Loughborough Alumni


11 May 2018

Design alumnus wins AXA Award

Alumnus, Peter Astbury, has been awarded an AXA Health Tech & You Award.

Peter, who graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology in 2017, is the winner of the AXA Peri-Menopause Challenge for his creation, Grace.

The Peri-Menopause category aims to find technologies that give women better control and ways to track their symptoms to give greater understanding of their experiences. This should enable women to seek appropriate support and information.

Peter’s invention, Grace, is a bracelet that automatically fends off menopausal hot flushes. Women can wear the bracelet day and night, and the invention could help in solving one of the most common menopausal symptoms for millions of women worldwide.

Using an array of sensors, Grace automatically identifies the onset of a hot flush. Where a hot flush is identified, a cooling tile is activated which aims to reverse the effects of a flush. Alongside the bracelet, users can track their trends and symptoms using a smartphone app.

The alumnus started to develop Grace as part of his final year project on the Industrial Design and Technology course last year when he noticed a gap in the market for menopausal relief products.

Upon winning the award, Peter said:

"There were some amazing innovations and entrepreneurs at the finals. It felt incredible just to be considered amongst them, let alone win my category. The competition has given me a great platform to connect with large companies, investors and experts in this field and I'm really excited to see what the future may hold."

Peter was also recognised in the James Dyson Awards 2017, where he was named UK Runner-Up for Grace.

The fourth AXA Health Tech & You Awards Ceremony was held on 9 May in Central London. The awards recognise entrepreneurs, innovators, clinicians and representatives from business.

Congratulations to Peter on this achievement.

Find out more about Grace online.


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