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‘Enhancing Functional Rehabilitation’ - seed grant funding available

The Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) associated with the five inaugural Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England (Cambridge Enterprise, Imperial Innovations Ltd, King’s Business, UCL Business PLC and University of Manchester Intellectual Property Ltd / TRUSTECH) have worked together to scope unmet healthcare needs in the area of ‘Enhancing Functional Rehabilitation.’ This initiative led by MIMIT (Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology) is funded by the National Innovation Centre and Arthritis Research UK. We are now seeking solutions to one of the unmet healthcare needs arising from this collaboration.

Objective:  To provide 12 months seed grant funding (Arthritis Research UK or National Innovation Centre) to support early stage, collaborative research projects to address this particular unmet healthcare need. This funding will be matched by the Principal Investigators relevant Technology Transfer Organisation (TTO), which in Cambridge is Cambridge Enterprise.

1) Next Generation Walking Stick

Currently walking sticks are uncomfortable have uncomfortable handles that are difficult to grip, they have poor aesthetics and cannot be stowed upright, so that users need to bend down to pick them up.

This call is for projects aiming generate new designs that address these problems in a manner that is effective and attractive.

2) Remote Monitoring of Physical Rehabilitation

Patients with long term conditions require on-going monitoring and recurrent healthcare appointments. At each appointment a significant amount of time is taken up with gathering information which is a snap shot of the patient’s condition. There is an opportunity here for the use of a tele-medicine system where patients can log their progress remotely, so that when they have an appointment the time is spent discussing the information already at hand.

The call is for a system that will capture the information remotely to measure key factors that define improvement in patient health and wellbeing.

The successful projects will receive up to £80,000. Half will come from ARUK the rest matched from Cambridge Enterprise funds. THE DEADLINE FOR OUTLINE PROPOSALS IS 30TH JUNE. 

If you have any interest in making an application please get in touch with Andrew Walsh to discuss.

Andrew Walsh Ph.D, Manager, Healthcare

Cambridge Enterprise Limited, University of Cambridge, Hauser Forum, 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0GT, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 760339    Direct: +44 (0)1223 760338    Fax: +44 (0)1223 763753

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Posted on 20/06/2013

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