15 April 2014

Creative Barcode Member, Renfrew Group, UK develops artificial Pancreas and wins Gadget Show British Inventor of the year Award

Secretary of State Vince Cable to visit the finalists at Gadget Show Live, 11 April; Gadget Show Live, 9-13 April, 2014, NEC, Birmingham – www.gadgetshowlive.net

An artificial pancreas that automatically releases the correct insulin dose to diabetic patients has won its creators the accolade of Gadget Show Live British Inventor of the Year 2014 this morning.

The result of collaboration between designers Renfrew Group and academics at De Montfort University, the pancreas is an implantable device with the potential to end multiple insulin injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes – a large proportion of whom are at risk of over or under medicating with current treatment methods.

The winning inventors were chosen by Gadget Show Live in collaboration with WIRED magazine with the award presented this morning by Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable will visit Gadget Show Live at 1045 on Friday 11 April to meet them.

The team behind the Artificial Pancreas wins a free exhibition stand at next year’s Gadget Show Live, providing them with a valuable platform for launching commercially and reaching out to trade professionals and potential patients.

Bruce Renfrew and Professor Joan Taylor- winners of the British Inventors Project at The Gadget Show 2014

A runners up certificate was also presented to Edward Ward, Veglo, for his Commuter X4 design, a light designed to give optimum visibility for cyclists. Ed invented the light after he was hit while cycling in London and thrown to the side of the road. He has given up his job to make it a success. He will receive a free exhibition stand at The Cycle Show.

The Artificial Pancreas and Commuter X4 are two of the 21 British innovations shortlisted for the first ever British Inventors Project by Gadget Show Live. All 21 products and their inventors are being showcased at the show, the UK’s largest consumer technology event, which opens to the public tomorrow (Wednesday 9 April) and runs until Sunday at the NEC, Birmingham.

Michael Phillips from Renfrew Group  said: “Renfrew Group and De Montfort University are delighted that the Artificial Pancreas has been given the inaugural Gadget Show Live British Inventors Award. The introduction of this award and the British Inventors Project by Gadget Show Live are really valuable platforms for raising the awareness of British innovation and celebrating this country’s talent in this area. The Renfrew Group has been pleased to help develop an innovative gadget with the inventor of the science behind the pancreas, Professor Joan Taylor at De Montfort University. This beautifully simple device now has the potential to benefit millions of lives.”

Professor Joan Taylor said: “This incredible device will not only remove the need to manually inject insulin, but will also ensure that perfect doses are administrated each and every time. By controlling blood glucose so effectively, we should be able to help reduce related health problems.

“We are extremely close to embarking on clinical trials. Diabetes is costing society more than £1million an hour in treatment, and much of that is spent on treating complications.”

Gadget Show Live event director Sally Bent added: “This is the first year that Gadget Show Live has hosted the British Inventors Project and we have been overwhelmed by the quality, diversity and creativity of the 21 finalists who are showcasing their designs at the event over the next five days.

“When you see what’s being invented in homes, studios, labs and universities throughout the country, products like the artificial pancreas that have the potential to transform – and possibly save – peoples’ lives, it quickly becomes obvious how essential it is that we support home-grown innovation and design talent like never before.”

Further details on the designs and designers in the British Inventors Project are available on request. Tickets for Gadget Show Live are available to buy now at www.gadgetshowlive.net/birmingham/. The show takes places at Birmingham NEC from April 9th-13th 2014.

Renfrew Group

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