The Competition

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Janet Wood was the co-founder of Datesand Ltd and the mother of directors Jonathon and Nick. Janet sadly passed away in 2010 and in her memory, we decided to launch an annual innovation award. Datesand would like to invite animal technicians and industry professionals to design a product that will then be marketed and sold within the Biomedical Science industry.

How It Works

Anyone wishing to enter must complete this application pack and submit it with any supporting documents such as a description, drawing, poster, research, photographs, video, and prototypes to: Once all the applications are in, a team of judges will look at all entries and select the designs that they feel will be best received by the industry and are the most viable.

These entries will then be judged by an independent panel of industry professionals and Datesand management staff. From these entries, the judges will choose 3 finalists. Prototypes of the final designs will be produced and displayed (anonymously) at the AST 2020 Conference, where visitors to the Datesand stand will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite design. Votes will also be taken on the website and Twitter page. The overall winner will be announced at the close of congress and the winner (if not there) will be notified.

Step 1

Download an application pack via this website.

Step 2

Complete and return the application pack with supporting documents (descriptions, drawings, posters, research, photographs, videos and prototypes via email or post.

Step 3

A team of judges will shortlist the 3 finalists with the most viable designs.

Step 4

Prototypes of each of the 3 final designs will be produced.

Step 5

Votes will be collected via Twitter, the JWI website and at the AST 2020 Conference. Votes from all sources will be combined and counted.

Step 6

The winner of the competition will be announced at the close of congress.