The Innovator Award

31 May 2016

Winner

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art: The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is the Royal College of Art’s largest centre for design research and an international leader in people-centred and inclusive design, using design to deal with some of the most challenging issues in healthcare, as well as age and diversity and work futures.

Key current work includes the 3D printing of prosthetics, a pioneering design for autism programme, and a major consortium project in collaboration with architecture firm Gensler, exploring ways to improve employee wellbeing at work.

Winning the Innovator Award category of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards has established a strong relationship between the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the programme, culminating in the Centre being asked to be a category partner in year 3 of the Awards. The role will help provide greater awareness of the Centre’s work, attracting further funding to deliver even more projects within the inclusive design and health space. (www.rca.ac.uk/research-innovation/helen-hamlyn-centre)

"We were deeply delighted to win the Innovator Award in a field with such strong competition. The Awards are really important in showcasing a people-centred approach to health and technology – part of our core philosophy at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. It was a glittering evening showcasing a glittering set of projects." - Rama Gheerawo, Director of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA

Finalists

EMVIGR Ltd: A Clinical Decision and Management Support Platform for online therapy, allowing healthcare professionals to deliver one to one personalised rehabilitation in the home without in-person supervision. The platform uses augmented reality within bespoke therapeutic video games to allow therapists to deliver therapy in the home, combined with data analysis algorithms to provide the capacity for remote monitoring and cloud server technology to provide service delivery and communication between patient and therapist. The platform has been developed by a research programme led by Professor Eyre and Dr Morgan addressing the challenge for health services worldwide to provide expert physiotherapy for patients with long term neurological or musculoskeletal conditions. (http://emvigr.co.uk/)

Wyss Institute: The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses Nature's design principles to develop bio-inspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world. The Institute crosses disciplinary and institutional barriers to engage in high-risk research that leads to transformative technological breakthroughs. By emulating Nature's principles for self-organizing and self-regulating, Wyss researchers are developing innovative new engineering solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing. These technologies are translated into commercial products and therapies through collaborations with clinical investigators, corporate alliances, and new start-ups. (http://wyss.harvard.edu/)