Safety device helps Cubik Innovation go for growth
The creators of a device that protects public buildings against serious infection have plans to build on their success at Bristol and Bath Science Park.
Cubik Innovation has made major strides since setting up in a single office at the Science Park three years ago, growing from a team of three people to nearly 20 employees.
The team works with organisations of all sizes – from independent inventors to well-known multi-million pound companies – to design and manufacture hardware and software for consumer electronics and industrial systems.
A device engineered with a local inventor to detect the risk of Legionnaires’ disease has been completed and is expected to be used in hospitals, hotels, offices and other public buildings. Leocycle is a small electronic device that can be attached to pipes underneath sinks and water basins. It notifies building managers of increased risk of the legionella.
This project was brought to Cubik as an idea in 2014 and was developed in its labs before being field tested over a period of months. Now complete, it is hoped the project will be used at many sites across the country to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in the UK.
It is one of more than 50 projects delivered by Cubik through working with inventors, entrepreneurs and established corporations which include Wessex Water and Science Park neighbours, the National Composites Centre.
Following a number of successful ventures, Paul Mullen set up Cubik after seeing the Science Park development in Emersons Green being built from his home nearby. Paul has recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the South West Institute of Directors’ Director of The Year Awards, which will be held in June.
Said Paul: “This year started extremely successfully, with an unprecedented 11 new enquiries for projects of varying sizes and scope during the first weeks of January.
“The Science Park has proved to be a key catalyst for forging relationships with new customers. Our team is working with several MoD-approved suppliers and has taken on smaller projects with local entrepreneurs and inventors. The Leocycle device is just one of a significant range and variety of projects we’re working on, which help organisations to operate better and more securely.”
Paul added: “My early decision to site the company at the Bristol and Bath Science Park has really paid dividends.
“It offers the flexibility to grow and customers and staff love the environment. Every tenant and visitor to the Science Park is a potential customer, so we are right at the heart of technology development in the region. The Science Park team helps tenants make really useful connections and continually notifies us of opportunities that can help our businesses. The experience and added value makes a beautiful building into a true technology and business hub.”
Bristol and Bath Science Park’s vision is to become the destination of choice for innovators and a leading high tech hub in the UK.
Robin Stone, Director and founder of Leocycle’s parent company, said: “Smart, connected facility systems are going through a real generational change when it comes to building management, thanks to the ‘internet-of-things’ and embedded processing.
“Leocycle’s parent company is positioned as a facilities management consultancy firm for tailored solutions, as well as a provider of mission-critical products which will benefit everyone. We have a number of innovations we’re eager to bring to market as soon as possible.”
Richard Pitkin, the Science Park’s Innovation Centre Director, added: “Companies like Cubik are vital components of the long-term economic success story we are creating at the Science Park.
“It’s fantastic that they have been shortlisted for awards just three years after being established. It’s well deserved and a measure of how the company has progressed.”