Micrima’s Executive Chairman is recognised in exclusive list of top 50 entrepreneurs

Roy Johnson Executive chairman and founder of Bristol-based company Micrima Ltd celebrated being announced as a top 50 entrepreneur of global number one university business incubator, SETsquared at the House of Commons.

Roy Johnson was on an exclusive list selected from over 1,000 entrepreneurs who have been supported by SETsquared during the last 15 years.

SETsquared supports high growth tech companies that have significant economic impact, having collectively raised over £1bn of investment and created over 9,000 jobs.

The announcement took place on 29 March – the historic day that Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 to leave the EU – serving as a reminder of the UK’s strength in innovation and entrepreneurship in the global market.
The companies honoured have reached milestone achievements, including raising significant investment, exporting products globally, creating thousands of jobs or achieving a world first.

Micrima has developed a new breast imaging modality MARIA, Utilising harmless radio-wave technology and not using breast compression like many current methods. This technology has also proven particularly effective in dense tissue, an area current modalities perform poorly.

Speaking of the achievement Roy Johnson, said: Breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 35 and 55 in Europe and the leading cause of death for women in many countries. The problem is that many tumours are not discovered early enough, largely due to the difficulty in discriminating between cancers and dense tissue using current imaging technology. Using harmless radio-waves, the MARIA™ imaging system is capable of detecting tumours in dense tissue and allows routine and repeated scanning without any of the safety or comfort concerns associated with x-ray mammography. The process takes less than five minutes and avoids painful breast compression.”

SETsquared worked with an expert panel of investors and innovation corporate leaders to select the Top 50 Entrepreneur which includes companies from across various industries such as health, green technology and 5G and wireless communication.

Michael Queen, an investor on the panel, said: “Creating a successful business requires talented entrepreneurs and a great idea but this isn’t enough. SETsquared acts as a catalyst providing support, logistics, training and mentoring to turn dreams into reality.

“Over the last 15 years, SETsquared has made a major contribution to building a dynamic technology-based business sector in the UK.”

The reception at the House of Commons was an opportunity for the entrepreneurs to celebrate their achievements along with MPs and special guests, as well as sharing stories of how they have successfully raised investment, exported products globally or had a major impact on their industry.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “When I look back on the last 15 years, I am overwhelmed by the talent and achievements of the entrepreneurs that SETsquared has supported.

“They have brought world-leading innovations to market and these have been exported across the globe. SETsquared has provided support and a network for these entrepreneurs including access to mentors, experts, international markets and investors, and they are now out there doing SETsquared and the UK proud.”

To see the full top 50 list, visit: setsquared.co.uk/top50

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