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EvoPhase recognised as finalist in prestigious Manchester Prize

EvoPhase recognised as finalist in prestigious Manchester Prize

EvoPhase, which enhances the performance of industrial process equipment, has been selected as a finalist for the inaugural Manchester Prize. 

Announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last Spring and launched in December 2023, the Manchester Prize celebrates teams of innovators that develop AI solutions to overcome challenges in the fields of energy, environment and infrastructure. 

EvoPhase was chosen as one of just ten finalists, recognising the potential of the team’s work using novel evolution-inspired AI methodologies to improve the design of manufacturing equipment.

This AI-led ‘evolutionary design’ approach is applicable to a diverse range of process equipment, including mills, dryers, roasters, coaters, fluidised beds, stirred tanks and more.

The EvoPhase team is using their technology to develop EvoPhase Explore, a software-as-a-service platform that optimizes the geometry of processing equipment, to meet requirements in energy, throughput and mixing rate. 

It is expected to transform industrial processes by significantly reducing energy consumption and enhancing operational efficiency while also making a meaningful contribution to environmental sustainability by reducing waste. 

Explore addresses some of the most pressing challenges in the fields targeted by the Manchester Prize.  As EvoPhase continues to refine and advance EvoPhase Explore, the team is excited to leverage the support and opportunities provided by the Manchester Prize to bring their solution to the forefront of industrial technology.

The Manchester Prize finalists were chosen by independent assessors based on rigorous criteria that include innovation, impact, long-term viability, feasibility, and adherence to safety and ethical standards. EvoPhase’s selection highlights its commitment to these values and its potential to influence significant positive change within the industry.

“We are immensely proud to be acknowledged as a finalist for the Manchester Prize,” said Dominik Werner, Co-founder and CEO of EvoPhase. “This recognition is a testament to our team’s dedication and innovative approach to harnessing the power of AI for real-world impact.  EvoPhase Explore represents a major advancement in our mission to support industries in becoming more efficient and environmentally responsible.”

EvoPhase was launched by University of Birmingham Enterprise last year, using a unique model of commercialisation known as an Operating Division, which allows industry rapid access to flexible, cutting-edge services from the University of Birmingham’s academic innovators.

CEO Dominik Werner will be hosting a webinar on EvoPhase Explore on June 25th at 4 pm (BST).  To sign up for the event please visit

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