Innovation Return on Research (IROR) | Case studies
31 Jan 2020
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Innovation Return on Research (IROR) is a collaborative programme with IBM Research that aims to solve industrial problems and create economic and societal impact. The programme has developed a suite of digital assets which have been applied across industry sectors including: Chemistry & MaterialsLife SciencesEngineering & Manufacturing and Enabling Technologies.​ Read more about our success stories below:

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Predicting novel lipid packing for drug encapsulation​
AstraZeneca is working with researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre on molecular simulation techniques that have the potential to reduce the time and costs associated with developing advanced medicines for the targeted delivery of novel mRNA-based drugs. 
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​Next generation simulati​on of biomolecules​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre are wo​rking with companies like GSK to develop and explore new technology to accelerate discovery of potential new drugs and therapeutics. 
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Ge​tting the picture of emulsion flows​
Unilever and the STFC Hartree® Centre are employing computational modelling to study detailed dynamics of emulsions to optimise innovative manufacturing processes. 
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Cognitive chemical manufacturing​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with AstraZeneca – to optimise their chemical manufacturing processes, saving time and costs in large scale product production and manufacturing. 
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Improving personal care products with advanced simulation​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre are working with Unilever, using advanced in-silico modelling capabilities to drive understanding into antimicrobial peptide interactions for future product development.
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Reducing the risk in vessel turn-arounds for ports​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with worked with Peel Ports Group – a leading UK port operator – to reduce uncertainty in available draft on vessels arriving and departing in ports using AI.

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Improving packing line efficiency​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre are working with Unilever to optimise their packing line operations using the power of data.
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Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with hydrographic survey company Bibby Hydromap, using computational deep learning techniques to automate ​the process ​of labelling boulders in sonar images.​​
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Computational formulation for polymers​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with Johnson Matthey, using computational techniques to automate and accelerate the process of identifying properties of novel chemical formulations.
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Simulation and machine learning for future medicine
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with AstraZeneca to accelerate lead optimisation by providing insights on a new class of drugs with the potential to reduce costs and increase productivity. 
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Developing visualisation and AI tools for engineering production

Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre and the Virtual Engineering Centre, University of Liverpool are working with Airbus to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and data visualisation to their production process.


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Usi​ng image recognition to identify vortices for vehicle design​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre are working with TotalSim – an aerodynamics and CFD company – to understand vortex formation in Formula One cars and improve aerodynamic performance.
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Machine learning in whisky identification and verification
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) using data analytics to tackle counterfeiting across the sector.
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Using data analytics to understand our gut microbiome

Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with the Quadram Institute – a food and health research centre – to design and optimise bioinformatics tools for understanding large genetic datasets.

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Understanding drug toxicity through gene expression​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with agricultural and biotechnology company, Syngenta to design bioinformatics tools for high throughput screening of candidate compounds.
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Unde​​rstanding soil health through the lens of its microbiome

​By analysing large microbiome data sets, researchers at STFC Hartree® Centre are working with Rothamsted Research – to understand how soil microbiomes can shape soil health.

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Designing novel antimicrobial peptides

Ingenza is working with the STFC Hartree® Centre on molecular simulation techniques with the potential to reduce the time and costs associated with bringing new drug designs to market.

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GPU acceleration at scale with OpenPower platforms

We are working to optimise Code_Saturne, an open-source software package developed by EDF for complex CFD simulations to run on next-generation architectures.



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