Clinical Science Systems and Rubi Life have jointly won the Digital Health Technology Show’s Start-Up of the Year Award 2018.
A total of 19 health technology companies competed for the title on the final day of The Digital Health Technology Show in front of a panel of experts at ExCel London.
Health Innovation Network director Anna King and MedCity projects director Phil Jackson acted as the judges. After struggling to select a single winner they decided to award both Clinical Science Systems and Rubi Life the title.
Each of the companies put forward a speaker to present one of its products and explain why a particular piece of technology deserved to win the award. Clinical Science Systems CEO Paul Koster pitched his company’s new platform, eeg.services, which he claimed introduces a different kind of EEG related technique which can get better results than the standard models currently available. The platform works as a 24/7 service analysing data recorded from the user. It can be activated by downloading the NeuroCenter EEG app for a tablet, phone or other devices running Android, iOS, Linux and Windows apps.
Rubi Life co-founder and Sensable Technologies CEO Eric Stopper pitched his more consumer-focused maternity device called Rubi which he described as ‘the world’s first passive foetal monitor’. Rubi is a wearable device which consists of sensors that can track foetal movement in the third trimester. The concept is based on scientific studies which indicate that counting a baby’s kicks inside the womb is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being. Stopper said the product could help avoid unnecessary stillborn deaths by alerting users to when their baby is behaving irregularly.
Both founders of the winning start-ups seemed really surprised to be given the award.
Koster said: “I was not prepared to win. I am in a very niche market and it is very hard to get the message across in this specific area.
“This is a very great boost of energy for me and the team and I think in the long term more patients will benefit from this kind of technology. Next, I am looking for more collaboration here in the UK and improving the system. Winning this competition is a great platform for me to do this.”
Stopper added: “It feels good to win. I think it’s going to mean a lot of good PR and show that we are making traction. From a customer standpoint it is going to have a huge impact. We will be able to use this on our website and that will be huge. I am happy for my engineers too because they will know that they made this happen.”
Rubi will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in 2018 in order to further the development of its product.
Other companies shortlisted for the award were 112Motion, Activ84Health, Curaguard, Quantib, eFood, Cosinuss, Momo Medical, QuietOn, Nomi, Nephroflow, Infinity Health, MEDrecord, Zivver, Knoware Cytoweb, Orikami MS Sherpa, Digest Inn and Sensamove.
The competition will run again at The Digital Health Show 2019.