Computing students win Biopta competition

16 December 2013

The University’s Real World Project teamed up with leading biosciences company, Biopta, to task computing students to produce a prototype database for its worldwide operation.

The company, founded in 2002 by GCU graduate Dr. David Bunton, asked third year computing students to develop a prototype database to improve Biopta’s administration, sales and marketing processes.

Based in Glasgow, with a lab facility in Maryland, USA, the company is focused on the use of human tissue research and procurement serving Pharma and Biotech customers worldwide and has previously collaborated with the University.

The winning entry was by students Daniel Watson, James Howie and Heather Dawson who received £500 and a week’s work placement with the company. The prize was jointly sponsored by GCU Lead and Biopta. 

Computing student Daniel Watson said: "The Real World employability competition was an amazing opportunity to gain real life experience. It was a difficult project, but in the end, it was definitely worth the challenge."

Elaine Ferguson, Biopta Finance Director, said: “We would like to commend the students for their hard work and commitment during the project. The teams created impressive prototypes and stuck closely to the brief. We were so impressed by the output that we decided to offer a week's work experience to the winning team to allow them to further develop the concept.”

Sabine McKinnon, Senior Lecturer in GCU LEAD who manages the Real World Project, said:

“This competition is the result of collaboration between different departments in the University and Biopta. We are delighted with the quality of the students’ work and their commitment to the project. We have no doubt that success in a competition like this will stand them in good stead in their search for employment after graduation.”

GCU LEAD welcomed students, Biopta representatives and colleagues from the Department of Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems, the Department of Life Sciences, GCU LEAD and the Careers Service to a prizegiving reception on campus.