ltd

A portable device that heals chronic wounds
Thing

Overstream Clean

A unique social enterprise by Wintercomfort
Company

Above Surveying

Company

Acacia Pharma

Thing

Activinsights

A wearables business that delivers lifestyle insight to the global professional healthcare market
People

Adelina Chalmers

Adelina is a geek who loves enabling tech founders decode how to gain engagement and support for and inside their business
Company

Agrimetrics

Agrimetrics has the data and data capabilities to inspire game-changing solutions to drive sustainable productivity for the agrifood sector
Thing

AI:MMO

By Ocado Technology (Code for Life)
People

Alan Cowley

Co-Founder Invested Investor
People

Alexander Patto

CEO Waterscope. Alex’s research focusses on developing low-cost methods of identifying bacterial contamination for use in low resource settings
People

Alexis Mather

Founder and Chief Bottlewashing Officer at Nolojy
Thing

Algorithm  to    detect arthritis

Developed by University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering
Company

Alviol

Thing

Atelerix

An alginate gel that 'hibernates' cells
Company

ANB Sensors

Developing cost effective, self-calibrating, low maintenance pH sensors, cutting operating costs by 70% compared to today's systems
People

Andrew Sandham

Chairman at PredictImmune
Company

Aqdot

Company

Arcus Global

Company

Arecor

Thing

ARIC Platform

By Featurespace
Company

Artios Pharma

Company

Audio Analytic

Company

Aveillant

Company

Avvinity

Company

Axol Bioscience

Company

Azuri Technologies

Thing

Bean IoT

BeanIoT(TM) uniquely provides a powerful "Out-of-the-Box", "Internet of Things" solution fit for use by many businesses, across many sectors and applications
Thing

Ultrasoc

Behavioural analytics to inform semiconductors
People

Berenice Smith

Founder of Walk In Our Shoes
Company

bio-bean

Company

BIOS

A leading neural engineering startup, creating the open standard hardware and software interface between the human nervous system and AI
Company

Biosceptre

Company

Blighter Surveillance Systems

Company

Cambioscience

Company

Cambridge Epigenetix

Company

Cambridge Glycoscience

Cambridge Glycoscience specialises in the manufacture of novel functional food ingredients to improve the aesthetic and nutritional quality of manufactured foods
Company

Cambridge Graphene Ltd

Company

Cambridge InnoVision

Thing

Cambridge Launchpad

By Form the Future
Company

Cambridge Nanotherm

Company

Cambridge Nexus

Company

Cambridge Picture Company

Company

Cambridge Touch Technologies

Thing

Check4Cancer

Cancer screening as an employee benefit
Thing

Undo

Capture and replay program execution
People

Charlotte Steggall

Higher Education Champion
Company

Chronomics

Chronomics offers personalised epigenetic testing direct to consumers for tracking changing health and wellbeing
People

Ciaron Dunne

CEO Genie Ventures
Company

CMR Surgical

Aiming to make minimal access surgery available to all in order to improve patient outcomes and deliver value for healthcare providers
Thing

Weightless SIG

Collaborating on an open standard IoT technology
Company

Community Sparx

Thing

Computer assisted dreaming

By Futurizon Ltd
Company

Congenica

Company

CorrosionRADAR

CorrosionRADAR strives to be a global leader in remote sensing technologies and advanced analytic systems for smart infrastructures
Company

Cydar

Using data, cloud computing and AI to improve patient outcomes in image-guided surgery using a ground-breaking surgical guidance system
Company

Darktrace

People

Darrin Disley

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Company

DefiniGEN

People

Dilrini De Silva

Research Associate at Bioinformatics at CRUK Cambridge Institute
Thing

DNA gene delivery

By Avacta Group
Company

Dogtooth Technologies

People

Dr Chiraz Ennaceur

Chiraz is CEO and co-founder of CorrosionRADAR – an entrepreneur passionate about innovation, driving new technologies and managing multimillion-pound projects
People

Dr Ghina M Halabi

People

Dr Karolina Zapadka

A highly experienced biotech business developer, biophysical science consultant and physical chemist, Karolina has been appointed to Babraham Research Campus' bio-incubator and life science accelerator, Accelerate@Babraham
Company

Dr Ruchi Sharma

CEO at Stemnovate
Company

Dr Tom Stubbs

Company

Drone surveillance

By University of Cambridge
People

Edmund Kay

Member of the Accelerate Program at Judge Business School collaborating with Cardiologists in his project Biophonics
Company

Eight19

Thing

Elektron Eye Technology

Company

Elektron RX

Company

Elpis Biomed

People

Emily Mackay

Emily flourishes when simplifying the complex, and bridging communication challenges between technical and commercial teams. She is currently Head of AI & Data Strategy, Congenica
People

Emily Orton

Emily has been at the helm of marketing for Darktrace since the company’s start in 2013, taking it all the way to unicorn status
Company

Entomics

Entomics is developing enabling technology solutions for the growing of insects for the food and feed sector
Company

Entopy

Company

Enval

Thing

Environmental DNA or eDNA

By NatureMetrics
Company

Equivital

Company

Exonate

Using VEGF alternative splicing, Exonate is developing eyedrop treatment for Age Related Macular Degeneration
Company

Fetch.AI

Fetch.ai is looking to combine AI, Machine Learning and Distributed Ledger Technology as a framework for new and emerging types of business interactions
Company

FGV Cambridge Nanosystems

Thing

Fingerprint drug testing

By Intelligent Fingerprinting
Company

Five.ai

Company

FlexEnable

Thing

Flex-grid networking

By ROADMap
Company

Fluidic Analytics

Company

Focal Point Positioning

Thing

Food sharing app 

By OLIO
Company

Frontier

Company

Fstar

Company

FutureNova

Company

Gearset

Thing

Sixfold

Gene-editing drugs exclusively for cancer cells
Company

Geospock

Thing

‘Giving Points’

For Cambridge Street Aid - Cambridge.gov
Company

Glyconics

Thing

GO! Water bottle

By Water-to-Go
Company

Granta Innovation

Vision to use #AI and #medicalimaging to revolutionise cancer diagnosis, Granta Innovation were only founded in 2018 but immediately were named as one of the three winners of CW
People

Hannah Stern

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge
Company

Healthera

A digital healthcare company that builds pioneering software solutions to solve medical non-adherence, streamline and modernise pharmacy, and relieve pressure on public health
Company

Healx

People

Heather Richards

CEO at Transversal
People

Helena Blair

Schools Liaison Officer at University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall
Company

Herdsy

Company

Hummingbird

Thing

Hybrid ventilation systems 

By Breathing Buildings
Thing

Invested Investor

Increasing success of early stage start-ups by sharing entrepreneurial and investment war stories
Company

Inivata

Company

Inkle Studios

Company

Inky Gibbens

Chief Storyteller at Tribalingual
Company

IntelliSense.io

Thing

Investor-led equity platform

By Syndicate Room
Company

ip.access

Company

Isomerase Therapeutics

People

Jack Lomas

COO at SenSat
People

Jelena Aleksic

Healthcare Entrepreneur
People

Jeroen Verheyen

Co-Founder of Semarion and Majico. Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge
People

Joe Glover

Joe is founder of The Marketing MeetUp. He has created his marketing events, grown through communities on Meetup.com, Facebook and LinkedIn that are inclusive, helpful and most importantly - nice
Company

Kalium Health

People

Kam Pooni

CEO at Glyconics
People

Kath Austin

Founder of BeeBee Wraps
Company

KisanHub

Company

Kymab

Company

Lateral Design

Thing

Telensa

Leading the global market in connected street lighting and Smart City applications
Company

Levin Sources

Company

LIFNanoRX

People

Lily Cheng

Founder of The Rising Network
Company

Majico

People

Matt Davey

Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge
Company

Maxxpal

Company

Metrion Biosciences

Company

MetroBank

People

Michaela Eschbach and Anne Bailey

Form The Future
Company

Microbiotica

People

Mireia Crispin

Mireia is a particle physicist interested in interdisciplinary research and the diplomatic dimension of science; currently working on predictive models of cancer treatment at CRUK
Company

Mission Therapeutics

Company

Morphogen-ix

Thing

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

MR for remote maintenance and repair of aircrafts
Company

Mursla

A cancer liquid biopsy startup aiming to detect tumours non-invasively during consultation via its quantum biology diagnostics platform and device
Thing

Musical AI

Jukedeck
People

Naily Makangu

Project Manager at Featurespace
Thing

Impact Women’s Network

Network united in raising the public visibility of impactful women
Company

Ninja Theory

Company

Nolojy

New startup wanting to help companies 'Picture Your Business'. They intend to offer a web application to let people build meaningful pictures of their organisations and the environments they operate in
Company

Nova Extraction

Company

OKRA

OKRA is an artificial intelligence data analytics company for healthcare. Their consumer-facing machine learning technology won a global start-up challenge at prestigious technology show VivaTech 2018
Thing

Ooho the edible water bottle

By Skipping Rocks Lab
Company

Origami Energy

People

Pahini Pandya

Founder at Emparity and Research Associate at University of Cambridge
Company

Paragraf

A novel approach to delivering graphene technologies to the point of use overcoming prior difficulties and with true commercial viability
Company

PBD Biotech

Thing

Pebal

The technology-based intervention that reduces problems during menopause - Cambridge Consultants
Company

PervasID

Company

PetaGene

Developed by an award-winning team from the University of Cambridge, PetaGene software addresses challenges caused by growing volumes of genomics data
Company

PharmEnable

Company

PhoreMost

Thing

Plastic semiconductor nanostructures

Developed by Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge
Company

PneumaCare

Company

Poly-ai

Company

Posttag

People

Prof John Daugman

Professor at University of Cambridge
Company

PROWLER.io

PROWLER.io is developing a new kind of decision-making platform that will see AI make decisions as well as a human
Thing

Pyrolysis Process

The only method of recycling aluminium laminates - Enval
Company

Qkine

Thing

Quantum communications

Quantum Communications Hub
People

Raoul-Gabriel Urma

CEO at Cambridge Spark
People

Ravi Solanki

Co-Founder Primera Impact
Company

Repositive.io

Accelerating personalised cancer treatments to the clinic by connecting biopharma with the right preclinical models to advance their research
Thing

Reusable beeswax food wraps

BeeBee beeswax wraps came to life because of a real need for a plastic free alternative to cling film and other single-use plastic which use of is unacceptable...and growing
People

Rhodri Thomas

CEO at Spectral Edge
Company

RoboK

Thing

Samsung AI Centre

Company

Satavia

A decision intelligence company making aircraft maintenance and flight operations smarter and more profitable, reducing aviation impact on the climate
Thing

Sensors as thin as hair

By Sorex Sensors
People

Shima Barakat

Co-founder and Director of Impact Women's Network
Company

Simprints

Thing

Pavegen

Slabs that convert footsteps into electrical power
Thing

Solar Windows

By Polysolar
Company

Spark EV Technology

Preventing range anxiety and providing completed journeys, Spark EV Technology develops cloud-based software for electric vehicle fleets
Company

Speechmatics

Thing

Speedo On

By Cambridge Design Partnership
Company

Sphere Fluidics

Company

Stemnovate

Company

Storm Therapeutics

Thing

Strawberry-picking robot

With the increasing difficulty of hiring people to do it, Dogtooth Technologies has developed state-of-the-art intelligent robots for soft fruit picking
People

Sue Keogh

Director at Sookio
Company

Sutrue

Thing

Synthetic biology for dyeing fabric

Colorifix are developing a revolutionary dyeing process to help dramatically reduce the textile industry’s environmental impact using a synthetic biology based approach
Company

TAB UK LTD

Company

Tevva Motors

Thing

The FAIMS microchip

By Owlstone Medical
People

Tian Carey

Enterprise Fellow at Royal Academy of Engineering
People

Toby Norman

Toby is co-founder and CEO of Simprints. He is passionate about bringing cutting edge technology to solve challenges in global health
Thing

Transforming the White Board

By Kaptivo
Company

Tribalingual

Tribalingual is on a mission to save rare & endangered languages by teaching them online
Company

Tripism

Company

Trustonic

Company

TTP Ventus

Company

TwistDX

Thing

Unique self-injectors

By Ovalmedical
Company

Vaiopak

People

Vaiva Kalnikaite

CEO at Dovetailed
People

Veena Adityan

CEO at Smartbell
People

Velislava Petrova

Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Thing

Venture support programme

Helps tech-for-good startups and entrepreneurs innovate and grow by Allia
Company

Virtualarts

Working on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality software, Virtual Arts were selected in 2018 as one of Apple's rising stars and want to make immersive experiences available to all
Thing

Visual agriculture data management

By AGRIinsight
Company

VNC Automotive

Company

Waterscope

Thing

Weightless SIG

Looking to develop open standard IoT technology, Weightless SIG is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to connectivity
Company

WorldLabs

Company

Yagro

Company

Zfactor

Company

ZifiSense

People

Zuzanna Brzosko

CEO at Sixfold Bioscience

If you think you should have been on this list, the nominations for #21toWatch 2020 open until 31st January 2020. Complete the form, tell us via 21toWatch@cofinitive.com, or follow @Cofinitive on Twitter and use the #21toWatch.