InsightsPressBond wins at the inaugural Wales STEM Awards for its innovative digital technology

Bond wins at the inaugural Wales STEM Awards for its innovative digital technology

Bond Digital Health is celebrating after winning at the first ever Wales STEM Awards.

The company received the Innovation in Technology Award, which aims to recognise businesses that have created and developed innovative technological products and processes.

Bond was among 42 companies to be named finalists in this year’s highly anticipated awards, which celebrated those making a difference to, and championing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) in Wales.

Bond’s Transform® technology is a digital platform that adds connectivity and data capture to lateral flow diagnostic tests, allowing valuable test data to be securely captured, stored, analysed and shared in real time.

The platform is currently being used with a test for Covid-19 produced by Bond’s Canadian partners Sona Nanotech.

Viktoriya Agova, Marketing Manager for Bond Digital Health, said:

We couldn’t be happier to have won this particular STEM award because it shines the light on our commitment to excellence not just in product but in people, too.

We’ve been working around the clock to create innovative products and it’s great to be recognised for it. 

What is perhaps less obvious but equally noteworthy is our culture of diversity and openness where people are celebrated and empowered in their professional development. 

We’re proud to be inspiring the next generation to pursue a career in STEM. This award will help strengthen our partnerships with universities and nurture talent from day one.

We would like to thank the organisers and the award sponsors CPS Group (UK) Ltd.

The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony last Thursday evening hosted by BBC Wales.

Head judge Louise Bright, founder of the Wales Women in STEM network, said: “The calibre of those nominated for the awards was second to none and we were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received.

“We are very much looking forward to the future of the Wales STEM Awards and the future of the STEM sector in Wales.”

Co-Founder Liz Brookes of Grapevine Event Management said: “When we launched the awards at the tail end of 2019, we could never have predicted that a global pandemic would scupper our event plans, while at the same time, shine a global spotlight on the importance of STEM in our lives.

“In the last year, science has allowed researchers to study the virus, technology has allowed us to work from home effectively, engineering has enabled us to build ventilators and convert buildings into hospitals, and mathematical modelling has helped the government and health professionals look at the spread and potential impact of the virus.

“Not only have STEM skills been vital in the fight against the virus, but they will continue to be essential as we recover from the crisis and we’re proud to be shining a spotlight on our innovators in Wales.”

The Wales STEM Awards were launched last year to recognise the innovative STEM work being undertaken in Wales, address the diversity gap and skills shortage, and inspire and raise the aspirations of the next generation.

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