SBRI Healthcare awards £1.25 million to 13 innovations

SBRI Healthcare has awarded £1.25 million to help fund the development of thirteen separate innovations relating to musculoskeletal disorder and dentistry, oral health and oral cancers. The pioneering projects were discovered through a nationwide call by SBRI Healthcare earlier this year for innovations to tackle healthcare problems in these fields.

SBRI Healthcare works with businesses to identify, co-create and develop innovative health tech solutions for the NHS by launching a series of competitions geared around solving specific healthcare challenges. The most recent competition in July 2018 called for innovations to tackle musculoskeletal disorders and improve oral health.

Innovations that came to the fore as part of this competition call and that can now benefit from the £1.25m funding range from AI-based smartphone apps and virtual reality programmes, to technologies designed to improve the diagnosis, surgical outcomes and pain relief related to oral cancers.

Karen Livingstone, National Director of SBRI Healthcare, commented: “Approximately 9.6 million adults and 12,000 children in the UK are affected by musculoskeletal disorders, which can cause chronic disability. Meanwhile recent reports estimate that poor oral hygiene and preventable tooth decay could be costing the NHS as much as £50 million a year. The range and calibre of responses we received to our competition highlight the significant role that technology can play in delivering cutting edge prevention and treatment services in these fields.”

“We are excited to support these companies through the early stages of product development and to help ensure that their innovations find their way into our hospitals as quickly as possible. All of these projects have the potential to have a significant impact on patient outcomes and to alleviate cost and time pressures on the NHS. Fast-tracking their development should therefore be welcome news for both patients and clinicians alike.”

Funding was awarded to the following projects:

Musculoskeletal disorders

Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems LTD – awarded £99,726: CBAS’s remote monitoring system, PID:Digital, enhances the care-pathway for mobility conditions, by using machine learning to gather patient data from patient-worn sensors to assess their recovery and relay clinically-relevant metrics to clinics and patients via a bespoke app. 

Amaphase Ltd – awarded £99,700: Amaphase is a form of transdermal delivery technology specifically for the self-care of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis.

getUBetter Ltd – awarded £99,420: The getUBetter platform aids in self-managing lower back pain and occupational health. Patients can benefit from access to personalised self-management, prevention and wellness strategies that are integrated across the platform.

Manchester Metropolitan University – awarded £97,122: The university’s technology measures knee movement after knee replacement surgery, helping to reduce the need for intensive early physiotherapy.

AMODISC LTD – awarded £95,900: Amosdisc’s Amoscalpel is a smartphone based surgical simulation training platform that interactively mentors orthopaedic surgeons and scrub staff of all grades, enabling trainees to gain safe, clinical practice that encourages a more effective surgical service.

VirtiHealth Ltd – awarded £94,600: Virti is an immersive patient education platform that uses 360-degree video and augmented reality to transport patients to real world environments to reduce anxiety and improve patient experience during in-person clinical encounters e.g. physiotherapy.

Chondrogenix Ltd – awarded £94,000: Chondrogenix’s data-driven platform has the capacity to generate unlimited cartilage cells from any human cell type, and thus create a safe and efficient way to develop and scale therapeutic cells.

Phyxercise Ltd – awarded £92,398: Physio Exerciser is an app that utilises in-built motion sensors to help patients perform exercises correctly and provide them with real-time information on the progress the patient is making.

Good Boost Wellbeing Ltd – awarded £89,050: Good Boost delivers aquatic exercise and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal conditions in public swimming pools. This creates a group therapeutic activity programme that is individually tailored to supporting musculoskeletal conditions using an app that can be accessed on waterproof tablets.

Dentistry, oral health and oral cancers

Lightpoint Medical – awarded £99,959: Lightpoint Medical’s novel intra-operative imaging device, the LightPath Imaging System, aims to improving head and neck cancer prognosis.

Zilico Limited – awarded £99,752: ZedScan is a clinically proven real-time in-vivo diagnostic product, based on electrical characterisation of cervical tissue, which aims to improve the speed and accuracy of oral pre-cancer/cancer diagnosis.

Brush DJ Ltd – awarded £83,330: Brush DJ is a free toothbrush timer app that plays two minutes of music taken from the user’s device to encourage brushing for an effective length of time. The app also allows users to set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, use mouthwash and when next to see their dentist.

MonMedical (trading as Cinapsis Ltd) – awarded £80,000: MonMedical are adapting deep convolutional neural networks, which are currently being used to distinguish cancer from benign skin lesions to achieve the same results with oral lesions.