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Lord Stafford Awards

Originally Published 07 December 2001

The University has just achieved a hat trick of the prestigious Lord Stafford award for innovation, winning for the third year running.

The Lord Stafford Awards are the main business awards for innovation in the West Midlands and are sponsored by Advantage West Midlands. The latest Lord Stafford Innovation Award for a University has just been presented to Warwick "spin off" company, Dig-ePrint Ltd. Dig-ePrint Ltd is a joint venture between the University and Integrated Global Images plc (IGI plc) and is based on the Warwick Science Park.

Lord Stafford presented the award to the Dig-ePrint team represented by Dr Duncan Billson and Professor David Hutchins from the School of Engineering, and Dr Trevor Elworthy, Managing Director of both Dig-ePrint and IGI plc. Warwick Ventures has been instrumental in setting Dig-ePrint up, providing essential support and guidance from the outset. They will continue to be associated with the project, representing the University?s interest as a major shareholder in the company.

Dig-ePrint is developing a new high output-quality system to expose digital images onto standard photographic paper that will be substantially cheaper than current systems. At the heart of the technology is a radically new type of digital exposure head, which should allow systems to be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies, whilst maintaining the photographic quality achieved by other methods.

Dr Billson says: "It is a great accolade to win the Lord Stafford award, especially against very stiff competition. The whole of the team is delighted! The award cited Dig-ePrint as an excellent example of how industry and the University can work together, leading to innovative research and commercial spin-offs. We hope that this is the first of many such ventures coming from our Division."