Blackford Analysis - From Stars to Spinout
Wednesday 7th March 2012, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Ben Panter, Chief Executive of Blackford Analysis Ltd.
Room 4.31 (fourth floor), University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB - map (click on Informatics Forum in the list of buildings).
Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.
This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.
Ben Panter will tell the story of a successful transfer of an
algorithm, developed in astronomy for the analysis of galaxies, to
medical imaging - and the difficulties along the way; dealing with
legacy code, IP and the change from an academic environment to that of
a commercial software house.
About the speaker
Ben Panter is the Chief Executive of Blackford Analysis Ltd., a
University of Edinburgh spinout that develops cutting edge algorithmic
solutions to problems requiring real-time analysis of datasets. A key
focus for the company is the worldwide medical sector but it also
undertakes software design and consultancy work for the oil and gas,
and defence industries. Blackford Analysis’ competitive edge is the
result of it commercialising its extensive expertise in astrophysics.
Ben was responsible for the development of the MOPED algorithm under
Alan Heavens during his astro-physics PhD and then for five years as a
research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and the
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. The team saw an opportunity to transfer
the technology into the medical imaging sector, and Ben led the
development of the project and negotiated the company’s seed
investment round. He led the team to win the RCUK Business Plan
Competition in 2008, the 2009 THALES Scottish Technology Prize, and
the 2010 Nexxus Awards for both Collaboration and Innovation.