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Wednesday 21st September saw Nucleus Expo, the first ever science and technology innovation themed event, return to Hampshire – and it attracted a record number of participants. 400 delegates attended the event, which was officially opened by the Rt. Hon Sir Vince Cable.

Nucleus Expo was created to support and encourage innovation in the UK, and to celebrate the achievements of those inventing and commercialising ground-breaking new technologies. It was sponsored by Merck, and supported by Spire Southampton Hospital, the University of Southampton Science Park, Dstl, IBM, Wessex AHSN, Hampshire County Council, Greentech South and the University of Southampton.

Dr. Owen Lozman, New Platform R&D Director at Merck, commented: “Merck’s presence in Hampshire has long been under the radar. Nucleus Expo presented the perfect opportunity to let the science and technology community find out what actually goes on in our Performance Materials technical centre in Chilworth. We were very happy to have the opportunity to present some of our research projects with a special focus on printed electronics and the future of advanced displays. I was also excited to showcase Merck’s first ever concept car. Nucleus Expo was full of surprises, even for Merck staff!”

Nucleus Expo took place at the University of Southampton Science Park’s brand new building, 5 Benham Campus. The new facility was officially opened on the same day by the Rt. Hon Sir Vince Cable, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton, and Peter Birkett, CEO of the University of Southampton Science Park.

The event programme encompassed a dynamic mix of inspiring keynote presentations on centre stage, participative workshops and stimulating demonstrations. An impressive exhibitor zone across six sectors – Cleantech, MedTech, Aerospace and Defence, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Cyber and Marine – gave attendees unprecedented access to the latest game changing innovations across a diverse range of topics from tidal energy to neutron detectors and cutting edge prosthetics.

Nigel Clarke, CEO of exhibitor Morgan Innovation & Technology, said: “The MedTech zone was packed and we’re already in talks with a company regarding running user trials with us, as a result of meeting them at Nucleus Expo.”

React Comms CEO and Nucleus Expo Founder Layla Stacey added: “Wandering around the Expo gave everyone a glimpse into the future of technology, not just in Hampshire but across the world. Delegates were astounded by Hobbs Rehabilitation’s exoskeleton demonstration, xim’s vital signs monitoring, Tesla’s test rides and the countless other technologies being created right here in Hampshire. We can’t wait to take Nucleus Expo to the West Midlands in November this year, and then across the UK in 2017 to uncover more UK tech success stories that are just waiting to happen.”

Nucleus Expo will be heading to the West Midlands on the 22nd of November 2016.  If you would like to be involved, or if you’d like to discuss bringing Nucleus Expo to your region, please contact or call 020 3697 5716.

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