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SBRI Healthcare Competition – Kidney Care

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In October 2013, Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC) working with The Department of Health and the National Institute for Health Research, launched a new £3.6million fund to find innovative technology based solutions in Kidney Care.

This Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition closed for applications on 20 Dec 2013.

We received many excellent proposals which underwent a rigorous assessment process during January.

The winners of the SBRI competition are:

  • University of Cambridge and SensorHut Ltd - development of an innovative sensor that can detect early AKI by sensing volatile molecules in the urine, at the bedside.
  • Helier Scientific Ltd - development of a sensitive test for urinary K-Cadherin, a marker of kidney disease progression in patients with diabetes
  • Jasmine Media Productions LLP - a virtual 4D technology to increase patient confidence towards vascular access cannulation and promote self-care and home haemodialysis treatment options
  • Patientrack Limited and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust – automated information technology system to calculate risk and alert clinical teams
  • DocCom Careflow (tm)- ensuring faster treatment of Acute Kidney Injury using secure messaging to deliver alerts to clinicians in real time and then enabling instant, mobile cross team referrals and conversation
  • UK Renal Data Collaboration-– delivering patient results in real time and modules to allow patients to flag up mistakes and changes in their medical records
  • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust - a telemedicine platform to reduce patient hospital attendance
  • IF Sensing Ltd - a device for monitoring renal function at home using interstitial fluid allowing out of hospital monitoring of kidney function
  • Atlantis Healthcare - an online support programme using coping exercises to improve self-management in order to delay disease progression and aid shared decision-making around dialysis in order to reduce distress and decisional conflict
  • Randox Laboratories Ltd - a test for Aminoacylase-1, a biosensor for early transplant function
  • University of Leeds - an immunoabsorption system for patients due to have blood group incompatible transplants and can be used simultaneously with haemodialysis, reducing treatment time and time spent in hospital.
  • Microsensor Limited - infection sensors that can be incorporated into existing peritoneal dialysis products
  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd – modelling the "dialysis day" with the aim of minimising delays in haemodialysis patient treatment
  • 365 Response Ltd - a booking app for transport, one key factor for delays in haemodialysis treatment


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