Incubator client SIME Dx Announces New Design for Lung Maturity Diagnostic Device

Imperial White City Incubator client, SIME Dx, a digital molecular medicine company focused on the development and commercialisation of point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, today announced a new device design that fully automates the company's novel neonatal Lung Maturity Test (LMT). LMT, the first application on the patented Digital Molecular Diagnostics (DMDx) platform, has been clinically proven to predict Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) with high accuracy. RDS is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in premature babies, and can only be prevented with early diagnosis and targeted treatment.

LMT addresses this urgent unmet clinical need in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where speed is critical and rapid screening has the potential to change the standard of care. To achieve real-time, lab-quality diagnostic results within minutes, SIME Dx developed an automated digital platform - DMDx. Powered by photonics and machine learning, DMDx measures multiple biomarkers simultaneously, in real-time, without the use of reagents or laboratory expertise. This transformative approach to diagnostics is ideal for POC and offers considerable advantages over central laboratory testing, such as fast and simple sample handling, early diagnosis and preventative care.

To develop the LMT device, SIME Dx partnered with Integrated Technologies Limited (ITL), an award winning and innovative medical device design house and manufacturing group based in England, the United States and China.

"Completion of the LMT device design is a major milestone for SIME Dx. For the first time we are able to demonstrate exactly how our technology translates into a viable point-of-care product." said Povl Verder, CEO of SIME Dx. "The focus is now on performance testing the device in a programme of clinical work in NICUs across Europe and China, as the company prepares for regulatory approval and early commercialisation."

This project was part funded by the EU Horizon2020 Phase II SME instrument, project number 666668.

About SIME Dx

SIME Dx is a digital molecular medicine company developing novel point-of-care diagnostics. Our reagent-free platform, DMDx, analyses a single fluid sample for multiple biomarkers in real-time. Delivering precise diagnostic results to clinicians in critical moments. Our technology converges photonics, machine learning and medical science to enable preventative medicine.

Developed by world-renowned scientists, the first DMDx application is a Lung Maturity Test (LMT) for premature infants used to help neonatologists diagnose Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) minutes after birth. SIME Dx is an EU Horizon2020 Phase II and Microsoft Ventures alumnus based in London (UK), Shanghai (China) and Holbaek (Denmark). Further information can be found at http://www.simedx.com .      

Contact:
SIME Dx
Povl Verder
CEO
media@simedx.com
+44(0)-20-7193-8041

Ooho! in trial with Just Eat

Skipping Rocks Lab, an Imperial spinout and Imperial White City Incubator company, has entered a trial with Just Eat, the online food ordering service, to trial the use of its Ooho! compostable packaging as condiment sachets in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic waste.

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The trial will last for six weeks, with the Ooho! sachets being used to distribute sauces from Just Eat's restaurant partner, The Fat Pizza, in Southend. The trial will test the feasibility of rolling out the seaweed sauce sachets more broadly across Jus Eat's network of 29,000 restaurants. Altogether, over 11 billion plastic condiment sachets are sold globally.

The sachets, which are filled with either ketchup or garlic sauce, are made from an alginate based material. They are opened just like normal sachets and can be thrown into the home compost, or otherwise the normal bin, to fully decompose. The collaboration comes as part of Just Eat's package of measures to reduce excess plastics included in UK takeaway deliveries.

Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder, Skipping Rocks Lab, said:

“As an innovative sustainable packaging startup, we are passionate about pioneering the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed to create packaging with low environmental impact. 

“We’re thrilled to be working with Just Eat to trial the use of our novel sauce sachets. They are 100% plant based, naturally biodegradable and decompose within six weeks, making them a natural and sustainable alternative to single-use plastic packaging.”

Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat, said:

“At Just Eat, we’re committed to helping reduce the impact of the takeaway industry on plastic waste levels and we’ve already taken measures to drive more environmentally-friendly behaviour among our restaurant partners and customers. We’re delighted to now be taking our commitment a step further through our partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab. 

“The Ooho Sauce Sachets trial and the results from it, will form an important part of our ongoing work to develop innovative and credible alternatives to traditional single-use plastic packaging currently in use across the takeaway sector.”

Upcoming Imperial White City Incubator and Petit Miracles business event collaboration

The Imperial White City Incubator will be co-delivering two workshops with local charity Petit Miracles on Thursday 31st May 2018: Marketing and Social Media for Business and Face-to-Face Selling in a Digital World.

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Petit Miracles is a charitable social enterprise, teaching furniture restoration, interior design, and basic DIY to those needing help to get back into work. The organisation also has retail premises Petit Miracle Interiors in the West12 Shopping Centre. Petit Miracles also offers a Petit Miracle Hub within the same location, providing space for business incubation projects giving access to the retail market. Customers can expect a varied, one-of-a kind shopping experience where they can meet the designers, hear their stories and purchase bespoke designs and products.

The upcoming workshops will further support the Petit Miracle’s Hub programme Start Your Own Enterprise.

The Marketing and Social Media for Business workshop will focus on identifying and understanding new and existing customers as well as creating messages sustaining an interest in the business. Additionally, attendees will be given examples and guidance on selecting the right messages for social media and the role of different platforms as a marketing tool.

Face-to-Face Selling in a Digital World will demonstrate the ability to plan sales goals and objectives, understand the target audience, and identify customer behaviour. The event will also provide real life customer meeting scenarios to overcome objections leading to a successfully closed deal.

The events will be free for residents of Hammersmith and Fulham council, in line with the charity’s and Incubator’s goal to support local business ventures and giving them an opportunity to expand their knowledge.

You can find and register for these events on Eventbrite.

SpiraSense wins May 2018 edition of Innovators’ Programme

On 24th May 2018, the Imperial White City Incubator hosted the final pitching event for the Innovators’ Programme (May 2018 edition). The winning pitch was delivered by George Winfield from SpiraSense, which is developing paper-based sensors to monitor respiratory rates in hospital patients.

The company was awarded a £7,000 prize package, comprising a 12-month membership at the Incubator and £5,000 to support the business’s growth.

The evening was the culmination of the four-week mini-accelerator programme that saw the participation of eight exciting early-stage companies. The event showcased the participants’ business ideas and how far they had progressed since joining the Innovators’ Programme in the beginning of May.

 SpiraSense founder George Winfield accepting the award presented by judge Peter Ryan-Bell

SpiraSense founder George Winfield accepting the award presented by judge Peter Ryan-Bell

In addition to SpiraSense, the judges selected three runners up. These were:

  • 2nd place – Rightly, presented by Alexander Arbuthnot and Tom Andrews, who won a 12-month membership at the Incubator and £3,000 to support the business’s growth;
  • 3rd place – SP Tracked Safety Jackets, founded by Sasha Pinnock, who won a 6-month virtual membership at the Incubator;  
  • 4th place – ifPlus, formed by Tassilo Vogel, who won a 3-month virtual membership at the Incubator. 

The Programme was delivered at the Imperial White City Incubator, with further support by NatWest. NatWest is an active supporter of the Tech sector and helps businesses from university spinouts to FTSE100 get the 3B’s: get Backing, get Big and get Bought. The banking giant is involved in accelerator schemes across the UK and regularly works with innovation programmes to promote great ideas, partner on fintech, or explore large enterprise problems they can solve together.

White City Innovators Programme announces new cohort

 Nick Howe - Enterprise Manager, NatWest sharing his knowledge and expertise on 'Writing a successful business plan'

Nick Howe - Enterprise Manager, NatWest sharing his knowledge and expertise on 'Writing a successful business plan'

Third iteration of the White City Innovators Programme launched on 1st May 2018.

The Imperial White City Incubator has launched the Spring 2018 edition of the White City Innovators Programme, with the support of NatWest. The four-week programme gives entrepreneurs and start-up companies free access to work space, workshops and mentoring to help them grow and develop.

The Programme will ensure companies are ready to take the next steps from learning about the responsibilities of company directorship to what angel investors really look for. At the end of the four weeks participants will have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of judges, giving them insight into the process of showcasing their company for future accelerator programmes or potential investors. Entrepreneurs will also familiarise themselves with how to market and fund their company or product and build an effective team. The first four frontrunners will receive a cash prize and additional support worth up to £7,000.  

The successfully shortlisted startups taking part in the White City Innovators Programme are:

  • Doctor Be – interested in the microbiome, but more specifically on the potential benefits of probiotics for the wellbeing of the skin;
  • ifPlus – an online platform that aggregates the most helpful situational advice by categorising situations into different subcategories;
  • Indigo Works – offers a service that captures the wealth and breadth of professional advice from experienced and qualified professionals as they travel about on their daily business to and from appointments on the UK rail network;
  • LSN – a non-invasive approach to documenting endangered heritage, used to open new avenues of research and means of community outreach, education, and advocacy;
  • Rightly – a platform that puts the consumer in complete control over how their personal data is used. Rightly’s dashboard will provide consumers with an overview of where their data is and the ability to control their data at any organisation;
  • SP Tracked Safety Jackets – GPS-tracked safety jackets for primary school children and vulnerable road users who suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer's and other disabilities. The jackets can be tracked via an app that works on all mobile platforms and gives real-time updates;
  • SpiraSense – SpiraSense is developing inexpensive paper-based sensors to monitor breathing rates and employ artificial intelligence to warn clinicians of impending trends toward deterioration.
  • Survivormap – provides a victim identification platform that integrates workflows within the hospital and facilitates the crowd-sourcing of information to rapidly match victims with their loved ones.  

The Programme is delivered at the Imperial White City Incubator, with further support by NatWest. NatWest is an active supporter of the Tech sector and helps businesses from university spinouts to FTSE100 get the 3B’s – get Backing, get Big and get Bought. The banking giant is involved in accelerator schemes across the UK and regularly works with innovation programmes to promote great ideas, partner on fintech, or explore large enterprise problems they can solve together.

Ohoo! now used in Seflridges

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Ohoo!, the edible packaging developed by Imperial spinout Skipping Rocks Lab, is now being used at Selfridges. The biodegradable packaging's adoption is part of the department store's wider efforts to eliminate single-use plastic bottles from it's shelves, and reducing overall plastic pollution.

Skipping Rocks Lab is an innovative sustainable packaging start-up based in London. We are pioneering the use of natural materials extracted from plants and seaweed, to create packaging with low environmental impact. The company was supported initially by Imperial Create Lab and is now a tenant at the Imperial White City Incubator.