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Member Profile: PragmatIC Semiconductor

By | October 19th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

PragmatIC Semiconductor: How a successful scale-up funding round will accelerate the rollout of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits Confidence is high at PragmatIC Semiconductor, the provider of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits that can be embedded into everyday objects. The company, headquartered in Cambridge and with its first fabrication line in the North East of England, has just announced the completion of an $80 million Series C funding round. The investment will enable it to scale up its FlexLogIC manufacturing model, producing billions of flexible circuits at an order of magnitude lower cost than traditional [...]

Member Profile: UtterBerry

By | July 4th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

How an innovative UK company is leading the way in developing intelligent, low-power sensors for a connected world. Smart infrastructure is big business. All over the world, digital sensing technologies are being deployed on a broad range of structures such as bridges and tunnels, providing engineers with real-time condition monitoring data that helps protect asset integrity. Notably, it is a British company initially spun out from the University of Cambridge that leads the way. UtterBerry produces miniature, artificially intelligent, ultra-lower power wireless sensors used in various major infrastructure projects, including London’s Crossrail and [...]

Member Profile: Puraffinity

By | March 25th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Puraffinity: the Imperial College start-up which plans to clean-up the world ‘Great oaks from little acorns grow’. That is a proverb that resonates with Henrik Hagemann, chief executive officer at biotech start-up Puraffinity, whose company began life as an idea in an international science competition and is now backed by private capital to the tune of several million pounds. The London-based green technology company, incorporated in 2015, is focussed on designing smart materials for environmental applications such as removing human-made pollutants from water and wastewater using an easily deployed adsorbent media. Puraffinity has proven [...]

Member Profile: Ilika Technologies

By | December 15th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Ilika Technologies: Standing on the cusp of a revolution in solid-state battery technology These are exciting times for Ilika Technologies – the solid-state battery pioneer initially spun out of the University of Southampton. Having raised £15 million of new funding in April 2020, the company is set to feel the benefit of two significant investments in its manufacturing facilities, which will enable it to increase production capacity rapidly. With the investment programmes in place, Ilika has emerged as a major player in the solid-state battery sector – capitalising on its expertise in electro [...]

Tokamak Energy: Replicating the power of the sun

By | September 10th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

David Kingham, one of the founders of Tokamak Energy, describes the challenges of delivering commercially-viable fusion energy by 2030 It is hard enough for any science and engineering-related organisation to bring advanced technology to the market. But when striving to establish a business based on the immensely ambitious aim of providing an endless supply of clean and abundant power, forever, those challenges are magnified many times over. David Kingham, one of the founders of Tokamak Energy, with the ST40 fusion energy device. That is the enormity of the task facing David [...]

Member profile: Building the UK’s Mittelstand

By | July 19th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Meet Nick Russel – the man who wants UK manufacturing to learn from Germany by taking a longer-term view of success The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a long-overdue reflection on the importance of national industrial capability. Many UK manufacturers proved their agility at a time of urgent need, forming part of a herculean effort to meet the demand for a range of equipment, from ventilators through to PPE. The response provided a stark reminder of the value of having a flexible indigenous manufacturing base. But what if that manufacturing sector didn’t exist? What [...]

Member profile: Zilico Ltd

By | May 5th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

How a Manchester-based start-up has become a global innovator in real-time diagnostic health technology Growing a business from small beginnings is never an easy task. At Manchester-based bio-electric company Zilico Ltd, Chief Executive Sameer Kothari has spent the last decade attempting to navigate the route to success. Zilico has developed an innovative platform technology that could transform health diagnostics around the world. Yet realising this potential has been a journey of many ups and a few downs. “Scaling a technology business is never easy, as the challenges come thick and fast,” says Sameer. [...]


By | February 27th, 2020|Categories: News, People, Technology|

February 27th, 2020 Venue: The House of Commons Churchill Room A perfectly-named room to host the battling Hard Tech community inside the Corridors of Power. The bust of Sir Winston peered out discreetly from an alcove behind our speakers’ table. The purpose of the dinner was to bring the Bessemer entrepreneur hard tech community front and forward with policy makers at the House of Commons for better mutual understanding, with the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology. THE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY The Foundation brings together representatives from Parliament, government, [...]

Member profile: Q5D

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Bessemer Society members set to transform the market for wiring harnesses Sometimes, the power of partnership can lead to the development of genuinely disruptive technology that has the potential to transform established markets forever. That is certainly the case with Q5D, a start-up formed as a joint venture by two companies that are working together to revolutionise the way that wiring harnesses are manufactured. Instead of being produced by hand in traditional labour-intensive manner, Q5D’s innovative approach to wiring harnesses combines technologies such as additive manufacturing, 5-axis machining and printed electronics in a [...]


By | January 3rd, 2020|Categories: News, People, Technology|

LONDON - November 20, 2019 Venue: THE CITY OF LONDON CLUB, Broad Street, EC1 The City of London Club exudes the club-like atmosphere of the old City, at the very heart of the financial community, and seemed a suitable location for the Award of our Lifetime Fellowship to Dr Drew Nelson, CEO and co-founder of IQE plc, which is listed on the AIM market. The Club building was completed in 1834, almost adjacent to the previous site of the Stock Exchange. Sir Henry Bessemer would have been 19 years of age at that [...]