Scientists pitch for £10k pot

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THE finalists in a Dragon’s Den-style competition to find scientific innovators have been announced.

The competition, run by Edinburgh BioQuarter, invited innovators to pitch for £10,000 towards further development of their product or concept.

The competition saw three times more entries this year than last year, and the judges praised the “strength and depth” of scientific innovation in the Capital. The competition will also see 20 first-round winners awarded an iPad2.

Among the finalists are Jonathan Wraight, who has developed a new intravenous cannula device, and Mark Hughes and Lana Romaniuk, who aim to improve pre-surgery preparations for surgeons.

To vote for the People’s Choice award between May 14 and 18, visit www. bqinnovation.com.