The Royal Academy of Engineering have announced this year’s ERA Foundation Award winners
This year wearable electrode, low-cost wind turbine and a new method of kidney dialysis recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering’s ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Award.
Sorin Popa – the founder of Stent Tek who developed a novel device to allow kidney dialysis and even coronary bypasses to be performed without invasive surgery – was named the overall winner of the Award.
Winner – Sorin Popa – Revolutionising kidney dialysis and heart surgery
Sorin Popa – the founder of Stent Tek – has developed a novel medical device that, through only two needle-sized punctures, will enable a small covered tube known as a ‘stent graft’ to connect vessels in almost any part of the arm, enabling patients to more reliably receive lifelong kidney dialysis without requiring surgery.
The pioneering company has already won a £166,000 ‘Smart Award’ from Innovate UK and a £1 million grant to develop the technology in partnership with Imperial College London.
Over 27,000 UK citizens and 2.5 million people worldwide have kidney conditions. Popa invention should reduce the need for invasive surgery to connect their circulatory system to an external dialysis machine.
Finalist – James Carroll – Rotor Wind Turbine
James, Professor Leithead and a team of researchers at the University of Strathclyde, have been working to develop the X Rotor Wind Turbine. The turbine combines proven wind energy technologies in a manner that has never been done before, in order to save costs in manufacturing and maintenance of offshore wind turbines.
The X-Rotor offshore wind turbine can reduce the cost of energy by approximately 30% in comparison to current offshore wind turbines.
Finalist – Dr Kai Yang – Fabric electrode for wearable applications
Dr Kai Yang has developed an everyday fabric-based electrode for wearable medical and healthcare devices that overcomes these problems.
The fabric electrode can be applied on the skin directly without using any gel. The electrode is fabricated on everyday fabric to form a range of clothing items, such as an arm band or sleeve, for various applications. It is comfortable to wear, easy to use, washable and unobtrusive.
The ERA Foundation Award will help the two technologies move out of the UK research labs where they were developed and turn them into reality.
About the Award
The ERA Foundation aims to contribute to the economic vitality of the UK by supporting activities that will help to bridge the gap between research and exploitation in the broad field of electrotechnology.
The Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award and £40,000 prize is made possible by the support of the Foundation and was established to identify entrepreneurial researchers working in UK universities, in the field of electro-technology, who are at an early stage in their career.
The award is presented to an individual or team annually, who demonstrate considerable entrepreneurial promise and the potential to benefit the UK’s future prosperity