The four finalists for the 50th anniversary MacRobert Award, announced in June 2019, were:
- Bombardier (Belfast) for developing an innovative, resin-infused advanced composite wing that minimises an aircraft’s environmental impact by reducing both weight and fuel burn in flight, and waste during manufacture
- Darktrace (Cambridge) for Antigena, an AI-powered ‘self-healing’ cybersecurity system that can both identify and neutralise cyberattacks
- M Squared (Glasgow), whose SolsTiS Titanium:Sapphire laser produces the world's purest light and can be tuned across the spectrum - it is enabling new scientific discoveries and bringing about radical transformations in quantum computing, healthcare, navigation and climate change technology
- OrganOx (Oxford) for creating the metra, a world-first device that can keep a human donor liver functioning outside the body for up to 24 hours prior to transplant
2019 MacRobert Award winner: BombardierAcademy President Professor Dame Ann Dowling (far left) and HRH The Princess Royal present the MacRobert Award to the Bombardier team: (L-R) Mark Braniff, Trevor Poots, David Patterson, Sam Wilson, David Riordan
On 11 July 2019 at Banqueting House in London, Bombardier were announced as winners of the MacRobert Award in the prize's 50th anniversary year.
The Belfast-based company received the UK's premier award for engineering innovation in recognition of their resin-infused advanced composite wing.