Three years ago Unitive Design & Analysis Ltd was just an idea, now it’s a thriving young company based in Canary Wharf, celebrating the award of a grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
“The UK is immensely supportive of great ideas - we’re a micro business specialising in the design of imaging systems but Innovate UK know that tiny companies can deliver significant breakthroughs.”
Focused on the imaging demands of a range of industries, the team at Unitive Design drew inspiration for their idea for new image transfer components from the challenges that businesses were already facing.
Founder and Managing Director Dr Phil Marsden has always been adamant that developing leading edge technology is not enough.
We spend our days designing imaging systems based on charged particles, high energy photons, ultra-violet, visible or infra-red radiation, but we know it’s all about the application. Businesses will quite rightly shy away from taking risks unless the application can provide clear advantages that translate to business gains.”
Dr Phil Marsden, Founder and Managing Director
“We’re excited to be able to work on innovative technology but we never forget that everything needs to be presented and driven from the customer’s perspective. We’re doing this to solve manufacturing and design challenges, and to help UK businesses gain a leading edge.”
The company will be talking to early adopters in industry right from the start “Being able to capture an image with superb precision and transfer it efficiently to an end point which may be a screen, a chip or other optoelectronic device, will bring radical new design opportunities and new solutions to many applications.”
Unitive Design were careful to choose the right partner to work with them during the 12 month project, “The University of Nottingham were our first choice due to the breadth of their knowledge base and we couldn’t have asked for a more positive engagement.”
From ‘just an idea’ to a real opportunity to become product developers and manufacturers, Unitive Design & Analysis are clear they couldn’t have done this without the support of Innovate UK, “The UK’s Innovation Agency is a crucial support that enables small companies to grow and contribute to the success of UK plc”.