Innovate UK-funded chemtech company develops game-changing solution to tackle global water scarcity crisis

Chemical expertise firm Puraffinity, funded by Innovate UK, is tackling the worldwide problem of water shortage with an innovation that eliminates cancer-causing ‘endlessly chemical substances’ and reduces covid threat.

It has developed a wise materials which removes hazardous pollution from water in a variety of settings together with environmental remediation, level of use techniques, industrial manufacturing services, and industrial airports and air bases.

These adsorbent granules goal PFAS (Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances), also called ‘endlessly chemical substances’, present in on a regular basis merchandise and liable for contaminating the world’s meals and ingesting water provide.

Puraffinity’s design, take a look at and synthesis of its game-changing resolution has accelerated after working with the Nationwide Measurement Laboratory (NML), the UK’s designated institute for chemical and bio-measurement.

The challenge was supported by Evaluation for Innovators (A4I), a grant funding programme which provides companies entry to cutting-edge R&D and experience. A4I is run by Innovate UK, is the UK’s nationwide innovation company.

Puraffinity has since secured a £1.54m Innovate UK Continuity Mortgage to spice up its UK manufacturing functionality 20-fold to 5 tonnes per 12 months.

Commenting on Puraffinity’s expertise of the A4I programme, Henrik Hagemann, Chief Government Officer, stated: “Innovate UK’s A4I programme has remodeled our enterprise.

“Funded entry to cutting-edge R&D and experience has accelerated our capability to make use of cutting-edge supplies science and inventive engineering to profit human well being and the setting.

“We’re thrilled about our progress prospects and the chance to become an rising supplies science chief with UK-based manufacturing.

“We’re additionally seeking to proceed working with the group on the Nationwide Measurement Laboratory who’ve turn out to be part of the prolonged Puraffinity community.”

Launched in 2015 as a spin-out from Imperial School London, Hammersmith-based Puraffinity is delivering a sustainable resolution to treating PFAS, a gaggle of 4,700 artifical industrial chemical substances linked to most cancers and COVID-19 and broadly considered probably the most extreme international water high quality problem in trendy instances.

However the crucial bottleneck for the enterprise was gaining detailed perception and assurance on the product’s stability and security. It additionally noticed a progress alternative to take a extra data-driven strategy to its improvement work the place it had already carried out proof-of-concept work to embed data-driven analytics into its design, construct, take a look at and be taught cycles.

After securing funding from A4I, Puraffinity partnered with the NML the place it used crucial gear and deep sector experience to hurry up its improvement cycle and improved the information integrity of its high quality assurance/high quality management processes.

The strategies developed considerably de-risked the product improvement course of, diminished discovery-design-synthesis cycles, facilitated extra exact manufacturing scale-up, mitigated batch variations and elevated yields.

Puraffinity can now present potential purchasers assurance of the protection and the long-term stability of the merchandise, a vital aspect in commercialising public well being improvements by way of water therapy.

Simon Yarwood, Data Switch Supervisor – Industrial Applied sciences, A4I at Innovate UK KTN, stated: “The influence of artificial chemical substances on the setting and human well being is an rising international concern.

“Puraffinity’s innovation designed to create sustainable options to take away these dangerous chemical substances from our water is worthy of the assist from the A4I grant funding competitors.

“The challenge has accelerated innovation, created new partnerships inside the UK science trade, elevated enterprise progress and developed a much-needed resolution to protect our depleting water assets.”

A4I has been working since 2016 and brings collectively 9 nationwide centres of excellence in measurement, tackling challenges affecting present processes, services or products.

Throughout 9 rounds of funding, it has supported over 250 corporations leading to over £600M of profit for these companies, comparable to elevated productiveness and turnover, diminished waste, and the creation of recent and upskilled jobs.

The programme’s goal is to assist increase an organization’s productiveness or competitiveness by enabling the UK’s high scientists, utilizing their different world-class services, to work with corporations to deal with issues in modern methods. Key to the success of A4I are the Brokerage Conferences which might be organized between the businesses and consultants from the A4I companions. These conferences enable the corporate to debate their drawback with consultants who wish to work with the corporate to deal with the issue.

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