Cambond Ltd named as finalist in Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition

Royal Society of Chemistry press release

Cambond Ltd, a new Cambridge start-up company working on ‘green’ adhesives for industry has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2014.

Cambond was founded by Drs Xiaobin Zhao and Gareth Roberts to develop Dr Zhao’s invention of a way of making adhesives from biomass (such as algae and co-products of ethanol production). Adhesives are a core industrial commodity used extensively in the construction, packaging, automotive and aerospace industries. They are a global £34 Billion market (for 2013) and over 13 million tonnes of adhesives are manufactured each year. Existing (phenol-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde based) adhesive chemistry is derived from oil and has issues concerning toxicity. Whilst there is a desire in the industry to be ’greener’, current substitutes have either technical or cost issues.

Cambond’s proprietary technology makes low carbon adhesives from biomass feedstocks and provides a way to manufacture ‘green’ sustainable adhesives (BCB adhesives) in a cost effective manner:

  • Biomass-based ‘green’ adhesives could capture a significant part of a £34Bn market.
  • BCB adhesives provide UKplc with a global lead in ‘green’, low carbon adhesives
  • BCB adhesives have commercial advantages over the entire adhesive lifecycle from sustainability of feedstocks, low toxicity of
  • the products and ease of recycling.

Drs Xiaobin Zhao (Inventor) and Gareth Roberts attended the competition final at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s London headquarters on Piccadilly on 25 June where they pitched their research ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to commercial experts from renowned scientific multinational companies and also exhibited the company’s technology associated products.

On being selected as an Emerging Technologies finalist Dr Gareth Roberts, Business Director for the company said: “we are pleased the RSC had the vision to realise the huge potential in this new approach to making adhesives and excited at the prospect of accelerating the commercial development of Cambond.”

Dr Aurora Antemir, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s industry programme manager said: “The process of translating a scientific innovation into a product or service that creates value, or that customers will pay for, is difficult.

“The Royal Society of Chemistry recognises the potential of innovators in the chemical sciences to contribute to economic growth in the UK. But we also recognise that it’s really hard for innovators to make that jump from the lab bench to market because they don’t have the commercial know-how.

“That’s why we set up the Emerging Technologies Competition – to connect the brightest ideas in the chemical sciences with commercial expertise in large multinational companies and to the right business networks to make technologies that have big potential more investment-ready.”

As well as mentoring and cash prizes, the Emerging Technologies Competition winners will benefit from a package of free advertising and access to investor networks.

More information: Victoria Steven, Royal Society of Chemistry, 0207 440 3322; 07774328390

Notes to editors

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry organises the Emerging Technologies Competition to identify and showcase the latest technologies in the chemical sciences with significant potential impact for the UK economy. Winning companies and researchers receive ongoing, one-to-one mentoring from renowned multinational companies, a cash prize up to £10,000 and a further package of benefits to help them transfer their promising technologies into commercial reality.
  • The 2014 Emerging Technologies Competition Final takes place on 25 June at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House, London, and is open to anyone with an interest in innovation and commercialisation. As well as pitching sessions, the event offers the opportunity to network with potential investors and collaborators and seminars on the benefits and pitfalls of commercialisation – including finance, marketing and patenting.
  • Companies or researchers planning to enter the Emerging Technologies Competition in 2015 are encouraged to attend this yea’s Competition Final to experience the process first hand and meet some of the winners. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 48,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 170 years of history and an international vision of the future. We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences – for the benefit of science and humanity. www.rsc.org
  • Cambond can be contacted through Dr. Gareth Roberts 07779257636 www.cambond.co.uk

Cambond Ltd are in the finalist of Cambridge’s Top Innovations 2014

Top-Innovations-2014Cambridge News & Cambridge Business magazine are looking to find the best innovations to have gone public in the last 12 months. Entries to Top Innovations 2014 can be products or services, can be in the development stage or already on the market and nominations will be put before an expert panel of judges, who will have the difficult task to decide who the top five are.

The judging process culminates in an awards evening on 17th September at Clare College, when Mike Lynch will be speaking. The prize for the top innovation could go to any firm in genres including technical, medical, digital and many others. The judging panel will include Andy Harter, inventor of virtual network computing and chief executive of RealVNC in Cambridge; Anne Miller, engineer and director of The Creativity Partnership and a regular contributor to Cambridge Business; and Stew McTavish, who runs ideaSpace at The Hauser Forum, where innovative ideas get a chance to flourish.

Cambond Ltd is a new Cambridge tech-company working on ‘green’ adhesives for industry. The company makes low carbon adhesives from biomass feedstocks and provides a way to manufacture ‘green’ sustainable adhesives in a cost effective manner world widely. The company has been set up by two Cambridge based entrepreneurs Drs Xiaobin Zhao and Gareth Roberts. The company is listed in the finalist of Cambridge’s Top Innovations 2014 and will attend the award evening on 17th September at Clare College, Cambridge University.

CAMBOND AND DAREGLOBAL WOOD GROUP – SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ‘GREEN GLUE’ PILOT

Cambond Ltd is a new Cambridge tech-company working on ‘green’ adhesives for industry. The company makes low carbon adhesives from biomass feedstocks and provides a way to manufacture ‘green’ sustainable adhesives in a cost effective manner world widely. The company has been set up by two Cambridge based entrepreneurs Drs Xiaobin Zhao and Gareth Roberts.

Glue (adhesives) are a core industrial commodity used extensively in the construction, packaging, automotive and aerospace industries. Adhesives are a global £34 Billion market (for 2013) and over 13 million tonnes of adhesives are manufactured each year.

Existing (phenol-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde based) adhesive chemistry is derived from oil and there are concerns about sustainability. Whilst there is a desire in the industry to be ’greener’, current substitutes of formaldehyde based adhesives have either technical or cost issues.

Cambond’s proprietary technology makes low carbon, sustainable adhesives from biomass (algae and by products of bioethanol fermentation and others) feedstocks and provides a way to manufacture formaldehyde-free ‘green’ adhesives in a cost effective manner:

Cambond has been collaborating with Dareglobal Wood Group (Asia’s leading manufacturer of plywood and MDF products). The project has been successful in using ‘green’ adhesives to make wood based products suitable for the construction industry in a prototype manufacturing plant.

  •  Biomass-based ‘green’ adhesives could capture a significant part of a £34Bn market especially for wood based products..
  • · These adhesives could provide the UK and China with a global lead in ‘green’, low carbon adhesives
  • ‘Green’ adhesives have enourmous environmental and commercial advantages over the entire adhesive lifecycle from sustainability   of feedstocks, safety of the products and ease of recycling.

Dr Xiaobin Zhao commented ‘we have been very excited by working with Dareglobal, their broad vision and commitment has meant this project has moved very quickly from planning to making fibreboards with biomass based adhesives in a very short time’.

Mr Zhen Ning, Director for Dareglobal Wood Panel Research Centre said “we have been working with Dr Zhao on the bioadhesives since last year and we have made significant progress on processing fibreboard using the KQ-SERIES ”green glue”. This will have big impact on the improvement for both working and living environment in green construction industry. Next stage, we are going to move to scaled-up manufacturing of fibreboard with this green bioadhesives. This will further demonstrate our commitment in protecting the global environment by international collaboration using advanced clean technology”.

Notes to editors

More information: Gareth Roberts Cambond Ltd 07779257636 Dr Xiaobin Zhao 07507949517

  • Cambond is a finalist in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technology Competition.This competiton on 25th June in Burlington House London showcases the latest technologies in the chemical sciences with significant potential impact for the UK economy. The Competition Final event is open to anyone with an interest in innovation and commercialisation. More information see www.rsc.org .
  • Dareglobal Wood Group is based in Danyang, Jiangsu, China. Derglobal is a public listed company in china and working on MDF fibreboard and Plywood. It is the No one biggest company in wood panel manufacturing in Asia and No 10 in the world.
  • Cambond can be contacted through Dr. Gareth Roberts 07779257636, groberts@cambond.co.uk

£10k scientific innovation contest sees Cambridge swamping finals

Written by JENNY CHAPMAN

Julian Huppert MP

Cambridge has come out top in the shortlist for a scientific innovation competition, sending five teams from companies and research institutes across the city to the final of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2014 in London this month.

Making up a total of a quarter of the competition finalists, teams from local companies AERI, Cambond and Rapid Biosensor Systems, and from Cambridge University and MRC Human Nutrition Research, will attend the final at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s London headquarters on Piccadilly on June 25 – where they will pitch their research ‘Dragons’ Den’ style to commercial experts from scientific multinationals.

They will battle against 15 other teams from across the UK to win the top prize of one-to-one mentoring from the competition’s multinational partners and £10,000

prize money – to be presented to the winners by the BBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ judge, Richard Farleigh.

Dr Aurora Antemir, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s industry programme manager said: “The process of translating a scientific innovation into a product or service that creates value, or that customers will pay for, is difficult.”

“The Royal Society of Chemistry recognises the potential of innovators in the chemical sciences to contribute to economic growth in the UK. But we also recognise that it’s really hard for innovators to make that jump from the lab bench to market because they don’t have the commercial know-how.

“That’s why we set up the Emerging Technologies Competition – to connect the brightest ideas in the chemical sciences with commercial expertise in large multinational companies and to the right business networks to make technologies that have big potential more investment-ready.”

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert (pictured) said: “I’m absolutely delighted to hear that Cambridge University, MRC Human Nutrition Research and Cambond have been selected as finalists in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s competition. The technologies they will be judged on are all excellent examples of the potential that scientific research has to impact our economy, both locally and nationally. Together with the other Cambridgeshire companies on the shortlist, this news cements the city’s reputation as a centre for global scientific excellence even further and I wish them the very best of luck in the final.”

 

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www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Business-News/10k-scientific-innovation-contest-sees-Cambridge-swamping-finals-20140611150147.htm

Cambridge expertise on show at RSC Emerging Technologies final

Cambridge will be well represented at the final of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition next month. This is the biggest competition of its kind in the UK, set to facilitate commercialisation of the best British technologies in chemical, life and materials sciences.

In partnership with Procter and Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Croda and Catalent Applied Drug Discovery Institute, the competition aims to support cutting edge technologies with significant potential impact.  The Prize consists of on-going mentoring and support from multinational companies, up to £10,000 cash prize and more.

No less than five of the 20 teams from universities and small companies  – who will be pitching for a chance to win the top prize – are from Cambridge. They include:

  • University of Cambridge, Royal Society URF, Goncalo Bernardes
  • AERI Ltd, Cambridge, Andrei Mourachkine
  • Cambond Ltd, Cambridge, Xiaobin Zhao
  • MRC Human Nutrition Centre, Cambridge, Dora Pereira
  • Rapid Biosensor Systems Ltd, Babraham Hall, Elaine McCash

Some of the fascinating technologies being pitched include 3D printing of chemistry, embedded colour changing labels for food, novel low carbon adhesives and new ways to store blood for transfusions.

www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/cambridge-expertise-on-show-at-rsc-emerging-technologies-final/