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6 Oct 2020

Graduate telecare start-up crowned Digital Technology winner at Made in the Midlands Awards

A telecare startup company founded by alumnus Alex Nash has triumphed at the Made in the Midlands Awards which celebrates the region’s most innovative and dynamic manufacturers.

Alcuris was named Digital Technology winner at the tenth annual Made in the Midlands Awards which attracted 83 submissions from 63 companies including Pukka Pies, Purity Brewing and Ricardo.

Alcuris Memohub® – the only telecare system that combines a certified social alarm system, activity monitoring, health device integration and carer logging in a single product – is now automatically a finalist for Insider’s Made in the UK Awards on 18 November.

Insider business editor Ian Griffin confirmed that the 2020 Made in the Midlands Awards received both a record number of entries and the widest range of manufacturing businesses:

"The shortlist includes everything from a musical instrument maker and the UK’s second-largest cider maker, to an autonomous vehicle developer and a business searching for a cure for cancer.

He added: "It highlights the huge scale and breadth of innovation and capability in the Midlands and showcases the fact that this region is a major global centre for manufacturing."

Alex was studying Product Design Engineering at Loughborough when his grandfather developed dementia in 2015. He knew that the right technology could help, but it had to meet the needs of individuals, families, and local authorities. Alex launched Alcuris at LUSEP, the University’s Science and Enterprise Park, where it now has a workforce of 16 and over £2.1M investment.

Memohub® detects individual’s daily living patterns using wireless sensors across the home to learn what is normal, enabling it to accurately highlight when something is out of the ordinary before a situation escalates to a crisis. Memohub® went into full-scale manufacture in the UK in February and in April was one of only 18 digital innovations selected for Techforce19, an NHS-Government-led initiative to tackle social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Covid-19 has meant that older people are at even more risk during isolation,” said Alex. “Memohub®’s unique behavioural learning capability is the game changer that will enable telecare to be proactive instead of reactive. During the Techforce19 trial, it detected one elderly user’s increased bathroom visits – often a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) which can quickly escalate into serious health complications. Automatic alerts were sent to the family and local authority which, following GP confirmation, stated they would not have known about the UTI, had it not been for Memohub®.”

Professor Tracy Bhamra, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Science and Enterprise Park lead said:

“Alcuris is a valued member of the innovation community and the health and well-being cluster at LUSEP and the University. I am delighted that Alex and the team’s achievements have been recognised through Made in the Midlands and I wish them every success for the UK finals in November.”

Find out more about Alcuris Memohub®.

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