University finalist at the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards for innovation

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority have announced the finalists for their 5th annual Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards and the University’s Dr Srijan Jindal has been shortlisted for the new ‘Innovator of the Year’ category.

The awards are part of the Metro Mayor’s 1% for Culture initiative, and honour the value and contribution that the cultural and creative sector brings to the Liverpool City Region. But they are not just about the arts, culture and creativity includes technology, innovation, and science in order to develop and introduce new ideas and creative approaches that are innovative and transformational.

The ‘Innovator of the Year’ award celebrates an individual whose application of creativity has been game changing, demonstrating innovation in the fields of technology, business, and/or science in order to develop and introduce new ideas and improved ways of doing things.

Dr Srijan Jindal is one of the University’s most accomplished academic founder-entrepreneurs. He is Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer at University of Liverpool spin-out PhenUTest Diagnostics. With support from the University’s IP Commercialisation Team, he took an idea he developed through his PhD and Post-Doc research, spun-out a company from UoL in 2021, and after leading the R&D team, has put his technology as the front-runner to provide cheap, accurate and rapid diagnostics for (UTIs) at point-of-care setting. 

PhenUtest made exceptional early progress and has gone from strength to strength, securing ~£5m in investment funding over the last 2 years and registering over 95% accuracy in blinded sample testing.

Srijan is a popular research commercialisation thought leader and shares his experiences at various events e.g. panel expert at the UK’s first SLUSH’D global network tech conference in September 2023. He has become an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and underrepresented groups across the Liverpool City Region’s research innovation community and beyond.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at St Helens Rugby League Stadium (Langtree Park) on Thursday 7 March 2024, the area being this year’s Borough of Culture.

For more information about the awards visit and read more about the University’s success in innovation here.

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