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21 June 2011 | PR 11/75

Award could lead to sales boost for spin-out company Dialog Devices

A competition win by medical equipment company Dialog Devices could lead to significant sales orders from the NHS.

Loughborough University spin-out Dialog Devices has been announced a winner in an NHS competition to find new ways to combat long-term conditions.

The company, based at Loughborough University’s Innovation Centre, was one of four winners from 50 entrants in the Smart Solutions for Healthcare competition.

The company’s Padd device detects blocked arteries in the leg by using infra-red light to assess blood volume changes in the foot before and after raising the leg.

Currently, patients must be referred to hospital for diagnosis. Padd offers a rapid and simple way to detect and monitor the condition in a doctor’s surgery or clinic.

The Smart Solutions competition aims to find better, more cost-effective approaches to diagnosis and treatment for patients with long-term conditions and cardiovascular disease.

As part of the company’s prize, the winning innovations will now undergo evaluations at hospitals and GP surgeries in the North West with a view to rolling them out across the NHS.

Dialog Devices CEO Jody Brown said: “We are delighted with this award and hope that evaluation of the Padd device in hospitals and GPs surgeries will lead to the first large-scale orders for the device.

“Padd has been hailed as a breakthrough with the potential to save lives, as it offers early detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease quickly and easily in a primary care setting.’’

Dialog Devices was founded on research carried out at Loughborough University and now employs an eight-strong team comprising business, marketing and technical expertise.

Smart Solutions for Healthcare is run by TrusTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Hub which is based in Manchester.

Dr Bryan Griffiths of TrusTECH said: “The NHS faces a monumental challenge in the years ahead and new technologies and services will be required to help change the way care is delivered. Smart Solutions for Healthcare has highlighted some of the ingenious potential solutions which are available.”


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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 has a strong awards portfolio, as follows: 2008/9 Department of Health: Health Technology Devices, 2008 Winner of Lord Stafford Award: Innovation in Development, 2008 Commendation at DaVinci Health Technology Innovation Network Awards, Innovator of 2007 in the Medilink East Midlands Awards,  IET Engineering Award and Medical Futures Finalist.

    For more information, contact: Jody Brown, Chief Executive, Email: jody.brown@dialogdevices.co.uk

  2. About Loughborough University
    Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

  3. About Smart Solutions
    Smart Solutions for Healthcare is being delivered by TrusTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Hub, and is supported by NHS North West, NESTA, Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), England's Northwest, Manchester City Council, Manchester: Knowledge Capital, and New Economy through the Innovation Investment Fund Partnership. www.smartsolutionsforhc.co.uk

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