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Posted on October 24, 2018 by staff

UK Business Tech Awards: Healthtech Pioneer of the Year

BusinessCloud’s inaugural UK Business Tech Awards are set for November and will recognise the individuals and businesses who are making the most impact in the world of technology.

Each day for a fortnight we are highlighting a different category ahead of a glitzy ceremony at London’s Montcalm Marble Arch on November 20.

There will be 18 gongs up for grabs including Healthtech Pioneer of the Year, with two finalists shortlisted by our stellar line-up of judges: DigiDentistry and Guy’s, Evelina, Great Ormond Street Hospitals & King’s College London.

We profile them below. Tickets are available at the Business Tech Awards website while sponsors confirmed so far include Jumpstart and Touchscreen Rentals.

Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact [email protected].

The judging panel included David Hardman, MBE, managing director of Innovation Birmingham; Louize Clarke, co-founder, ConnectTVT; Elizabeth Clark, CEO, Dream Agility; former director of Tech North Richard Gregory; Tom Cheesewright, founder of Applied Futurism Practice; former Vodafone exec Rob Mukherjee, director of Greater Sport; Chris Dymond, director, Sheffield Digital; and Scott Henderson, managing director of Jumpstart.

HEALTHTECH PIONEER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

DigiDentistry

Visual learning platform DigiDentistry has been developed by dental nurse-turned-entrepreneur Chloe Barrett and uses augmented reality and computer animation.

Barrett, a former professional dressage rider, wanted to create something that would allow students to continue learning at home and support more practical learning.

The firm, based at The Landing in MediaCityUK, has had successful pilots in Europe trialling its multi-language system and is currently working on a project with an NHS Trust and a university to detect and diagnose oral cancer and rare diseases.

Barrett recently completed a Women’s Tech Accelerator in Silicon Valley, allowing the company to receive support from expert advisors and resources for the next 12 months.

Guy’s, Evelina, Great Ormond Street Hospitals & King’s College London

The 3D-printing project led by surgeon Pankaj Chandak assists around 300 adult and 40 children renal transplants a year.

Last year around 470 people died while either on the transplant waiting list or within a year of removal from the list. A major challenge in children is trying to place an adult-sized donor kidney – from mother or father – into a small child with anatomical abnormalities, making the feasibility of transplantation uncertain. These children are sometimes deemed ‘un-transplantable’ and subject to a poor quality life on dialysis with early death.

The project cuts the risk by 3D-printing adult sized kidneys and children’s abdomens, helping to plan the implantation (incision, approach, placement and lie of the kidney in the small abdomen) with clinicians better able to understand how they can transplant those children deemed ‘un-transplantable’.

The work has been published in world-renowned medical journal Annals of Surgery 2018 and won numerous coveted awards.