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500 More receive part of £40 Million grant for cutting edge startups

500 More has won a grant to work with Oxford Brookes University on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) development that monitors how you walk after having Covid-19. How you walk (or gait) is an indicator of recovery from diseases such as Covid-19.

The funding will enable the joint team to develop an app to analyse walking, allowing doctors to track how patients recover. The project utilises state of the art AI to objectively measure walking quality, a key health indicator.

500 More has been selected as one of a number of innovative start-up businesses to receive funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to fast-track the development of innovations born out of the coronavirus crisis, while supporting the UK’s next generation of cutting-edge start-ups.

Work on the app will start in early June and the team aims to commence early trials before the end of the year.

Greg Smart, CEO 500 More Digital said: “The DataGait project will help patients who are recovering from Covid-19 by giving them simple walking tasks to perform at home, allowing clinicians to track their recovery safely and remotely.

This is a great example of our mission to drive purposeful digital innovation. Innovate UK funding will allow us to get this product in the hands of patients and doctors more quickly.”

Professor Helen Dawes, Academic Director of Oxford Clinical Allied Technology and Trial Services Unit (OxCATTS) at Oxford Brookes said: “How people move and walk is a vital sign which reflects their health. Innovatively we are developing a phone app which will allow clinicians to accurately monitor emerging ill health, symptoms or change in a long-term condition through changes in walking remotely. This gait app will support the management of a number of diseases and conditions at home preventing unnecessary visits to the clinic.”

Further information on Innovate UK’s funding announcement is available here

500 More supports purposeful digital innovation through a strategic focus on growth, compelling user experiences and dependable technical delivery.

The Oxford Clinical Allied Technology and Trial Services Unit (OxCATTS) is an exciting development within Oxford Brookes University. The Unit is led by an experienced, multidisciplinary team with a strong focus on successful collaborations and partnerships to realise the societal and economic benefits of high quality research.
OxCATTS enables timely, efficient development and evaluation of local, national and international technology innovations for allied health professions and nursing.

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. It connects businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org

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