Emerging Technology Design
Emerging Technology Design award winner 2013
For decades, livers have been removed from donors, flushed, packed in ice and raced to a waiting patient. Some organs make it, many don’t. The pioneering and largely autonomous metra™ recreates the core functions of the human body and keeps the liver alive, whilst also providing key data for surgeons.
Team Consulting Ltd and OrganOx Ltd
The judging panel commented:
“The clear winner in the Emerging Technology Design category was OrganOx metra, which is an ingenious device for transporting human livers for transplant. In doing so it fools the liver into believing it is still in the body performing its normal functions by recreating the core functions of the body.
"It is the overall system design which impressed the panel members. With both biological and technological aspects it was particularly exciting. The procedure has been shown to work successfully and is an incredible step on from the method used till now of packing livers in ice, rushing to a desperate patient and hoping for the best.
"As a result many organs have deteriorated to too great an extent, potentially resulting in patient death. Not only does OrganOx metra keep the liver alive such that it can be successfully transplanted it also provides important insightful data for the medical staff involved."
Stagebox – Technology for IP-based Television Production
BBC R&D and Leading Light Technologies
Stagebox is a new technology developed by BBC Research & Development. It enables television programmes to be made using existing computer networks which means that new types of programme can be made that were previously impossible, such as those in dangerous locations. It also reduces the cost of existing productions.
Morgan Innovation and Technology Limited and Southampton University
The Salurate project provides a predictive test for pre-eclampsia. Pregnant women with pre-eclampsia, if not treated, can develop serious complications. Rather than diagnosis by blood tests, a maternal salivary urate test, taken by mouth swab and measured by the Salurate process, is effective, quick, non-invasive and lower-cost.
New Formulations of QTC Ink Will Open up Many New Application Areas
Printed electronics is a rapidly growing sector with proven success for active and passive components, printed using standard roll-to-roll flexographic processes. Peratech’s new QTC ink formulations for flexographic printing provide the last piece of the jigsaw with printable switches, pressure sensors and chemical sensors.
A New Flexible Semiconductor for Next Generation Flexible Displays
SmartKem’s® p-FLEX™ is the leading flexible semiconductor ink for “printing” of flexible thin film transistors arrays for the manufacture of new generation flexible display products. This enabling product, developed by SmartKem, is being shipped to the display industry in Asia for the pilot production of new generation flexible display products.