UoB and IRISi win deal of the year at PraxisAuril KEA Awards

Bristol has won the Deal of the Year category in PraxisAuril’s KE Awards for 2020! The winning entry was for IRISi, a social enterprise established by the University of Bristol to promote and improve the healthcare response to gender-based violence through sustainable evidence-based interventions. The impact of the company has been transformational for the delivery of the intervention, the staff involved, for the clinical practice of general practice teams and for the thousands of survivors of domestic violence and abuse who have been referred to specialist support services as a result. The establishment of IRISi has saved and improved many lives. Andrew Wilson, Senior Research Commercialisation Manager, was instrumental in the creation of the company working closely with the Prof Gene Feder and Medina Johnson (CEO) to transition the IRIS service into a successful social enterprise. IRISi has recently received a £1M grant investment from London’s Violence Reduction Unit to enable expansion across 7 boroughs, with the potential to support more than two million Londoners.