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Two companies win SBRI Healthcare funding

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network is proud to be supporting two projects that have been awarded development contracts in the latest SBRI Healthcare competition.

SBRI-healthcare-logo-rgb-medium 670 by 400DocAbode Ltd and Ulsys Ltd were among 22 companies to share in a £2.1million investment to develop and commercialise novel technologies with the potential to revolutionise GP services. This latest SBRI Healthcare competition was led by Eastern, South West and West of England AHSNs

DocAbode Ltd seamlessly connects NHS patients with faster, bespoke healthcare at home through increasing the availability and accessibility of local clinicians. Through widening the network of a flexible, sustainable and local clinical workforce, algorithms match capacity to demand, creating a safer and more responsive urgent care system. The platform supports cross-organisational collaboration, efficiency and workflow integration between primary, community and urgent care providers.

Ulsys Ltd helps patients with venous leg ulcers. Venous leg ulcers are the most common chronic wounds in the western world; they can be very painful, take a long time to heal (sometimes years) and recurrences are common. Treating ulcers often involves the use of compression bandages around the lower leg, which need to be replaced at least weekly, sometimes in a specialist hospital unit, but often by community nurses for whom they can consume about 25 per cent of their time. The project helps patients care for themselves, adjusting their own dressings to keep the correct compression while keeping care professionals informed so they can assist as necessary.

The 22 successful projects have been selected for their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered to patients. The companies will be fully supported and fully funded to demonstrate the technical feasibility of their proposed concept for a six-month development phase.

Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, commented: “SBRI Healthcare provides vital early stage investment to enable co-development of technologies that make a real difference across healthcare services and the health and wellbeing of patients and the community.

“We’re extremely excited to be working with DocAbode and Ulsys and championing opportunities with our AHSN Network partners.”

Dr Taz Aldawoud, CEO at DocAbode, said: “I couldn’t have made it this far without the support of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN. Its support initially set me off in the right direction and its continuing support has been truly amazing.”

Roger Tipple of Ulsys commented: “Yorkshire & Humber AHSN offered significant support as ‘critical friends’, helping us gain new perspectives on our project and important insights on SBRI’s priorities, all of which contributed to a successful application.”