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13 October 2008 - PR 08/141

Loughborough University spin out Dialog Devices is NHS Showcase company

It has just been announced that Dialog Devices, makers of Padd, the Peripheral Artery Disease assessment device, are an exemplar of innovation and practicality. Padd will be showcased in the NHS Alliance 2008 Conference this month.

Department of Health has awarded Dialog Devices a £400k Health Technology Devices Grant to aid the introduction of Padd to Doctors’ Surgeries and other primary care units. This national multi-centre study is being led by Professor Kamlesh Khunti, an an advisor to the National Screening Committee on Vascular Screening and Royal College of General Practitioners’ Representative for the Quality and Outcomes Framework Review Panel for Cardiovascular disease.

Professor Khunti commented: “Currently many patients in primary care have subclinical cardiovascular disease. This device, if successful, would enable us to identify people at future risk of cardiovascular disease who would substantially benefit from preventative therapies."

Padd is a non-invasive application which allows for rapid and simple assessment of blood circulation in the lower limbs and feet. The test takes under five minutes and, because it requires minimal training, it can be operated at a primary care level, reducing the need for patients to travel to hospital and speeding a diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease.

Dialog Devices is also making an impact in the US where Peripheral Artery Disease is a widespread matter for concern. Padd was runner up in the Silicon Valley Boomer Business Plan competition which aims to highlight products addressing the particular needs of the Baby Boomer Generation. Padd was also recently awarded the first ever Lord Stafford Awards for Innovation in Development the East Midlands.

Since getting seed funding in 2005, Dialog Devices has grown organically, recruiting senior technology and regulatory appointments in 2008. Speaking of the successful progress of the company, Chief Executive Jody Brown said, “It is a notoriously long road to get new medical devices into use in patients, but we have had terrific support from the Department of Health and the NHS where the early diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease will save time and resources, benefiting patients.” She continues, “Whilst Government policy in recent years has focused on supporting the finance, retail and housing sectors, our success demonstrates the great potential of technology-based starts ups to contribute to national economic prosperity, even in these difficult times.”

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Notes for editors:

  1. About Dialog Devices Ltd
    Dialog Devices Ltd is one of the top spin out companies from Loughborough University. It has been trading since 2003 by supplying its core optoelectronic technology and expertise to other early stage biomedical device companies, and building its product base of non-invasive blood perfusion assessment devices. The company was Innovator of 2007 in the Medilink East Midlands Awards.
    For more information, contact: Jody Brown, Chief Executive, Email: jody.brown@dialogdevices.co.uk

  2. The NHS Alliance membership is fully multi-professional. No other NHS body has PCT chief executives and other senior managers, doctors and practice managers, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals, along with Board chairs and members, all working together to improve the health service. The NHS Alliance champions, supports and represents NHS primary care and all those working in it as a movement committed to a fair and progressive NHS that is free from the traditional tribalism of single interest groups. The 2008 Conference takes place on 16th – 17th October in Bournemouth. www.nhsalliance.org

  3. 2008 Silicon Valley Boomer Business Plan Competition is co-sponsored by the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business and Mary Furlong and Associates. From early-stage ventures in medicine to media, fashion to financial services and beyond, the 2008 Boomer Business Plan Competition aims to generate the best ideas from the best universities as well as tap into the business expertise and creativity of any entrepreneurs globally who are addressing the 45+ market. www.scuboomerventure.com
  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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