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Award for city's pioneer BattLab founder.

COVENTRY'S very own Battman has been honoured with a major award from the USA.

Professor Roger Batt - founder of BattLab - has been given an honorary lifetime membership by the Comparative Gastroenterology Society.

The accolade is in recognition of his lifetime achievement in small animal and comparative gastroenterology.

Prof Batt founded BattLab, a professional diagnostic laboratory at the University of Warwick Science Park, which helps vets diagnose a spectrum of diseases.

He said of the award: "It wasn't something I had expected-they knew about the work I've done all my working life to advance diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases in dogs and cats through my publications and presentations at international meetings and got in touch out of the blue."

Mr Batt had top jobs in academia and industry before he founded BattLab in 2005 with wife Brenda who looks after administration. They started with a small lab and have now expanded into a much larger newly-refurbished laboratory at the Science Park, employing nine people.

Angela Childs, of the University of Warwick Science Park, said: "It's great news that Roger has been honoured in such a way.

"Over the past three years, the company has gone from strength to strength and we have watched them grow with great delight."

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HONOURED... Angela Childs of the University of Warwick Science Park with Roger Batt, whose work has been recognised in the US
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Disease/Disorder overview
Date:Aug 28, 2008
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