Innovator Zone

The Innovator Zone, led by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), showcases the SMEs who are being supported by regional AHSNs throughout England to develop, scale and marketise their innovations.

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Academic Health Science Networks: delivering today, for the health and care of tomorrow

Established by the NHS to drive transformation at pace and scale, the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks have forged a vital role in helping the NHS meet the challenges of 21st century health and care as described in the 5YFV. The only bodies that connect all partners across sectors, AHSNs find solutions to health and care challenges – individually and collectively they have made good use of their unique connections with the NHS, universities, industry, patients and the third sector.

Focused on rapidly spreading health innovation, using their local networks and national connections, the AHSNs are catalysts that create the right conditions for change across whole health and social care economies, bringing people together, brokering new collaborations and connecting industry innovators with health partners. They find solutions to identified problems, from tapping into the pipeline of evidence-based research through to commercialisation of smart innovations. In their first four years AHSNs have created effective regional networks able to deliver innovation and improvement within the NHS.

All SMEs who exhibited at the Innovator Zone are listed below.

Aerobit Health is an asthma management platform integrating smart hardware, software and big data analytics. They are driven to reduce the unnecessary misery and skyrocketing costs this chronic disease taxes our society with.

AliveCor Ltd is on a mission to define modern healthcare through data, design and disruption. AliveCor has hit the press worldwide for transforming cardiac care by bringing advanced smartphone tools; such as Kardia Mobile; with 80+ published clinical, NICE independent advice, NHS England’s Innovation Accelerator and recommendations from the world’s leading EP Cardiologists.

Advanced Digital Innovation (UK) Ltd is a leading innovator in the field of digital health, with an outstanding track record of developing products and services that transform health and care services.  Our portfolio includes; MyPathway – a secure communications channel connecting patients to services and PainSense – an app developed to promote the self-management of persistent pain.  @ADI_Health

Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives) is a suite of products for Self-Care and Remote Monitoring, developed through 3 generations, over 7 years, 3 NHS trials and commercialised. Focused on respiratory medicine initially but extended to weight management, cardiovascular, cancer and other long-term conditions (LTC). Activ8rlives was developed via the NHS’ highly successful SBRI programme.   @Activ8rlives

Bering Limited is a cognitive computing company, which has over many years developed an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that enables clinicians to make timely, safe and informed decisions. Our work with SW AHSN has facilitated adoption of this innovative technology in Somerset through targeted clinical engagement and patient-centred research and development.   @beringresearch

Breaking Free Group is one of the UK’s leading behavioural science based digital businesses focused on alcohol, drug and smoking addiction.  Winner of the 2016 WMAHSN award for “Innovation of the Year”, they are also a member of the first cohort of DigitalHealth.London’s SME accelerator.

Born Digital Health is a healthcare technology company that specialises in adapting well-evidenced therapeutic interventions into digital therapies, delivered through a sophisticated, automated and scalable online digital healthcare platform. Two products, Sleepstation (an insomnia treatment) and Reach (a treatment for co-morbid anxiety and depression in COPD) will be showcased at Expo 2017.

Cievert Ltd. develops intuitive, innovative, specialist software for the health sector. We make the management of complex, individual clinical pathways simple, safe and equitable, leading to reduced costs and improved outcomes

Damibu is a Liverpool based health software company utilising Human Centred Design and Agile Development to deliver client lead solutions.

eConsult are an online consultation platform to enable NHS patients to consult with their own NHS GP. Built by GPs for GPs. To improve patient access to healthcare, manage demand, and increase efficiencies for surgeries. Designed to sign post patients and manage minor ailments in a digital space.

Tech for good company, Elemental Software,  has developed an award winning social prescribing digital platform that connects patients, health and social care professionals and community health & wellness providers, in measuring the impact of social prescribing and the difference that non clinical solutions make to the health and wellbeing of communities.

ERAS+ is a patient and relative facing pathway for major surgery patients, providing better preparation, in-hospital care and patient recovery; aimed at reducing complications and improving health outcomes.

DrDoctor supports hospitals with digital transformation. Using clever technology, it brings simplicity and control to the complex task of managing appointments. Hospitals can resolve capacity issues and meet carter objectives while transforming patient experience. The HIN has provided invaluable assistance through business model challenge, NHS navigators, sharing DrDoctor’s innovation. @drdoctorapp


docobo: Digital Health solutions offering population level intelligence and remote monitoring capability to support out of hospital patient care and patient empowerment @DocoboUK

Echo’s co-founders both take medication to manage long-term conditions and were frustrated with the hassle of ordering repeat prescriptions. So they assembled a team of doctors, pharmacists and technologists to build a service that puts the patient back in control and radically improves medication adherence. @echo_healthcare

Fourth State Medicine has evolved from the space sector. It has developed a revolutionary health care product, which can eradicate drug resistant bacteria without damaging the surface, or remove fine layers of tissue; lending itself to a range of cosmetic surgery, diabetic ulcers and woundcare applications.

Healios Ltd is the UK’s leading specialist online provider of mental health and neurodevelopmental services and is commissioned by NHS organisations around the country to deliver mental health assessments and psychological therapies for children, young people and adults, uniquely focused on the needs of the entire family

HealthMakeSpace is a professional networking platform that connects health tech SMEs with frontline clinicians, to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative health technologies. We are proud to be working with hundreds of healthcare professionals and companies in partnership with Imperial College Health Partners.

Helicon Health developed a digital platform for Atrial Fibrillation and stroke prevention. With the support of DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, UCL Partner and  SBRI Healthcare, Helicon has successfully raised finance, grown its team and brought this ground breaking product to market.

IBSL (UK) Limited and Santa Lucia Pharma Apps SrL are specialist providers of clinical, robotic, automation and logistical services. SOFIA® provides a closed loop medicines management solution to 25 hospitals in Italy and a pilot, OptiMed-ID in England. The EMAHSN is supporting the evaluation and roll out of a closed loop medicines management system within UHL and the potential spread across to other UK trusts.

Smarter Digital Solutions – IEG4 are proud to be the first public sector supplier to deliver the best user experiences whilst simultaneously optimizing service delivery across complex multi-stakeholder processes. Our health and welfare software solutions can automate many paper driven processes, greatly improving process efficiency.

Isansys is a digital healthcare company working to promote good health practices, enabling providers to move from reactive to proactive delivery and moving the burden of acute care from the hospital to the home. With the support of the AHSN we have achieved our ambition to drive this innovative solution into the NHS and bring benefits to patients in the shortest possible timescale.

Marsoftware Limited is a globally leading firm in the field of Medication Adherence. We currently have 15,000 Patients using our MAR Solution, and now have launched a Real Time Monitoring Solution for Patients in the Community. Simple, Safe, Secure and cost effective – the future of Medication Monitoring.

Medefer Ltd is an award winning healthcare service provider pioneering a new approach that brings GPs, consultants and patients closer together to deliver specialist care in the community.

Our clinically proven services enable GPs to rapidly gain support from specialists at local hospitals or via our network of fully accredited NHS consultants.

my mHealth Limited are UK market leaders in online applications for patients with Asthma, COPD, Heart Disease and Diabetes. Integrated into a single long-term condition platform, our apps are currently the only products on the NHS apps store with full NHS approval.

Optasia Medical provides software and services, powered by sophisticated machine learning algorithms, to help identify patients requiring medically necessary care. Primarily we help case finding of vertebral fracture patients with osteoporosis. We work with our AHSN to engage with Trusts and Commissioners, including setting up clinical evaluations of our products.     @OptasiaMedical

OrthOracle – the online orthopaedic surgery atlas is a sector defining on-line atlas of orthopaedic surgery. All content is written by experienced surgeons and its image library is unrivalled.

We are part funded by a loan from the WMAHSN who also support various other key functions. The companies objective is to improve patient outcomes by the dissemination of highest quality educational materials for those delivering surgical care.

PolyPhotonix Ltd is a biophotonic research company developing healthcare solutions, using photonics as an enabling solution. With support from several AHSNs, the Noctura 400 Sleep Mask for diabetic eye disease has been through clinical trials, awarded the CE Mark and is currently being evaluated in real world settings prior to full adoption in a number of NHS hospitals.

Qbtech provide FDA cleared and CE marked ADHD Tests to NHS clinics (QbTest) and the education system (QbCheck).  Our products minimise delay to diagnosis of ADHD, a treatable disorder that affects 5% of school age children. The EMAHSN is supporting the adoption of QbTest across the region. @QbtechADHD

The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) – an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – accelerates the development of new technologies that meet the needs of the NHS.

Sitekit Ltd is a healthcare technology company with a mission to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives, assisted by joined-up digital services. Sitekit’s eRedbook is the UK’s first digital Personal Child Health Record (digital ‘Red book’) that allows health professionals and parents to enter and share information digitally.

Xim Ltd came through the Wessex AHSN/SETsquared Health Innovation Program and Southampton Science Park’s Catalyst Centre, and are proud to have been awarded two SBRI awards for their game-changing video vital signs technology.

XIM participates at Wessex AHSN events, provides case studies and quarterly monitoring information.

Transforming Systems provides real time, whole system visibility across health economies and facilitates live pre-planned, auditable, escalation responses. Waitless is the first real time minor injuries patient waiting-time App academically verified to have reduced minors activity. Commissioned by 26 CCGs and supported by KSS AHSN with publicity and innovation reviews.   @TSShrewd 

Valera Health has co-designed, with patients and clinicians, a unique cloud-based platform and smart-device application to improve the mental and physical health of children, young people and adults; and provide that care closer to home. We are working with AHSNs to introduce, evidence and scale-up our solution to the UK.  @ValeraHealth