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Innovations showcase

Features on projects supported by Innovations that have brought a product to market or have attracted a follow-on funder.

Samba II: a point-of-care diagnostic for HIV Samba II is a small, highly portable machine for diagnosing HIV that will help transform the lives of millions, especially HIV-exposed babies.
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AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE IN INDIA IIT Delhi launches SmartCaneTM to assist visually impaired to detect above-the-knee obstacles
The SmartCane device is an innovative and affordable navigation aid enabling safe mobility for the visually impaired.
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Health Innovation Challenge Fund Limbs Alive: How video games aid stroke recovery This project aims to analyse information about how stroke patients perform arm and hand movements as they play video games, and to provide feedback to patients and therapists. Watch (4 min 26 s)
Strategic Translation Award Controlling dengue Dengue is a potentially fatal disease spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti species. Oxford-based firm Oxitec are pioneering an approach to generate genetically sterilised mosquitoes to prevent its spread.  Watch (3 min 58 s)
Seeding Drug Discovery Allergen Delivery Inhibitors: a potential end to asthma? While it's been known for some time that the waste of the dust mite contains an allergy-causing protein, it's only now that the researchers have discovered a way to block this protein's action. By doing so, they hope to create an entirely new class of anti-asthma drug. Watch (4 min 4 s)
Strategic Translation Award i-Snake®: surgery evolved A team of surgeons and engineers are developing a robotic snake-like device for surgery called i-Snake®. It will be self-propelled, able to move through the body to its target, where the surgeon can operate it by remote control. The project aims to transform keyhole surgery. Watch (3 min 24 s)
Strategic Translation Award The reality of making red blood cells What if red blood cells could be manufactured to order, creating a potentially limitless supply of tailored, infection-free cells? This is the key ambition of a team determined to make blood shortages a thing of the past. Watch (4 min 38 s)
Affordable Healthcare in India Developing biocompatible materials for a stem-cell-based therapy to restore sight in eyes The LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, in partnership with Sheffield University, has been awarded funding to develop and use new biocompatible materials for a stem-cell-based therapy to restore sight in eyes where the cornea has been damaged by chemical injury or burns. Watch (5 min 15 s)
Seeding Drug Discovery Developing a treatment for obesity based on natural appetite suppression Research by Professor Bloom and his team has identified the role played by gut hormones in appetite control, and has been the starting point to develop a new drug to tackle obesity. Watch (3 min 43 s)
Strategic Translation Award Fighting to end tuberculosis Dr Helen McShane at the University of Oxford and the Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium Ltd are trialling the efficacy of a new TB vaccine candidate in South African infants. Watch (4 min 53 s)
Strategic Translation Award Developing diagnostic tests for infectious diseases Test kits developed by Diagnostics for the Real World could transform the diagnosis of chlamydia and other common infections. Watch (7 min 22s)
Blocking BRAF Developing enzyme inhibitors as cancer drugs How Trust-supported work at the Institute for Cancer Research, London could lead to a new drug to fight melanoma and other cancers. Watch (4 min 13 s)
Learning curve Video laryngoscope Matt McGrath demonstrates his hugely successful innovation. Watch (5 min 53 s)
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