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Warwick academic honoured as 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

Warwick academic Professor Dave Haddleton has been named as the Royal Society of Chemistry's first ever 'Entrepreneur of the Year'.

Professor Haddleton, founder of Warwick Effect Polymers (WEP), a spin out from the University of Warwick, received the Royal Society's inaugural award at a prestigious event at Burlington House, London last week.

The award, which aims to promote and support innovation within the chemical industry as well as recognising academic achievement, was presented to Professor Haddleton for his work with WEP.

Specialist polymer company Warwick Effect polymers (WEP) is one of the first and most successful spin-off companies from Warwick University and is fast becoming a world leader in the field of living and controlled radical polymerisation.

Professor Haddleton commented:

"I am delighted to have received this prestigious award.

Warwick Effect Polymers is a successful example where an academic research idea has been developed to create a viable technology driven commercial company.

Chemistry has been the backbone of the UK economy for over 100 years and the industry is evolving to welcome many new SME's. This new award is therefore an important step in the recognition and encouragement of entrepreneurial activity."

For further information please contact Rachael Earp, Communications Office, University of Warwick on 02476 574255.