It was that unique experience of returning to college when "middle aged" which gave me the opportunity to meet two outstanding gentlemen , Donald Highgate and John Wreford. Since then they have been good friends and wonderful business partners. Donald's knowledge of technology particularly in the areas of special classes of polymers, and John's personality and understanding of finance allowed us to set up two businesses.
The first business we tried exploited some properties of cross linked hydrophilic co-polymers to develop a new dental root filling. It did make it to the market but soon failed due to lack of sales. It proved impossible to persuade people that implanting a toxic and carcinogenic material ( as presently used by the dental profession ) was not a good idea. Of course we could never prove that such a material causes cancers. However if you are considering a root filling do remember that although each point used weighs probably no more than 0.1 g and thus the three that may be put in your tooth are thus less than 1 g they do contain several thousand million million potentially carcinogenic molecules which will be released gradually into your blood stream over the next 40 years at a rate of several million per second.. It only needs one such to succeed in its endeavors and you could have a cancer.
The above are only my personal views , and far from any proven
position; but do look more carefully at the views of others such
as the Mercola site if you are considering a root filling.
Innovative ideas from Donald allowed us to develop a further range of cross linked hydrophilic co-polymers into which could be polymerised ionic monomers.This unique step allowed polymers to be created with unique electrical properties. Such materials with high electrical conductivity and low cost are ideally suited to the core technology required for the energy systems of the next century based upon hydrogen as a transportable fuel and using electrolysers for its production and fuel cells for its reconversion. We therefore set up a business to exploit this technology and full details can be seen on the ITM Power plc web pages.
Both companies were set up in Sheffield.