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Vaxinc: harnessing the power of natural killer cells in cancer therapies

Our immune system protects us from a variety of diseases, including cancer. Immunotherapy is a relatively new treatment which works by helping the immune system recognise and attack cancer cells. With the current market for cancer immunotherapy estimated to become worth more than 110 billion dollars by 2021, scientists and...

Rise: the dawn of a good day

Research has revealed that gently waking to increasing light levels rather than a shrill alarm can improve mood and well-being. Entrepreneurial engineers from Southampton and Coventry have teamed up with a world-renowned designer to devise a product based on this so-called dawn simulation approach. “Let’s face it, sometimes we all...

Aura Vision Labs – next generation video analytics

Businesses everywhere can optimise their products and performance by better knowing who their customers are and how they spend their money. Online businesses benefit from rich data on their customers’ activities, however traditional brick and mortar retailers find it very difficult to generate the same information. UK supermarket chains spend...

Soton Audio Labs: immersive 3D audio

The average Briton spends nearly a decade of their adult life watching television, but millions of viewers enjoy a limited experience through a small set of loudspeakers. In real life, we hear and locate sounds all around us. This reality can never be truly recreated through our screens or even sophisticated...

Route Reports – smart hazard detection for buses and trains

Potholes and overhanging branches are a common frustration for road users in the UK. However, for bus companies the complaints are far more serious. These hazards endanger passengers and damage vehicles, leading to ongoing repair costs for operators. Accurate data of hazards would mitigate these problems but until now there...

Handy Kanji: intuitive language learning

Learning a new language is often strenuous, but when the written form involves over two thousand individual characters the challenge is far greater. Intricate kanji characters are an intrinsic part of the modern Japanese writing system. At schools in Japan, children devote hundreds of hours to memorising the complex forms between the...

Simple Stents: transforming ureteral stenting

Three out of 20 men and two out of 20 women in the UK are diagnosed with kidney stones during their lifetime. Ureteral stenting is a critical component in the treatment of kidney stones and bladder or prostate tumours, aiding the healing process and reducing the risk of complications following...

Trimunocor – protecting babies from neonatal lung disease

Fifteen million premature babies are born around the globe every year and statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that this number is rising. Advances in care have led to a higher rate of survival, however half of babies born before the 26th week develop neonatal chronic lung disease. These...

Highfield Diagnostics: multipurpose portable medical tests

Disposable pregnancy tests have become a familiar and trusted product for an instant diagnosis in the home environment. They are cheap, easy to use and provide a quick answer to an important question: are you pregnant, or not? There are situations however where patients would value knowing more than one...

Immersive entertainment – Other World Escapes

Escape Rooms are one of the fastest growing entertainment experiences in the world, with over 300 venues now open in the UK and Ireland alone. The activity challenges groups to race against the clock in an immersive story-driven environment to solve fiendish puzzles that test logic, memory and collaboration skills....

Researchably – smarter search, faster research

Research papers are driving academic discovery and debate across the globe, with more than 50,000 new files being published weekly to a growing online community. Data shows that 170 million students, academics and researchers spend around six hours per week searching for research papers. As the volume of material continues...

Sagar Energy Solutions – shining light on a sustainable future

Lake Victoria is the world’s largest tropical lake, providing food and jobs for millions of people in Africa. Around 60 per cent of all fish consumed on the continent is reported to come from the great lake, as lucrative night fishing generates much-needed income for rural communities. Despite its vast...

Premier League picks: Machine learning for fantasy football

Millions of players in the UK compete in fantasy football leagues, tinkering with their squads to generate maximum points from their teams. Shrewd dealings in the transfer market can make or break team’s seasons and entrants scramble week on week to strengthen their sides as Premier Leagues stars go on and...

Stradents – trade and make friends

University can be a very expensive time for students. While it comes with many opportunities, financial sustainability is often not one of them. Students must make intelligent decisions with limited funds as they purchase and pass on the items they need to see them through their studies. Online marketplaces are...

Unistore – free student marketplace

There are over two millions students in the UK that can benefit from buying and selling second-hand or unwanted items. With time and money often quite tight during these fast-paced years, students need a quick and simple way to trade their products. Several online companies have established successful consumer-to-consumer sales...

Dynamon: Driving savings through big data

Transportation companies could be significantly reducing their expenses through the use of fuel saving products. Although technologies exist which can make vehicles run more efficiently, without compelling evidence of the results, uptake has been limited. The average heavy goods vehicle burns through about £43,000 of fuel every year in the UK. Companies...

Crùbag: textiles inspired by wonders of marine science

Ocean life is a natural marvel and mystery that largely remains only visible to those in the scientific community. Scientists are working hard to enhance our understanding of the marine world with its captivating organisms and complex ecoystems, but developments do not always make it to the mainstream and public...

Renovos: revolutionary nanoclays for bone repair

Trauma, disease and advancing years can all result in bone deterioration. There is a bone fracture every three seconds around the globe, ranging from aging family members living with joint disease to younger sports-playing relatives. Fracture treatments cost the NHS more than £2bn per year in the UK, with 10%...

Sensing continuous chemical changes: SouthWestSensor

Wearable technologies are increasingly available in our modern society to record our heart rate and physical activity, but it remains extremely difficult to effectively monitor the continuous chemical changes of the body or the effectiveness of medical drugs. Current detection technologies rely on expensive medical equipment and infrequent one-time measurements...

Bowsynth: the expressive musical synthesizer

Electronic musical instruments have been used alongside their traditional audio counterparts for many years, however synthesizers remain unable to emulate the subtleties of stringed instruments. The sound of a violin is shaped by fine movements of the bowing arm and hand, which makes the instrument so expressive. These complex movements...

3D-printed heart valves: Carena Healthcare

Aortic valve disease is becoming an increasing problem in our ageing population. Treating this condition has created a market worth $1.2 billion worldwide, growing at over 30% per year. The aortic valve is key to the efficient flow of blood around the body, operating in sequence with the heart’s many...

SharkStream: Innovation in motion

Motion capture technology has accelerated in recent years to develop exciting applications for the entertainment, sports and medical sectors. Advanced systems have captured the drama of King Kong scaling the mighty Empire State Building and added a dynamic level of realism to characters in the booming video games sector. Tech...

Tap into success: Bar Analytics

Thirsty customers can be left dissatisfied by a warm pint of beer or an off-taste tipple. A disappointing service affects sales so pubs, bars and hotels across the country are increasingly using internet-connected draught beer monitoring systems to review the sales and quality of their beer. The industry is known...

Smart Fabric Inks: Printing technology onto future fashions

Printing techniques have been used for centuries to pattern textiles and clothing, and the same methods are being put to good use today in the electronics industry. Circuit boards and hybrid circuits which are commonplace in devices around the home and office are all being printed. Electronic circuits printed on...

Fair taxi fares: Cab My Ride

The rapid advancement of smartphones and digital technologies is making it easier to arrange travel than ever before. Popular ride booking apps and services are helping drivers reach modern customers as the total number of licensed taxi and private hire vehicles reaches record levels in the UK. This growth has...

Innovative medical imaging techniques: Carena Healthcare

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world. The condition, which is caused by the narrowing or blocking of blood flow to the brain or body, is particularly dangerous when narrowing occurs in the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. The state-of-the-art procedure to...

Trackstack: music discovery for the digital age

Electronic and dance music is thriving around the globe, with the latest reports valuing the industry at over $6 billion. Figures from this year’s International Music Summit reveal that the genre’s worth has boomed by close to 60% across four years of consecutive growth driven by key factors including the...

Proofer: complete social media management

Social media is an essential tool for businesses to create and maintain brand awareness. Over 1.7 billion people around the world have active social media accounts, with around 500 million tweets posted from these profiles daily. Businesses need to post frequent and relevant content to engage and communicate with customers....

AccelerComm: introducing supercharged wireless

The introduction of fifth generation wireless systems (5G) will allow us to download and view data 10 times faster than we can on our current mobile devices. The cutting-edge technology could be at our fingertips in five years’ time if superfast hardware is advanced to meet the high-tech demands. Research...

Combatting infectious diseases: the ENTiTi Platform

Infectious diseases are threatening catastrophic outbreaks with an ever greater intensity as bacteria develop resistance to treatments. Medical experts and world leaders alike are warning of extreme dangers as crises occur with increasing frequency around the world and the drugs used to treat infectious conditions become ever more ineffective. The...

Synote: the smart captioning solution

Recorded lectures are a valuable resource for students across the globe, but finding specific information within videos can be a frustrating and inefficient task. Unlike textbooks, videos are not created with a contents page, page numbers or sections, so it can be difficult for viewers to find the correct part...

VivoPlex: sensing key factors for fertility

The inability to conceive is a highly distressing condition that affects one in six couples across the world. Sophisticated tests have been developed to analyse couples’ eggs and sperm, however doctors are sadly still unable to determine the cause of fertility problems in up to a quarter of cases. In...

CurveStar: the new shape of lighting

Specialist technology developed to analyse artefacts in the historic corridors of the Louvre could soon have inventive new applications in industry and around the home. Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is a photography technique which allows viewers to change the lighting angle of an object after a photo has been taken....

Crossa: Keeping your wheels spinning

Millions of cyclists across the globe know the frustrating experience of suffering a mechanical failure miles away from home. Burdened with tired legs, the rider must attempt to fix the problem or plot a long and miserable journey home. A few years ago, Performance Sports Engineering PhD student Agata Tomaszewska...

Real-time maps: Visualising new levels of disaster relief

Huge amounts of live data are now available and accessible via the internet. This information could provide vital assistance to emergency services responding to disaster scenarios. Paper maps have been used for decades by emergency responders as they are reliable and do not require power. However, they are unable to...

RTI Dome: Casting new light on our past

Historic paintings and artefacts of the world have fascinated experts and the wider public for generations. The halls of museums and galleries around the globe are lined with items which can be admired for their fine craftsmanship or studied to offer clues into societies’ past civilisations. Collections have been photographed...

BluPoint: Empowering remote communities with local web

The majority of the next three billion internet users will browse the web solely on their mobile phones and live in some of the world’s least economically developed countries. Access to relevant information about health, education, produce prices, weather, news and entertainment can lead to a better life and a...