Dr Catarina Marques, research and development manager at Lowestoft-based refrigeration specialist, Adande, and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate at London South Bank University was one of five winners in the Business Leader of the Future category at this year’s KTP Awards.
Marques received the award during a ceremony held at the Old Billingsgate on 10 November 2015. The event was attended by over 400 leading figures from the world of academia and innovation, as well as UK investors and international delegations visiting London for Innovate 2015.
The KTP award was in recognition of Marques’ contribution to the design and manufacture of a new cabinet, incorporating Adande technology, developed to deliver controlled tempering times, whilst maintaining quality and safety.
She also developed an analysis tool which aids product development by identifying solutions with greater return on investment potential. The project has increased Adande’s revenues and will significantly accelerate future product development programmes.
Marques is a graduate in food science and engineering at the Polytechnic of Coimbra in her native Portugal. She has been working at Adande for nearly 10 years, where her responsibilities include new product development, as well as food quality and safety trials, involving organoleptic assessments (sight, smell, touch and taste) on various foodstuffs. For the majority of this period, she has also been employed by London South Bank University, working on various collaborations between Adande and the University.
Marques commented: “I am very proud to be recognised a part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme. I would like to share this success with my colleagues at Adande and the University, whose expertise, enthusiasm and support have helped me hone my skills.”
Ian Wood, MD of Adande, stated: “Catarina is a true pioneer, who has a passion and commitment for the development of innovative and sustainable refrigeration technology. Her work with the London South Bank University and Adande has helped us deliver new state-of-the-art products for the foodservice market.”
While Nigel Bell, Adande’s chairman, added: “In an industry where women are underrepresented, Catarina has earned the respect and admiration of her peers in the refrigeration sector. She is a worthy winner of the KTP Business Leader of the Future Award.”